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FAA Grants CNN Rights To Fly Drones Over Crowds

October 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
FAA Grants CNN Rights To Fly Drones Over Crowds

News giant CNN has been granted a waiver to make routine drone flights above crowds, a milestone for the drone industry, which is expected to experience dramatic growth in the next few years. The Part 107 waiver represents the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a waiver for unlimited flights of unmanned aerial vehicles over people, the news network said in a statement.  FAA rules prohibit drone flights over people, but waivers are available when applicants can demonstrate... 

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Samsung Bixby Arrives On Refrigerators

October 20, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Bixby Arrives On Refrigerators

Get ready for smarter appliances. Samsung has announced the second generation of its Bixby digital assistant will be coming to its various non-mobile devices including its smart TVs in the US and Korea in 2018, as well as its Family Hub refrigerator. The company also announced a new SDK for developers to make apps that work with Bixby. Bixby 2.0, Samsung’s answer to the likes of Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, is smarter than its first version, with deep-linking capabilities... 

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Dropbox Debuts ‘Showcase’ New Product Aimed At Freelancers

October 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Dropbox Debuts ‘Showcase’ New Product Aimed At Freelancers

Dropbox has rolled out a new portfolio feature, Showcase, designed to help independent workers and small teams of professionals display and share documents more easily. The idea is that freelance workers such as architects and designers can store content in Showcase before sharing information with clients. Documents are arranged in a branded portfolio in a “secure and polished way,” with customizable layouts, said Dropbox director of product, Vishal Kapoor. It is also possible to add text... 

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Venmo Payments Comes To Retailers This Week

October 18, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Venmo Payments Comes To Retailers This Week

PayPal Holdings Inc announced that more than two million U.S. retailers will be able to accept payments through its mobile app Venmo starting this week, seeking to broaden its reach with a brand that has been a hit with young people. Venmo, which has been part of PayPal since 2013, is one of the most popular mobile applications to make person-to-person payments in the United States. It processed $8 billion (£6 billion) in payments in the second quarter of this year. Venmo users will be able to... 

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Facebook Acquiring TBH Social Network

October 18, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Acquiring TBH Social Network

Facebook wants to woo teens back to its site. The tech giant announced plans to acquire tbh, a social network popular with teens that let people send compliments to each other through anonymous quizzes. Facebook didn’t disclose an acquisition price. Facebook will let tbh, which stands for “to be honest,” operate as it did before, similar to how it runs the photo app Instagram and chat app Whatsapp. “When we met with Facebook, we realized that we shared many of the same core... 

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Google Rolls Out Advanced Protection Program For Gmail

October 18, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google Rolls Out Advanced Protection Program For Gmail

Alphabet’s Google Inc confirmed that it would introduce an advanced protection program in order to provide stronger security for some users such as government officials and journalists who are at a higher risk of being targeted by hackers. The internet giant said that users of the program would have their account security continuously updated to deal with emerging threats. The company said it would initially provide three defenses against security threats, which include blocking fraudulent account... 

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Drone Strikes Commercial Airplane In Canada

October 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Drone Strikes Commercial Airplane In Canada

It was, says the Canadian Minister of Transport, the first time in Canada’s history. In a statement, Marc Garneau revealed last Thursday, a Skyjet flight was struck by a drone as it approached Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City. “I am extremely relieved that the aircraft only sustained minor damage and was able to land safely,” said Garneau. The Ministry of Transport told me that the aircraft was a Beech 100 King Air. The drone has not been identified. Garneau told... 

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Twitter To Get ‘More Aggressive’ Policing Tweets

October 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter To Get ‘More Aggressive’ Policing Tweets

In response to a high-profile protest against Twitter, CEO Jack Dorsey said the social network will do better when it comes to monitoring content and policing hateful and harassing tweets. Dorsey took to Twitter to post a string of tweets about “critical” policy decisions he said the company had made earlier Friday. Twitter will take a “more aggressive stance” regarding its rules involving “unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups... 

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Toyota Aims For Automous, Talking Cars By 2020

October 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Toyota Aims For Automous, Talking Cars By 2020

Toyota Motor Corp announced that it would begin testing self-driving electric cars around 2020, which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to engage with drivers, as the company competes with tech firms to develop new vehicles. The car, whose concept model was unveiled earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will be able to converse with drivers, while building up knowledge of users’ preferences, habits and emotions through deep learning, the company said. “By using... 

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Apple May Introduce Face ID To All iPhones By Next Year

October 16, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Apple May Introduce Face ID To All iPhones By Next Year

Apple’s Face ID will officialy debut on the iPhone X on November 3, and it looks like the new tech may be here to stay. According to KGI Securities analyst and known Apple commentator Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), all 2018 iPhones will likely have Face ID. Thanks to Apple’s TrueDepth camera system, the X gets all sorts of new tricks like Face ID, AR, and (yes) Animojis. This makes facial recognition a standout feature on the phone and also one of the big differences between the... 

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Facebook’s Oculus Turns Focus Towards Enterprise VR

October 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook’s Oculus Turns Focus Towards Enterprise VR

Oculus is looking to entice corporate users into getting on board the VR train with the launch of a business-focused product bundle. The Facebook-owned company sees a variety of uses for its headsets, from enterprise collaboration to employee training, in a range of industries. Putting VR technology in the hands of more businesses is a crucial step to growing the market, and Oculus wants to make the process easier with Oculus for Business. The $900 package contains an Oculus Rift headset, Touch... 

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Tesla Hands Pink Slips To 400 Employees

October 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla Hands Pink Slips To 400 Employees

Luxury electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc fired about 400 employees late last week, including associates, team leaders and supervisors, a former employee told Reuters on Friday. The dismissals were a result of a company-wide annual review, Tesla said in an emailed statement, without confirming the number of employees leaving the company. “It’s about 400 people ranging from associates to team leaders to supervisors. We don’t know how high up it went,” said the former employee, who worked on... 

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Amazon Targets Teen Shoppers With New Program

October 13, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Targets Teen Shoppers With New Program

The world’s largest online store announced it has created a new feature for families, allowing moms and dads to give their teens more autonomy to purchase goods on Amazon while still under parental supervision. With the new US-only feature, which is targeted for kids ages 13 to 17, a parent can add up to four teens to their Amazon Household account for free and set a payment method that a teen can’t see, as well as shipping addresses. Teens can then shop on the Amazon mobile app on... 

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DirecTV Now Streaming Service Showing Signs Of Live

October 13, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
DirecTV Now Streaming Service Showing Signs Of Live

AT&T’s entrance into the online streaming video business is finally gaining ground. The Dallas telecommunications giant disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it had added a net 300,000 customers to its DirecTV Nowstreaming service in the third quarter. That’s compared to the 491,000 customers it added in the first half of the year. Overall, the company warned that it had lost 90,000 US video subscribers, blaming a combination of the impact from several... 

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BlackBerry Settles Patent Dispute With BLU Products

October 13, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Settles Patent Dispute With BLU Products

BlackBerry Ltd announced that it inked a new license agreement with BLU Products Inc, a Florida-based maker of low-end Android phones, that would end patent disputes between the two companies. Canada’s BlackBerry filed lawsuits against BLU in 2016, as part of the handset-maker-turned-software-company’s move to make cash off a bunch of technology patents it had collected in its heyday. Thursday’s agreement will include on-going payments from BLU to BlackBerry, the companies said, but did not... 

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