Science

 55 Posts 0 Comments 18015 Views

Uber ride-hailing comes to BBM — because some people in the world still use BBM

It’s been some time since Uber made its full service available inside messaging apps — most notably Facebook Messenger — but now it is rolling out to another one, BBM, with an eye on emerging markets. BBM is virtually dead in Western markets following the decline of BlackBerry phones, but it hasn’t died altogether. Now run by Indonesian telco Emtek, BBM still maintains a decentish following in Indonesia, other parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The ride-hailing company is rolling out…

France files supplier contract complaint against Amazon

The French government has filed a complaint against ecommerce giant Amazon alleging abuse of a dominant position with some of its suppliers, according to Reuters citing a report in La Parisien newspaper. The move apparently follows a two-year investigation by France’s consumer fraud watchdog, the DGCCRF. The news agency says the Economy Ministry is seeking a fine of €10M (~$11.8M). “The platform imposes unbalanced relations to its vendors,” DGCCRF official Loic Tanguy is quoted as telling Le Parisien. We reached out to Amazon but…

Reading On Electronic Devices May Interfere With Science Reading Comprehension

A little kid dressed in an elegant way is sitted on the top of a pile of books, reading something on a tablet People who often read on electronic devices may have a difficult time understanding scientific concepts, according to a team of researchers. They suggest that this finding, among others in the study, could also offer insights on how reading a scientific text differs from casual reading. In a study, a group of adult readers who frequently used electronic…

7 REASONS CHROME OS COMPUTERS ARE IDEAL FOR ENTERPRISES

Will 2018 be the year Chrome OS devices emerge as mainstream computers in the corporate world? Not a chance. Microsoft Windows is predicted to represent 85% of worldwide PC shipments next year, with macOS at 8% and Chrome at 6%, according to IDC. But consider this: In 2017, 5.5% of all PCs sold will be Chrome OS devices, according to IDC analyst Linn Huang. This marks the first time a third operating system has joined Windows and macOS in crossing…

MICROSOFT SUNSETS WINDOWS 10’S FIRST FEATURE UPGRADE

Microsoft today will deliver the final security update for Windows 10's first feature upgrade, the version released in November 2015. Windows 10 1511 -- Microsoft labels its feature upgrades in a yymm format -- will receive its last security patches, then fall off Microsoft's support list. The company had announced 1511's retirement several times in the past, notably in a support lifecycle fact sheet on Microsoft's website. Today is also October's "Patch Tuesday," the month's release of security updates for Microsoft's products. The company…

KOTLIN COULD OVERTAKE JAVA ON ANDROID NEXT YEAR

Kotlin is on its way to overtaking Java on that mobile platform, claims mobile database maker Realm. Realm performed an anonymized assessment of 100,000 developers using its database and which languages they were using, determined by developers’ selection of SDKs. Realm found that 20 percent of apps built with Java before Google’s May endorsement of Kotlin are now being built in Kotlin. Based on that data, Realm predicts Kotlin will overtake Java on Android by December 2018. Kotlin may even change how Java…

Facebook rolls out new shows to the entire U.S.

That was quick. Just a couple weeks after first introducing its new platform for TV shows, Facebook is now bringing the feature to everyone in the U.S. Called Watch, the social network is now working with dozens of publishers on original programming that lives in a dedicated section of Facebook's app and website. Facebook began testing Watch earlier this month, but the feature was only available to a handful of users in the U.S. Whatever the company was hoping to gauge in…

Mark Zuckerberg pens open letter to Donald Trump rebuking reported end of DACA

President Donald Trump's decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is nearing a critical crossroads, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants his stance — along with most of Silicon Valley's — on the Obama administration policy to be clear. In a Facebook post published Thursday night, Zuckerberg pledged his support of DACA, called "Dreamers" the future of the country, and urged other business leaders to join in signing an open letter addressed to Trump. The letter has…

How Android Oreo and iOS 11 features compare to each other

There's a good chance your phone will be receiving a major update in the near future. Both Apple and Google are gearing up to launch the next versions of iOS and Android respectively. Google finally shipped Android Oreo (version 8.0) earlier this week, and Apple is putting the finishing touches on iOS 11 as we creep closer to iPhone launch in September. Although neither update has rolled out to phones just yet, they've been in beta for months for developers to play with. Now…

Charging Your iPhone Overnight Is Totally Safe (If You Follow These Tips)

There’s an old myth that charging our smartphones overnight after they’ve reached full-capacity is somehow damaging to their batteries — but this is simply not the case. Typical smartphone batteries are designed to last around a year and a half, or about 400 full cycles before their capacity begins gradually eroding; so fears about charging a battery after it’s fully charged are largely overblown. In fact, according to a report from Business Insider, what’s more likely to lead to a battery’s decline…

OnboardIQ raises $9.1 million to automate hiring for hourly workers

OnboardIQ wants to make applying for hourly work less of a hassle, with a mobile-first platform that businesses can use to reduce the time they spend finding and hiring qualified workers. Now, three years in, the company has raised $9.1 million to expand their product and customer reach. When we last wrote about OnboardIQ, back in 2015, the company was positioning itself as a way for on-demand startups to automate their hiring and onboarding processes. Well, I don’t know if you’ve…

MIT researchers used a $150 Microsoft Kinect to 3D scan a giant T. rex skull

MIT’s Camera Culture group has been able to successfully capture a high-resolution 3D scan of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull using about $150 worth of equipment and some free software. The skull, which belongs to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, was discovered in 1990 and is the largest and most complete T. rex skull yet found. However, it has some strange holes in the jawbone that have puzzled researchers for some time. Early on, it was believed that the holes…

Facebook expands its hate-fighting counterspeech initiative in Europe

Facebook has launched a third counterspeech initiative in Europe, partnering with the not-for-profit Institute for Strategic Dialogue for the launch of the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), which is aimed at tackling online extremism and hate speech. COO Sheryl Sandberg launched the initiative in London this morning along with Sasha Havlicek, CEO of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and with the UK founding partners for the initiative who are: Brendan Cox, Jo Cox Foundation — an organization named after a UK MP who…

Google’s new experiment, Triangle, lets you block individual apps from using mobile data

Google recently began testing a new tool for helping people better manage the mobile data used by their smartphones. The new Android app, called Triangle, is currently being tested in the Philippines, and lets you do things like view your data balance, see which apps are accounting for the most data usage and even block individual applications from using your mobile data, among other things. The problem of limited data is not one that’s as common here in the U.S.,…

Bike-sharing Mobike gets to ride on WeChat’s popularity to reach 900 million users

Bike-sharing firm Mobike now has a way to reach the 900 million people who use China's largest messenger app, WeChat. Mobike has been officially integrated into the chat app, allowing users to book a ride through its in-app wallet function. WeChat's wallet is a popular digital payment mode in China, where it can be used to pay at stores, and to do easy money transfers to friends when splitting the tab.   With the app now listed in the wallet…

Logitech’s Spotlight Is a Sleek, Smart Remote for Presentations

HIGHLIGHTS Spotlight is priced at $129.99 The remote includes forward, back and media buttons Gestures let you highlight and magnify relevant information A presentation is only as good as the one presenting, and Logitech wants to make sure you look good when you do. The company wants to do away with the old laser pointed remotes and instead bring in a smart, sleek-looking one for the modern times with the new Spotlight presentation remote. The $129.99 (roughly Rs. 8,700) remote…