• NEW WHATSAPP BETA FEATURE LOOKS TO ELIMINATE THE PAIN OF EMBARRASSING TEXTS

    We’ve all been there. You go to send a text message to your friend and you hit send before you’ve finished typing. Or there’s an embarrassing autocorrect error. Or worse, you’ve sent it to your boss instead of your co-worker. WhatsApp is testing a way to eliminate the stress over text messages. Spotted by Mashable […]

  • Adobe bets on Chromebooks for education with slew of mobile apps

    Until now there has been a clear division between Adobe’s mouse-and-keyboard driven desktop applications and its touch-centric mobile versions. But, timed to coincide with Google’s push to blend Android with Chromebooks, Adobe has announced support for six of its most popular mobile applications on Play Store-compatible Chromebooks. This is part of the company’s education initiative, […]

  • 10 best Android apps for power users

    Android phones come with a lot of handy apps out of the box, but that’s just the start. With the right apps you can may your phone faster and better. You can also start making changes to customize the device to your liking and really get into the nitty gritty of customizing. For that, you’ll […]

  • The brains of astronauts change during spaceflight

    At the dawn of human spaceflight, we weren’t even sure people would be able to eat in space. Today, we’ve moved on to bigger questions like, “what happens to your brain in space?” This is what researchers at the University of Michigan wanted to know when they scanned the brains of a few dozen astronauts. […]

  • Stop to smell the virtual roses: why scent could be the next frontier for VR

    By popular demand, the only thing missing from the VR version of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is the smell of rotting corpse. Now even that could change, thanks to the Tokyo-based startup Vaqso that is working to incorporate the sense of smell into virtual reality. In a story about VR haptics a few weeks ago, I surmised that […]

  • FACEBOOK ‘MISLED’ EU REGULATORS OVER ITS TAKEOVER OF WHATSAPP

    Facebook misled European Union regulators over its 2014 takeover of WhatsApp, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said Tuesday. At issue is the company’s recent linking of Facebook and WhatsApp user accounts, something that it had previously told the Commission it would not be able to automate reliably. The acquisition, announced in February 2014, won […]

  • FEDS FRUSTRATED BY CONSTANTLY CRASHING APPS

    Imagine if Twitter was offline for an entire day. Sure, some might be happy for the break, but the uproar that would greet a day with no access to the internet’s public square would no doubt be loud and angry. Within the federal government, however, seeing collaboration, communication and database applications go offline for a […]

  • HOW IBM PLANS TO EXPAND MOBILEFIRST FOR IOS PROGRAM

    Apple and IBM’s program for iOS mobile app development in the enterprise is broadening its reach this year as more businesses pursue apps that can transform how their employees work, according to IBM. “We are engaged with more than 1,000 clients across the world,” says Mahmoud Naghshineh, IBM’s general manager in charge of the MobileFirst […]

  • GOOGLE SUED BY EMPLOYEE FOR CONFIDENTIALITY POLICIES THAT ‘MUZZLE’ STAFF

    A product manager at Google has sued the company for its allegedly illegal confidentiality agreements, policies and practices that among other things prohibit employees from speaking even internally about illegal conduct and dangerous product defects for fear that such statements may be used in legal discovery during litigation or sought by the government. The alleged […]

  • Uber fined $20 million for lying about driver earnings, predatory financing

    Uber, the San Francisco ride-sharing company, has been in the news of late over its game of chicken with the city of San Francisco over a $150 license fee for self-driving vehicles (which it lost) and for losing an estimated $3 billion dollars in 2016. Now the company has been fined $20 million by the […]

  • SILICON VALLEY’S TRUMP REBELLION NOW HAS EFF CALLING FOR MORE ENCRYPTION

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is keenly worried that President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will step up surveillance activities and pass laws to curtail electronic rights. As a result, the EFF is advising the tech sector to use end-to-end encryption for every transaction by default, and to scrub logs. “You cannot be made to […]