Technology

Google Allo Update Brings Chat Backup, Link Previews, and More; Duo Hits 50 Million Downloads on Android

Google launched its Allo and Duo social applications last year and both of these applications have now seen interesting developments. While Google Allo is receiving useful and long-awaited new features with the latest update, Google Duo has reached an impressive milestone as the app has now been downloaded over 50 million times from Google Play store. First talking about the ... Read More »

Samsung Marshmallow Parental Control App Launched for Android

Samsung on Sunday launched its new parental control app, called Marshmallow (no connection with Android 6.0 Marshmallow except the name), which is meant to encourage children into developing healthy smartphone usage habits. The South Korean company says that the smartphone management app is based on self-control and rewards the children with gifts based on smartphone usage. Interestingly, unlike some other ... Read More »

Clean Technology Innovation Is in Decline

These last two years, we’ve been having fewer green technology ideas. At least that’s according to a new study by the Brookings Institution, which reveals that the number of clean energy patents granted in America has declined since 2014. While the number of new patents per year doubled between 2001 and 2014, it has since fallen by 9 percent (see ... Read More »

Kids are doing ‘real science’ in this school with technology, nature

Metro-East Montessori School teacher Carrie Wilson Herndon won two awards for innovative use of technology in her classroom. Her students are making robots that can open a chicken cage, another robot that collects eggs, and another that can provide water to the birds. The students also don protective beekeeper suits and take care of honeybee hives the school maintains at ... Read More »

Alphabet claims Uber was hiding the self-driving technology that it allegedly ripped off

A new court filing from Alphabet claims that Uber hid a key piece of self-driving technology that it allegedly copied from Waymo, the Google parent company’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary. “They were hiding a device,” Alphabet said in a filing today, supporting its motion for a preliminary injunction that would prevent Uber from working on self-driving technology. Uber says it isn’t ... Read More »

The anti-chemical weapons technology that could help rebuild Syria

The US “Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency” (Darpa) is an elite organisation tasked with developing secretive military technologies. True to form, its logo is oddly reminiscent of a supervillain’s – imposing and stark. Some of its projects, too, are futuristic weapons with darkly amusingly self-aware names, such as Mahem – a kind of self-forging molten metal spear that can penetrate armour. But ... Read More »

This spray-on memory will let you store data on any surface or object

A “spray-on” memory that allows for a tiny amount of data to be printed onto surfaces has been created by a team from Duke University. Students at the institution used an aerosol jet printer and nanoparticle inks to create a material capable of storing data that is also incredibly flexible. The chemists behind the project say the method, if adapted ... Read More »

‘Exciting times’? Changes in technology can boost inequality, authors say

Labor MP Jim Chalmers and former NBN chief executive Mike Quigley warn that economic gains from automation will not share themselves naturally. Photograph: Nic Delves-Broughton/PA The Labor MP Jim Chalmers was at a town hall meeting in Eagleby, Queenslandthis week when an older couple approached him. They were part of a crowd that turned up to see Bill Shorten’s “Bill ... Read More »

Technology is a marvel – now let’s make it moral

Illustration by Jasper Rietman Illustration: Jasper Rietman Countless decisions must soon be made about how Britain navigates the world, having cut itself adrift from the European Union. And alongside the obvious things like trade deals and immigration rules, we ought too to make choices about who and how we want to be as a society. What is Britain in the ... Read More »

Cortana-powered speaker could be on its way to you soon

A new app for Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana, named Device Setup, has been launched in the Google Play store. In the app, unearthed by The Tech Portal , you’re talked through the set-up of your Cortana-powered home device – which is interesting, because there isn’t a Cortana home speaker on the market at the moment. We’re all becoming familiar with ... Read More »