Woodstock Wire: Tech Tickler

April 23, 2018

Google launches Chat to compete with Apple's iMessage

PhysOrg.com -- Google is launching a new text messaging system for its Android platform to challenge Apple's iMessage in smartphone text messaging supremacy.

April 23, 2018 06:06 PM

Forget Facebook, Google hoards even more of your personal data

BGR -- Facebook is currently going through the worst user privacy crisis in its history. The Cambridge Analytica privacy breached that was revealed...

April 23, 2018 05:41 PM

April 22, 2018

NASA engineers dream big with small spacecraft

PhysOrg.com -- Many of NASA's most iconic spacecraft towered over the engineers who built them: think Voyagers 1 and 2, Cassini or Galileo-all large machines...

April 22, 2018 10:05 PM

Five reasons why robots won't take over the world

PhysOrg.com -- Scientists are known for making dramatic predictions about the future - and sinister robots are once again in the spotlight now that artificial...

April 22, 2018 10:04 PM

How artificial intelligence is reshaping our lives

PhysOrg.com -- It's Saturday night and you've just finished watching the last episode of a Swedish crime drama that you somehow stumbled upon, although you...

April 22, 2018 10:03 PM

NASA prepares to send CubeSats to Mars

gizmag -- When NASA's InSight mission to Mars lifts off on May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, it won't be alone. Nestled inside the Atlas V launcher...

April 22, 2018 09:52 PM

Walmart is jumping on the crypto bandwagon with two blockchain patents

BGR -- While the majority of the world is having fun watching Bitcoin go up and down faster than a yo-yo, companies are scrambling to get in on the...

April 22, 2018 09:49 PM

Successful maiden flight for Sun Flyer 2 electric airplane

gizmag -- Another small electric airplane took to the skies recently as Bye Aerospace announces that its prototype Sun Flyer 2 took to the air for the...

April 22, 2018 09:43 PM

Everyone In My Office Is 30 Years Younger Than Me

FastCompany -- As SYPartners' senior adviser and entrepreneur-in-residence, Sherri Leopard, 62, is often the oldest person in the room, and she explains why...

April 22, 2018 09:35 PM

New iPhone SE Could Launch In May With Touch ID and A10 Fusion, Without 3.5mm Headphone Jack

Slashdot -- Mac Rumors reports, citing Japanese website Mac Otakara, that Apple will release an updated iPhone SE next month with a similar form factor as...

April 22, 2018 09:32 PM

This crowdfunded, low-speed, electric 2-seater is "the iPad of cars"

Mashable! -- Electric-vehicle manufacturer Eli Electric has created a futuristic but odd-looking electric car. You can pre-order it today on ... Indiegogo?...

April 22, 2018 08:06 PM

5 Best Android Apps for Developers

Code Geekz -- While developing versatile applications, businesses target Android because of its enormous overall portable operating system market share. Letters...

April 22, 2018 07:12 PM

Adblocking is here to stay. It's time for publishers to move on

The Next Web -- Eyeo, the firm behind the popular AdBlock Plus plugin, just scored a major victory in Germany's Supreme Court. For the past few years, the firm...

April 22, 2018 07:11 PM

Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their cute new app

The Next Web -- A bunch of Google employees participating in the company's Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android...

April 22, 2018 07:09 PM

Review: Fitbit's Versa is the first smartwatch I can recommend to most people

The Next Web -- Fitbit's had a rocky history with smartwatches. It wet its feet with the Surge in 2015, which followed up with the Blaze. Then there was last...

April 22, 2018 07:04 PM

Chromebook 'Alt OS' code hints at ability to dual-boot Windows

The Next Web -- Chromebooks are awesome. But they're also limited. For many people, it's impractical to only own a Chromebook, because sooner or later they'll...

April 22, 2018 07:01 PM

Razer Phone Gets Android 8.1 Update, Goes on Sale at Best Buy

ExtremeTech -- Like Essential, Razer has skipped the Android 8.0 release entirely, going straight to Android 8.1.

April 22, 2018 06:51 PM

Jeff Bezos Absolutely Killed It With this Brilliant Customer Support Hack

Girl Power: Female CEOs - Inc.com -- A customer support executive learns the hard way that it's a hugely dumb idea to shovel BS on the big guy.

April 22, 2018 06:35 PM

How To Dual Boot Linux And Windows 10

AddictiveTips -- Many people think that easy dual-booting is reserved for operating systems like Linux Mint or Ubuntu, where everything is taken care of in the...

April 22, 2018 07:16 AM

VPN Routers: What Are They, And Are They Right For You?

AddictiveTips -- VPNs are no longer seen as niche technical software these days. With the myriad of different threats to our online security and privacy, from...

April 22, 2018 07:14 AM

Microsoft unveils secure MCU platform with a Linux-based OS

LinuxGizmos.com -- Microsoft announced an "Azure Sphere" architecture for high-end microcontrollers that run a Linux-based Azure Sphere OS and include end-to-end...

April 22, 2018 07:14 AM

Fix Your Insecure Amazon Fire TV Stick

Hack a Day -- I recently spent a largely sleepless night at a hotel, and out of equal parts curiosity and boredom, decided to kill some time scanning the guest...

April 22, 2018 07:02 AM

'Mercury 13'

collectSPACE -- Eleven years after he directed "In the Shadow of the Moon," a documentary about the Apollo astronauts, filmmaker David Sington has collaborated...

April 22, 2018 06:58 AM

Razer Phone Receives Android 8.1 Oreo Update And More

PR Newswire: High Tech Security -- RazerTM, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the release of Android 8.1 Oreo on the Razer Phone. A phased rollout...

April 22, 2018 06:27 AM

Fitbit Announces Global Availability of Fitbit Versa

Business Wire: Hardware -- Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT) the leading global wearables brand, announced today the availability of Fitbit Versa(tm) at major retailers worldwide...

April 22, 2018 06:14 AM

Adblock Plus Parent eyeo GmbH Wins Supreme Court Ruling

Business Wire: Software -- Adblock Plus parent, eyeo GmbH, wins Supreme Court ruling in its favor. Ad blocking and whitelisting are declared fair and legal.

April 22, 2018 06:01 AM

Microsoft has run out of Windows Phone stock

VentureBeat - dev -- The Microsoft Store is "out of stock" for Windows Phone products, which are powered by Windows 10 Mobile. Both the HP Elite x3 and the Alcatel...

April 22, 2018 05:33 AM

New iPhone SE coming in May without a headphone jack, report says

BGR -- Apple is preparing to launch the second-edition iPhone SE this spring, a new report says, and it will come complete with a few radical design...

April 22, 2018 05:26 AM

A Pixel 3 this stunning might actually make people ditch their iPhones

BGR -- Google's Pixel smartphone line might not consist of the best-selling handsets on the market, but what they lack in sales they make up for in...

April 22, 2018 05:22 AM

Meet Chat, another new Google messaging service that's still not as good as Apple's iMessage

BGR -- Ever since Apple rolled out iMessages, Google has been trying to catch up, but the company never managed to come up with an instant messaging...

April 22, 2018 05:22 AM

Google just made using two-factor authentication a complete no-brainer

BGR -- If you're not using two-factor authentication on every single important online account, especially including your primary email account, you...

April 22, 2018 05:21 AM

How the US's export ban could truly sink ZTE

BGR -- Android has been the dominant operating system on mobile for years. Every other alternative, aside from Apple's iOS, vanished, as most device...

April 22, 2018 04:39 AM

Regulatory filings suggest Apple's first new iPhone of 2018 could debut in May or June

BGR -- It's difficult to call the response to Apple's iPhone X tepid considering the phone has made three times more money than every major Android...

April 22, 2018 04:38 AM

Apple iPad (2018) review: The best gets even better

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - The sixth-generation iPad is everything you could want in a tablet, for a fraction of the price.

April 22, 2018 03:38 AM

NASA Astronauts on Space Station to Speak with Students from Florida, Texas

Military -- NASA - Students from Coral Gables, Florida, and the Texas Gulf Coast will talk with astronauts aboard the International Space Station next week...

April 22, 2018 03:28 AM

April 20, 2018

5 Signs Your Company Isn't Ready for AI

Web Marketing -- CMS Wire - Every day seems to bring a new outrageous headline with promises of artificial intelligence's superpowers. The hype is very high...

April 20, 2018 06:32 PM

6 Success Factors for Workplace Chatbots

Web Marketing -- CMS Wire - Consumer and workplace chatbots share the same technology, but there are some fundamental differences between the two. Consumer...

April 20, 2018 06:08 PM

FoundationDB, a very interesting NoSQL database owned by Apple, is now an open-source project

GeekWire -- Three years ago, database geeks were disappointed to learn that FoundationDB and its unique database product had been acquired by Apple. That...

April 20, 2018 06:06 PM

Celebrating 28 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope

Life -- NASA Image of the day - This colorful image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, celebrates the Earth-orbiting observatory's 28th anniversary...

April 20, 2018 05:55 PM

9 Android settings that'll strengthen your security

Enterprise -- Computerworld - You might not know it from all the panic-inducing headlines out there, but Android is actually packed with powerful and practical...

April 20, 2018 05:13 PM

Motorola crams more features in new Moto G6 and E5 smartphones for less

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - Motorola's path is clear: Build inexpensive phones with features normally found in high-end phones.

April 20, 2018 05:12 PM

Musk: I want to retrieve rockets with big Falcon party balloons

Enterprise -- The Register - NASA: Been there, done that

While waiting for TESS to get off the launchpad on Monday, chief exec Elon Musk joked on Twitter about...

April 20, 2018 05:03 PM

April 19, 2018

Amazon has a case that adds a big 4.3″ E-Ink screen to the back of your iPhone 8, 7 or 6/6s

BGR -- Apple's iPhone line is the most popular smartphone line in the world, so it's not exactly a surprise that companies out there have made all kinds...

April 19, 2018 07:51 PM

Google's new DIY AI kits could help shape the future

BGR -- The "technology of the future" is constantly changing. Remember when Google Glass was the future and venture capitalists launched huge funds...

April 19, 2018 07:50 PM

The massive US ban on ZTE will hurt Android the most

BGR -- On Monday morning, the US Department of Commerce hit Chinese phone-maker ZTE with a seven-year ban on any American technology. Under the terms...

April 19, 2018 07:49 PM

I have little hope that the Pixel 3 will be anything but an iPhone X clone

BGR -- The fact that Google's Android P will support iPhone X-like notches isn't surprising, given that most Android device makers out there want to...

April 19, 2018 07:48 PM

How to Use Salesforce for Project Management

Web Marketing -- CMS Wire - Complex customer engagements require thoughtful and on-point project management. Project management helps achieve the consistent...

April 19, 2018 07:38 PM

6 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Impact the Future Workplace

Web Marketing -- CMS Wire - Most employers do not feel threatened by artificial intelligence. According to recent data from work benefits giant MetLife, 56...

April 19, 2018 07:32 PM

Developers Can Now Create Custom Google Assistant Commands for Devices

Infosec -- Cyberogism - Recently, Google decided to take its Google Assistant app to a whole new level, by allowing device makers to add custom commands....

April 19, 2018 07:20 PM

Amazon intros Blueprints, code free templates to create Alexa skills

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - Amazon is giving the average layperson the option to program basic Alexa skills.

April 19, 2018 06:47 PM