Category: Tech

  • Calling 911? Apple’s iPhone can tell a first responder where you are

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    Can an iPhone save your life or the life of a loved one in an emergency? Eight of ten 911 calls are made from mobile phones, but much of the public safety emergency infrastructure that’s in place dates back to the landline era of the 1960s. On Monday, Apple announced that coinciding with the arrival […]

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  • AMD’s Rising Prospects, Apple’s iPhone Plans, Defending Adobe

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    Here are some things going on today in the world of tech: Another Surging Cloud IPO Tech has another in a long line of cloud initial public offerings this year, with shares of Avalara (AVLR) soaring 68% from their offer price of $24, to a recent $66.71. My colleague Jonathan Swartzhas more details on the deal. Trump Goes After China’s […]

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  • Google diversity figures show little change

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    A new report from Google has revealed that little has changed despite a commitment to increasing diversity among staff employed by the tech giant. Overall nearly 70% of Google staff were men, as has been the case since 2014. In the US almost 90% were white or Asian, 2.5% were black and 3.6% Latin American. […]

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  • Net neutrality rules are now repealed: What it means

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    The net neutrality rules are no longer the law of the land. The repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections officially took effect on Monday, nearly six months after the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back the rules. In a press release Monday, the FCC said the repeal does away with “unnecessary, heavy-handed regulations” and replaces them with “common-sense regulations […]

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  • Intel vs AMD, Instagram’s Revenue, Microsoft’s Games

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    The annual E3 video game conference takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday, and already the announcements have been coming over the weekend from big participants such as Electronic Arts (EA) and Microsoft (MSFT), and keeping the Street busy. R.W. Baird’s Colin Sebastian this morning points out in a note to clients that “the global interactive entertainment industry will reach ~$145 billion in revenues […]

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  • Tech Tent – Glued to our phones

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    Was this the week that we woke up to our addiction to smartphones? That is just one of the topics we discuss in a special edition of Tech Tent live from the Cheltenham Science Festival. This week, Apple spent quite a lot of the opening keynote speech of its Worldwide Developers Conference talking about ways […]

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  • Porsche’s first electric car will be called the Taycan

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    Porsche’s first electric car, which has been known as the Mission E during its development, will be called the Taycan (pronounced tie-con), when it goes on sale late next year. The name, which translates as “lively young horse,” is a reference to the prancing steed at the center of Porsche’s shield-shaped logo. The four-door car […]

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  • Sony Xperia XZ3 Specifications Leaked

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    Sony Xperia XZ3 specifications have emerged online months after the debut of the Xperia XZ2 at MWC 2018. The new smartphone is expected to get an official appearance at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany, in September. But ahead of its formal launch, the unannounced Xperia model has surfaced with a top-notch Snapdragon 845 SoC. The smartphone is also found to have an […]

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  • Microsoft sinks data centre off Orkney

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    Microsoft has sunk a data centre in the sea off Orkney to investigate whether it can boost energy efficiency. The data centre, a white cylinder containing computers, could sit on the sea floor for up to five years. An undersea cable brings the data centre power and takes its data to the shore and the […]

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  • The Hidden Cost of Touchscreens

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    In 2012 I tried out a brand new luxury vehicle at a automotive conference. It was a minimalist European model, and nothing seemed out of place — until I tried to use the in-car entertainment system. The whole thing was a monolithic rectangle of reflective, flat glass. The touchscreen software was bizarre and clunky. It took me […]

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