It is without a doubt that technology made for children is getting more and more mainstream. There are apps made specially for toddlers and young kids, special tablets, headphones, and even smartwatches, just to name a few, and it looks like Google would like to join in as well. It has been reported that Google is working on web services specially catered for kids below 13 years old.
Several online communities have come together to establish a new research partnership to promote open, publicly accessible, and ethical academic inquiry into the vibrant social dynamics of the web. Called the Digital Ecologies Research Partnership, or DERP, it will provide academics with a single point of contact for retrieving data and metrics from the allied communities.
While LTE has yet to reach mainstream status in Malaysia, a number of network equipment manufacturers have started to take in interest in the technology. One of them is the Singapore-based Aztech Technologies who is about to release the new Aztech MWR647 4G Mi-Fi into our market.
As opposed to other 3G or LTE Mi-Fi devices out there, the Aztech MWR647 is not just a mere one-trick pony since the Singaporean company has equipped it with plenty of additional features.
Ever since Google replaced Gtalk with Hangouts, the company has been finding ways to keep the social messaging app as updated as possible by introducing new features such as merging SMS conversations from the same senders, and has also gotten an optimisation for business use. Google’s efforts on Hangouts is set to continue by revamping it with a new interface, and also adding a rather “Facebook Messenger” twist to it.
After revealing that Xiaomi’s MIUI software discreetly uploads user data without informing its users, software security firm F-Secure has now confirmed that the latest MIUI update has fixed the issue.
The PlayStation 4 will soon allow users to share games with their friends, without having to pass around any sort of disc. Friends will simply be able to turn on their PS4, and then request your permission to play something from your library. After that, they will stream the game from your house to theirs. That being said, there are a couple of catches to the whole thing.
The world’s largest social media platform has just implemented a feature that allows it to track consumer behaviour across platforms. Facebook announced on a blog post yesterday that it would now allow advertisers to track consumers who had clicked on mobile ads and subsequently moved to a desktop to make a purchase. While the idea is for brands and stores to better understand how people use the internet to shop, it might not be so enticing for consumers to be consistently watched while on the internet.
UPDATE (14/08, 1230am): We have updated the article with several new information regarding the upcoming AirAsia inflight Wi-Fi service. Read more for details.
Original article (13/08, 614pm):
Even though inflight Internet connectivity is nothing new, local air carriers have yet to offer such services to their customers. That will soon change though as AirAsia has publicly revealed that it is now testing inflight Wi-Fi connectivity in order to allow passengers to connect to Internet during their flight.
Earlier today, AirAsia has publicly revealed that it has successfully completed the first public test of its inflight Wi-Fi service that is scheduled to be available on its aircrafts by the end of this year. Believe it or not, AirAsia is actually not the first Malaysian-based low-cost carrier that is interested in offering such service to travellers.
It was Malindo Air who has actually announced the service last year (twice, in fact) and has even listed it on the airline’s website but somehow, the inflight Wi-Fi service is still not available for Malindo Air’s customers even till today. Well then, good thing that the wait will be over soon.
Google has just announced that it will be backing a $300 million project to set an undersea cable that aims to boost Web connectivity speeds in Asia. The cable, codenamed “Faster”, is said to be capable of data transfer speeds of up to 10 million times faster than a conventional modem, and will provide a direct connection from the US to Japan.
Pokemon appears to be the game of choice for completely new ways to spend time on Twitch. After the wildly successful social engineering experiment that was Twitch Plays Pokemon, comes another random input version of the game. Two students from the HackNY Fellows Class of 2014 set up a motion tracking sensor for their pet fish, and then set it off to see if it can complete Pokemon Red by itself.
It looks like virtual voice assistance with intelligence is becoming so big, Apple wants to bring a similar feature to its Mac devices as well. According to a recent patent application that was filed earlier this year and just released recently, the Cupertino company is working on a Siri-like personal assistant for its desktop OS.