Tech and Gadgets Archive

Google just showed off its Assistant making a real phone call

An experimental technology called Duplex may change the way you talk to your Google Assistant. It sounds pretty ordinary, but it’s anything but. This could be the next evolution of the Assistant, Google’s rival to Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. It sounds remarkable — maybe even eerily...

Google buying LogMeIn’s Xively IoT unit for $50M

Google said Thursday that it will pay $50 million to buy Boston-based LogMeInInc.’s Xively Internet of Things business to bulk up its own cloud business. In a blog post announcing the deal, Google said the acquisition of Xively “will complement Google Cloud’s effort to provide a fully managed IoT service.” Google...

Vuzix Blade AR glasses are the next-gen Google Glass

Vuzix Blade AR glasses are the next-gen Google Glass we’ve all been waiting for Vuzix, a Rochester, New York-based display provider, has been trying to resurrect the promise of Google Glass for years now, but this year’s iteration finally feels ready. The company’s new product, called the Vuzix Blade,...

NASA’s new titanium tires can never get a flat

NASA’s new titanium tires can never get a flat Ever since man started thinking about putting things on other planetary bodies, transport has been a concern. Wheels are the obvious means of getting around, but using a standard air-filled rubber tire presents all kinds of problems in...

Chinese man jailed for VPN

Chinese man jailed for helping net users evade state blocks A Chinese man has been given a nine-month jail sentence for helping people evade government controls on where they can go online. Deng Jiewei, from Guangdong, was charged with illegally selling programs known as virtual private networks...

Controlled prosthetic arm

Controlled prosthetic arm Clinicians based at Radboud University in the Netherlands have successfully attached a click-on robotic arm which uses Bluetooth to allow patients to control it with their thoughts. In 2010, truck driver John Baggerman was involved in a serious road accident and had his arm...

Happy 10th birthday iPhone

Happy 10th birthday iPhone – the device that defined mobile computing Imagine a world without mobile touchscreen devices, where the App Store wasn’t a thing and we still had headphone jacks. Well, we still have headphone jacks on most devices, but without the release of Apple’s iPhone,...

The Nokia 6 – first smartphone since 2014

The Nokia 6 will be the brand’s first smartphone since 2014 The first Nokia smartphone launched since 2014 is going on sale in China for £200.   The Nokia 6 runs on Android Nougat and is manufactured by Foxconn under an agreement with HMD Global, the Finnish...

Yahoo cyberattack

Bosses say it was a different attack to one in 2014 that was revealed in September and involved 500 million accounts. Bosses say it was a different attack to one in 2014 that was revealed in September and involved 500 million accounts. Yahoo says it believes more...

Amazon’s Prime Air drone

A video shows the craft taking off from a warehouse and making a 13-minute flight to deliver the package in a garden. Online shopping giant Amazon says it has successfully delivered its first package to a customer using a drone. ‘Richard B‘ is one of two people taking part...