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News: Tech & Science

The Unbearable Awkwardness of Automation

Thursday  19:55,   14 june 2018
msn

On June 27, 1967, a Barclays bank in Enfield, London, debuted what is widely regarded as the first automatic teller machine, or ATM.  On June 27, 1967, a Barclays bank in Enfield, London, debuted what is widely regarded as the first[...]

Microsoft Office’s new Fluent Design overhaul makes it easier to use

Thursday  15:31,   14 june 2018
msn

Microsoft is bringing its Fluent Design system from Windows 10 over to its Office apps to simplify them for the billion people that use Office. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are all getting a new simplified ribbon which is smaller and easier [...]

On-device AI will help you Google Translate when offline

Thursday  15:31,   14 june 2018
msn

Whether lost in Hong Kong's crowds or sitting in a Parisian café without any internet, Google Translate's offline version can more accurately get your point across with on-device AI. Neural Machine Translation (NMT) technology is[...]

Facebook used less for news as youngsters turn to WhatsApp: Reuters Institute

Thursday  15:31,   14 june 2018
reuters

<p>The use of social media networks such as Facebook to consume news has started to fall in the United States as many young people turn toward messaging apps such as Facebook-owned WhatsApp to discuss events, the Reuters Institute[...]

NASA loses contact with Mars rover in huge dust storm

Thursday  15:31,   14 june 2018
cbsnews

NASA's Opportunity rover has dropped out of contact with Earth in the midst of a massive dust storm on MarsEngineers are optimistic Opportunity will survive its trial by dust, but given its age and their emotional attachment to the hardy robot,[...]

Apple to stop police breaking into iPhones

Thursday  15:31,   14 june 2018
news.sky

Apple has said it will change iPhone settings to block a method used by police and intelligence agencies to break into devices. The tech giant said it was aiming to protect all customers, especially those in countries where phones are routinely[...]

Twitter wants to send you personalized news notifications

Thursday  11:10,   14 june 2018
msn

Twitter today announced an upcoming addition to its suite of mobile notifications.&nbsp;Currently, Twitter offers news notifications, for those who want to be kept up-to-date on what’s happening around the world. Now the company is expanding on[...]

Firefox makers working on voice-controlled web browser called Scout

Thursday  11:10,   14 june 2018
cnet

You could ask the browser, which boasts tremendous accessibility potential, to load a website, and it could read it to you.The nonprofit revealed the Scout project in an agenda item for an all-hands meeting taking place this week in San Francisco.[...]

The Milky Way Galaxy Might Be Twice as Wide as Astronomers Thought

Thursday  11:10,   14 june 2018
popularmechanics

A new study measured stars at the very edges of our galaxy, and they are a lot farther away than predicted.But a new study sheds some light on the size of our galaxy, suggesting that the stars at the galactic edge are about twice as far away from[...]

Apple won't let developers pull info about your contacts anymore

Wednesday  15:26,   13 june 2018
cnet

Developers can no longer create databases with information from iPhone users' contacts. They also can't share such a database with a third party, or sell it.In the past, some developers asked users for access to their phone contacts and used [...]

AI detects movement through walls using wireless signals

Wednesday  15:25,   13 june 2018
engadget

You don't need exotic radar, infrared or elaborate mesh networks to spot people through walls -- all you need are some easily detectable wireless signals and a dash of AI. Researchers at MIT CSAIL have developed a system (RF-Pose) that uses a[...]

How well do you know your gadgets?

Wednesday  15:25,   13 june 2018
msn

From the first digital watch to the first Apple phone to feature Siri, test your knowledge of tech toys with this[...]

Intel plans to release its first discrete GPU in 2020

Wednesday  15:25,   13 june 2018
engadget

After Intel nabbed Raja Koduri last year from AMD, where he led Radeon development, it was only a matter of time until it entered the high-end GPU arena.&nbsp;In a meeting with analysts last week, Intel executive Navin Shenoy noted that it's[...]

Lenovo gives its Legion gaming laptop line a tasteful makeover

Wednesday  11:15,   13 june 2018
engadget

If I asked you to imagine a gaming laptop, flashy designs, colorful lights and beefy chasses probably come to mind. Lenovo wants to move away from that motif and appeal to more users by redesigning its Legion series of gaming[...]

The nine biggest announcements from Nintendo’s E3 2018 presentation

Wednesday  11:15,   13 june 2018
msn

Nintendo <g class="gr_ gr_9 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" data-gr-id="9" id="9">choose</g> to play it safe with this year’s E3 keynote, focusing more on soon to be released[...]