Text Messaging Pioneer Dies

The “father” of SMS (short message service) text messaging has died aged 63. Matti Makkonen came up with the idea in 1984, though it was eight years before the message was first sent. Makkonen had downplayed his status in text messaging’s development, noting that while he came up with the idea — first discussing it […]

Google Computers ‘Dream’ Up Imagery

Google has published pictures produced by the closest thing to a computer dreaming. The pictures come from Google’s attempts to refine image recognition. That remains a subject where computers lag far behind human beings, despite having the advantages of speed, accuracy and endurance. The problem for computers is that their traditional approach of breaking a […]

Uber An Employer, Commission Rules

A California authority has ruled that Uber drivers are employees rather than contractors, something that could threaten its business model. The company is fighting the ruling and argues it is not a precedent. Uber uses a GPS-based app for passengers to request a ride from their current location to their chosen destination. Registered Uber drivers […]