News Posts by Seth Fitzgerald
Twitter has apologized to users for a bug that led to an absence of results for terms like "bisexual." It says an error was discovered with its search system that led to photo and search results being blocked for affected terms. Posts were inaccurately treated as sensitive.
Tencent, the Chinese owner of WeChat and primary owner of League of Legends, is said to be working on its own autonomous vehicle system. Bloomberg reports it has a working prototype that's being tested internally. The existence of this system doesn't come as a surprise.
The Xbox One X was released today and a large selection of enhanced games will already be available for the system within a week. 160 games are currently being enhanced to offer 4K support on the higher-spec console. 70 of those will be available by the end of the first week.
Amazon opened Prime Video to hundreds of countries last year and now it's offering a large portion of those markets access to the new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition streaming device, making it easier to access Prime Video. The product is launching in over 100 markets.
Google is using Earth to give people a better understanding of pollution in California. Working with Aclima, an environmental tech company, Google measured air pollution around the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Central Valley. That data was turned into a map.
Tesla has acquired Perbix, a longtime supplier that's based its manufacturing operations around automated systems. The purchase will help Tesla boost its own manufacturing capabilities, specifically those utilizing robots. Tesla is focused on heavily automated production.
Walmart has picked an interesting way to talk about the popularity of Walmart Pay, its mobile payment service. It claims the service is on its way to overtaking Apple Pay, though it comes to that position based on the percentage of eligible users either service has.
Version 2.2 of Facebook's Messenger Platform includes a new plugin that'll let website visitors engage with bots or chat with a human. The "Customer Chat" plugin was introduced by Stan Chudnovsky, Messenger's head of product, during the Web Summit in Portugal.
Alphabet's Waymo is launching an autonomous competitor to Uber in Arizona using its modified Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Select people in the state will be able to call for a ride in one of the vehicles. Unlike Uber's public self-driving vehicle tests, no human driver is present.
A major vulnerability in the popular Ethereum wallet Parity has led to hundreds of millions of dollars being frozen. The issue in its software has existed since July 20, though it was triggered for the first time this week. Because of the vulnerability, "no funds can be moved."
Apple's person-to-person payments feature, Apple Pay Cash, is now available in beta form. The feature lets users transfer money within the Messages app on iPhone. You can only receive the capability right now if you've entered the iOS Public Beta program.
Sony is rolling out Google Assistant to 4K HDR television models with Android TV. The feature will be available on all of its 2017 models as well as some TVs from 2016. With this addition, Sony's TVs have become the second Android TV-based product to get Assistant.
Estimated wait times will now be included in Google Search and Maps to help people figure out when they should visit a restaurant. The estimates are generated using anonymized data from mobile users who have Location History enabled on their devices.
A long-term health study called All of Us, which is run by the US' National Institutes of Health (NIH), will use fitness devices from Fitbit to collect data on Americans. The All of Us program aims to collect information, like biological and lifestyle data, from a million people.
Addressing a complaint from some users about the way the Pixel 2 XL's display appears, Google has released a software update that adds a saturated color option. The same update also includes a fix for the "faint clicking noise" reported by some Pixel 2 device owners.
A game streaming service that doesn't require a console may launch from Microsoft by 2020, says Xbox boss Phil Spencer. Speaking with Bloomberg, he said the company will "probably" come out with a streaming option for "some types of content in the next three years."
Song identification, like that offered by Shazam, has been added to Google Assistant. You can use any device offering Google's digital assistant to figure out which song is playing near you. Just pull up Assistant and ask it to tell you what's playing.
Peer-to-peer payment capabilities in Facebook Messenger are moving beyond the United States for the first time. The ability to send money to friends through the messaging app is now available in the UK. No region other than the US has received the feature since its launch.
Leaked documents known as the Paradise Papers reveal Apple seemingly shifted its tax reduction practices to the island of Jersey after there was a crackdown against Irish tax shelters. The island, though a "dependency" of the UK, doesn't typically tax corporate income.
The Canadian Supreme Court ruled this summer that a de-indexing decision against Google should be applied all around the globe, not just in Canada. A US federal judge has now ruled the court's decision doesn't have any applicability within the United States.