Facebook has revealed its Messenger app has reached a billion users, making it one of the most popular apps in the world.This is a significant increase from the 900 million it claimed in April during the launch of Messenger Codes – circular patterns around a user s profile photo, which can be scanned to start a chat conversation with that person.Since being separated from the main Facebook app which has 1.5 billion monthly users two years ago, the Messenger app appears to be catching up with its parent.We re grateful for all the people who are sending billions of messages every day and we hope to send 1 billion thank yous in the form of a new floating balloon gift that everyone can use to celebrate, a spokesman for Facebook wrote in a blog post.Facebook Messenger s latest milestone places it among the most popular apps in the world – alongside Facebook and WhatsApp which is also owned by the social network company .This comes after Facebook announced last month its photo-sharing app Instagram had reached 500 million users.
Both carriers have announced virtualized, easier to deploy services this weekThe new Verizon logo appeared on gift bags at the mobile carrier's Innovation Center in San Francisco on Oct. 28, 2015.If you want to be able to turn network services on and off the same way you do virtual machines, some big carriers are starting to think like you.On Thursday, Verizon announced enterprise services defined and activated through software, a move intended to help both the carrier and its customers save money and respond more quickly to changing needs.It could mean firing up a new carrier Ethernet link to a branch office in minutes instead of months, for example.Verizon s Virtual Network Services announcement comes just days after AT introduced its own set of software-defined services and then partnered with Orange to help move more service smarts from hardware into software.
From the Justice Department accidentally tweeting that CNN is the biggest troll of them all to Coca-Cola s Russian map fail, these are some of the top online oops so far this year.But drama unexpectedly came to the U.S. Justice Department when it seemed to weigh in on the matter on Twitter.Apparently someone tweeted from the wrong account.In a series of tweets it sent out March 30, it offered a bit of advice for those less fortunate in terms of levels of attraction: There s a reason people keep buying you drinks, Felica … and it ain t because your face is on fleek.At least there s a silver lining from this social media mistake.The state department s finally learned travel tip No.
Ransomware has been the most pervasive cyber threat since 2005.According to publicly available information, ransomware infections have outnumbered data breaches 7,694 to 6,013 over the past 11 years.Over the years there have been two distinct varieties of ransomware which remain consistent: crypto and locker based.Crypto-ransomware is ransomware variants that actually encrypt files and folders, hard drives, etc.Whereas Locker-ransomware only locks users out of their devices, most often seen with Android based ransomware.New-age ransomware involves a combination of advanced distribution efforts such as pre-built infrastructures used to easily and widely distribute new strains as well as advanced development techniques such as using crypters to ensure reverse-engineering is extremely difficult.
If Activision s Skylanders and its many derivatives have taught the consumer tech industry anything, it s that interactive figures sell like hotcakes.It s not exactly surprising, then, that the concept s slowly bled into other industries — Nintendo launched Amiibo, for instance, and Disney debuted the eponymous Disney Infinity.Jooki s concept will be immediately familiar to anyone who s used an Amiibo.It s a bright and bulbous blue-and-orange jukebox that looks sort of like an oversized lunchbox, and it ships with one plastic figurine and five flat, circular tokens — stars — with suction cups affixed to their posteriors.In its center sits an illuminated button, and placing the aforementioned figures — a blue dolphin, yellow dog, silver night, or green alligator — atop it triggers the playback of a predefined song.Doing the same with a token, meanwhile, starts a playlist of tunes, audio clips, albums, or radio stations.
MoreA Blackberry smartphone is displayed in this August 12, 2010 illustrative photo.NEW YORK/TORONTO Reuters - BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it had signed a five-year, multimillion-dollar deal to run emergency notifications for the U.S. Senate, among a handful of small deals the company unveiled as it shifts its focus to software from smartphones.The Canadian company also said that AtHoc, a crisis communications firm it bought last year, had expanded a deal with the U.S. Coast Guard to cover staff in Washington, D.C. BlackBerry did not provide financial details of the deals.The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said the U.S. Department of Defense, one of its largest customers, had given additional technical approvals to both its mobile management system and phone software, giving it an advantage as a preferred vendor.It also said it had teamed up with a company called AppDome to allow corporate coders to translate apps made for other systems for use with BlackBerry systems, and inked a deal for its QNX industrial operating system to be used in electric locomotives being developed in Turkey.BlackBerry unveiled the new deals at its security summit in New York to illustrate its pivot from smartphone maker to corporate and government IT supplier, which some critics complain is taking too long to deliver meaningful results.
In the last few years, Facebook has developed new features to become one of the strongest platforms for sharing video content.The company earlier this year made its intentions for the video platform clear by putting Facebook Live front and center in its mobile app.Improvisation is the realm of jazz musicians and comedians, but everyone else needs to put in a little more planning before going live.Videos of people with no description and spewing an incoherent stream of consciousness have the potential to get boring pretty quickly.Users aiming to gain a following also stream content regularly.This creates a consistency and encourages viewers to follow and receive notifications when a user is going live.
While the ordinary proving ground of the smartphone may be the mean streets of the city, devices are to be found on the field of battle, too — and if a report from DoDBuzz is to be believed, Android may soon be giving way to iOS for some special operations forces.According to a source not authorized to speak to the media, the Samsung device that acts as the brain of the Android Tactical Assault Kit is a clunker.It lags, freezes, and needs to be restarted too often; the iPhone 6S, apparently, is faster and smoother.A split screen view of a drone s live video and the map showing its route, for instance is better on Apple hardware, the source said: It s seamless on the iPhone.The graphics are clear, unbelievable.If the switch took place, the ATAC would become the iTAC, at least for certain Army special operations field work.
London-based peer-to-peer small business financing platform MarketInvoice has raised £7.2 million from a Polish private equity company, despite question marks over Britain's futureMarketInvoice raised the funding from the MCI.TechVentures Fund of MCI Capital Group, which has also backed Sweden's iZettle and UK money transfer startup Azimo. raised money at a higher valuation than last year so that's a
Producers of American Gods have tapped comedian Dane Cook for an early role in the upcoming Starz show.The show, based off of the acclaimed 2001 novel by Neil Gaiman, is due out in 2017, though casting announcements have circulated for months.Cook is set to play Robbie, the best friend of main character Shadow Moon Ricky Whittle .Spoiler Alert: Though it s not clear how many episodes in which Cook will appear, the novel kicks off after Shadow, who is in prison, is released early after his wife, Laura played by Emily Browning on the show , and Robbie are killed in a car accident.Prior to the crash, Robbie helps out his friend Shadow by holding his job for him and providing emotional support for Laura.Cook s character isn t listed on IMDB yet, though Robbie s wife is only slated to appear in two episodes in season one, if that s any indication.
Most people think of WeWork as a co-working space with an awesomeLast valued at $16 billion, WeWork can now boast that it is home to industry powerhouses like GE and tech giants likeFind out why Business Insider ranked this privately-held company just below the power players AOL and Etsy on our Silicon Alley 100 list at IGNITION, where COO Miguel McKelvey and CEO Adam Neumann will be speaking
One thing you can normally be sure of with a new iPhone, or any new phone in a range, is that it will be more powerful than its predecessor, and that will almost certainly be the case with the iPhone 7, but possibly not by much.TechTastic.nl spotted a Weibo post, which seems to reveal Geekbench results for the Apple A10 chip, expected to be at the heart of the iPhone 7, and its single-core score of 3000 is only about 18% higher than the 2519 score achieved by the iPhone 6S.That's a significant difference, but far smaller than the roughly 43% difference between the scores achieved by the chips in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6S.It's also a marginally lower score than the 3010 achieved by the Apple A9X, found in the iPad Pro and iPad Pro 9.7.On top of that, the post claims it's a dual-core chip, just like the A9, rather than the hexa-core processor that has been rumored.We're hearing that the iPhone 7 could be a modest upgrade in many ways, so will its power boost be similarly small?
Bad news perverts: McDonald s free public wi-fi will begin using filters to keep customers from watching porn in its restaurants.The filtering will eventually affect all corporate-owned locations.McDonald s says the new policy is aimed at creating a safe environment.After two years of pressure, the world s biggest burger chain finally caved to internet safety group Enough Is Enough EIE , which seeks to keep kids from seeing mature content online.EIE has had success with other fast food companies: Subway s footlongs are now strictly sandwiches; Chik-fil-A chickens remain unchoked; I ve got nothing for Panera Bread but you get the idea.And in case you were wondering, a lot of people were consuming smut at McDonald s. Over the years videos have surfaced of customers and employees watching porn both inside McDonald s locations and using the wifi from the parking lot links obviously NSFW .
Pokémon GO is already the largest mobile game in the United States of all time, with just under 21 million active users a day. The runner-up Candy Crush reached 20 million active North American users in 2013. According to an analysis by SurveyMonkey Super Data Research says while the Pokémon GO generated an estimated $ 14 million in its first week. The game is to catch phantom creatures, known as Pokémon, in the real world. The creatures appear in the viewfinder of the camera with the help of augmented reality augmented reality.
The Iron Brigade charges up McPherson's Ridge during the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 2013.The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and the folks at Gettysburg National Military Park want to remind you not to take any stones from the park.Well, for one reason, they re cursed.That s according to a blog post by Maria Brady, a park ranger at Gettysburg.Brady writes that the park sometimes gets packages in the mail with people returning rocks they took— which is a violation of federal regulations and can result in $130 worth of fines and fees, she points out— and those packages usually have letters.In one letter, sent to Gettysburg in May, a man admits that he and his wife took three stones.
And it has nothing to do with the company upping my subscription fee to $9.99 a month.I knew the score and that s OK.What I m not happy with is what was a bloodletting, of sorts, with regard to some of Netflix s content this month.Maybe Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos decided the company had only enough room on its Amazon-hosted servers for two Stanley Kubrick movies instead of four?Maybe Netflix wants to clear the decks before its big deal with Disney kicks in in a couple of months?Whatever the case may be, for Netflix, context isn t just king.It s the king, the queen, the crown prince and princess and everything right down to the court jester.There are only two ways for Netflix to bring in revenue: Gain more subscribers or charge higher subscription fees.
While Pokémon Go rakes in millions of dollars with its augmented reality action, the company responsible for the tech behind the game is raising money to help build the future of AR and VR gaming.Unity Technologies has raised $181 million in a Series C funding round.The company, which makes the Unity game-development toolkit of the same name, will use the cash to expand the capabilities of its software when it comes to VR and AR applications.Investment firm DFJ Growth led the round that also had involvement from China Investment Corporation, FreeS Fund, Thrive Capital, and Max Levchin.Analysts from Digi-Capital, Goldman Sachs, and ABI Research predict that the combined AR and VR market could generate $80 billion to $120 billion in revenue by 2020.Unity is well positioned to take advantage of that as its tools are already behind many of the VR and AR games available for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and smartphones.One of the major reasons Unity is a development engine of choice for so many studios is that it is flexible.One team can produce a game or software app a single time, and then they can export it to all kinds of devices with minimal extra work.
Nissan Motor Co. introduced driver-assist features that enable its newest minivan to handle some highway driving on its own, just as a similar system from electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. comes under scrutiny following a number of crashes.The technology, available in the new Serena model on sale in Japan next month, renders the minivan capable of accelerating, braking and navigating highway stop-and-go traffic in a single lane.Called ProPilot, the system sends warnings when drivers take their hands off the wheel and will eventually disable if the prompts are ignored for a few seconds.Japan s Transport Ministry said last week dealers selling cars with driver-assist functions should remind consumers of their limits, noted Tesla s Autopilot system isn t fully autonomous and said drivers should be responsible in the event of accidents.The U.S. s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to announce guidelines as soon as this month that will set some parameters for self-driving cars.Single-lane autopilot style automated driving should be a noteworthy feature in mass market segments at this point in time where these technologies are still quite nascent in any segment, said Jeremy Carlson, a Los Angeles-based analyst for IHS Automotive.Nissan has also been clearer than most in how they intend to bring that technology to market and describe precisely what it will do, and that is something that many mass market competitors have not always communicated very clearly.For a quick guide on driverless cars, click here.Regulators are scrutinizing Tesla s similar Autopilot technology after an Ohio man died when he and his Model S sedan failed to react to an 18-wheeler crossing a Florida road in May.Pennsylvania State Police have since cited the driver of a Tesla Model X involved in a July 1 crash that may have involved Autopilot technology for careless driving, according to a report released Monday.
NHTSA asks for details of collision warning system and emergency braking failuresTesla's Model S on the road in Palo Alto, California Credit: Martyn WilliamsThe U.S. government has asked Tesla Motors for detailed information about key safety systems on its cars after a May 7 crash in which a driver was killed while traveling in autonomous mode.In the accident, a Tesla Model S in autopilot mode failed to recognize a truck being driven across the highway in front of it and slammed into it.The roof of the car was torn off and the driver was killed.In a letter sent to Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA is asking for details of all incidents in which automatic emergency braking was initiated and automatic steering warnings were recorded.
IBM looks to global trade blockchain with Port Authority of Singapore, the world's largest container transhipment port.IBM is a leader in blockchain RIBM is opening a Blockchain Innovation Centre in Singapore in collaboration with with the Singapore Economic Development Board EDB and the Monetary Authority of Singapore MAS .IBM, which is a leading voice in the world of blockchain research and development, will also be looking to connect shared ledger technology with the physical world of global trade and logistics via the Port Authority of Singapore, the world's largest container transhipment port.In addition to drawing from the expertise in the Singaporean talent pool and that of the IBM Research network, the center will also engage with small and medium-sized enterprises to create new applications and grow new markets in finance and trade.Robert Morris, vice president, Global Labs, IBM Research, said: "This is IBM's first collaboration with the private sector and multiple government agencies within the same country to explore the use of blockchain and cognitive technologies to improve business transactions across several different industries."Now with new cloud services that make these technologies more accessible, leaders from all industries are beginning to take note of the resulting profound and disruptive implications in a range of settings including finance, banking, IoT, healthcare, supply chains, manufacturing, technology, government, the legal system, and more."
The arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is truly near, seeing as how all these model variants are popping up left and right, especially on benchmarking websites.This time, we spot on Geekbench a certain SM-N930V, the usual indicator of a Verizon-bound model.What is curious about it, however, is how it is indicated to have only 4 GB of RAM, again defying earlier leaks and expectations of a 6 GB RAM flagship.The Galaxy Note series almost always has an edge over the nominal Galaxy S flagship line when it comes to some hardware features.The Galaxy Note is usually the first to get newer, and therefore more experimental, hardware, like a curved edge screen, newer storage technology, or more RAM.So it is only normal to presume that it would also get 6 GB of RAM, when other devices, especially those from China, are already flaunting that much memory.
Since late last year, I ve been hearing about Envelop VR and its plan for a Windows VR shell.Software like Virtual Desktop, BigScreen, and even the SteamVR interface itself mirrors what s shown on the display outside of VR.Understanding exactly how Envelop VR which closed a $5.5 million funding round at the start of the year differs from those other solutions has been difficult … until now.Virtual Desktop and BigScreen are closely tied to your physical displays right now.You should be able to buy dummy plugs, aka headless ghosts, that fit into your computer to trick it into seeing additional displays.This gives you extra screens in VR to size and arrange in the space around you.Envelop, though, breaks each individual window on the screen into something that can be individually sized and placed within your virtual environment.I installed the recently launched beta on my PC and gave it a try.
Reuters – Hillary Clinton responded on Friday to a scathing assessment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that she was extremely careless with classified government secrets by shifting the blame onto her former colleagues at the U.S. State Department.After maintaining for more than a year that she did not send or receive classified information through her unauthorized private email server, she acknowledged on Friday she may have at least unwittingly done so, three days after the FBI concluded this happened at least 110 times.Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said she certainly did not believe that she was handling classified information on her server at the time, but emphasized that she followed the lead of her subordinates on whether information was classified.These are experienced diplomats, they have expertise in handling classified material, Clinton said in an interview with PBS Newshour.They were not careless and the material that they sent, they did not believe that was classified.Clinton, who was the department s most senior classifying authority during her four-year tenure at its helm, did not address the FBI s conclusion that she herself sent information on topics classified as top secret , the highest level, through the private server she kept in her basement.It is a crime to mishandle classified information, and while FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday there was evidence Clinton or her aides may have broken these laws, there was not enough evidence of criminal intent for a prosecution.In an unusual 15-minute announcement explaining the FBI s findings, Comey ended up dismaying both Republicans and Democrats.While Clinton s Republican opponents have fumed at the decision not to file criminal charges, Clinton and her staff have disputed some of Comey s criticisms that undermine her argument that she has better judgment than Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate.Comey called her and her staff extremely careless and said that any reasonable government employee should have known such information should not be aired in emails.Her server was so poorly secured the FBI could not eliminate the possibility it had not been hacked by the country s enemies, Comey said.Asked if she agreed that she was extremely careless , Clinton said she was not, adding that Comey had clarified his remarks.It was unclear what clarification Clinton meant.In lengthier comments before lawmakers on Thursday, Comey again spoke of Clinton s carelessness and real sloppiness , adding that it seemed she was not particularly sophisticated with respect to classified information.
Japanska Square Enix har släppt rollspelet Final Fantasy VII för Android.Sjunde titeln i serien kom ursprungligen 1997 och det var första Final Fantasy-spelet som använde 3D-grafik, samt fullt renderade karaktärer och för-renderade bakgrunder.Det är ett stort spel som kräver 4GB ledigt utrymme för att kunna installeras.Efter installationen tar Final Fantasy VII upp cirka 2GB lagring enligt Square Enix.Androidporten har fått ett blandat mottagande i Play Store, då vissa inte ens kunnat starta spelet.I bästa fall åtgärdar Square Enix buggarna inom kort.
Your Google account is a powerful tool.Through tracking and artificial intelligence it helps shapes Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube into the service that you see today.There is however a downside to all of this, and that is that to do all that Google tracks pretty much every action you take within its services.So if you play a YouTube video, search for an image or translate a piece of text Google keeps a record of everything.If this, rather understandably, fills you with dread then don t panic.The company has released a website called My Activity which shows in detail your activity through Google s many services.
EA has revealed there s plenty more to come from the Star Wars: Battlefront series, following last year s somewhat underwhelming, but top-selling release.Speaking to Gi.biz via CNET EA global publishing head Laura Miele said there s a great road ahead for the series, claiming we re just getting started.Miele said: " Battlefront is one of the best-selling Star Wars games in the history of all Star Wars games and that's our first one.So we feel like we have a great road ahead of us in this franchise."Many Star Wars fans will hope the Miele s comments point to a campaign mode, which was controversially omitted from the original version.See also: Can Star Wars: Battlefront win over a campaign-only gamer?
When Minnesota police shot and killed Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop on Wednesday evening, his girlfriend broadcast his final moments alive using Facebook's video-streaming service.It was down due to a technical glitch and restored as soon as we were able to investigate," a Facebook spokeswoman told The Register.It's stretching credulity to think that the multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley giant – which hires the best of the best and champions the Open Compute Project – lost the feed to a server fault.What seems more likely is that the video was flagged as inappropriate by a viewer, a Facebook staffer or contractor tasked with reviewing posts panicked and pulled the feed offline, and then it was reinstated once the mistake was realized.Castile is seen lying slumped over in the driver's seat covered in blood, while a police officer covers him with a gun and shouts at the man's girlfriend to keep her hands where he can see them.I told him to get his hands up," the policeman shouts, before cursing.
Sarah Fallon, Senior Editor: Is anyone else reading this really closely because of how difficult Ancillary Justice was?It seemed early on that this is less an exercise than a tale, so I found myself letting some of the minutia wash by without worrying too much about whether they were breadcrumbs.And so far, so good; even after more than 200 pages, the map in the front of the book has barely seemed necessary.Jay Dayrit, Editorial Operations Manager: I m with Peter on this one.Comparatively, The Name of Wind is a breath of fresh air.The book s readability could also be attributed to the familiarity of its constructs, with deference to the Shakespearian band of players and the Dickensian world Tarbean.
Florence Fu/Tech Insider If you want to try the new macOS Sierra before it officially launches, you can download it soon.Apple will launch the beta version of Sierra to the publicYou can sign up here to tryIt won't be available immediately, so keep checking thatKeep in mind this is still an early version of Sierra and
With the new free service Skype Meetings targeting Microsoft against small businesses. The service also allows those who do not pay for Office 365 to participate. Many are fighting to get our work tools for virtual meetings - for example, Google offers Hangoutchatten and software to make and Slack, rapidly developing the ability to voice calls in its chat app. And now Microsoft's features by offering a meeting service for smaller businesses with Skype Meetings, writes PC World. The service is free for meetings of up to ten people in 60 days. After that it is limited to small meetings of three or fewer people.