Firefox OS Bites The Dust

Mozilla has abandoned work on a Firefox operating system. The system was first developed for smartphones and then repositioned for connected devices such as smart TVs. The Firefox OS project started back in 2011 with the idea of making a completely open mobile operating system that would make it easier for developers to make apps. […]

Google Drops Hands Free Payment Apps

Google is ditching an experimental payment tool that let users pay by phone without removing the handset from their pockets. It says it may use some of the features of the Hands Free app to improve Android Pay. The idea was to make mobile phone payments less hassle than using a payment card, even one […]

Google Mistakes Doctors For DOSers

Medical staff in the United Kingdom have been advised to use Bing after Google mistook the National Health Service for a botnet. The NHS, which provides and administers publicly-funded healthcare in the UK, employs more than a million people. Unfortunately that adds up to so many people searching Google via the NHS network (and its […]

Robotic Hand Treats Fruit Gently

An online grocery firm is testing a robotic hand that picks up fruit and vegetables without bruising or squashing them. The next step is for the hand to be able to detect the fruit’s ripeness. British-based Ocado is working alongside five universities and Disney on a project called SOMA, short for soft manipulation. Among its […]

‘Father of Pac-Man’ Masaya Nakamura Dies (1925-2017)

Namco founder Masaya Namakura has died aged 91. A major player in the arcade game world, he was best known for releasing Pac-Man, a game he named. The company took its name from Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company, having originally been Nakamura Manufacturing. It began with just a pair of mechanical horse rides but went […]

Chrome Speeds Up Page Reloads

Chrome users should get fewer irritating waits when revisiting a web page since the latest browser update. Google has rethought the way Chrome validates pages before loading. The change involves the way that when a user returns to a page, the browser will, where possible, use files stored in its cache from the previous visit […]

Netflix Downloads Can Go To SD Cards

Netflix downloads on Android can now be stored on SD cards. There’ll be a couple of big restrictions however. Downloading from the Netflix app launched last month but was originally restricted to the device’s on-board storage. While that wasn’t much of a problem for iOS gadgets, it was bad news for those Android owners who […]

Xbox One Gets ‘Copilot’ Mode

Microsoft has unveiled a Copilot mode for the Xbox One that lets two players act as if they were using a single controller. It’s designed mainly for people with disabilities, but could also be useful for introducing less experienced players. The new mode is part of a package of updates to the system, including a […]

New Chromebooks To Run Android Apps

Google says every Chromebook released from now on will run Android apps. Whether that boosts sales depends on why people weren’t buying Chromebooks. At the moment, only three Chromebooks support Android apps. However, Google has not only announced Android support for all new models, but also that 60 existing models will be updated with the […]

Samsung Unveils Note 7 Investigation Results

Samsung has conceded that its attempts to push the Note 7’s performance to its limit was a factor in a string of overheating problems that led to the device being recalled. But it says both sets of batteries used in the device were fundamentally flawed. The company has also detailed the expanded testing program it […]

Toys Meet Data Analysis In Legonomics

It might feel as if some Lego sets are much worse value than others. But some dedicated numbercrunchers suggest the price per brick is largely stable across both sets and time. (Before the numbers, two rants as a Brit of a certain age. It’s Lego bricks, not Legos. And the only true Lego set is […]

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens To Get TV Adaptation

Amazon has confirmed Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens will be adapted into a TV series to air next year. It’s appropriate timing as the 1990 novel is set in 2018. Something of a dream collaboration among sci-fi fans, it’s a comedic tale of an angel and a demon who try to stave off […]