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Microsoft’s phil spencer hints at the future of gaming for Xbox, PC and beyond

NEW YORK: Design & Trend reported yesterday that Microsoft is already testing out new Xbox prototypes, and a new wireless chip is already in the works. Later that same day, Microsoft announced that it has discontinued production of the Xbox 360, but it informed gamers that its servers will stay online. “The Xbox 360 helped redefine an entire generation of ... Read More »

Report reveals Apple’s co-operation with government on data disclosure

CALIFORNIA: Though Apple has created a lot of hype about its resistance against the efforts being made by the FBI to get information from iPhones by hacking into them, a recently released report offers a different picture. Apple’s biannual transparency report released on April 19, 2016 suggests that in the second half of 2015, law enforcement agencies silently made 4,000 ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge launched in Pink Gold option

SEOUL: Samsung has announced another variant of its successful Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones. Originally available in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl, and Silver Titanium, Samsung has now introduced the same handset in another shade called Pink Gold. Indeed, there is nothing special about the colour, as it is not made of a precious metal. What is interesting ... Read More »

Apple’s new iPhone to be all glass and it is not coming until 2017

NEW DELHI: Apple recently launched the iPhone SE catering to the 4-inch display lovers and even before we could estimate the new phone’s success or the lack of it, the internet is abuzz with rumours about its next flagship. According to reliable Apple analyst, KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, the new iPhone would deviate from the norm and come crafted in ... Read More »

Apple has obliged government requests for user data before

CALIFORNIA: Even as Apple continues its high-profile campaign of resistance to the FBI’s attempts to hack into one of its iPhones, the release Tuesday of the company’s biannual transparency report shows law enforcement agencies in the second half of 2015 quietly made 4,000 requests for user data from more than 16,000 devices and that Apple in most cases obliged them ... Read More »

Visa: New Technology for Chip Cards to Speed Checkout Times

Visa says its improving its smart chip-embedded cards, which have been the source of grumbling from businesses and customers forced to wait for transactions to go through. The company said Tuesday that Quick Chip for EMV will let customers dip and remove cards, usually in two seconds or less, without waiting for purchases to be finalized. Though the wait can ... Read More »

Chinese inventors unveil unnervingly human-like robot ‘Jia Jia’

BEIJING: A team of Chinese investors have unveiled an eerily human-like robot that not only closely resembles a living woman, but can also replicate tiny facial expressions to add to the uncanny effect. The interactive humanoid robot, named Jia Jia, was unveiled at China’s University of Science and Technology last Friday, state news agency Xinhuanet reported. “Hello everyone, I’m Jia ... Read More »

Apple Watch 2 release date to lag behind that of Apple Watch S?

NEW YORK: There a slew of conflicting rumors about the Apple Watch 2 and the most recent one even points toward it only arriving during 2017, and a device with “S” tacked on releasing in June or September of this year. First off, Wearable points to a rumor about the Apple Watch 2 and indicates that according to it the ... Read More »

New Fanuc Technology Connects Robots to Networks

TOKYO—Japanese industrial robot maker Fanuc Corp. said Monday it has developed technology to connect robots to networks that it hopes will give it an edge as it races to build the factory of the future. The technology is meant to enable factory owners to easily customize their robots and systems by downloading any needed applications, much like a consumer downloads ... Read More »

Will WhatsApp’s new encryption policy make its use illegal in India?

NEW DELHI: The encryption battle continues as WhatsApp joined the encryption wagon and showed that they support the cause of user privacy. With end-to-end encryption, messages are scrambled as they leave the sender’s device and can only be decrypted by the recipient’s device. It renders messages unreadable if they are intercepted by any third party. WhatsApp, which has a billion ... Read More »

Xiaomi Max: Upcoming phablet by Xiaomi

BEIJING: Xiaomi recently brought their next flagship model Mi5 into the market. It got the positive response and now makers are getting ready for the next gadget. Some leaked information is giving a clue that Xiaomi is working on the next gadget. The name of this gadget is Xiaomi Max which will be a phablet. Company conducted an online poll ... Read More »

Impact of technology in local classrooms

NEW YORK: If you have school age children, chances are the subject of technology and how much time your kids spend engaged on smartphones and computers has been a topic of discussion. Following a presentation to parents and educators in Williamson County of the new documentary “Screenagers,” in which parents and experts dissect the negative impacts of screen time on ... Read More »

Security services have no right to password, argues UK hacker

LONDON: British security services have been accused of dealing a blow to privacy by attempting to force an alleged cyber hacker through legal means to hand over the password to his encrypted computer files. Lauri Love, 31, is fighting attempts to extradite him to America to face criminal charges for breaking into Federal Reserve computers. He is accused of stealing ... Read More »

Microsoft sues US over secret warrants to search email

SAN FRANCISCO : Software titan Microsoft on Thursday sued the US government, arguing that secret warrants to search people’s email violate the US Constitution. Microsoft filed a suit against the Justice Department in federal court in Seattle, near the company’s headquarters in Redmond. “Microsoft brings this case because its customers have a right to know when the government obtains a ... Read More »

Scholars wary of technology ‘over-promising and under-delivering’

WASHINGTON: A long history of “over-promising and under-delivering” has left universities with “legitimate concerns” about the value of educational technologies, a sector leader said. David Levin, president and chief executive of US-based McGraw-Hill Education, told Times Higher Education that educational technology companies would have to allay these fears if they were to maximise the potential of their products. Mr Levin ... Read More »

Meizu says Pro 6 is the world’s first 10-core smartphone

BEIJING: Have you heard of Meizu? It’s another Chinese company that makes cheap smartphones. And while those used to come with the caveat of dubious build quality and buggy software, it’s no longer the case. Meizu — just like Oppo, OnePlus, Huawei and Xiaomi, among many others — makes great-looking, powerful, extremely capable smartphones, and sells them for a fair ... Read More »

HTC 10 keeps calms and takes great pictures

TAIPEI: HTC is promising a better camera — along with refinements in audio and design — as it unveils its latest flagship phone, the HTC 10. The camera has long a weak point in HTC devices. At first, HTC sacrificed image resolution and made the size of individual pixels larger to capture more light. But the resulting 4 megapixel images ... Read More »

Facebook shows new ways to chat and stream video

CALIFORNIA: Looking for new ways to engage with its audience, Facebook says people who use its Messenger chat service will soon be able to order flowers, shop for shoes and talk with a variety of businesses by sending them direct text messages. And soon, if you haven’t “chatted” with those businesses on Messenger in a while, they’ll be able to ... Read More »

iPhone, iPad, iWatch: Apple launches new smart gadgets slashing prices, sizes

CUPERTINO, US: Apple has launched its latest gadgets, slashing their sizes and prices to grab a huge market, especially in India. Apple chief executive Tim Cook stressed that protecting privacy is an obligation the tech giant “will not shrink from.” A new iPhone SE will debut at $399 for US customers without a contract subsidy, a significant cut from the ... Read More »

Apple set to launch new iPhone, iPad handsets

SAN FRANCISCO: American IT giant Apple is set to launch new models of iPhone and iPad, which will likely to help the company keep momentum in the fast-evolving mobile device market. The media gathering at the company’s intimate Town Hall auditorium in Silicon Valley will also give Apple a chance to restate its case for fighting a US government demand ... Read More »