Tech

Snapchat firm valued at 24 billion US dollars

  • 2 March 2017 - 13:31
Snapchat firm valued at 24 billion US dollars

Snap, owner of messaging app Snapchat, has priced its shares at $17 ahead of Thursday's listing on the US stock market. The flotation values the business at $24bn, although Snap has never made a profit. It will turn the company's founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy into...

Sony launches super slow motion Xperia XZ Premium

  • 27 February 2017 - 22:10
Sony launches super slow motion Xperia XZ Premium

BBC - Sony's latest smartphone is capable of filming smooth slow-motion footage at four times the rate possible on Apple and Samsung's top-end models. The Xperia XZ Premium captures video at up to 960 frames per second (fps). The achievement was made possible by a new type of image sensor...

Google to suing Uber over stealing self-driving car secrets

  • 25 February 2017 - 21:15
Google to suing Uber over stealing self-driving car secrets

BBC - Uber is being sued for stealing trade secrets and technology from Google. Waymo, set up by Google owner Alphabet, is taking legal action against Otto, Uber's self-driving vehicle unit that it bought last year for $700m. The lawsuit argues that former Waymo manager Anthony...

Facebook deletes accounts stealing cancer kids’ photos

  • 21 February 2017 - 22:25
Facebook deletes accounts stealing cancer kids’ photos

BBC - Facebook has deleted two accounts that used stolen photographs of a sick child to falsely claim he had cancer. It follows complaints by the three-year-old's mother that the images had been used as part of a scam. They dated from last year when the boy had a bad case of...

YouTube to cancel obligatory 30-second ads in 2018

  • 20 February 2017 - 18:47
YouTube to cancel obligatory 30-second ads in 2018

BBC - YouTube is to scrap "unskippable" 30-second advertisements on the video-streaming service, from 2018. Google confirmed the plan to the BBC's Newsround programme, saying it wanted to focus on "formats that work well for both users and advertisers". Long unskippable adverts are seen...

Facebook Al to spot terrorists, criminals and prevent suicide

  • 18 February 2017 - 18:16
Facebook Al to spot terrorists, criminals and prevent suicide

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a plan to let artificial intelligence (AI) software review content posted on the social network, BBC wrote. In a letter describing the plan, he said algorithms would eventually be able to spot terrorism, violence, bullying and even prevent suicide,...

India successfully launched 104 satellites on one mission

  • 15 February 2017 - 11:49
India successfully launched 104 satellites on one mission

India has created history by successfully launching 104 satellites on a single mission, overtaking the previous record of 37 satellites launched by Russia in 2014, the BBC wrote on Wednesday. All but three of the satellites are from foreign countries, most of them from the United...

Nokia classic 3310 handset to return to the market

  • 14 February 2017 - 22:35
Nokia classic 3310 handset to return to the market

Now here’s a blast from the past – Nokia are expected to be bringing back their classic 3310 handset. While most of us now carry around all-singing all-dancing iPhones and smart devices, the hugely popular Nokia mobile is set to return in all its near-indestructible glory. According...

Toshiba chairman resigns over multi-billion dollar loss

  • 14 February 2017 - 20:31
Toshiba chairman resigns over multi-billion dollar loss

BBC - Toshiba chairman Shigenori Shiga has resigned, hours after the Japanese conglomerate revealed details of a multi-billion dollar loss. Earlier Toshiba had delayed issuing its results, but it then said it was set to report a net loss of 390bn yen ($3.4bn) in the year to March 2017. The...

Man to sue Uber over revealing love affair

  • 13 February 2017 - 15:06
Man to sue Uber over revealing love affair

BBC - A businessman in southern France is suing ride-hailing company Uber over his wife's discovery of rides he took to see his lover, his lawyer said. The man says he once requested an Uber driver from his wife's phone. Despite logging off, the application continued to send notifications...