Technology

For Tech-Savvy Teens and Tweens, TV and Music Still Rule

Among tweens, ages 8 to 12, watching TV was the top media activity, with nearly 62 percent saying they did it every day. For teens, ages 13 to 18, listening to music was the top media activity, with 66 percent of them saying they listend to music every day. The teenagers surveyed spent an average of nearly nine hours a ... Read More »

No Time to Respond to Email? Let Google Do It

It uses machine intelligence and neural networks to suggest up to three possible responses for incoming email, based on the content of those emails. The system learns from users’ responses to suggestions to fine-tune its offerings. It has a repository of 20,000 Smart Replies that will continue to grow with time, Google spokesperson Emma Ogiemwanye told TechNewsWorld. “It’s difficult to ... Read More »

Now Facebook Users Can Tell Their Music Stories

Facebook on Thursday announced Music Stories, a feature in its iPhone app that lets users post links to music they like with comments. Clicking the link will launch a 30-second preview of the music, which is streamed from either Apple Music or Spotify. Listeners then can purchase the music from the service or save it to their account there. Facebook ... Read More »

 An Emotional Keyboard, a Puzzling Phone, and Exquisite Headphones

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that ventures forth into the land of new gadget announcements to seek out the best and brightest gizmos. On the horizon this week are a modular smartphone, a highly modern keyboard, and an update to a classic set of headphones. As always, these are not reviews, and the ratings reflect only how ... Read More »

Lytro’s VR Camera System Promises Unprecedented Immersion

Lytro last week announced its Immerge concept, a virtual reality camera system that promises to plop people right in the center of an experience the company calls “six degrees of freedom.” Lytro’s Immerge harnesses the potential of light field technology, the same tech behind the clandestine Magic Leap augmented reality headset. Light field enables Immerge to capture data from all ... Read More »

BlackBerry’s Priv Puzzles the Tech World

BlackBerry on Friday released its Priv smartphone, its first Android-based device. The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop slider is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor and an Adreno 418 GPU. It’s stocked with 3 GB of low-power RAM and 32 GB of storage. There’s an 18-MP shooter on its back side and a 2-MP chat cam on its face. BlackBerry ... Read More »

NSA Keeps Some Security Bugs Under Its Hat

While the agency appears pleased with its newfound transparency, it’s being called out en masse for the things it’s not reporting — primarily, the other 9 percent of vulnerabilities. In fact, the NSA’s revelations have raised far more questions than they’ve answered. The disclosures came late last month in an infographictouting the way the agency’s security bug reporting practices. Disclosing ... Read More »

Deep Learning App Targets Malware

Here’s the problem with most programs aimed at killing malicious software: They need someone to tell them something’s malicious. What if, however, the programs had the smarts to identify bad code on their own? That’s what a company called Deep Instinct says its security solution, launched last week, can do. The offering works its magic with a technology called “deep ... Read More »

Google Makes Maps Useful in the Boonies

Users can download a regional map — say, a city, county or country — either by tapping “download” on a search result or by going to “Offline Areas” in the Google Maps menu and tapping on the “+” button. The downloaded map will function in offline mode automatically when the user enters an area with poor or no connectivity, and ... Read More »

Valve’s Steam Gaming Hardware Hits Home

Valve this week rolled out the hardware phase of its road map from bedrooms and basements to living rooms and lounge areas with its long-awaited video game controller, PC link box and Steam boxes. Valve’s road map to the living room began with Big Picture mode in 2011, continued with in-home streaming in 2014, and now includes the new Steam ... Read More »