Technology

December 5, 2018

Trump administration releases Postal Service overview after Amazon assaults

The Treasury Department today released a 70-plus-page report on the Postal Service’s finances, part of a task force review ordered by the Trump administration after the president publicly bashed mail deals between the service and Amazon.
December 5, 2018

Verizon’s first 5G hotspot will launch in 2019

Verizon today announced that its first 5G — and I mean real, proper 5G NR — hotspot device will launch to consumers in 2019. The hotspot was developed in collaboration with Inseego and utilizes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip and Snapdragon X50 5G modem.
December 5, 2018

Google made a Sounds app for customized Pixel ringtones, however it’s not out but

Google has made several custom apps for the Pixel and Pixel XL, and its latest one appears to be an app called Sounds that was just uploaded to the Play Store, as spotted by 9to5Google. However, the link to the app is now dead — at least, temporarily.
December 5, 2018

Qualcomm pronounces the Snapdragon 855 processor for 5G telephones

Snapdragon 855. That’s the name of Qualcomm’s new flagship processor for mobile phones, the company just announced at its Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii.
December 5, 2018

Samsung caught (once more) utilizing DSLR photograph to promote smartphone digicam

Now that smartphones are capable of taking photos that can, in some instances, rival those of DSLRs, companies seem to be getting more and more comfortable swapping actual DSLR photos into their advertising. The problem is, most phone cameras are still far from DSLR quality, so it’s rarely a fair representation. And Samsung is the latest to get busted trying to pass one off.
December 5, 2018

How Autonomous Automobiles Might Rework the Demographics of U.S. Cities

Cities have historically been shaped by the way people travel. American cities have morphed and expanded with changes in transportation systems from the walking city (pre-1880), to a period with streetcars (1880 to 1920) to our current automobile city (post-1920 but mostly after the freeway era started in 1945). The dense mixed-use agglomeration of residences and workplaces in the pre-automobile era have now been broken up with the addition of sprawling suburbs and dispersed industrial districts.
December 5, 2018

AT&T and Hulu plan to run adverts whenever you pause streaming TV exhibits

As more video viewing behavior moves to on-demand streaming services, some companies will understandably get craftier about how to continue generating advertising revenue that would otherwise have come from old-school commercials. AT&T and Hulu are both apparently now considering a new type of ad that would run when you pause a video, like a TV show on DirectTV or a movie on Hulu, according to a report from Variety.
December 5, 2018

Pioneer DJ HDJ-X5BT Headphones Overview: You Don't Must Be a DJ to Take pleasure in These Cans

Having never been a professional DJ, I was a bit intimidated by the Pioneer DJ HDJ-X5BT headset. Would I be able to fully appreciate all the headset had to offer if I wasn’t on stage in front of a crowd? Despite some minor issues, it turns out anyone can enjoy the HDJ-X5BT, even if you aren’t blasting hits at a club.
December 5, 2018

El acceso common a Web en México reduciría la pobreza

Internet es un derecho en México desde 2013, año en que se modificó la Constitución de la nación para garantizar el acceso universal. Sin embargo, en 2016 solo el 47% de los hogares mexicanos tenían conexión a Internet, según los datos más recientes.
December 5, 2018

CRISPR infants and different moral missteps in science threaten China’s international standing

“What happened this time was an ethics disaster for the world,” according to Wang Yuedan, a professor of immunology at Peking University, as quoted in The New York Times. He was talking about the recent claim by U.S.-trained Chinese scientist He Jiankui that he’d successfully altered the DNA in vitro of human embryos that were later born as twin girls in China. If true as claimed, the edits he made would be inherited by any of their future offspring.