News Posts by Seth Fitzgerald
Microsoft's Docs.com search function allowed sensitive files to be viewed by the public, though it's not clear if Microsoft is to blame. Many users complained about the issue on social media and Microsoft initially responded by disabling search. The function has returned.
Ofcom has hit BT with a £42 million penalty due to the company illegitimately reducing its compensation payments for not installing lines in a timely manner. BT compensates third-party providers when leased lines aren't delivered on time and it attempted to save money.
Beats 1, an internet radio station on Apple Music, is the "biggest radio station in the world," according to Apple. Its success has partly come from contributions from individuals like Drake, who runs the station's Ovo Sound Radio show, which has debuted multiple albums.
Apple is dedicating more resources to augmented reality initiatives, including AR eyewear, reports the Financial Times. It's still a year or more away from debuting any devices, but Apple has reportedly been "stepping up" its efforts. It's building a consumer AR product.
Uber's autonomous vehicles have appeared on the road again in San Francisco. This follows both their departure from the city last year and Uber's decision to temporarily halt self-driving car tests around the US due to an accident in Arizona over the weekend.
Verizon Fios TV is going to include 4K streams through a partnership with satellite operator SES. SES will provide nine 4K channels during the trial, the companies have announced. Those include Fashion One 4K, Insight, Travelxp 4K, and Nature Relaxation.
Faraday Future is no longer going to set up an assembly factory in California. The electric vehicle company isn't moving forward with either its factory or its "experience center" showroom for Mare Island in Vallejo, California. It's been struggling financially.
Michael Hillman has been hired by Facebook to become the leader of VR hardware at Oculus. He worked at Apple for 15 years and now he'll work alongside Oculus COO Hans Hartman on a variety of virtual reality products. He worked on engineering at Apple.
Destiny 2 has officially been announced by Bungie. The game was confirmed on Twitter and a teaser image has been released. Effectively nothing is known about the game other than that it's coming down the pipeline. No release date was mentioned in the tweet.
Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana can now function on Android's lock screen, allowing it to be used as a more complete alternative to competing assistants. This feature entered the app's beta in January and now all users are gaining access to it.
4K videos are now viewable on the PlayStation 4 Pro. The higher-spec console has been updated so that its built-in media player can support 4K videos, although they must be in MP4. MKV content isn't currently allowed. This update also improves VR content viewing.
Andy Rubin, creator of Android, is working on a new smartphone and he's now teasing the upcoming device. The first image of the product has been released. Almost nothing is revealed by the photo other than a corner of the phone. The phone may be revealed in the coming months.
Uber is arguing in a US appeals court that users give up their right to sue once they begin using the service. According to the company, accepting Uber's terms and conditions means forfeiting the ability to file a lawsuit and those terms are easily accessible.
Microsoft is facing a lawsuit in the US over alleged data losses and PC failures that occurred when upgrading to Windows 10. The lawsuit is on behalf of three consumers in Illinois. It would like to become a class-action lawsuit so that more people can join.
Calls for backdoors in the encryption used by messaging apps like WhatsApp have become louder in the UK following a recent attack in London. UK home secretary Amber Rudd says it's "completely unacceptable" that the government cannot read all end-to-end encrypted messages.
Google's Play Store now includes a "Free App of the Week" offer that'll see a different paid app become available for $0 every week. The first app affected by this offer is Card Wars - Adventure Time, which would normally cost $3. It's limited to the US for now.
NASA is working with Epic Games' Unreal Engine to create and use a mixed reality version of the International Space Station. The mixed reality simulator is being utilized for astronaut training, which takes years to complete and includes a variety of simulations.
Lyft has announced it's going to let passengers round up their ride fare to donate the difference to charity. It's initially rolling out the "Round Up & Donate" feature as a test and users will get it in the coming weeks. The feature is entirely opt-in.
Following disappointing holiday season sales, GameStop is going to close upwards of 150 stores this year. It has revealed it'll close around 2-3% of locations around the world. GameStop operates over 7,500 stores globally. GameStop partly blamed some weak AAA sales.
Uber is at least temporarily halting its autonomous vehicle tests. This decision comes in the wake of a self-driving car accident in Arizona. The crash occurred while the vehicle was operating autonomously and there were no serious injuries. Some of the details aren't available.