Wednesday , 18 September 2019

News Updates

Sound Amplifier by Google Now Works With Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Above

Sound Amplifier aims to help people with partial hearing impairment Highlights Sound Amplifier now available for older Android smartphones Devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above supported The app is free to download from the Google Play Store Google’s Sound Amplifier app is now available for smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. The company had introduced two assistive apps ... Read More »

BSNL Brings Rs. 168 Recharge Plan for International Roaming Activation, Extension With 90 Days Validity

The state-owned telecom operator recently launched a new Rs. 389 recharge aimed at foreigners Highlights BSNL’s Rs. 168 recharge is only valid till September 9, 2019 The new recharge plan is only available in the Kerala circle There is no word on its wider availability in more regions BSNL as been diversifying its portfolio of recharge plans lately by not ... Read More »

Theranos documentary review: The Inventor’s horrifying optimism

A blood-splattered Theranos machine nearly pricks an employee struggling to fix it. This gruesome graphical rendering is what you’ll walk away from HBO’s “The Inventor” with. It finally gives a visual to the startup’s laboratory fraud documented in words by John Carreyrou’s book “Bad Blood”. The documentary that premiered tonight at Sundance Film Festival explores how the move fast and ... Read More »

Go-Jek makes first close of $2 billion round at $9.5 billion valuation

Southeast Asia-based ride-sharing firm Go-Jek is making progress with its plan to raise up to $2 billion in fresh capital to fund its battle with close rival Grab . Indonesia-headquartered Go-Jek has closed an initial chunk of that round after a collection of existing investors, including Google, Tencent and JD.com, agreed to invest around $920 million towards it, three sources with ... Read More »

Ultima Thule shows its lumps in latest images from New Horizons flyby

The rendezvous between the New Horizons probe and the distant object known as Ultima Thule was an historic moment, but after the mind-blowing imagery the craft sent back from Pluto, you could be forgiven for being a little disappointed in how indistinct the early imagery was. Those concerns should be partly alleviated by the latest image from the probe, which ... Read More »

Hidden screen in iOS 12.2 beta hints at AirPods that can handle ‘Hey Siri’

It’s a weird quirk of the current generation of AirPods: they support Siri, but only if you double-tap one of the earbuds first. Unlike with iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and HomePods, you can’t just say “Hey Siri” and babble out your request. Rumors have been floating around for a while suggesting that a new iteration of AirPods — AirPods 2, ... Read More »

StarCraft II-playing AI AlphaStar takes out pros undefeated

Losing the the computer in StarCraft has been a tradition of mine since the first game came out in 1998. Of course, the built-in “AI” is trivial for serious players to beat, and for years researchers have attempted to replicate human strategy and skill in the latest version of the game. They’ve just made a huge leap with AlphaStar, which ... Read More »

Lightening Motorcycles is taking reservations for its $12,998 electric motorcycle

A teaser image of headlights plus a few details about the upcoming electric Strike motorcycle from Lightening Motorcycles was apparently too much for some to bear. The company, prompted by an unexpectedly high number of customer requests, has now opened reservations for U.S. customers. Customers will still have to wait until March to see what the Strike electric motorcycle looks like. No early ... Read More »

Cannabis startup Caliva raises $75M from former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and Joe Montana

San Jose cannabis company Caliva is proving that weed’s still hot, even as some markets cool off. The company is announcing a $75 million round of investment that includes participation from former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and football legend Joe Montana . If that pair seems unlikely, it just goes to show that cannabis attracts an eclectic mix. With what ... Read More »

Smartphones are about to get more interesting, but is it enough to drive growth?

Smartphone numbers are down. In 2018, global shipments dropped 3 percent, and while the long-promised arrival of 5G will help numbers get back into the black, IDC predicts that even then growth will be in the low-single digits. With a few exceptions, handset makers are starting to feel the pain of stagnation, due to a confluence of different forces. There’s ... Read More »