News Posts by Seth Fitzgerald
Amazon's Echo smart speakers and its Alexa digital assistant are now available in Japan. Consumers in the country can purchase the Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot beginning today. Alexa will be available for users and developers have access to Alexa Skills.
Facebook's Express Wi-Fi service will grow in Nigeria through a partnership with Tizeti, a startup using solar-powered towers to improve the country's internet access. Express Wi-Fi involves Facebook working with local ISPs, carriers, and businesses to expand internet access.
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel suggested the company's Spectacles were selling well when he revealed over 150,000 pairs had sold as of October. Although that was seemingly framed in a positive way at the time, more recent reports have revealed Spectacles didn't do very well.
Apple has updated its operating system adoption figures, revealing iOS 11 is now installed on 52% of devices. Though that means it's rolling out pretty fast, it's actually lagging behind prior versions. In a similar period of time, iOS 10 reached 60% and iOS 9 reached 67%.
Lockheed Martin has received a $26.3 million contract from the US government to develop laser-based weapons for Air Force fighter jets. The Air Force is hoping to test the laser weapons by 2021, after which they'll be used in a defensive manner against enemy weapons.
Over 85 million copies of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V have now been sold, publisher Take-Two announced this week. It mentioned the game's new milestone in a quarterly financial report. That sales figure is up from 80 million in May of this year.
Google is taking measures to combat abusive redirect practices with updates to Chrome. The browser, in versions 64 and 65, will fight back against redirects and "trick to click" links that are used by malicious site creators to misleadingly bring traffic to sites.
Samsung will begin selling a blue version of the Galaxy Note 8 in the United States. The new "Deepsea Blue" model is reaching AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon on November 16. You'll also be able to get it from Best Buy retail stores, bestbuy.com, and from Samsung's website.
Uber and NASA are working together on flying taxi technology, with the ridehailing company creating software for managing flying taxi routes. The tech will be the airborne counterpart to Uber's software for managing its regular transportation service.
Twitter has launched a $99/month tool that lets users promote their content. Known as "Promote Mode," the subscription is first rolling out in beta form in the United States and UK. Users paying for promotion will see their tweets and profile show up in other users' feeds.
Niantic, the developer behind Pokemon Go, is reportedly working on a Harry Potter game called "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite." The mobile game is significantly "influenced" by Ingress, an augmented reality experience somewhat like Pokemon Go that Niantic launched in 2012.
One of SpaceX's Merlin rocket engines exploded during a test at a facility in McGregor, Texas. The incident took place on Sunday and the private space company is now investigating the matter to figure out the cause. No one was injured by the explosion.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has received an entirely favorable ruling in its case against Sci-Hub, a pirating site for scientific papers. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia sided with all of the plaintiff's requests, including demands for damages.
Telltale Games is restructuring and it's laying off 25% of its workforce as a result. The studio, which is known for series like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, says 90 people will lose their positions. It's decided to reduce its staff so that it can be "more competitive."
More than 20 million copies of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds have now been sold, creative director Brendan Greene announced on Twitter. All of those sales have occurred just since March 2017, when the game became available on PC through Steam Early Access.
Apple is facing a lawsuit from Corephotonics, an Israeli company, over its alleged infringement on patents covering dual lens camera technology. The lawsuit claims the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus violated four patents. Corephotonics says it discussed this issue with Apple.
A larger group of users on Instagram now has access to features that make disclosing paid content easier. The social network introduced a paid post tool in June. When used, a post will have a clearly visible tag stating it's part of a "paid partnership" with a given brand.
Facebook is shutting down an experiment that involved boosting certain comments critiquing a post for being fake news. The platform was trying to use naturally arising comments from regular users to reduce the spread of illegitimate stories, but it's opted to pursue other paths.
Twitter began introducing its new 280-character limit in September, with a select group of users joining a test of the new feature. Now the social network is rolling out the updated character limit to all of its users around the globe, meaning 280-character tweets are staying.
As Apple experiences a significant increase in revenue in India, one of its suppliers for the region is announcing an expansion of its operations. Wistron, which assembles iPhones, will grow its operations in India with a new manufacturing facility. It's looking for a location.