News Posts by Seth Fitzgerald
Archit Bhargava, global marketing lead at Niantic, teased the upcoming availability of legendary Pokemon in the developer's Pokemon Go mobile game. During an acceptance speech at the 21st Annual Webby Awards, Bhargava said, "this summer will be legendary."
Amazon has released an app to go along with the Echo Look, a recently introduced device that can judge your style. The Echo Look is powered by Alexa and features a camera. With the app, you can see live previews from the camera, take a picture, and compare styles.
The next iteration of Nest's home security camera could be an even greater threat to burglars. Android Police reports the Alphabet-owned company is working on a camera model that offers 4K technology and the ability to zoom when motion is detected in its field of view.
Pandora's latest logo is a copycat of PayPal's, alleges a lawsuit filed on Friday. The music streaming service's logo was updated last year and PayPal believes Pandora is copying its look, which could confuse users. The lawsuit is for trademark infringement.
Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't going to be out this year as had originally been planned. The game has been pushed back and given a new "spring 2018" release date. Rockstar confirmed the delay in a Twitter post. It was supposed to be out this fall.
Google is going to dedicate more resources towards looking for poorly performing Android apps and encouraging developers to make improvements. At Google I/O, it confirmed it'd look at things like crash rates, slow rendering, frozen frames, and excessive wake-ups.
Certain markets no longer appear to have access to Apple Music's three-month free trial. If you want to try out the music streaming service in Australia, Spain, or Switzerland, you'll now have to spend $0.99. That's still better than the $30 that'd normally be charged.
Facebook's moderation team disabled over 14,000 accounts just in January 2017 for guideline violations involving revenge porn and sexual extortion. The Guardian, which gained access to leaked Facebook moderator documents, reports 33 of the cases involved children.
Facebook is again going to miss its target for the launch of original shows on the social network, reports Recode. The first set of original content was supposed to arrive in the spring, yet we may not see any shows until sometime in the middle of the summer.
Molds for Apple's three upcoming iPhones have allegedly leaked on Weibo. They show the general design of the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and the iPhone 8. Even though the iPhone 8 reportedly comes with an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch display, it doesn't appear very large.
A low-cost rugged smartphone from LG, the Venture X, is going to be sold exclusively through AT&T. The device features a 5.2-inch 1080p Gorilla Glass display, a strong metal frame, and a non-slip design. The Venture X includes a Snapdragon 435 processor.
Google has created an interactive site intended to help people understand the Syrian war and the country's massive refugee crisis. Its new "Searching for Syria" website was created through Google's charitable arm, which worked with the UN. It combines text, charts, and images.
Apple is accused of stealing some of the payment technology found at the heart of Apple Pay. Kenneth Weiss, CEO of Boston-based Universal Secure Registry, claims he developed the technology used by Pay and "was the first in the space." Weiss holds multiple relevant patents.
Uber is trying out an updated version of UberPool in Manhattan, New York. With the update, the service will encourage users to get picked up at more efficient locations. That means UberPool is attempting to trade individual user convenience for overall efficiency.
Sales of Apple's MacBook line increased year-on-year during the first quarter of 2017. The company shipped an estimated 3.4 million MacBook units during the three-month period, reports TrendForce. That's up 15.4% year-on-year, though it's down 15.8% from Q4 2016.
ExtraTorrent, a torrent site second only to The Pirate Bay in size, has shut down permanently. The site hosted a large index of pirated content for years and a full explanation for the shutdown wasn't provided. The team behind the site closed the service without warning.
Internal documents from Facebook have leaked, revealing the network's content moderation tactics. The documents outline Facebook's methods for dealing with hate speech, terrorism, pornography, self-harm, and other problematic content. Some of the policies are controversial.
Amazon has already revealed plans to launch checkout-free supermarkets in the US and it's also seemingly working on a UK rollout. The eCommerce company trademarked this slogan with the UK's Intellectual Property Office on May 11: "No Lines. No Checkout. (No, Seriously.)"
An update to Tesla's Autopilot will be released next month, making the vehicles using it "smoother." CEO Elon Musk mentioned the software will be deployed soon and is an update for its HW2 vehicles. It requires more sensors and computing power than HW1 offers.
The last episode in Telltale's The Walking Dead: A New Frontier series is going to be released next week. Telltale says the fifth episode will become available on May 30 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Android. We'll soon get a gameplay trailer for the episode.