News: Tech & Science

Yik Yak closes after four turbulent years

Saturday  07:35,   29 april 2017
USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — Yik Yak, the once-popular and ultra controversial app favored by college and high school students, prepared to shut down Friday, a victim of management miscues, fickle users and school bans. LOS ANGELES — Yik Yak, the[...]

Uber is making it easier to delete your account

Saturday  07:35,   29 april 2017
The Verge

Today, Uber announced a new Privacy Settings system within the app, rolling out to users over the next few weeks. The biggest functional change is the system for deleting accounts, which users will now be able to do from within the app[...]

Musical.ly syncs up with Apple Music

Saturday  07:35,   29 april 2017
Re/code

 The music app gets to expand its global reach; Apple gets a new marketing partner. Apple is linking up with Musical.ly, the popular music video app. Musical.ly lets its users create and share their own music videos, using snippets [...]

'You terrify me': TED speakers duke it out over a plan to release massive amounts of chalk into the atmosphere

Saturday  04:10,   29 april 2017
Business Insider Australia

At TED, a conference about big ideas that's largely attended by tech luminaries, it was inevitable that geoengineering -- the idea of changing the earth's atmosphere to halt or reverse climate change -- would come up. During the 2017 TED[...]

Apple Cuts Off License Payments to Qualcomm as Fight Mounts

Friday  19:12,   28 april 2017
Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) -- Qualcomm Inc. said Apple Inc. is cutting off licensing payments related to the iPhone until their legal dispute is settled, forcing the chipmaker to lower forecasts it gave just last week and sending its shares tumbling. The[...]

Google, Facebook Victims Of $100M Scam

Friday  19:07,   28 april 2017
International Business Times

The tech companies were tricked by a single scammer impersonating as a supplier from 2013-2015.The fact that the tech giants were swindled by a man impersonating as an Asian supplier of tech equipments, who was arrested last month for the[...]

China's Didi Raises Over $5.5 Billion in Record Tech Funding

Friday  18:56,   28 april 2017
Bloomberg

Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing raised more than $5.5 billion from investors, scoring the largest round of funding ever for a technology company to bankroll an expansion beyond China and into driver-less technology. Didi, which drove Uber[...]

BlackBerry to launch its KEYOne phone in May

Friday  18:42,   28 april 2017
The Week

Former mobile giant turns its focus to smartphone software and autonomous techAccording to TechRadar, the phone, which debuted at this year's World Mobile Congress, will go on sale on 5[...]

Space-mining may be only a decade away. Really.

Friday  18:36,   28 april 2017
The Washington Post

Investors wonder: Is oil the water of the coming Space Age?It may be to Middle Eastern oil states like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who are looking at space as a way to diversify out of the earthly benefits of fossil[...]

Nintendo Announces New 2DS XL Portable

Friday  14:56,   28 april 2017
International Business Times

The new Nintendo 2DS XL will arrive in North America on July 29 for $149.99.Unlike the original 2DS, the Nintendo 2DS XL features a clamshell design that’s similar to the 3DS. The original 2DS featured a wedge-shaped design with a smaller overall[...]

Elon Musk made a stealth visit to China this week

Friday  14:45,   28 april 2017
Quartz

Over the past two years, American tech CEOs eager to break into the elusive China market have made a habit of posing for the cameras…On Tuesday (April 25), state newswire Xinhua tweeted a photo of Tesla founder Elon Musk meeting in person with Wang[...]

Scientists Recover Ancient Human DNA From Cave Dirt

Friday  14:41,   28 april 2017
International Business Times

The breakthrough could lead to the creation of techniques that may allow scientists to study humans' evolutionary history without relying solely on hard-to-find skeletal remains.In a study published Thursday in the journal Science, a team of[...]

Apple Wants iPhones To Charge Via Wi-Fi, Patent Shows

Friday  12:22,   28 april 2017
International Business Times

Apple is looking for a way to let you charge your iPhone via Wi-Fi, a patent made public Thursday shows.Apple is looking into the possibility of charging iPhones through medium to long distance wireless charging technologies, a U.S. Patent and[...]

Google+ 'Topics' highlight active users and communities

Friday  12:22,   28 april 2017
Engadget

Google's latest feature for its social network can make your home stream look a little bit less lonely. By exploring the topics listed, you could find new or hidden communities and individuals who share your interest. It could also show [...]

Acer Predator Triton 700 packs gaming laptop power without the bulk

Friday  12:22,   28 april 2017
T3

Acer has been showing off a host of new kit but what’s got us most excited is its new gaming laptop, the Acer Predator Triton 700. The Acer Predator Triton 700 is the company’s flagship gaming laptop so it’s packing some serious specs in[...]