News: Tech & Science

At CES, Experts Wrestle With What Makes a City 'Smart'

Sunday  10:06,   14 january 2018
U.S. News & World Report

The new smart cities track at the Consumer Electronics Show revealed there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to making cities smarter.But, as it turns out, simply defining what does or doesn't constitute make a city "smart" is trickier than it[...]

CES showed us smart displays will be the new normal

Sunday  09:10,   14 january 2018
Engadget

Before the start of CES 2018, the only real smart speakers with a display were the Amazon Echo Show and the Echo Spot. But now that Google has partnered with several manufacturers to make a whole line of Echo Show rivals, a bona fide new device[...]

Facebook move will play out in long-term: analysts

Sunday  09:10,   14 january 2018
Relaxnews (AFP)

Facebook's move to highlight posts from friends and family over those from brands and publications follows months of turmoil for the social network and may result in lower advertising revenue in the short term.Facebook founder and CEO Mark[...]

Zap your brain for a better you

Sunday  09:10,   14 january 2018
Engadget

At-home neurostimulation is here, but there are questions and concerns.Many of these gadgets use tDCS -- transcranial direct current stimulation -- to mildly stimulate or suppress neurons firing in certain areas of the brain. It's a straightforward[...]

The first Lightning-based wireless Qi charger is here

Saturday  12:30,   13 january 2018
The Verge

LXORY isn’t exactly a major company in the wireless charging business, but they’ve managed to become the first to release a wireless charger with an input for Apple’s Lightning cables, via 9to5Mac. Almost every other charger out there uses either[...]

Disney bumps Twitter CEO, Facebook COO from board

Saturday  11:00,   13 january 2018
USA TODAY

Twitter’s CEO and Facebook’s COO are stepping off the Walt Disney board due to potential conflicts of interest. The move is a marker of how the media and entertainment landscapes are shifting as viewers turn to non-traditional sources and venues for [...]

Visa will make signatures optional for chipped credit cards

Saturday  11:00,   13 january 2018
Engadget

It's been about a month since American Express and Mastercard decided to stop requiring signatures for EMV chip credit cards. "Visa is committed to delivering secure, fast and convenient payments at the point of sale," said VIsa's Dan[...]

Cold weather is the best time to look at—and photograph—the night sky

Saturday  11:00,   13 january 2018
Popular Science

Grab your coat and your camera, then head out under the stars. Spray Lakes Reservoir Jack Fusco shot this image with a Sony A7R Mark II camera and a wide-angle 20mm Sigma Art lens. The air above us is colder, which means it can’t support as [...]

How to choose the best smart TV for your viewing habits

Friday  17:53,   12 january 2018
Popular Science

Weigh your options and make the right decision.  Smart-TV specs can seem confusing, but we've got you covered. Here are the key factors you need to consider before you part with your[...]

Some Chinese Apple users warned by firm on dodging new data law

Friday  17:53,   12 january 2018
Reuters

China introduced a new cyber security law on June 1 that imposes tougher controls over data than in Europe and the United States, including mandating that companies store all data within China and pass security reviews. Apple announced last year[...]

7 hidden Instagram editing tips and tricks

Friday  17:53,   12 january 2018
CNET

Up your IG[...]

Musk's Space Dreams Tested by Zuma's Mystery Failure

Friday  17:51,   12 january 2018
Bloomberg

It was one of the most important things Elon Musk has ever launched into space: a government satellite so shrouded in secrecy that virtually everything about it is classified. Its code name: Zuma.Only now, what was supposed to be a triumph for Musk[...]

iPhone X: How to tell if Do Not Disturb mode is turned on

Friday  10:45,   12 january 2018
CNET

Without a constant icon at the top of your screen, it's not always apparent if DND is enabled.For example, you can no longer display the battery percentage on the iPhone X's status bar. Instead, you need to swipe down from the top of the screen[...]

Cruise AV is GM's first car without a steering wheel

Friday  10:42,   12 january 2018
CNET

Cruise Automotive is taking the wraps off its first fully autonomous car, the Cruise AV, and it's a lot more than a Bolt EV without a brake pedal.Intended just for a GM-operated ride-sharing service, users will summon a Cruise AV using an app,[...]

YouTube may review its most popular channels for offensive content

Friday  09:51,   12 january 2018
Engadget

It became pretty clear last year that YouTube has a content problem. Last spring, companies like AT&T and Verizon pulled ads because they were found to be appearing alongside extremist videos. Paul's channel was one of YouTube's[...]