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Last night, Apple sought to put itself in the centre of a new wave of smart home gadgets as it joins the at-home digital assistant ring. The tech giant unveiled a device called HomePod. It is a next generation voice-controlled music player. This is the first major new product category that Apple has launched after they unveiled after the Apple Watch last 2014.
Apple’s WWDC 2017 Keynote just ended. Key executives Craig Federighi, Phil Schiller, and of course, Tim Cook, took the stage and announced updates headed to iPhones, Macbooks, and more.
Google is launching an ad blocker to Chrome and they are telling all publishers to get ready for it. The warning is to let website owners assess their own ads and strip anything that can be disruptive to their pages. Why? Because Chrome’s upcoming ad blocker doesn't block all ads from the web. Instead, it’ll only block ads that are determined to be annoying or intrusive, like videos that autoplay with sound or interstitials that take up the whole screen.
Last Friday, during the second Singapore-Australia Leaders’ Summit held in Singapore, the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate closely on cyber security. This includes information sharing, training, and joint exercises to safeguard critical information infrastructure. The signing of MOU was witnessed by the prime ministers of the two nations - Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and Malcolm Turnbull of Australia.
Facebook’s family is finally coming. The most used social media platform, together with its messaging arm Messenger, and it photo-sharing arm Instagram is currently testing a feature that will show users notification counters from either of the two applications and will allow them to switch between the three seamlessly. This just means that whether you are on Facebook, Messenger, or Instagram, you will never miss a notification. Really, you’ll just never leave the Facebook universe.
Google I/O is taking place at their headquarters in Mountain View, California. And as always, they kick off the show with some fun statistics. CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the company’s Android operating system just recently crossed a major milestone. It has now more than 2 billion monthly active users. The company had added nearly 400 million users since its last update back in September of 2015. Android isn’t the only massive property that Google has under its umbrella. Aside from the world’s most popular mobile operating system, the company has seven services which have reached a billion users: Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, Google Maps, Gmail, Search, and Google Play. In addition to those statistics, Pichai also noted that people all over the world have downloaded 82 billion apps during last year and also tune into Youtube to watch more than 1 billion hours of video every day. Pichai also mentioned that Google Drive now has 800 million users, and Google Photos has crossed the 500 million monthly user mark. And Google Assistant is now available on 100 million devices and across over 70 different devices - including iPhones. A lot of numbers are being voiced in billions today, and Google is still not yet done. We all know that these
Facebook Just confirmed that they have deleted tens of thousands of fake accounts in the United Kingdom before the general election next month in an attempt to battle fake news.
The Nintendo Entertainment System or NES was an instant hit when it hit the market in 1985. But now 32 years later the console is going to be discontinued for good. The gaming giant announced that it has stopped the production of the NES Classic which was re-released last November of 2016. Well, it was fun while it lasted.
Designing and making sure that a user interface will perform in a consistent manner is very difficult, but Facebook is aiming to make it a bit easier for everyone by open-sourcing Litho, a framework that they have developed from scratch to handle scrolling workload from Android Apps. Litho is the same framework that Facebook uses on its own Android App, which is being used by more than a billion people every month.
Last year, Google announced that they would shut down Map Maker, their older online tool that allowed anyone to contribute updates to their “Google Maps” application. Map Maker has been around since 2008, it has let users correct or fill in missing map content (place details, roads, business information, etc.). This tool has been a big help for people in emerging markets, where most often than not, official or detailed maps are not yet available.
Facebook added a new icon to some people’s home screen and did not explain why it is there.
The much anticipated Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is finally here. And after months and months of rumours, speculations, and leaks, there weren’t many surprises at tonight’s launch.