Month: July 2017

Facebook, Autodesk partner with a design organization geared toward underserved kids

Facebook and Autodesk have partnered with nonprofit organization Inneract Project, which is geared toward bringing design to young people in underserved communities through free, hands-on classes and mentorship. With the support of Autodesk and Facebook, Inneract Project has been able...

/ July 31, 2017

Google opens its Nearby Connections tech to Android developers to enable smarter offline apps

Google announced today the public availability of a developer tool that will allow Android apps to better communicate with nearby devices, even while offline. The company touts a number of potential use cases for this technology – like hotel rooms...

/ July 31, 2017

Google Calendar now plays nicer with Microsoft Exchange

Google today announced a small but important update to how Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange can work together going forward. It’s not unusual for a company to still use both Google’s G Suite tools and Microsoft Exchange in parallel, and with...

/ July 31, 2017

HBO got hacked and some Game of Thrones materials are bubbling up online

In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, HBO confirms that it was the target of a hack, though the company doesn’t appear to be quite sure what the damage is yet. So far, episodes of the HBO series Room 104 and...

/ July 31, 2017

Alphabet’s X lab is working on renewable energy storage

Storing the energy produced from renewable sources is a significant challenge, and one that a number of players, including Tesla, are looking to address. Add Alphabet’s X (formerly Google X) to the list of those making an attempt: Its new...

/ July 31, 2017

Triada Trojan Preinstalled on Low-Cost Android Devices

Several low-cost Android device models were recently found to feature the Triada Trojan built into their firmware, Dr. Web security researchers say. Designed as a financial threat, Triada was said last year to be the most advanced mobile malware because...

/ July 31, 2017

Minecraft’s cross-platform ‘Better Together’ update arrives in beta

Minecraft’s “Better Together Update” is rolling out now in beta, for players on Windows 10 PCs and Android devices. That means players on either platform with the beta installed will be able to participate in games from either type of...

/ July 31, 2017

Sick of SoundCloud? Anchor offers podcast transfer with free hosting

SoundCloud is on shaky financial footing, saying it only has enough money to last a few more months unless someone buys or invests in it. That’s sure to cause anxiety in content creators with their life’s work stored on SoundCloud....

/ July 31, 2017

With 200M daily users, Giphy will soon test sponsored GIFs

And it’s about time. Giphy, the four-year-old search engine for GIFs, is going to finally start testing monetization. According to a source close to the company, Giphy will begin testing sponsored GIFs within messaging experiences. This means that users who...

/ July 31, 2017

Google’s smart keyboard app Gboard adds doodling, YouTube and Google Maps

Google’s Gboard, the app that integrates Google Search and other features right into the smartphone keyboard, is being updated today with a handful of notable new additions, including the integration of key Google services, like YouTube and Google Maps. This...

/ July 31, 2017