Tag: Software

Apple Removes App That Tracked Hong Kong Police

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple removed an app on Wednesday that enabled protesters in Hong Kong to track police, a day after facing intense criticism from Chinese state media for it, plunging the technology giant deeper into the increasingly politicized atmosphere in China. Apple said it was removing the app, called HKmap.live, from its iPhone App […]

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Atlanta Asks Google Whether It Targeted Black Homeless People

Atlanta officials are seeking answers from Google after a news report said that company contractors had sought out black homeless people in the city to scan their faces to improve Google’s facial-recognition technology. The New York Daily News reported on Wednesday that a staffing agency hired by Google had sent its contractors to numerous American […]

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As Consumer Complaints Mount, Lincoln’s Aviator Appears Not Fully Baked

Ford Motor Company may have sidelined thousands of 2020 Ford Explorers and Lincoln Aviators due to hazy manufacturing issues, but it seems many vehicles slipped through the quality dragnet and into the hands of consumers. You saw a eyebrow-raising walkaround of a dealer-fresh Aviator here the other week. Owners, however, get to slip behind the […]

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The problem with PC VR is the PC

“Friction” is the word tech companies now use to acknowledge software and hardware pain points — typically at the point they’re planning to reduce or eliminate them. As the enemy of smoothness, friction is the collection of factors that keep an experience from being effortless, fun, or “magical” in Apple parlance; Polaroid cameras famously demonstrated […]

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Tesla V10.0 Car Software Update Includes Major Changes For Entertainment & Convenience

Just like every smartphone user looks forward to a major software upgrade, Tesla owners wait for a software update for their cars. And, the wait is finally over. Advertising Tesla has announced the version 10.0 software release and it will be delivered via an over-the-air update. Unlike other updates, this is a pretty significant upgrade […]

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How to Make the Most of Apple’s New Privacy Tools in iOS 13

To get the latest security protections against viruses, exploits and whatever other nasty stuff is out there, it’s wise to keep the software for our devices updated. For iPhones, that’s especially true now. That’s because Apple’s iOS 13, the most recent mobile software for iPhones, arrived last week. Similar updates to iPadOS, the operating system […]

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Akeneo raises $45 million to help retailers track products

Akeneo, a product information management (PIM) solutions provider that aims to help brands deliver “enriched” retail customer experiences, today revealed that it’s secured $46 million to bolster its R&D as it accelerates its U.S. sales and marketing efforts. Growth equity investor Summit Partners led the round, which saw participation from existing investors Alven, Partech, and […]

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The Joys of Being a Late Tech Adopter

The best gadget that I bought this year cost less than a week’s worth of groceries. After my smartphone, it’s my most frequently used piece of tech. It was also released four years ago. Can you guess what it is? The mystery gizmo is a used Kindle e-book reader from 2015, which I bought on […]

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Apple’s Watch Is Smarter, but My Casio Keeps Getting the Job Done

IPhones haven’t been selling particularly well, Apple reported this summer, but its watches are becoming wildly popular. And no wonder. The Apple Watch is elegant, versatile and frequently gains new powers. It can track the distance you run, measure the noise you hear on the street, record your heartbeat, play your favorite tune and place […]

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Hi, Alexa. How Do I Stop You From Listening In On Me?

Many of us ask the digital companions in our homes, whether it’s Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant, to handle innocuous tasks like setting a timer and playing music. What most of us may not realize is that in some instances, there might be a person listening in, too. In two separate reports in […]

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Twitter open-sources Rezolus telemetry tool

It just became easier to diagnose runtime performance issues at scale, thanks to Twitter. The tech giant today open-sourced Rezolus, a “high-resolution” telemetry agent designed to uncover anomalies and utilization spikes too brief to be captured through normal observability and metrics systems. Twitter says it’s been running Rezolus in production for over a year, and it […]

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Mason raises $25 million to expedite enterprise hardware development

Mason, a startup developing a platform that expedites mobile hardware time to market in the enterprise, today announced that it has raised $25 million in a series A round led by Coatue Management, with GGV Capital and Base10 participating. The fresh capital comes after two seed rounds totaling $120,000, and CEO Jim Xiao said it […]

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The Secret History of ‘Easter Eggs’

Every car can accelerate, brake and turn. But only the Tesla Model X can put on a three-minute dance performance. The windows open, the speakers blast a holiday carol, the exterior lights flash in sequence, the front doors open and close, and the gull-wing doors rise, arch and flap to the music. That roboshow is […]

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Would You Want a Computer to Judge Your Risk of H.I.V. Infection?

ImageCreditJames Steinberg A few years ago, researchers at Harvard and Kaiser Permanente Northern California had an inspired idea: Perhaps they could use the wealth of personal data in electronic health records to identify patients at high risk of getting infected with H.I.V. Doctors could use an algorithm to pinpoint these patients and then steer them […]

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Apple Reports Declining Profits and Slowing Growth, Again

Apple has long performed like clockwork, growing steadily and producing an ever-growing stream of profit. Not anymore. On Tuesday, the Silicon Valley behemoth said that its net income had fallen nearly 13 percent and that its revenue growth had slowed to 1 percent in the latest quarter, with iPhone sales continuing to decline and gains […]

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MindTickle raises $40 million after banner year in sales enablement

MindTickle, a sales enablement solutions provider with offices in Bangalore and San Francisco, today announced that it’s raised $40 million in series C funding led by Norwest Venture Partners, bringing its total raised to more than $81 million. The round saw participation from existing investors including Accel Partners, Cannan Partners, NewView Capital (a spinout of […]

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CircleCI raises $56 million to continuously test software builds for bugs

San Francisco-based CircleCI, which develops continuous delivery automation software, today revealed that it closed a $56 million series D funding round led by Owl Rock Partners and Next Equity, with participation from existing investors Scale Venture Partners, Top Tier Capital, DFJ, Baseline Ventures, Industry Ventures, Heavybit, and Harrison Metal Capital. The capital infusion brings the […]

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You’re Hired. Now Wear This Headset to Learn the Job.

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — When Toby Bouska Jr. started assembling cabs for Kenworth semitrucks last year, he learned the ropes by observing longtime workers at the factory. But it wasn’t exactly engaging, and he didn’t get much practice doing the job himself. “It’s them doing the job, and you just have to watch,” said Mr. Bouska, […]

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What Oculus Quest nails and misses: Hardware, software, and pricing

Several days after purchasing an Oculus Quest, I shared my early experiences here, noting that I was on the fine edge of returning the standalone VR headset due to high hardware and software prices. After an additional week of testing, including more exploration of the launch library, I’ve reached a conclusion. While I’m excited about Quest as […]

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Apple WWDC Live Updates: New Watch App Store and iOS 13

Here’s what to look for: ImageCraig Federighi. The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 3, 2019 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times The iPhone’s latest operating system software will emphasize speed. Craig Federighi, another Apple executive overseeing software, said the new version of iOS 13 would highlight […]

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