Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of publishing empire News Corporation, issued a statement today proposing a new licensing deal between media organizations and platform-owning tech companies.Citing the popularization of “scurrilous news sources through algorithms that are profitable for these platforms but inherently unreliable,” Murdoch says Facebook and Google should pay money in an arrangement similar to so-called carriage fees.“The publishers are obviously enhancing the value and integrity of Facebook through their news and content, but are not being adequately rewarded for those services.Google has remained relatively quiet about the issue, though it’s addressed structural failures in its search engine and other ad-supported product related to Russian propaganda and weathered significant controversy of late over YouTube’s questionable role in the media ecosystem.The topic is a particularly thorny for Facebook, whose CEO Mark Zuckerberg took much of 2017 to come to terms with his company’s influential role in the spread of misinformation, the mental and emotional well being of its user base, and the functioning of Western democracies.Recently, Facebook said it would alter the News Feed algorithm to favor posts between friends and family over news sources that may seek to game its algorithm, while the company announced plans last week to survey users about news sources’ reliability to help weed out those bad actors.
Google has been exploring how to bring augmented reality content to mobile and PC web browsers.The company also set up a website with tools to help developers start creating AR content for the web.Google is bringing augmented reality to your web browser.The company has been pushing AR for a few years now through Tango and more recently ARCore.Back at Google I/O 2017, it announced that AR would be available through the Chrome browser.Now it’s now moving forward on a project that will encourage people to develop AR elements for both desktop and mobile browsers.
An LG patent filed to the World Intellectual Property Organization shows a potential folding hybrid tablet and phone device, as spotted by GSMinfo.The patent describes the device as a “mobile phone with a flexible display which can be folded in half.” It was initially filed in July 2017 before being published on January 12th, 2018.The design patent shows two versions of the potential phone.The first model is a foldable phone that features a camera component on the back panel.When folded, the device can display information like the time on the front screen:The second design is similar, except when the phone is folded, its rear cover is pushed to one side revealing a transparent section on the front right-hand side.
Cryptocurrencies falling again on Thursday morning, although the sell-off is not as bad as the past two days.LONDON — The cryptocurrency market's wild week is continuing on Thursday, with many major digital assets falling after a brief respite overnight.Cryptocurrency markets tanked on Tuesday and Wednesday, before a slight pickup during late US and Asian trading on Wednesday.But the rollercoaster price action doesn't appear to be over, with major cryptocurrencies falling again during morning trade in London.The cryptocurrency is down over 4% at 8.20 a.m. GMT (3.20 a.m.Bitcoin is also falling, down almost 3% against the dollar at the same time.
Usenix Enigma It has been nearly seven years since Google introduced two-factor authentication for Gmail accounts, but virtually no one is using it.In a presentation at Usenix's Enigma 2018 security conference in California, Google software engineer Grzegorz Milka today revealed that, right now, less than 10 per cent of active Google accounts use two-step authentication to lock down their services.He also pointed out that a Pew study in 2016 showed only around 12 per cent of web users have a password manager to protect their accounts.We polled El Reg readers on Twitter just before we published this piece, asking: "What percentage, rounded to nearest integer, of Gmail users do you think use two-factor authentication?"The rest picked more than 10 per cent.The Register asked Milka why Google didn’t just make two-factor mandatory across all accounts, and the response was telling.
Operating a mouse or trackpad is super easy, but behind their simple exteriors these intuitive input devices hide a whole host of shortcuts and extra features that aren’t immediately obvious—and if you don’t already know about them, you’re missing out.1) Go forwards and backwards: When browsing the web you can swipe left with two fingers to go back to the previous page, and right with two fingers to go forward.2) Select blocks of text: Forget clicking and dragging—select text more precisely with a tap (or click) at the start of the block, then a Shift+Tap (or click) at the end.3) Open links in new tabs: Pretty well known, but still—use Ctrl+Click (Windows, Chrome OS), Cmd+Click (macOS), or a scroll wheel click to open browser links in new tabs.4) Scroll around pages: In most web browsers and many other apps, click the scroll wheel to drop an ‘anchor’, then just move the mouse to scroll around in any direction.7) The secret Start menu: Right-click rather than left-click on the Start menu button for instant access to Device Manager, the command prompt, Task Manager and more.
KAUST has developed a unique transistor architecture that boosts the performance of the display circuitry.In these circuits, thin-film transistors, acting as switches, control the electric current that activates individual image elements, or pixels, consisting of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or liquid crystals.Future displays are expected to offer an even better visual experience through increases in resolution and frame rate.While transistor miniaturization can augment resolution, a higher field-effect mobility of the channel material can fulfill both these needs.It does this through its ability to facilitate electron and hole flows between contacts under applied voltage, which then allows transistors to switch faster and occupy a smaller pixel area.To date, amorphous-oxide semiconductors, such as zinc oxide and indium-gallium zinc oxide, have provided transistor channels with modest mobility.
The purging of the Ericsson Augean stables continues with a $1.6 billion goodwill write-down.Will this be the last one?The full write-down revealed by Ericsson amounts to SEK 14.2 billion, which equates to around $1.8 billion.The ordure is apportioned as follows:Segment Digital Services: impairment of SEK 6.7 b. of goodwill and SEK 0.4 b. of intangible assetsSegment Other: impairment of SEK 6.0 b. of goodwill, SEK 0.3 b. of intangible assets, and SEK 0.4 b. of fixed assets
If you thought Ram was going to leave Chevrolet and Ford to have all the truck fun at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 this year, think again.The 2019 Ram 1500 is another from-the-ground-up recreation, shedding nearly 225 pounds from the outgoing truck and gaining a clever mild-hybrid system that should produce power and economy savings even the most traditional of pickup buyers can’t argue with.The new Ram 1500 is the most durable, most aerodynamic, and best riding pickup in the segment, so the claims go.There’s class-exclusive air suspension for better fuel efficiency and ride, not to mention greater ability off-road.It’s the powertrains where things really get interesting, though.Ram has used a 48V battery pack and a belt-drive motor generator unit, which takes care of the truck’s stop/start function, short term torque assistance, and brake energy regeneration.
For the first time in history, a crowdsourced team of amateur citizen scientists has discovered a multi-planetary system.Located 620 light years away, the system contains five exoplanets, and possibly a sixth, the majority of which are super-Earths.Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how it was discovered, let’s dive in and take a look at the new star system.It’s called K2-138, where “K2" signifies that it was discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope during its K2 mission—an exoplanet-hunting mission that’s been ongoing for the past three years.All of its five confirmed planets are packed into a tight orbit in close proximity to the star, featuring orbital periods between 2.35 days to 12.76 days.The most distant planet, K2-138f, is one-tenth the distance that Earth is to the Sun.
CES, the world’s biggest tech event, is treating attendees to a decidedly retro experience this year: there’s no electricity.The power went out around noon local time and there’s no telling when it’s coming back on.CES2018 blackout is the first time a lot of tech journos have seen the sun in months.Because right now, in Las Vegas, thousands of exhibitors are losing more money by the second.This is something that tech companies, and technology reporters, spend the entire year planning for.It’s highly-likely that there’s not going to be a “do-over” for shows that get missed.
Sam Byford / The VergeNiantic is ending Pokémon Go support for Apple devices incapable of upgrading to iOS 11.Older iPhone models, like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C, will be affected by the incoming update, coming February 28th.If you have a phone without iOS 11, you won’t be able to access your account, use your pokécoins, or use items in your bags.According to the developer, the reason for dropping support is simple: “This change is a result of improvements to Pokémon Go that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices.”Niantic has been steadily making improvements, like additional catchable creatures and weather systems, to the game since its initial release in July 2016.
According to Apple Inc., iCloud services in mainland China will be transferred to cloud company in Guizhou and will be responsible for the operation starting from February 28 this year, Chinese media People’s Daily is reporting.Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Development Co., Ltd. (GCBD, 云上贵州公司) will be responsible for iCloud operations in mainland China and will have legal and financial relations with iCloud users in mainland China.The data center project is part of the tech giant’s planned $1 billion investment in Guizhou province and is operated in partnership with GCBD.We believe new partnerships will improve the Chinese iCloud user experience by reducing latency and improving reliability,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environment, policy and social affairs said.While moving iCloud to China will improve the speed and reliability of Apple’s services, it raised data protection concerns since all data will be required to be reviewed and approved by Chinese regulators before transferring abroad.As of February 28 this year, if the user has not received the notice, their accounts will not be moved to Guizhou’s cloud and will remain in the disabled state.
Home security camera maker EZVIZ announced its first product for smart entry security at CES 2018 today, with the debut of the Lookout Smart Door Viewer.The system is designed to work with the company’s new ezGuard security camera, as well as with other EZVIZ products and Amazon Alexa.The products make up a two-part smart home door entry video solution that allows homeowners to remotely view activity taking place outside the home, while also offering the ability to remotely unlock the door for trusted visitors.What makes the system more interesting than the usual smart entry solution is how it takes advantage of facial recognition.Using the EZVIZ app, homeowners can opt to create a gallery of trusted people who can gain access to the home.It does this by utilizing facial recognition technology to identify the person at the person automatically, allowing the homeowner to act as they see fit to allow entry.
The Vuze virtual reality camera is encroaching on pro-level territory.Humaneyes on Tuesday debuted the Vuze+ VR Camera — an updated version of the company’s prosumer VR camera that adds live-streaming, add-on lenses, and a sturdier build — at the Consumer Electronics Show.Humaneyes says the Vuze+ is the first prosumer VR camera to give users all of the tools for both capturing and sharing VR from one brand’s ecosystem.Like the original Vuze, the new model uses four sets of lenses, each pair offset similar to human eyes, to capture 3D content and take basic 360 content into the virtual reality space.Unlike its predecessor, the Vuze+ can be used with custom lenses for enhanced quality, while the spatial microphone improves audio quality.Now, 3D video can also be live-streamed in 4K to compatible services, including Facebook, YouTube, Periscop,e and other RTMP live platforms.
KFC is using President Donald Trump’s now infamous “Nuclear Button” tweet to rag on fast-food rival McDonald’s.On Wednesday, KFC’s UK and Ireland Twitter account tweeted:McDonald’s leader Ronald just stated he has a “burger on his desk at all times”.Will someone from his big shoed, red nosed regime inform him that I too have a burger on my desk, but mine is a box meal which is bigger and more powerful than his, and mine has gravy!— KFC UK & Ireland (@KFC_UKI) January 3, 2018The brand’s jab is clearly parodying a tweet that Trump sent out earlier this week that proclaimed his “Nuclear Button” is “much bigger and more powerful” than North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s.
Most of us have heard of the 3D Touch features of iPhone, but quite few of us have heard about the 3D Touch on Android devices which is also called Quick Shortcuts.Today we have for you a video showing how the Quick Shortcuts works on the Ulefone Power 3.Before checking out the video, let’s learn a bit more about the Android Quick Shortcuts.Like the 3D Touch on iPhone, tapping and holding on an icon pops up a list of menu items, which allows you to quickly launch a certain function within an app.For instance, you can open up Chrome with a new tab immediately added or quickly add a new contact to the contact list when starting up the contact.Previously we’ve known that the Ulefone Power 3 comes with massive 6080mAh battery with safer 5V/3A fast charging supported, 18:9 all screen design, 6.0-inch FHD+ display, world’s first Helio P23 octa-core processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, 13MP/5MP dual selfie combo, 21MP/5MP rear camera combo, cutting-edge Face ID recognition system, a rear fingerprint scanner and exquisite NCL-processed back case.
Welcome to Digital Health Briefing, a new morning email providing the latest news, data, and insight on how digital technology is disrupting the healthcare ecosystem, produced by BI Intelligence.DNAnexus, which provides a cloud-based platform for biomedical informatics and data management, will use the funding to advance its precision medicine solutions and expand its footprint in genomic data management for clinical trials.The tech giants have both developed new solutions, invested in start-ups, and entered strategic partnerships within precision medicine.For example, Microsoft launched a machine learning project that sifts through medical papers and data to help doctors find the right drug regimen for cancer patients and Google has introduced its own cloud computing service to help process and analyze the world’s genomic information.JAPANESE HOSPITALS USE ROBOTS TO EASE NURSING BURDENS: Nagoya University Hospital in Japan will start a pilot program in February using robots to deliver drugs and test samples on the hospital floors, according to ZDNet .During the year-long trial, four robots will work overnight at the hospital, shuttling between the surgical intensive care unit (ICU), the hospital pharmacy, and the laboratory.
If you didn't get enough elves with machines guns and odd-couple buddy-cop banter with Netflix's urban fantasy "Bright," then you're in luck.There will be another one.The streaming service confirmed a follow-up film by releasing a video of "leaked orc auditions" on Wednesday.Reports emerged that Netflix had ordered a sequel before "Bright" even debuted on Dec. 22, but today's video, a tweet and a Facebook post make it official.Netflix tends to keep its viewership numbers pretty guarded, but it did say in a release that "Bright" was the highest viewed Netflix film ever in its first week of release, as well as one of the biggest originals the service has ever launched.It has been a particularly big hit with viewers outside the US.