Steam surpassed its previous concurrent user record on January 7, when it recorded 14.2 million people logged in. That's a significant increase from the 12.3 million that was reported in January 2016. In total, the platform has hundreds of millions of users.
Outside of Google's Allo messaging app, you must speak aloud if you want to use Google Assistant. That's perhaps one of the system's greatest limitations right now and code in the beta for the Google search app suggests it could be addressed fairly soon.
Apple and Google have complied with a request from Russia to remove LinkedIn's mobile app in the country. A November 2016 ruling found LinkedIn was violating a 2014 rule mandating Russian user data be stored within Russia. LinkedIn is the largest service to be affected.
Google has picked up a Swedish company called Limes Audio whose technology will help improve Hangouts' voice quality. A post about the acquisition confirmed Google intends to improve its audio quality, especially as more businesses are beginning to use its video conferencing.
A third of Medium's staff has been laid off as part of a refocusing effort at the company. This refocus was triggered by problems with ad-supported digital media. Medium made a greater push into advertising last year, attracting larger news-style content to the platform.
Google's AlphaGo, a creation of its DeepMind division, secretly played anonymous Go matches on public servers in the past few days. Using the name "Master" or "Magister," AlphaGo was operating on the Tygem and FoxGo servers. It engaged in dozens of matches.
iHeartRadio's on-demand streaming service launched last month as a beta and now it is fully available for everyone on mobile, desktop, and other devices. The $10 All Access streaming option is similar to Spotify and Apple Music. There's a more limited $5 plan.
January 1 was the "busiest day ever" for Apple's App Store. It saw $240 million in purchases during the 24-hour period. Apple also says 2016 was a massively successful year with developers receiving over $20 billion, which was up 40% over 2015's share for developers.
There are various routers available on the market, but Xiaomi decided to design a smarter router. The new Mi Router HD is not a normal wireless networking device. It is designed to maintain connectivity in your home or office that also has a surveillance-class hard drive inside.
Vine has finally provided an exact shutdown date. The Twitter-owned app is closing on January 17 and the only thing that'll remain is "Vine Camera," which lets you record videos in the classic Vine format. You can use the app to capture 6-second videos that can be saved.
A chatbot that can help people in non-emergency medical situations is being tested by the UK's National Health Service. Babylon, a UK startup, created the app. Users can open it up to get advice based on their symptoms. The roll out will begin this month.
Hulu's upcoming TV streaming service will include CBS and its accompanying CBS Sports and Pop content. Content will be streamed live and much of the network's on-demand library will be available to Hulu users. Hulu already secured deals with Disney, Fox, and Turner.
Google Daydream VR users can now stream live NBA content if they spend $200 on an NBA League Pass. The streams come from NextVR, which already offers basketball content on the Samsung Gear VR. Live NBA streaming is limited to the US, but others can view on-demand content.
Flight booking and itinerary systems are prime targets for hackers due to their continued use of legacy systems, according to research from SR Labs. A presentation at Chaos Communication Congress from two SR Labs researchers explained how the systems aren't adequately protected.
While the United States claims Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and leaked information to WikiLeaks, Julian Assange is adamant that's not what happened. The WikiLeaks founder says he knows who their source is and they're not connected to Russia.
Apple is being sued in Texas due to the contribution of distracted driving to a car accident in 2014 that led to the death of a 5-year-old girl. The child's family is suing Apple because the man responsible was using FaceTime. Other family members were injured.
Pornography is everywhere on Tumblr, Yahoo's microblogging platform. Even though the site tries to hide NSFW content from those who don't want to see it, an Italian study says 28.5% of users still unintentionally encounter it at some point. 22% of users follow or like porn.
The antitrust chief in Italy believes it's time for the country to legislate against fake news and impose fines in response to misleading content. Giovanni Pirtuzzella thinks fake news is contributing to a rise in "populism" and that there must be a crack down.
Facebook's guidelines pertaining to nudity have been a point of debate in the recent past. The social network was criticized for removing a post featuring the historic "napalm girl" photo from the Vietnam War and now it isn't happy with an image of a nude Neptune statue.
More illegal copies of Deadpool were downloaded in 2016 than for any other movie. TorrentFreak reports the film, which was a box office success at $783 million, came out ahead of Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Star Wars.