This week in tech history: Google Assistant is born

It's only been three years since Google first introduced the Google Assistant, the AI-powered helper through which the company wants users to access its vast stores of information. There are at least...

Hitting the Books: Autonomous cars will do more than drive you around

The idea that the ideal future involves fleets of shared-use autonomous cars does not acknowledge the true nature of how humans interact with their personal transportation, nor does it acknowledge the...

This week in tech history: Google unveils the first consumer Chromebooks

Google has been holding I/O, its annual developer conference, in early May for years now. As such, there's often a lot of notable Google-focused anniversaries to recognize this time of year,...

Spotify’s leanback instant listening app Stations hits iOS

Spotify has launched its instant listening app Stations on iOS, but only in Australia for the time being. The release comes nearly a year and a half after the Stations app first arrived...

Google is testing shopping links under YouTube videos

Google is looking at more options to boost its bottom line, and one of them seems to be shopping links tucked under YouTube videos. The company is running a test where it displays...

Orange and Dell Technologies partner for 5G innovation

Dell Technologies has partnered with telecommunications provider Orange to work jointly on everything that falls under the edge computing and acceleration technologies umbrella in a bid to give consumers what they...

Google adds option to auto-delete search and location history data

Following a year's worth of privacy scandals and criticism for collecting users' geo-location data, Google announced today plans to roll out a new feature that will let users auto-delete location, browsing,...

Facebook steps up work in AI to systematically tackle its problems

Facebook has no shortage of problems. From election manipulation and hate speech to exclusionary algorithms, the social media giant is constantly putting out fires. On Day 2 of the company's F8 conference in...

Exposed database holds sensitive data on over 80 million US households

Large-scale database exposures are sadly nothing new, but they're particularly worrisome when there isn't even a clear owner. Researchers Ran Locar and Noam Rotem have found an unguarded database hosted on a Microsoft server...

iFixit pulls its Galaxy Fold teardown at Samsung’s request

The Galaxy Fold won't make its planned launch date as Samsung looks into problems experienced by several reviewers with test units. In the meantime, the folks at iFixit did what they do best and pulled one...

BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down in May

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for consumers is shutting down for good on May 31st. When Indonesia-based media conglomerate Emtek took over its development in 2016, it redesigned the app with modern features in hopes that...

Google will block embedded browser log-ins to fight phishing

Embedded browsers within apps can be useful if you want to use an existing account from another service -- say, your Gmail log-in -- to access their features. However, they're also...

BlackBerry’s marginally upgraded, red-accented KEY2 is out today

The BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition lands in the US today with double the storage out of the box (128GB). More of a stop-gap than a sequel, the handset also packs Hub+...

Microsoft may respond to AirPods with its own smart earbuds

Microsoft's personal audio efforts might not stop with the Surface Headphones. Thurrott sources said that the company is developing a pair of Surface-branded earbuds codenamed Morrison (the Headphones, for context, were nicknamed Joplin). It's not...

iOS 13 may include system-wide dark mode and undo gesture

With Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference less than two months away, more details about what iOS 13 might have in store are emerging. It could add a system-wide dark mode, deeper multitasking options,...

Verizon’s 5G network is live and fast, if you can find it

In a bid to claim the title of the first consumer-ready 5G network in the world, Verizon surprised us by lighting up its 5G nodes across Chicago and Minneapolis ahead...
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