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Apple releases macOS 10.12.3 with MacBook Pro GPU and battery fixes

Jan 23, 7:40PM

macbookproports Apple has just released an update to macOS Sierra. 10.12.3 is a bugfix update, but it brings some much needed changes for the new MacBook Pro released late last year. With today’s update, Apple has issued a couple of fixes for the graphics chipset in the 15-inch model. Apple has also fixed the Safari icon fetching bug that was affecting battery life. There are many screenshots and videos… Read More

Google starts testing Instant Apps in the wild

Jan 23, 7:13PM

O92A6441 One of the biggest surprises at last year’s Google I/O developer conference was the announcement of Instant Apps for Android. These new kinds of apps are meant to help bridge the gap between web apps and native apps. The idea here is to break native apps into very small packets that, because they are so small, can run almost instantly — and without having to go to an app… Read More

Microsoft heads to court to fight Justice Department gag orders

Jan 23, 6:35PM

shutterstock Microsoft Microsoft heads to court Monday morning to defend its right to disclose when the government requests data on its users. The case, known as Microsoft v. Department of Justice began in 2016 when Microsoft sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) to challenge a part of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) under which the government serves warrants to tech companies. The lawsuit is… Read More

Paris FinTech Startups! Meet TechCrunch this week

Jan 23, 6:25PM

eiffel tower, paris, night In this strange “Age of Brexit” suddenly the chips are all up in the air. And while London remains the financial capital of Europe, that crown is now up for grabs. One of London’s biggest sectors, in terms of its financial sector, is its position as the multi-national clearing house of the European economy. It’s estimated that stripping the euro clearing from London as… Read More

New equity crowdfunding platform GrowthFountain launched today

Jan 23, 6:01PM

growthfountain-splash There’s no shortage of equity crowdfunding sites out there, but GrowthFountain thinks it has the special sauce to cut through the mayhem by thinking close to home. Focusing on investors local (or at least regional) to the investment opportunities, the company in effect formalizes the kind of fundraising you’d do from friends, family and local investors. Read More

VR is gaining ground in the academic world and the 3D industry

Jan 23, 6:00PM

Photo: kumikomini/iStock/Getty Images Two recent survey reports came in with news on positive traction in VR adoption by two very different segments of the industry: academic institutes and the 3D modeling community. Read More

ZTE admits it painted itself into a corner with its crowdsourced phone

Jan 23, 5:57PM

zte-hawkeye Things aren’t looking great for Hawkeye. It was a valiant effort, but the first result of ZTE’s crowdsourcing Project CSX is presently at just around $35,000 into its $500,000 goal after the project launched on January 4, at the height of CES. The company’s admitting it made some key errors along the way, with VP Jeff Yee taking to the company’s forum to apologize… Read More

UpKeep gives companies an app to speed up the maintenance work order process

Jan 23, 5:56PM

upkeep As a process development engineer, Ryan Chan was used to trying to make incremental improvements to the development process in manufacturing. Those changes would improve efficiency by around one to three percent, which would net hundreds of thousands of dollars, but Chan wanted to figure out how to get things moving even more efficiently. So he left, and he became an iOS engineer. That led him… Read More

Fake news' power to influence shrinks with a contextual warning, study finds

Jan 23, 5:14PM

warning system Research conducted by social psychologists at Cambridge University in the UK, and Yale and George Mason in the US, offers a potential strategy for mitigating the spread of misinformation online — involving the use of pro-active warnings designed to contextualize and pre-expose web users to related but fake information in order to debunk factual distortion in advance. Read More

Axon VR promises real haptic feedback for your sojourns into virtual reality

Jan 23, 5:13PM

screen-shot-2017-01-23-at-12-11-07-pm Have you ever wanted to feel a dragon breathe on your wrist? A tiny reindeer paw at your palm? A virtual robot skitter up your arm and burrow into your chest? Axon VR is about to let you. IEEE Spectrum’s Evan Ackerman checked out the Axon VR device at CES a few weeks ago and it looks like the sleeper hit of the show given how little it was covered and how amazing it looks. The box, a… Read More

Australia details plan to replace passport stamping with biometric scans

Jan 23, 5:10PM

Photo: adamdodd/iStock A badge of pride among frequent travelers, the battered passport could become a relic of the past, as sophisticated technology aims to replace more traditional means of identifying passengers. Australia is steadily working to update its own international processing, with a sort of self-service check out involving face, iris and/or fingerprint scanning designed to take some of the pain out of… Read More

Snapchat's big redesign, featuring universal search and more, just hit iOS

Jan 23, 5:03PM

snapchat-search Snapchat’s major redesign, which introduces a universal search bar to the top of the app, among other features, has today hit iOS. The refreshed user interface was first announced earlier this month, but was only available to Android users at the time with a promise that it would reach iPhone users “soon.” The app has long been criticized for being too hard to navigate… Read More

The new Google Voice launches, bringing a modern look, group chat, photo sharing & more

Jan 23, 5:00PM

google-voice Confirming reports from earlier this month that a Google Voice update was in the works, Google today has launched a refreshed version of its VoIP calling service on mobile and the web. Largely, the update is about giving the product a more modern look-and-feel, after having not received a major upgrade in years. But the relaunch also includes a few new features, like support for… Read More

Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds Linkerd as its fifth hosted project

Jan 23, 4:38PM

shipping containers, boxes The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the open source group that’s also the home of the popular Kubernetes container management system, today announced that it has added Linkerd as its fifth hosted project. Linkerd (pronounced linker-DEE), which was incubated at Buoyant, follows in the footsteps of other CNCF projects like Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing and Fluentd. The… Read More

Go tell Neil Young that he can use the JustBoom DAC to play back his audio on a Raspberry Pi

Jan 23, 4:03PM

screen-shot-2017-01-23-at-10-26-21-am My, my, hey, hey lossless audio is here to stay thanks to JustBoom, a set of Raspberry Pi “hats” that connect to the mini computer and offer high fidelity audio playback and amplification. The $24 hats include a lossless DAC, a mini-amplifier, and a high-resolution audio output with COAX and optical audio out. If you, like Neil Young, require the utmost fidelity in your music… Read More

Boom completes wind tunnel testing, paving the way for supersonic airplane construction

Jan 23, 4:00PM

xb-1-and-boom-1 Supersonic airplane startup Boom has just completed a key step on the way to building a production supersonic passenger jet; the startup finished its wind tunnel testing, verifying its first two years of aerodynamic design work and setting the stage for building the airframe that will eventually become the basis of it first flight-ready aircraft. I spoke to Boom CEO and co-founder Blake… Read More

Hanson Robotics built a Professor Einstein toy to teach kids science with a familiar face

Jan 23, 3:59PM

Hanson Robotics' first consumer robot is an educational toy, Professor Einstein. Hanson Robotics is making its first foray into the consumer electronics market with an educational toy called Professor Einstein. The device is a pint-sized, shuffling Albert Einstein that uses natural language processing, and other artificial intelligence capabilities, to comprehend and answer kids’ questions about science. The Einstein toy robot works as a standalone or in conjunction… Read More

Qualcomm stock takes a sharp hit on heels of Apple and FTC filings

Jan 23, 3:52PM

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 06:  Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf speaks during a press event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the 2014 International CES on January 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 7-10 and is expected to feature 3,200 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) A rough start to the week for Qualcomm stock following a week that brought some major bad news in the form of an FTC antitrust complaint and a one $1 billion or so suit from one-time ally Apple. The chipmaker was already stumbling from an FTC complaint a week back that accused the company of instituting a “no license, no chips” policy that instituted higher fees and held down… Read More

Twitter partners with Dick Clark Productions to live stream more red carpet pre-shows

Jan 23, 3:29PM

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12:  71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: A general view of atmosphere at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 --  (Photo by Mark Davis/NBC/NBC via Getty Images) More red carpet live streams are coming to Twitter, thanks to a new deal between the social network and Dick Clark Productions, announced this morning. The partners will again work together to bring live streamed programming from award shows exclusively to Twitter, including red carpet pre-shows for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, 2017 Billboard Music Awards and 2017 American… Read More

IBM acquiring Agile 3 Solutions to give execs visiblity into security risks

Jan 23, 3:11PM

LA DEFENSE, FRANCE: The French headquarters of IBM in La Defense on the outskirts of Paris are seen, 23 May 2005. The group said it would eliminate 10,000-13,000 jobs worldwide, with most of the cuts to come in Britain, France, Germany and Italy. Europe accounts for about one-third of IBM's global work force of around 300,000. AFP PHOTO JOEL ROBINE (Photo credit should read JOEL ROBINE/AFP/Getty Images) IBM Security announced this morning that it has purchased Agile 3 Solutions, a San Francisco-based company that has developed a security analytics dashboard aimed at helping executives understand cyber-security risks inside an organization. The acquisition gives IBM another tool in its security arsenal to provide more insight to key decision makers, which ultimately could help them sell… Read More

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