Here is today’s tech news roundup for May 21st, 2018
Intel and Microsoft on Monday disclosed a new variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws, revealing a newly found vulnerability in chips used in hundreds of millions of computers and mobile devices. Intel is calling the new strain “Variant 4.”
Twitter swapped out its Favorite star icon for an appreciation-focused heart icon instead, but Google Photos is embracing both icons with an update rolling out now. The company announced this afternoon it’s adding a new star-shaped Favorites button to its photo-sharing service starting today, which will be followed by a heart-shaped “Like” button next week.
Facebook’s plan to connect neighborhoods and businesses wirelessly, known as Terragraph, will begin field trials in 2019 using 60GHz technology from Qualcomm, the two companies said on Monday. Facebook began talking about Terragraph in 2016, part of a bid to replace fiber broadband with 60GHz millimeter-wave wireless.
Acer announced this morning that it is the first to ship notebook PCs preinstalled with Amazon Alexa. It won’t be the last. “We’re delighted to work with Acer to bring Alexa to customers in new ways,” Amazon Alexa vice president Steve Rabuchin says.
WASHINGTON – Former President Barack Obama formally announced on Monday a multiyear production deal with Netflix in which he and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, will produce television shows and films for the streaming service. The deal will give Mr. Obama an international television platform during his post-presidency, allowing him to reach millions of people in the United States and internationally.
Amazon is creating another app store, but it’s not for consumers. Instead, the online retail giant will for the first time put its seal of approval on a bunch of third-party apps intended for professional sellers with its new Marketplace Appstore. It launches to sellers starting Monday, the company said.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s meeting with MEPs on Tuesday will be livestreamed, according to a tweet by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani. The decision marks a turnaround from previous plans, with Zuckerberg originally expected to hold closed-door meetings with leaders of Parliament’s political groups and selected MEPs.
Lyft plans to seek permits to run an electric scooter service in San Francisco, The Information has learned. It is the clearest sign yet that the No. 2 ride-hailing firm plans to compete against its bigger rival Uber and a host of startups in the fast-growing market of electric scooters and …
Microsoft acquires Semantic Machines, advancing the state of conversational AI – The Official Microsoft Blog
AI researchers have made great strides in recent years, but we are still at the beginning of teaching computers to understand the full context of human communication. Most of today’s bots and intelligent assistants respond to simple commands and queries, such as giving a weather report, playing a song or sharing a reminder, but aren’t…
Without a chronological feed, it can be tough to tell if you’ve seen all the posts Instagram will show you. That can lead to more of the compulsive, passive, zombie browsing that research suggests is unhealthy as users endlessly scroll through stale content hoping for a hit of dopamine-inducing novelty.
Google doesn’t just want to reserve Maps navigation icons for special occasions. If you’re using iOS, you can now replace Google Maps’ drab blue arrow with a 3D car. You can even choose a vehicle that more closely reflects what you’re driving, whether it’s a sedan, truck or SUV.
A coalition of advocacy groups says Facebook has too much power, and that the Federal Trade Commission needs to break up the company’s “monopoly.” The privacy and anti-monopoly groups are calling on the FTC to spin off Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger into competing networks, according to a Freedom from Facebook petition that launched on Monday.
SSDs are about to get a whole lot bigger and a whole lot cheaper. Intel and Micron on Monday afternoon announced the delivery of the industry’s first Quad-Level Cell NAND dies, which will offer a third more space than previous technology.