News: Tech & Science

Google and LG Display have made the highest resolution VR screen yet

Monday  11:22,   28 may 2018
engadget

Google and LG Display have joined forces to design the clearest OLED display to date. The display offers an impressive 120Hz refresh rate, which is also a step up from the 90Hz achieved on Oculus Rift and Vive Pro. Measuring in at 4,800 x[...]

GameCube cult classic Killer7 is coming to PC this fall

Monday  11:21,   28 may 2018
msn

Killer7, one of the weirdest games ever to see release on a Nintendo platform, is getting remastered for PC this year. NIS America will be publishing the surreal cel-shaded blood-letting Resident Evil-on-rails multi-character global-conspiracy noir [...]

Sweeping gene survey reveals new facets of evolution

Monday  11:21,   28 may 2018
msn

Who would have suspected that a handheld genetic test used to unmask sushi bars pawning off tilapia for tuna could deliver deep insights into evolution, including how new species emerge? And who would have thought to trawl through five million of[...]

Samsung adds FreeSync to its latest TVs for smoother gaming

Monday  11:21,   28 may 2018
engadget

If you have a 2018 Samsung QLED TV or the NU8000 LED TV, your gaming endeavors should look cleaner after a recent firmware update. Samsung confirmed to Engadget that the update applies to the Q6FN, Q7FN, Q8FN and Q9FN QLED models, as well[...]

How Did Dino-Era Birds Survive the Asteroid 'Apocalypse'?

Friday  15:26,   25 may 2018
nationalgeographic

Fossil spores and bird family trees suggest that deforestation was a key factor in determining who survived 66 million years ago.The long-standing question, then, is why certain birds lived while others died in the mass extinction event at the end[...]

The Essential Phone 2 has reportedly been canceled

Friday  15:26,   25 may 2018
msn

Essential has canceled plans to develop a second phone and is exploring selling off the entire company, according to Bloomberg. One thing that does sound certain is that Essential’s second phone — at least as it was originally planned —[...]

Amazon Music's app adds hands-free listening, courtesy of Alexa

Friday  15:25,   25 may 2018
techcrunch

In September, Amazon announced it was adding support for Alexa voice control to its Amazon Music app for iOS and Android. That means customers can command Alexa to do things like play or pause music, move back and forth between songs, and[...]

A couple says that Amazon's Alexa recorded a private conversation and randomly sent it to a friend (AMZN)

Friday  14:16,   25 may 2018
techinsider.io

 A couple in Portland, Oregon, say their Amazon Alexa-powered devices in their home recorded a private conversation and sent it to a person in their contacts 176 miles away in Seattle. They say the incident occurred about two weeks[...]

Google Lens updated with smart text selection and real-time lookup

Friday  11:06,   25 may 2018
engadget

The new features Google showed off at I/O 2018 will soon land on your Android devices if they haven't yet. According to 9to5google, smart text selection, style match and real-time results have started rolling out to people's Lens[...]

Apple blocks Steam's plan to extend its video games to iPhones

Friday  11:06,   25 may 2018
reuters

<p>Apple Inc has blocked the plans of the biggest distributor of PC-based video games to extend its reach into iPhones, according to the game distributor, a sign that Apple is serious about protecting its ability to take a cut of digital[...]

Hey Alexa, come clean about how much you’re really recording us

Friday  11:06,   25 may 2018
washingtonpost

The Amazon Echo and Google Home promise to listen only when we give a “wake word.” But how often do they go off on their own?Putting live microphones in our homes has always been an out-there idea. But tech companies successfully marketed[...]

YouTube direct messaging moves from mobile to desktop

Friday  11:06,   25 may 2018
engadget

YouTube has been flirting with in-app messaging for a bit on mobile, and now it's finally ready to roll out private video messaging to the web. It looks pretty easy to use too, according to 9to5Google. In the upper righthand corner where your[...]

Facebook will fight fake news with real newspaper ads (and more)

Thursday  18:30,   24 may 2018
cnet

The social-networking company will also enlist the help of researchers, who'll study misinformation on the platform. The social-networking company will provide the researchers with funding as well as access to "privacy-protected data[...]

AirPods are what the Apple Watch should’ve been

Thursday  18:25,   24 may 2018
qz

Apple has put out a string of iterative or uninspiring products over the last few years, from the iPhones that have looked the same since…Apple’s $160 wireless earbuds, first released after a string of delays in late 2016, are exceedingly useful,[...]

Uber opens new Paris hub to develop flying taxi tech

Thursday  18:25,   24 may 2018
cnet

Up, up and away! But in French.The research center, which will be Uber's first outside North America, will open this fall and see a €20 million ($23.5 million) investment over the next five[...]