Browsing Category: Tech News

  • DOD cancels $10 billion JEDI contract at center of Microsoft and Amazon feud

    The Department of Defense is canceling its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract. The Pentagon said it “initiated contract termination procedures” in a press release it shared on Tuesday, noting “the Department has determined that, due to evolving requirements, increased cloud conversancy, and industry advances, the JEDI Cloud contract no longer meets …

    July 6, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • Twitter considers new features for tweeting only to friends, under different personas and more

    Twitter has a history of sharing feature and design ideas it’s considering at very early stages of development. Earlier this month, for example, it showed off concepts around a potential “unmention” feature that would let users untag themselves from others’ tweets. Today, the company is sharing a few more of its design explorations that would …

    July 1, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • Google update will allow digital COVID-19 vaccination cards and test results to be stored on Android devices

    Google is making it possible to store digital versions of either COVID-19 test results or vaccination cards on users’ Android devices. The company on Wednesday announced it’s updating its Passes API, which will give developers at healthcare organizations, government agencies, and other organizations authorized by public health authorities the ability to create digital versions of …

    July 1, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • Apple just released the first iOS 15 beta to everyone

    This is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of iOS, iPadOS and watchOS. Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8. Those releases are the next major versions of the operating systems for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Unlike developer betas, everyone can download …

    June 30, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • Common Sense Networks launches Sensical, a free, hand-curated streaming service for kids

    Common Sense Media has made a name for itself among parents as a useful resource for vetting entertainment and technology in terms of its age-appropriateness. Now, the organization’s for-profit affiliate, Common Sense Networks, is taking inspiration from those kid-friendly recommendations with the launch of a new streaming service called Sensical. The service offers age-appropriate, entertaining, …

    June 30, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • Instagram is developing its own version of Twitter’s Super Follow with ‘Exclusive Stories’

    Instagram is building its own version of Twitter’s Super Follow with a feature that would allow online creators to publish “exclusive” content to their Instagram Stories that’s only available to their fans — access that would likely come with a subscription payment of some kind. Instagram confirmed that the screenshots of the feature recently circulated …

    June 30, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • MWC 2021 day two: Is this thing on?

    Listen, it’s probably not the best sign when a show feels like it’s running out of steam on its first day. Mobile World Congress’ opening salvo was headlined by Samsung in an event that touched on some partnerships and spent equal time teasing an upcoming event where it will actually launch some hardware. It’s hard …

    June 29, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • MWC 2021 day one wrap-up

    “It is great that MWC is back,” Samsung UK’s James Kitto said, opening up this year’s presser. “And behalf of everyone at Samsung, it’s great to be back at MWC.” What, precisely, it means to be “back” in 2021 is another question entirely. Samsung was, of course, one of a number of major industry players …

    June 28, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • Facebook to target Nigerian learners with educational app Sabee, created by its R&D team

    Last fall, Facebook announced it was opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria, which would provide the company with a hub in the region and the first office on the continent staffed with a team of engineers. We’ve now spotted one of the first products to emerge from this office: an education-focused mobile app called Sabee, …

    June 28, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • Samsung and Google preview wearable platform ahead of next Galaxy Watch launch

    Samsung’s Mobile World Congress presser was, once again, all about wearables. The big news at this evening’s (or afternoon’s, timezone dependent) event was our best look yet at a redesigned interface for the company’s line of Galaxy Watches. One UI Watch – which takes its name from the Galaxy mobile interface — will share a …

    June 28, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub