Category: Technology News

  • Virtual Reality center launches in Portsmouth

    Virtual Reality center launches in Portsmouth

    I’m in a large and colourful wooden-floored room. There’s a man standing next to me, and a bird is at my feet. Suddenly both the man and the bird disappear. It sounds like the start of a surreal dream, and in a way it is, because none of it is real. I was actually standing […]

  • Samsung gains soar 50% on chip sales

    Samsung gains soar 50% on chip sales

    Samsung reported strong results on Thursday, with profits for the first quarter climbing more than 50% compared to the same time a year ago. The South Korean tech giant pulled in 77.8 trillion Korean won ($61.3 billion) in revenue and 14.1 trillion Korean won ($11.1 billion) in operating profit, roughly in line with its own […]

  • Snapchat’s flying selfie drone is coming

    Snapchat’s flying selfie drone is coming

    A flying camera is the latest release from Snap, the company best known for its photo-sharing app Snapchat. The little yellow drone, called Pixy, is described by the company as a “free-flying sidekick” which can help people take selfies without a selfie stick. The gadget is available in France and the US, where the laws […]

  • Chinese drone pauses operations in Russia and Ukraine

    Chinese drone pauses operations in Russia and Ukraine

    The world’s largest commercial drone-maker DJI has suspended all business activities in Russia and Ukraine. Since the start of the war, Ukraine has urged the company to take steps to stop its drones being used by Russia. The Chinese firm said the decision was not a statement about any country, and its drones are not […]

  • MIT Neuroscientists Discover That Computers Identify Faces

    MIT Neuroscientists Discover That Computers Identify Faces

    When artificial intelligence is tasked with visually identifying objects and faces, it assigns specific components of its network to face recognition — just like the human brain. The human brain seems to care a lot about faces. It’s dedicated a specific area to identifying them, and the neurons there are so good at their job […]

  • New World Record for Solar Cell Efficiency

    New World Record for Solar Cell Efficiency

    A German research team has developed a tandem solar cell that reaches 24 percent efficiency – measured according to the fraction of photons converted into electricity (i.e. electrons). This sets a new world record as the highest efficiency achieved so far with this combination of organic and perovskite-based absorbers. The solar cell was developed by […]

  • How Google plans to use 100% carbon-free energy

    How Google plans to use 100% carbon-free energy

    Google’s data centers around the world use about twice as much electricity as the city of San Francisco. In total, Google used 15.5 terawatt-hours of electricity in 2020 and the majority of that goes to its data centers. (It hasn’t made 2021 figures available.) The amount of energy Google uses is growing as overall internet […]

  • Apple, Google, and Samsung May Have Big Smartwatch Plans

    Apple, Google, and Samsung May Have Big Smartwatch Plans

    It’s shaping up to be a big year for smartwatches. While we’re expecting to see typical updates like the next-generation Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch, 2022 might also mark some notable milestones. Google, for example, is rumored to launch its first Pixel Watch in the spring or fall. Fitbit, which Google owns, could also […]

  • The microchip implants that allow you pay with your hand

    The microchip implants that allow you pay with your hand

    Patrick Paumen causes a stir whenever he pays for something in a shop or restaurant. This is because the 37-year-old doesn’t need to use a bank card or his mobile phone to pay. Instead, he simply places his left hand near the contactless card reader. A small LED light under his skin then immediately glows, […]

  • Amazon Cuddly toy reviews used for headphones

    Amazon Cuddly toy reviews used for headphones

    Headphones on Amazon from some third-party sellers had misleading reviews for different products like cuddly toys and umbrellas, Which? found. In an investigation, the consumer watchdog discovered that nine out of 10 of the top-rated headphones on the site earlier this year had glowing reviews for a range of unrelated products. Amazon said that it […]