News Posts by Seth Fitzgerald
Facebook is adding more ad breaks to live and on-demand videos. The new mid-roll ads have been tested with select partners for a little while and now they're launching more widely. As an incentive to use the platform, Facebook is giving publishers a 55% cut of revenue.
Google's Allo messaging app is not going to be exclusive to mobile devices. Although a desktop version still isn't available, Google's VP of communications Nick Fox shared a screenshot of Allo for the web on Twitter. The app appears to be only for Chrome.
An investigation into an iPhone 7 Plus that exploded and was caught on camera will be carried out by Apple. The video shows a phone smoking and its case melting. It's been viewed well over a million times and shared thousands of times across Twitter.
Waymo, the autonomous car division at Alphabet, is suing Uber for allegedly using stolen intellectual property. A federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco says Anthony Levandowski, head of Uber's self-driving division, took 14,000 files from Google before leaving.
There are now over 10,000 "skills" available for Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant. It only had 1,000 skills in June 2016 and that figure increased to about 7,000 by January of this year. Alexa has received a significant amount of third-party support.
Spotify is increasing its original content by introducing three podcasts to the music streaming service. The podcasts are focused on the music industry and they're coming out of partnerships with Panoply Studios, Gimlet Media, and Loudspeaker Network.
A simple tool has been added to Facebook that lets users add their country's flag to their profile photo. The social network introduced support for photo frames in December 2016 and now it has added around 200 flags to the frame maker, which is found on the web and mobile.
Split-screen multiplayer was missing from the latest entry in the Halo series, Halo 5: Guardians, but it's going to return. Microsoft confirming during the DICE Summit that the Halo series is going to have split-screen moving forward. Many people disliked that part of Halo 5.
At least five internal groups at Apple are working on wireless charging ahead of the iPhone 8's release, reports MacRumors. Many rumors have claimed the iPhone 8 will be the first Apple handset to come with wireless charging. Apple recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium.
Speaking with the PlayStation Blog, Hideo Kojima shared a little more information about Death Stranding, the first project from his independent Kojima Productions. He referred to the game as an open-world title that'll offer players "a lot of freedom."
Jigsaw, a division of Alphabet, has introduced a machine learning-based system that'll fight "toxic" comments online. The tool, known as Perspective, is launching today in an "early-stage". Publishers can use the API to include the tool in their websites.
Lyft has entered 54 additional markets throughout the United States, representing the company's largest single expansion thus far. The company also added 40 cities in January and revealed its plan to add over 100 cities this year. With this expansion, it's in 94 new locations.
Virtual Console isn't going to be ready for the Nintendo Switch in time for the console's launch in early March. Nintendo has confirmed the feature "will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch." The feature gives access to retro games in a digital form.
New and existing T-Mobile customers can save up to $419 on some of the top Android phones. The carrier is offering those devices for $360 or $15/month for 24 months. That comes out to $419 off the Galaxy S7 Edge, $409 off the V20, and $313 off the S7.
The Humble Freedom Bundle launched last week with the goal of raising a lot of money for three top charities and it ended up being a major success. Among the 47 games it offered were Super Meat Boy, Day of the Tentacle Remastered, and Stardew Valley.
Tesla has revealed a goal of bundling lifetime insurance and maintenance with its vehicles. It has first developed the plan for customers in Asia, who can now get a package that covers the core expenses of owning their vehicle. An expansion to other markets is expected.
The larger version of Samsung's Galaxy S8 appears to come with a 6.2-inch display. Evan Blass, one of the most reliable leakers, says the S8+ will have a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display and rounded corners. His tweet confirms some earlier reports from other sources.
Google's Gboard keyboard for iOS devices has been updated with quite a few changes. The app now offers all of the latest iOS 10 emoji, voice support, and Google Doodles. You'll be notified about Doodles through the "G" button. More languages are also now supported.
Production of the Model 3, Tesla's most budget-friendly electric vehicle thus far, is going to begin in July. In a letter to shareholders, the company confirmed the vehicle in on track and full-scale production should start in September. Customers could get the car this year.
HTC's U Ultra and U Play smartphones are going to be released in the Australian market on March 8. Preorders are already available for the Ultra. You can get it through Vodafone. Both phones will be sold in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, and Ice White.