Qualcomm Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., has introduced two new mobile platforms, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and 630, both designed to support a leap in performance, enabling advanced photography and enhanced gaming, in addition to long battery life and fast LTE speeds. The Snapdragon 660 and 630 Mobile Platforms include the Snapdragon 660 and 630 SoCs, which encompass the baseband functionalities, plus software and hardware components including RF front end, integrated Wi-Fi, power management, audio codec and…
Social networking giant Facebook has been ordered by an Austrian court that it must control the issue of ‘trolling’ on its platform following a case which was brought forward by a political party in the country. Austria’s Green party where outraged at the vitriol directed at its leader – and demanded that Facebook take responsibility for the platform being used to spread hate. However, the ruling is now set to have international ramifications as the ruling said that ‘hate postings’…
Microsoft recently unveiled its glossy new Surface Laptop and an updated version of Windows 10 intended to appeal to the education sector which Apple has strength in. The laptop, which is set to be released in June, will sell for $999. The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop is capable of 14.5 hours of battery life and weights just 2.76 pounds. It has a fabric keyboard and comes in four colors including cobalt blue and burgundy. The model is different from Microsoft’s Surface…
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled its newest flagship smartphone – and the organization is confident the device can have a positive impact in the saturated smartphone industry. Xiaomi CEO conceded that the company had suffered a significant sales slump last year, and that it was going through somewhat of a ‘transitional period’. However, that pessimism has been replaced with optimism with the launch of the ‘Mi 6’ smartphone. Management at Xiaomi believe the new device can serve as a…
Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, Inc., in a continuing quest to create innovative new business, has developed a spherical drone display - an unmanned aerial vehicle that displays LED images on an omni-directional spherical screen while in flight - which DoCoMo believes to be a world first (as of April 16, 2017). The device comprises a spherical external frame, an internal LED frame consisting of a series of eight curved LED strips that extend from top to bottom, a drone fitted inside…
Facebook announced on April 18 at its F8 2017 developer conference that it plans to make the smartphone camera the center of its augmented reality strategy. In his keynote speech at the McEnery Convention Center in Jan Jose, California, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “Think how many things we have in our lives that don’t need to be physical, they can be digital.” Augmented reality is a layer of computer-generated imagery that overlays real world imagery. Zuckerberg, who was inspired…
HTC Vive, a leader in room-scale Virtual Reality (VR), announced the first grant recipients in its ‘VR for Impact’ program. VR for Impact is Vive’s $10 million commitment to drive VR content and technologies that will increase awareness and create positive impact in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Vive is commemorating Earth Day by unveiling projects from three creators with unique visions for how VR can address the UN’s set of defined goals for the planet such…

Outrage over Uber purchasing user data from Unroll.me

Written on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 08:11
Adding to a string of recent negative press for ride-hailing app Uber, a report by the New York Times recently revealed that the email de-cluttering service Unroll.me had been selling user data to Uber to help it gain insight on when its customers were switching between using Uber and its competitor, Lyft. The Times report said Unroll.me did this by collecting Lyft receipts from user's inboxes and sharing the information with Uber for an undisclosed fee. Responding to the outrage…

Apple set to launch App Accelerator in Bangalore, India

Written on Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:22
Californian tech giant Apple is set to launch an App Accelerator in Bangalore, India, to provide more support to Indian developers and assist them in transforming the design performance of their apps on Apple’s mobile operating system iOS. Bangalore is the center of India’s technology startup scene, and it’s been said that the App Accelerator will inspire the next generation of Indian developers to get involved with tech. Apple experts will lead briefings each week to provide one-on-one app reviews…
NBC Olympics and Snap Inc. will partner to bring unique Olympic Winter Games coverage from PyeongChang, South Korea, to Snapchatters in the United States next February, including NBC Olympic coverage via daily "Our Stories" and "Publisher Stories" available in Snapchat Discover. NBC Olympics will work with BuzzFeed to co-produce the Publisher Stories. Through this partnership, sales packages will include not only the Snap Ad slots that will run within Our Stories and Publisher Stories, but also opportunities to purchase national…
Social networking giants Facebook have revealed that they have engaged in scanning behavioral patterns of suspicious accounts in order to clamp down and weed out bogus accounts. The security measure is part of a broader effort from Facebook to rid the popular networking site of hoaxes, misinformation and fake news by authenticating users who are what they claim to be. In a blog post, Shabnam Shaik, who is part of Facebook’s protect and care team suggested that people represent themselves…
South Korean conglomerate Samsung Electronics has expressed its delight at how their new Galaxy S8 flagship series smartphone has been initially received by consumers. There had been fears amongst Samsung executives and stakeholders that the Galaxy Note 7 debacle last year would impact negatively on the new S8. However, it seems that consumers are unfazed by the Galaxy Note 7 fires and pre-orders for the S8 have exceeded those of its predecessor. The S8 is set to go on sale…
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