Another digital assistant enters the fray. After Cortana, Google Home, Siri, Alexa (to name a few) have all been trending for years, Samsung has now revealed its own ambitions in the field of digital assistants. Whether out of necessity or born from genius, “Bixby” is a new approach to voice assistants on phones.
Apple had a busy week and announced some pretty interesting stuff. For all of you who heard about a Red Phone and a new iPad, but aren’t exactly sure what the Cupertino company is bringing to the table, here's an explanation of the three most important Apple announcements from last week.
Just about a year ago, Google surprised everyone by releasing the first preview of Android Nougat ahead of time – and the company has just done the same with the latest Android iteration. Code named Android O, it will be focusing on tweaking notifications and improving battery life.
Netflix has been revolutionizing television for a while now. The biggest “Internet television network”, as it calls itself, has expanded almost globally, is creating its own content and comes with freedoms that were never possible in offline television. The newest changes it is testing shows that it also keeps its ears open to what the consumers really want.
Just two months ago, the Wired covered the CES 2017 by saying Alexa is conquering the world. Amazon’s digital assistant was in every device you could imagine at the CES – including fridges, smartwatches and much more. Now, Amazon is taking a stab at bringing Alexa to iOS by integrating it in its shopping app. Apple is likely not very amused.
Captcha, AKA that annoying thing on the internet that always makes you doubt the fact whether you’re a real human or a robot, is going away. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean that robots have finally taken over – Google has just improved the Captcha technology so much that now it will be invisible for normal users, while automated software will still have to go through it.
Advertising seems to be everywhere today – especially online. But a recent addition to Windows 10 gets you ads straight into the interface for your OS. As you browse your files, you might be reminded of the great deals that OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud service, offers. That’s a bit too much.
Automated Twitter accounts that are controlled by software rather than humans have always been a part of Twitter. A recent study by the University of South California reveals just how big of a role they play on the social network – 9 to 15 percent of all users are bots. On the high end, that equals 48 million accounts.
Everything seems to be getting more like Snapchat lately. Instagram did it with Stories, WhatsApp recently launched Status (pretty much Stories with encryption) and now Facebook globally launched Messenger Day, the newest feature of their chat app. What does it do? You guessed it, it’s just like Stories...
YouTube is going after television even harder than it already did – Google has announced it is launching a live TV service in the next months. It will cost 35 dollars a month for six accounts and is designed to be a direct competitor to cable, urging you to cut the cord.
It finally happened – the biggest IPO in tech since 2014 took place on Thursday and it blew some of its competition straight out of the water. With a closing price of 24.48 US dollars per share, Snapchat is now worth an estimated 33 billion dollars, which is about three times as much as Twitter.
The Mobile World Congress of 2017 just took place in Barcelona last week and the verdict is in on some of the most interesting projects that got shown there. The MWC is the biggest event for the mobile phone industry, but some other interesting gadgets are also in the spotlight. Here’s our top 3 from this year’s show:
Cloudflare, an internet infrastructure company which helps about 5.5 million websites worldwide with performance and security, has been exposed for five months due to a bug. Cloudflare hosts sites like Uber, OK Cupid, Fitbit and others. Here’s a brief explanation on what happened.
Stealing trade secrets and running away with them to the competition might sound like an overused Hollywood plot, but it turns out it might also be reality. Waymo, the self-driving car company which recently split off of Google is suing a former employee who now works at Uber. He allegedly copied 9.7 GB of confidential data before leaving.
Mohit Goel has been arrested on allegations of fraud in India, the BBC reports. Goel is the director of Ringing Bells, which started offering the “world’ cheapest smartphone” a year ago. The device costed 251 rupees (around 4 dollars), which is why it was called Freedom 251. Initial excitement quickly turned into skepticism, now distributors’ complaints have tipped the scales.
The two big names of smartphone software creators now have almost the entire market to themselves. The operational systems of Apple and Android have been continuously increasing their market shares and have kept doing so in the last months of 2016, the new Gartner report reveals – the two companies accounted for 99.6 percent of all sold devices.
Samsung’s Lee Jae-yong, which has basically been running the company since 2014, was arrested Friday last week on bribery charges. According to the New York Times, Jae-yong is accused of paying 36 million dollars to a person close to South Korea’s president in return for political favors. The arrest might have consequences for both Samsung and South Korea as a whole.
HMD Global Oy which now has the rights to the Nokia brand is planning to go big at the Mobile World Congress later this month. According to well-known leaker Evan Blass, the Finnish manufacturer will be presenting four new models, including an homage to the old Nokia 3310, one of the most legendary phones of the brand.