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Skype’s new mobile design arrives on the desktop for Windows testers  👤1529

2017-08-19 14:40:34

Microsoft is testing out its new Skype mobile interface in a desktop preview of the company's communication app. The new radical Skype mobile design debuted back in June, and the reception hasn't been positive. Despite that, Microsoft wants to try out a new design on the desktop side. "It's not yet complete and we need your feedback," says a Skype spokesperson.

Instagram will now automatically turn photos you're replying to into a sticker  👤1289

2017-08-18 16:40:23

Instagram is rolling out a new feature today on its iOS and Android apps that'll clear up DM confusion. Users could already reply to photos, videos, and reshared posts sent to their DMs with their own photo or video, but now, a sticker of whatever they're responding to will automatically show up in their reply.

Twitter Suspends Accounts Linked to Neo-Nazi Website  👤1348

2017-08-17 15:24:08

Twitter Inc on Wednesday suspended accounts linked to the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, keeping up pressure from Silicon Valley on white supremacists after weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro to feature swim tracking, offline Spotify support  👤1463

2017-08-16 14:47:37

Samsung is believed to be hard at work on its next-generation wearable device, dubbed the Gear Fit2 Pro. While some reports have said the Gear Fit2 Pro will be a slightly more polished version of the Gear Fit2, other scattered reports suggest the wearable will be an all-new device. Ahead of the August 23 launch, reputable leakster Evan Blass via VentureBeat has revealed even more details about the upcoming wearable.

Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle  👤1023

2017-08-15 16:51:46

Plans to build the world's "largest" data centre are being made public.

Why Facebook's New YouTube Rival Faces Very Different Challenges  👤1213

2017-08-11 15:21:17

Facebook is making a big effort to boost its video presence with the launch of Watch, a new subsection of the social media giant's feature lineup meant to serve as a destination for original episodic shows. Facebook is introducing Watch to a limited number of people in the U.S., and the company hasn't specified when it will roll out more broadly.

Google's Smartphone Is Super Cheap Right Now  👤1362

2017-08-10 16:26:12

Google is cutting the price of its Pixel smartphone just as the company may be preparing to launch a new model.

Google fires diversity memo author  👤1551

2017-08-09 16:37:46

A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm.

The controversial memo broke the firm's code of conduct, Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees.

Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets  👤1503

2017-08-07 15:12:33

A boom in incinerator-building could make it impossible for the UK to meet future targets for recycling, a report says.

Apple 'working on non-iPhone Apple Watch'  👤1366

2017-08-05 14:25:53

Apple is working on an Apple Watch that does not need to be paired to an iPhone, according to a report.

The Super NES Classic Finally Has a Preorder Timeframe  👤1283

2017-08-04 17:09:05

The Super NES Classic will finally be available to preorder in late August, says Nintendo. The company posted as much on its official Facebook page in a clarifying dispatch that should ease worries about system availability in the lead up to the $79.99 micro-console's September 29 launch.

AMD's RX Vega PC Gaming Graphics Lineup Is Late But Mighty  👤2172

2017-08-03 10:31:32

In the crazy high-end PC gaming graphics card market, you have two choices: AMD or Nvidia. Nvidia presently commands the performance roost with cards at the tip-top of its GeForce 10 series. AMD has trailed its rival at this level for years, opting to instead do battle in the market's budget and mainstream tiers. That's about to change, with the advent of AMD's Radeon RX Vega series.

Monster Hunter Stories Slipped Its Release Date Into a Charming Trailer  👤1539

2017-08-02 14:30:17

Nintendo just unveiled the release date for Monster Hunter Stories, a spinoff of publisher Capcom's critter-stalking franchise for the Nintendo 3DS. U.S. owners can buy it for $39.99 on September 8. You can find those details and more in a new trailer for the game.

Bitcoin rebels risk 'currency trading chaos'  👤1468

2017-08-01 15:47:43

A split in the Bitcoin community is set to create a new incompatible version of the cryptocurrency on Tuesday.

Why did Apple pull VPNs from its app store in China?  👤1831

2017-07-31 13:48:30

The creators of several Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have criticised Apple's decision to remove their products from its App Store in China.

Signal may be from first 'exomoon'  👤1664

2017-07-29 16:33:50

A team of astronomers has potentially discovered the first known moon beyond the Solar System.

Adobe Flash Will Be Dead in 3 Years  👤2454

2017-07-28 13:15:15

Adobe is finally killing off its Flash plugin, the company announced in a blog post on Tuesday.

Microsoft Paint to be killed off in future Windows 10 update after 32 years  👤2968

2017-07-26 12:02:19

Microsoft is preparing to kill off Paint.

China set to launch an 'unhackable' net  👤1634

2017-07-25 14:36:30

As malicious hackers mount ever more sophisticated attacks, China is about to launch a new, "unhackable" communications network - at least in the sense that any attack on it would be quickly detected.

China announces goal of leadership in Artificial Intelligence by 2030  👤1604

2017-07-24 17:08:25

China's government has announced a goal of becoming a global leader in artificial intelligence in just over a decade, putting political muscle behind growing investment by Chinese companies in developing self-driving cars and other advances.

AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down  👤1648

2017-07-23 11:40:22

Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a "landmark" international law enforcement investigation.

The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data.

Google Play Music now works with Apple’s CarPlay  👤2026

2017-07-22 14:14:05

I really don't know how many Android fans who've bought into Google's ecosystem would favor CarPlay over Android Auto, but maybe Apple's in-car software is your only choice. If that's your situation, you can at least now stream from the Google Play Music iPhone app using Apple's finger-friendly in-car software, as reported by 9to5Mac. The CarPlay version of Play Music is divided into four sections: Home, Recents, Music Library, and Stations. Home is where you'll find recommendations — both based off your listening habits and other influencing factors like the time of day, your mood, or location.

Samsung's Next Galaxy Note Phone Is Probably Coming Next Month  👤1500

2017-07-21 16:48:04

Samsung may be preparing to unveil its sequel to the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. The South Korean electronics giant just sent out invitations for its next Unpacked event, which will take place in New York on August 23.

Samsung traditionally uses these events to make big announcements around new products, especially those in its Galaxy smartphone line. The company has been known to debut new Note phones around the August and September time frame in years past.

Apple updates emoji keyboard, including highly detailed vomiting face  👤2052

2017-07-19 15:28:23

Apple has revealed the new emoji that are coming in the next update. But if you're squeamish, look away now.

Youtube not working as users see error message not videos  👤1770

2017-07-18 16:02:29

YouTube has stopped working for some users.

New low-cost smart glove can translate sign language  👤1743

2017-07-17 16:54:46

Scientists have created a low-cost smart glove that can wirelessly translate sign language into text and control objects in virtual reality games. The device, called "The Language of Glove," was built for less than USD 100 using stretchable and printable electronics that are inexpensive, commercially available and easy to assemble.

Facebook Is Reportedly Building a VR Headset You Could Actually Afford  👤2728

2017-07-15 14:45:02

Facebook's Oculus Rift provides one of the most immersive virtual reality experiences currently possible, but its appeal can be hampered by a cumbersome setup process, high price tag, and complex system requirements. The social media giant hopes to address those concerns with a forthcoming $200 wireless headset that will be lighter than Samsung's Gear VR model, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

No sweat: app aims to alert office workers when they start to stink  👤2045

2017-07-15 10:02:25

Worried your body odour is out of control but suspect your colleagues are too polite to say anything about it? Now there's an app for that, too.

A Japanese tech company has begun selling a device that allows people to self-test their sweaty exteriors for three categories of smell.

The pocket-sized detector, which looks like a tape recorder, connects by Bluetooth to a smartphone app that divulges the potentially ominous results in a suitably discreet manner.

Microsoft has officially killed Windows Phone, no more support for OS  👤1128

2017-07-12 14:56:25

Microsoft has announced end of support for Windows Phone 8.1, and this is literally pulling the plug on the Windows Phone platform. Though phones running the platform will not be bricked, users should not expect any future updates. Microsoft, which has clearly lost interest in the smartphone business over the past few quarters, is yet to announce its plans for Windows 10 Mobile.

Nokia 'regrets' health app backlash  👤2586

2017-07-10 18:30:07

Nokia says it is "regrettable" that problems with its Health Mate fitness-tracking app have frustrated users.

Nokia took over health tech firm Withings in 2016 and recently replaced the Withings Health Mate app with a Nokia-branded version.

Health Mate has been downloaded more than one million times from app stores.

New material can protect astronauts from space radiation  👤2286

2017-07-06 09:10:47

Scientists have designed a new nano-material that can reflect or transmit light on demand and may be applied on spacesuits to protect astronauts from harmful cosmic radiation. The material is so thin that hundreds of layers can fit on the tip of a needle and can be applied to any surface, researchers said.

Samsung reuses Note 7 parts for new phone  👤2046

2017-07-03 15:13:40

Samsung is releasing a new phone using parts from its Galaxy Note 7, which was axed after a battery fault led to some devices catching fire.

The firm said the Note Fan Edition would "minimise the environmental impact" of its high-profile flop.

Raspberry Pi scores top engineering award  👤2052

2017-06-30 14:19:44

The Raspberry Pi has won the UK's top engineering award.

The team behind the device was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering's MacRobert Prize at a ceremony in London last night.

The tiny computer launched in 2012. Its designers hoped to introduce children to coding and had modest ambitions.

Short-haul wifi satellite launches  👤1790

2017-06-29 14:48:02

A new Europe-wide wifi service for aeroplanes came a step closer on Wednesday night with the launch of a key satellite from French Guiana.

Nintendo reveals classic SNES console  👤3337

2017-06-27 16:13:53

Super Mario World, Starfox and Yoshi's Island are set to be re-released later this year as part of a new classic SNES console.

The original Super Nintendo Entertainment System, launched in 1990, sold 50 million units worldwide.

Uber chief executive Kalanick resigns  👤2460

2017-06-21 16:53:55

Mr Kalanick will remain on the board of the firm, however, the New York Times reported.

His resignation comes after a review of practices at the firm and scandals including complaints of sexual harassment.

Microsoft’s new‘Modern Keyboard’ with fingerprint scanner launched  👤2655

2017-06-19 17:58:11

Microsoft has upgraded its "Modern Keyboard" with one big highlighted feature – a fingerprint scanner. The successor to the Surface keyboard looks identical in design, but comes with an integrated fingerprint reader that lets users to unlock their Windows machine by pressing the key right to be space bar using Windows Hello.

Microsoft's new Skype logo ditches the iconic clouds  👤2181

2017-06-18 09:57:03

Microsoft unveiled a radical redesign for Skype earlier this month, with a new look that has Snapchat-like features. While the company has overhauled its Skype apps, there's also a new Skype logo that ditches the fluffy cloud aspects of the past. Brand New has a closer look at the new logo, and a comparison to the old one that everyone knows.

E3 2017: Sony teases virtual reality games  👤2709

2017-06-13 18:44:50

Sony has teased a string of new games for its PSVR virtual reality headset hardware prior to the E3 video games show in Los Angeles.

E3 2017: Microsoft unveils Xbox One X  👤2749

2017-06-12 16:45:08

Microsoft has unveiled the latest games console in its line-up, a more powerful version of the Xbox One called the Xbox One X.

The tech giant touted the machine's specs, including its ability to run games in 4K ultra-HD, ahead of the E3 games show in Los Angeles.

Sony sells one million VR headsets  👤2458

2017-06-08 12:49:09

Sony has sold more than one million virtual reality (VR) headsets, the company has said.

President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Atsushi Morita said sales had "exceeded our expectations".

Tertill solar-powered robo-gardener will pull up your weeds all on its own  👤2536

2017-06-07 15:39:05

Weeding the garden is possibly one of the least enjoyable tasks for keen gardeners, which is why a robot has been developed to take care of the hard work.

Apple reveals HomePod smart speaker  👤2503

2017-06-06 18:33:23

Apple has announced a voice-activated loudspeaker powered by its virtual assistant Siri.

A Peek Inside the Transparent Frog  👤2874

2017-06-03 08:55:12

There wouldn't be a lot of advantages to being a member of the Hyalinobatrachium yaku species. You'd be a frog for one thing. You'd be just 0.8 in. (2 cm) long too, meaning you'd be prey for, well, just about anything that lives with you in the Ecuadorean Amazon.

But if it was any consolation, you could at least be sure you'd be unlikely ever to need an MRI, X-ray or CT scan again.

First mission to the Sun  👤2997

2017-06-02 10:33:40

NASA made an announcement, about its first mission to enter directly into the sun's atmosphere, at an event at University of Chicago's William Eckhardt Research Centre on Wednesday.

The HomeKit-enabled Eve Degree will tell you how humid your garden is  👤3104

2017-06-01 16:35:46

Elgato's new Eve Degree device will monitor both indoor and outdoor temperatures between zero degrees to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as humidity levels throughout your home. And the best part is that it runs off a replaceable coin cell battery that'll last up to a year.

Mark Zuckerberg gets honorary Harvard degree after dropping out  👤2800

2017-05-29 18:53:35

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has returned to Harvard University under rainy skies to give a graduation speech and receive an honorary degree.

Microsoft launches new Surface Pro  👤2005

2017-05-24 15:48:32

Microsoft has launched a "faster, more powerful" Surface Pro tablet, with a battery life of 13.5 hours.

Amazon adds live TV channels to Prime Video  👤2957

2017-05-23 17:40:19

Amazon has announced it will offer live television channels via its Prime Video service, for an extra fee.

People will be able to subscribe to popular channels such as Discovery and Eurosport individually, without paying for a bundle of channels.

Snail's DNA secrets unlocked in fight against river disease  👤2703

2017-05-18 10:02:49

Scientists have decoded the genome of a snail involved in the spread of a deadly parasitic disease.

They say the information will help in the fight against schistosomiasis, an infection caused by a parasitic worm that lives in streams and ponds.

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