Mobile

BlackBerry’s upcoming all-touchscreen phone has leaked – The Verge

Thursday, October 05, 2017

BlackBerry is preparing to release its second all-touchscreen smartphone in as many years. After releasing the DTEK50 last year (which is actually produced by TCL, as all Blackberry devices are these days), the company is getting ready to release the BlackBerry Krypton. Now, Evan Blass has leaked the first image of the upcoming device. Photo: Evan Blass As for the specs on this, it’s still unclear what TCL has planned….

John Kelly’s personal cell phone was compromised, White House believes – Politico

Thursday, October 05, 2017

White House officials believe that chief of staff John Kelly’s personal cellphone was compromised, potentially as long ago as December, according to three U.S. government officials. The discovery raises concerns that hackers or foreign governments may have had access to data on Kelly’s phone while he was secretary of Homeland Security and after he joined the West Wing. Story Continued Below Tech support staff discovered the suspected breach after Kelly…

Western Digital made a 14TB hard drive but you can’t buy it – The Verge

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Western Digital has made a massive 14TB hard drive, but it’s only being sold to data centers. The new Ultrastar Hs14 is the world’s first 14TB hard drive, according to Western Digital, and the company says it will have transfer speeds of up to 223MiB/s in both SATA and SAS formats. The new helium-filled drive is more efficient, according to the company, with twice the sequential write performance of its…

Digital magazine platform Issuu adds support for subscriptions and single-issue sales – TechCrunch

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Issuu is giving publishers another way to make money from the digital magazines published on its platform. Previously, they could monetize their magazines through advertising or by using the content to drive purchases elsewhere. Now, Issuu is enabling digital sales, which means publishers can charge their readers for subscriptions and single issues. CEO Joe Hyrkin said that many Issuu publishers have been “cobbling together” different payment systems. With Issuu Digital…

Google Recap – WIRED

Thursday, October 05, 2017

It was a big deal last year when Google came out with its own smartphone, the Pixel. Also one year ago, the tech giant released a smart home speaker and debuted the AI-powered Assistant that lives inside these new gadgets. Now it’s twelve months later, and Google is stepping on the gas. This week, we saw a new Android flagship phone, the Pixel 2. Also, two new Google Home speakers,…

Pixelbook vs. MacBook vs. Surface Laptop: how do the $1000 laptops stack up? – The Verge

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Google’s Pixelbook is the revived image of a high-end Chromebook, a top-shelf version of a Google laptop running Chrome OS that’s meant to stand shoulder to shoulder with devices like Apple’s MacBook or Microsoft’s Surface Laptop. The Pixelbook starts at $999, which isn’t exactly cheap by Chromebook standards, especially when considering that the price doesn’t include the $99 Pixelbook Pen stylus. But if you can work with Chrome OS —…

Western Digital: Hard Times Ahead – Barron’s

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Shares of Western Digital (WDC) are in retreat today, falling after Deutsche Bank downgraded the chip maker’s stock from a Buy to a Hold, arguing that the drama playing out over Toshiba’s (6502.Japan/TOSYY) sale of it memory business to a consortium warrant “a more cautious view on the stock.” How cautious? Deutsche’s Sherri Scribner cut her price target from $105 to $80, which suggests a 3% downside for the U.S.-listed…

‘Siri, Why Have You Fallen Behind Other Digital Assistants?’ – WIRED

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Apple has a reputation for entering markets late—think portable music players or smartphones—and then blowing away competitors with a superior product. When it comes to Apple’s virtual assistant Siri, that storyline appears to be playing out in reverse. Apple revealed Siri with the iPhone 4S in October 2011, one day before cofounder Steve Jobs died. Talking to a device to set alarms or answer messages was seen as revolutionary. It…

The Pixelbook is Google’s first real attempt at a mainstream laptop – TechCrunch

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Google used its annual hardware event to announce the Pixelbook. This is essentially the third iteration of the company’s Chromebook Pixel laptop, though with the Pixelbook, the company is taking a new approach. I’m not just talking about the fact that this is a very thin 2-in-1, though that’s obviously new, too. What’s different this time around is that the company actually believes it can make a laptop for the…

Ohio State University launches its new Digital Flagship University with Apple – TechCrunch

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Ohio State University has announced a new digital education initiative in collaboration with Apple that includes a new iOS Design Lab on its Columbus campus and the distribution of iPad Pros to incoming first-year students. Called the Digital Flagship University, the project starts this academic year with the goal of allowing Ohio State’s community to “develop modern mobile skills to enhance learning and excel in the competitive workplace,” said university…

The Pixelbook is Google’s first real attempt at a mainstream laptop – TechCrunch

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Google used its annual hardware event to announce the Pixelbook. This is essentially the third iteration of the company’s Chromebook Pixel laptop, though with the Pixelbook, the company is taking a new approach. I’m not just talking about the fact that this is a very thin 2-in-1, though that’s obviously new, too. What’s different this time around is that the company actually believes it can make a laptop for the…

​ATO using Govpass digital ID solution for tax file numbers – ZDNet

Thursday, October 05, 2017

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is currently testing the federal government’s digital identification solution for its online tax file number application process. Govpass, the Digital Transformation Agency’s (DTA) digital identification play, aims to make the process of proving who you are to government services online “simple, safe, and secure”. In a statement on Thursday, Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor explained that there are 750,000 applications for tax file…

The Pixelbook is Google’s first real attempt at a mainstream laptop – TechCrunch

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Google used its annual hardware event to announce the Pixelbook. This is essentially the third iteration of the company’s Chromebook Pixel laptop, though with the Pixelbook, the company is taking a new approach. I’m not just talking about the fact that this is a very thin 2-in-1, though that’s obviously new, too. What’s different this time around is that the company actually believes it can make a laptop for the…

Ohio State collaborates with Apple to launch digital learning initiative – The Ohio State University News

Thursday, October 05, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University today announced the creation of a comprehensive, university-wide digital learning initiative that will support educational innovation for students and economic development opportunities for the community. The Digital Flagship University represents a major initiative under Ohio State’s strategic plan, with particular focus on teaching and learning as well as research and creative expression. Through a collaboration with Apple, Ohio State will establish: a student-success…

Key trends in social and digital news media – Pew Research Center

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Digital news and social media continue to grow, with mobile devices rapidly becoming one of the most common ways for Americans to get news. As journalists and media practitioners gather for the annual Online News Association conference, here are 10 key findings from recent Pew Research Center reports about today’s digital news media landscape: 1The gap between television and online news consumption is narrowing. As of August 2017, 43% of…

Google just announced its new Pixelbook laptop – Business Insider

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Google just announced its new Pixelbook laptop, which will run on Google’s Chrome OS operating system.  Google The new Pixelbook is a convertible laptop-tablet hybrid with a foldable screen. It is incredibly light at only 1 kilogram, or 2.2 pounds. It’s also thin at 10mm. Design-wise, the back of the display features a glass inlay that’s similar to the Pixel 2 smartphones. Google Its 12.3-inch display is quadHD, which translates…

Google announces high-end Pixelbook laptop with a stylus for $999 – The Verge

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Google is bringing back the Chromebook Pixel, with a slightly different name. The new Google Pixelbook is a high-end Chromebook 2-in-1 that looks like a cross between a Lenovo Yoga laptop and Microsoft’s Surface Book. Just like the leaks we saw last month, Google’s Pixelbook has a blocky design with big keys, a wide trackpad, and a 12.3-inch display. It’s the new premium Chromebook that we haven’t seen for a…

Digital Disaster: Facebook, Google carry fake news on Las Vegas shooting – Fox News

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Kurtz: Time for tech giants to face reality ‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the spread of fake news on social media and Google after the horrendous Las Vegas massacre The scourge of fake news has met the carnage of Las Vegas. For weeks now, Facebook and Twitter, and to a lesser extent Google, have been on the defensive about how their platforms were exploited by Russian…

Marvel joins Madefire’s digital comic book collection – Engadget

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Madefire’s digital comic book platform is a good way to spice up stories that you may have read countless times, but its catalog has always had a conspicuous gap: namely, there were no Marvel comics. That ends today. Madefire has added Marvel to its collection, giving you the likes of The Avengers, Black Panther and X-Men through its Android, iOS, Windows and TV apps. There’s no mention of taking advantage…

Digital eyes and ears on: the internet of things takes off – Financial Times

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

This May, California-based company C3 IoT announced that it was managing streams of information from 100m digital eyes and ears. The sensors and devices that the eight-year-old business has “under management” are planted in the factories, processing plants and buildings belonging to its clients, which include global energy company Engie and the US Department of State. By helping these organisations harvest and make sense of the data flowing through their…