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  • Tech-themed Pseudo Holidays, World Emoji & Prime Day!

    Tech-themed Pseudo Holidays, World Emoji & Prime Day!

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 4:04 PM EDT2018-07-17 20:04:56 GMT
    Proposed female emojis (Source: Google)Proposed female emojis (Source: Google)
    Proposed female emojis (Source: Google)Proposed female emojis (Source: Google)

    More than 70 new emoji characters are coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac later this year in a free software update.

    More than 70 new emoji characters are coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac later this year in a free software update.

  • The Technology Behind a Less Invasive Heart Surgery

    The Technology Behind a Less Invasive Heart Surgery

    Friday, July 13 2018 8:37 PM EDT2018-07-14 00:37:56 GMT
    It's called TAVR, also called TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation), and it is a less invasive procedure that is designed to replace a diseased aortic valve.It's called TAVR, also called TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation), and it is a less invasive procedure that is designed to replace a diseased aortic valve.

    It's called TAVR, also called TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation), and it is a less invasive procedure that is designed to replace a diseased aortic valve.

    It's called TAVR, also called TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation), and it is a less invasive procedure that is designed to replace a diseased aortic valve.

  • YouTube aims to crack down on fake news

    YouTube aims to crack down on fake news

    Monday, July 9 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-07-10 01:39:07 GMT

    Google's YouTube says it is taking several steps to ensure the veracity of news on its service by cracking down on misinformation and supporting news organizations.    

    Google's YouTube says it is taking several steps to ensure the veracity of news on its service by cracking down on misinformation and supporting news organizations.    

  • Google's Rumored Game-Streaming

    Google's Rumored Game-Streaming

    Friday, July 6 2018 4:07 PM EDT2018-07-06 20:07:26 GMT

    It seems Google is making moves to launch a video game streaming service.  Whisper's of Google's plans were heard in February 2018.  Many industry insiders are describing the service as Google's Netflix -- but for games.   

    It seems Google is making moves to launch a video game streaming service.  Whisper's of Google's plans were heard in February 2018.  Many industry insiders are describing the service as Google's Netflix -- but for games.   

  • Instagram Stories Surpasses Snapchat

    Instagram Stories Surpasses Snapchat

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 3:36 PM EDT2018-07-03 19:36:48 GMT

    Instagram Stories shows no sign of slowing down. The company, owned by Facebook, announced on Thursday that more than 400 million people use the popular feature each day, up from 250 million one year ago. That makes Stories more than twice as popular as Snapchat, which saw 191 million active users in the last quarter, according to the most recent earnings report from parent company Snap.  

    Instagram Stories shows no sign of slowing down. The company, owned by Facebook, announced on Thursday that more than 400 million people use the popular feature each day, up from 250 million one year ago. That makes Stories more than twice as popular as Snapchat, which saw 191 million active users in the last quarter, according to the most recent earnings report from parent company Snap.  

  • High-tech deception of 'deepfake' videos

    High-tech deception of 'deepfake' videos

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 3:34 PM EDT2018-07-03 19:34:04 GMT

    Hey, did my congressman really say that? Is that really President Donald Trump on that video, or am I being duped?  New technology on the internet lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they've never said. 

    Hey, did my congressman really say that? Is that really President Donald Trump on that video, or am I being duped?  New technology on the internet lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they've never said. 

  • Protecting Your Cellphone in Summer Heat

    Protecting Your Cellphone in Summer Heat

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 4:47 PM EDT2018-06-27 20:47:46 GMT

    It's been hot outside lately. The extreme heat isn't just taking a toll on lawns, it can also have an effect on your phone.  Some simple steps can help with damage. 
     

    It's been hot outside lately. The extreme heat isn't just taking a toll on lawns, it can also have an effect on your phone.  Some simple steps can help with damage. 
     

  • Test Apple's New iOS 12 on Public Beta

    Test Apple's New iOS 12 on Public Beta

    Monday, June 25 2018 9:30 PM EDT2018-06-26 01:30:57 GMT

    Apple released the public beta of iOS 12 Monday afternoon, the software that will be running at the core of the next iPhone and iPad, and, more than likely, the Apple phone and tablet you already own.

    Apple released the public beta of iOS 12 Monday afternoon, the software that will be running at the core of the next iPhone and iPad, and, more than likely, the Apple phone and tablet you already own.

  • BBB Warns of Facebook Messenger Scams

    BBB Warns of Facebook Messenger Scams

    Thursday, June 21 2018 8:21 PM EDT2018-06-22 00:21:01 GMT
    Beware of telephone scams (Image: WALA-TV)Beware of telephone scams (Image: WALA-TV)
    Beware of telephone scams (Image: WALA-TV)Beware of telephone scams (Image: WALA-TV)

    If you are on Facebook, watch out for scams using Messenger. In the past month, BBB Scam Tracker has received dozens of reports about con artists using Facebook Messenger to promote phony grants.

    If you are on Facebook, watch out for scams using Messenger. In the past month, BBB Scam Tracker has received dozens of reports about con artists using Facebook Messenger to promote phony grants.

  • Instagram unveils new video service

    Instagram unveils new video service

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 9:21 PM EDT2018-06-21 01:21:44 GMT

    Facebook's Instagram app is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube.
     

    Facebook's Instagram app is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube.
     

  • iPhones will share your exact location with 911

    iPhones will share your exact location with 911

    Monday, June 18 2018 8:40 PM EDT2018-06-19 00:40:27 GMT

    Apple is rolling out a new feature in its next iPhone software update to send emergency responders instant, precise location information in the US. The update, coming in iOS 12 later this year, calculates a caller's location based on data collected from WiFi access points, nearby cellular towers, and GPS.

    Apple is rolling out a new feature in its next iPhone software update to send emergency responders instant, precise location information in the US. The update, coming in iOS 12 later this year, calculates a caller's location based on data collected from WiFi access points, nearby cellular towers, and GPS.

  • Google Revamps Ad Tools

    Google Revamps Ad Tools

    Thursday, June 14 2018 9:14 PM EDT2018-06-15 01:14:29 GMT

    Google announces an update to its ad settings page to increase transparency for users.  The updates to its advertising tools will help users better understand why they see certain ads and help them control the experience. 

    Google announces an update to its ad settings page to increase transparency for users.  The updates to its advertising tools will help users better understand why they see certain ads and help them control the experience. 

  • Facebook bug made some private posts public

    Facebook bug made some private posts public

    Thursday, June 7 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-06-08 01:12:40 GMT

    Facebook bug made some private posts public, affecting as many as 14M users.

    Facebook bug made some private posts public, affecting as many as 14M users.

  • Longer Instagram Videos Coming Soon?

    Longer Instagram Videos Coming Soon?

    Wednesday, June 6 2018 9:28 PM EDT2018-06-07 01:28:54 GMT
    Watch out YouTube!  Social media fans may start spending more time on Instagram. The photo-sharing app is reportedly going to let users to post videos up to an hour long.   Users can already stream live video for up to an hour, but Instagram is working to extend this time limit to non-broadcast clips, sources told the Wall Street Journal. These videos would be vertical. Instagram already uses this format for Stories but it is not clear if the new time limit would...
    Watch out YouTube!  Social media fans may start spending more time on Instagram. The photo-sharing app is reportedly going to let users to post videos up to an hour long.   Users can already stream live video for up to an hour, but Instagram is working to extend this time limit to non-broadcast clips, sources told the Wall Street Journal. These videos would be vertical. Instagram already uses this format for Stories but it is not clear if the new time limit would...
  • News from Apple WWDC 2018

    News from Apple WWDC 2018

    Monday, June 4 2018 11:20 PM EDT2018-06-05 03:20:30 GMT

    Apple is tackling smartphone addiction. And adding group video chats to FaceTime.  These are the two key standout features that will be coming to the iPhone as part of an iOS 12 software upgrade. Apple is all about helping its users set limitations.  

    Apple is tackling smartphone addiction. And adding group video chats to FaceTime.  These are the two key standout features that will be coming to the iPhone as part of an iOS 12 software upgrade. Apple is all about helping its users set limitations.  

  • Facebook kills 'trending' topics

    Facebook kills 'trending' topics

    Friday, June 1 2018 8:43 PM EDT2018-06-02 00:43:12 GMT

    Facebook says it's shutting down its ill-fated "trending" news section after four years.  A company official is telling The Associated Press that the feature is outdated and wasn't popular.   

    Facebook says it's shutting down its ill-fated "trending" news section after four years.  A company official is telling The Associated Press that the feature is outdated and wasn't popular.   

  • New Pokemon Switch Games

    New Pokemon Switch Games

    Wednesday, May 30 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-05-31 02:53:30 GMT

     A trio of new Pokémon games is coming to Nintendo's Switch gaming console.  The new titles are expected to further boost sales of the Switch, the wildly popular $300 hybrid device that powered Nintendo to bumper profits last year. 

     A trio of new Pokémon games is coming to Nintendo's Switch gaming console.  The new titles are expected to further boost sales of the Switch, the wildly popular $300 hybrid device that powered Nintendo to bumper profits last year. 

  • Cutting Back on Tech

    Cutting Back on Tech

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:56 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:56:09 GMT

    For many of us, a smartphone addiction is not so much a debilitating disease but a constant, nagging inconvenience we can't seem to shake.  

    For many of us, a smartphone addiction is not so much a debilitating disease but a constant, nagging inconvenience we can't seem to shake.  

  • Amazon Facial Recognition and Privacy

    Amazon Facial Recognition and Privacy

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:49 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:49:16 GMT

    The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police.
     

    The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police.
     

  • Instagram Mute Feature

    Instagram Mute Feature

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 9:23 PM EDT2018-05-23 01:23:49 GMT

    Instagram is taking a subtle but bold step to quiet your loud friends. The Facebook-owned photo sharing app will soon let you mute that annoying friend from college who posts incessantly -- without unfollowing (and offending) them.  

    Instagram is taking a subtle but bold step to quiet your loud friends. The Facebook-owned photo sharing app will soon let you mute that annoying friend from college who posts incessantly -- without unfollowing (and offending) them.  

  • Screen Sharing with Google Duo

    Screen Sharing with Google Duo

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:58 PM EDT2018-05-22 00:58:51 GMT

    Google has a new app that lets you share your screen with someone, giving you the chance to walk people through their own tech issues. 

    Google has a new app that lets you share your screen with someone, giving you the chance to walk people through their own tech issues. 

  • YouTube's New Music Service

    YouTube's New Music Service

    Thursday, May 17 2018 9:44 PM EDT2018-05-18 01:44:37 GMT

    Google is launching YouTube Music next week, shortly followed by YouTube Premium – a revamped version of its ad-free YouTube Red subscription service with a renewed focus on original programming. 

    Google is launching YouTube Music next week, shortly followed by YouTube Premium – a revamped version of its ad-free YouTube Red subscription service with a renewed focus on original programming. 

  • The great Laurel or Yanny Debate

    The great Laurel or Yanny Debate

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 9:43 PM EDT2018-05-17 01:43:27 GMT

    Do you hear what I hear?   That's the question as a short audio clip has sparked a social media debate about whether the word is "yanny" or "laurel." How one hears it is similar to how people viewed a dress on the internet three years ago.    

    Do you hear what I hear?   That's the question as a short audio clip has sparked a social media debate about whether the word is "yanny" or "laurel." How one hears it is similar to how people viewed a dress on the internet three years ago.    

  • Amazon Stores to Expand

    Amazon Stores to Expand

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 7:45 PM EDT2018-05-15 23:45:21 GMT

    Going into a store without anyone working on a cash register - and that being the norm? It's getting another step closer to reality, as Amazon is announcing an expansion of its cashier-less stores.  .

    Going into a store without anyone working on a cash register - and that being the norm? It's getting another step closer to reality, as Amazon is announcing an expansion of its cashier-less stores.  .

  • Tech companies climb as Trump lobbies for China's ZTE

    Tech companies climb as Trump lobbies for China's ZTE

    Monday, May 14 2018 7:50 PM EDT2018-05-14 23:50:55 GMT

    Trump says he will help the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE get "back into business" after the U.S. government cut off access to its American suppliers.

    Trump says he will help the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE get "back into business" after the U.S. government cut off access to its American suppliers.

  • Homes of the Future

    Homes of the Future

    Thursday, May 10 2018 2:35 PM EDT2018-05-10 18:35:11 GMT

    Lennar announced Wednesday that standard features in its new homes will include built-in Wi-Fi, smart locks, doorbells, thermostats and lights — all controlled by Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant. 

    Lennar announced Wednesday that standard features in its new homes will include built-in Wi-Fi, smart locks, doorbells, thermostats and lights — all controlled by Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant. 

  • Pretty Please, Google

    Pretty Please, Google

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 8:01 PM EDT2018-05-10 00:01:26 GMT

    Google shaking things up at its annual developers conference.  What's normally a rally for creators to get starting making products for its Android operating system -- turning into a lesson in using the magic words. Pretty Please. The conference theme is "Make Good Things Together."   Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said in a keynote address to about 7,000 developers and journalists that Google wants to push ahead to innovate, but he acknowledged t...

    Google shaking things up at its annual developers conference.  What's normally a rally for creators to get starting making products for its Android operating system -- turning into a lesson in using the magic words. Pretty Please. The conference theme is "Make Good Things Together."   Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said in a keynote address to about 7,000 developers and journalists that Google wants to push ahead to innovate, but he acknowledged t...

  • Digitally preview your mail

    Digitally preview your mail

    Monday, May 7 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-05-08 02:54:23 GMT

    The United States Postal Service is embracing innovation with its launch of something called informed delivery.  

    The United States Postal Service is embracing innovation with its launch of something called informed delivery.  

  • Twitter Password Glitch

    Twitter Password Glitch

    Thursday, May 3 2018 8:11 PM EDT2018-05-04 00:11:20 GMT

    Twitter is urging all of its users to change their passwords, after the firm discovered a bug that left passwords completely exposed.

    Twitter is urging all of its users to change their passwords, after the firm discovered a bug that left passwords completely exposed.

  • Facebook New Dating Service

    Facebook New Dating Service

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 11:24 PM EDT2018-05-02 03:24:47 GMT

    Facebook wants to help people find love on its platform.  That's the word at least from its annual F8 developers conference.

    Facebook wants to help people find love on its platform.  That's the word at least from its annual F8 developers conference.

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