Facebook may have just found its next social experiment, or rather public service venue. Anonymous sources close to the matter have revealed that the social networking giant is now interested in entering into the Internet healthcare business. What that means for your privacy and your actual offline health will depend on how Facebook will be able to implement and spin this new outlet.
Protesters and activists these days have flocked to social media and mobile technology to circumvent censorship and blockades that prevent their message from reaching other people. But now the tables might have been turned on them. A new trojan malware called Xsser mRAT that infects iOS as well as Android devices has been discovered to be of Chinese origin and is seemingly targeting Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement.
Motorola never quite got the praise it deserved with the original Moto X, the company's decision to step off the specs bandwagon unduly masked by relatively uninspiring design. Now, the 2014 model arrives to rectify that, sharing the same name but stepping up performance, aesthetics, and - essential for any device with ambitions to play among the flagships - build quality. Has the Moto X finally got the balance right? Read on for our full review.
If you live in China, you may already know about Microsoft’s "other" artificial intelligence. Cortana lives in the United States and is spreading across the world - but we’re not talking about Cortana. We’re talking about XiaoIce - aka "Little Ice."
When Moto X was first launched last year, it came with the first "any screen" voice command system. Re-named Moto Voice, that system is back with the 2014 version of Moto X. To further differentiate from the standard "OK Google" system installed with several Android devices in the wild today, Motorola has added Custom Voice Prompts.
As recipes for success go, the new 2014 Moto X has a good one: take the wildly popular concept of a keenly priced flagship smartphone that punches well above its weight, and then refine the heck out of the design, construction, and materials until it can comfortably stand alongside rivals with no shame whatsoever. If you thought the original Moto X was competitive, then its update for 2014 is nothing less than fighting talk from Motorola.
Who says a smart wearable has to be a watch or an eyepiece? Motorola thinks there’s a future in wearables that whisper to you, with the Moto Hint Bluetooth headset its chosen approach. Not only far more discrete than the typical boom-style Bluetooth hands-free kit, the earbud also borrows from the Moto X’s always-on listening bag of tricks.
Snapchat is becoming ubiquitous with messaging, and that’s never been more evident than with today’s news of their valuation and user-base. A fresh funding round tells us that those backing Snapchat are doing so at a $10 billion valuation. That’s not just rare air for a messaging app — it’s an exclusive club not many startups can claim to be in.
The digital world is hungry for your eyeballs, and the tools we have to manage and mitigate those potential distractions and filter through the most valuable information are looking increasingly inadequate. How many times has your smartphone buzzed or beeped in your pocket in the last five minutes? The demands on our attention are only going to get more frequent, and it’s time for a new breed of notification to address that.