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James Walker

Editor-at-Large based in Oxford, United Kingdom, United Kingdom. Joined on Mar 30, 2014
Expertise in Social media, Video games, Technology, Internet

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Apple to launch low-cost iPad for education next week

Apple is said to be preparing a low-cost iPad for launch at a rare education-focused event next week. The company will make a revived push into classroom devices after losing ground to strong competition from Microsoft and Google.

Google building its own blockchain-based cloud technology

Google is developing its own blockchain-like technology to improve its cloud by adding digital ledger capabilities. Google's parent company, Alphabet, has built its own distributed ledger system which can be used to log and verify digital transactions.

Microsoft announces new accessibility tech coming to Windows 10

Microsoft has announced several new accessibility features coming to Windows 10. The company is preparing to rollout improvements to its assistive technologies, including Narrator and eye control. It will make Windows more accessible for all users.

Vivaldi makes private browsing more private with DuckDuckGo

The desktop browser app Vivaldi has announced a new collaboration with DuckDuckGo to improve privacy for users. DuckDuckGo will now be used as the default search engine in Vivaldi's private browsing windows, which will help to keep search data secured.

Samsung's new processor brings 480fps slow-mo to mid-range phones

Samsung has announced a new mid-range processor that includes advanced deep learning and image processing features. The Exynos 7 Series 9610 brings features from Samsung's premium chip tiers down to less costly smartphones, including 480fps slow-motion.

Mozilla withdraws its ads from Facebook because of data scandal

Mozilla has announced it is suspending its Facebook ads in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The company has also launched a petition that calls on Facebook to implement stricter default privacy settings to help users stay secure.

U.S. Treasury publishes five 'takeaways' on blockchain tech

The U.S. Treasury has released a list of five tips for companies implementing blockchains. The insights are based on lessons learned by the department while building its own blockchain proof of concept.

Confirmed: Salesforce is acquiring MuleSoft for $6.5 billion

Salesforce has officially announced it's acquiring data integration platform MuleSoft in a deal valued at $6.5 billion. MuleSoft provides tools for companies to connect their data sources with apps and devices in cross-cloud environments.

IBM evolves Watson to create intelligent enterprise assistant

IBM has announced it will transform its Watson computing platform into an intelligent assistant for enterprises. The company said it will deliver conversational interfaces that combine AI and the cloud, helping businesses "transform customer experiences."

Google adds 'Instant Games' streaming support to Android

Google has announced that Android users can now "try" games before they've downloaded the app. The company is expanding its Instant Apps technology to include Play Store games. Compatible titles can be opened just by clicking a link, no install required.

Reports: Google to acquire light-field camera startup Lytro

Google is reportedly set to purchase light-field camera manufacturer Lytro for approximately $40m. The company is primarily interested in Lytro for its innovative technology, which produces cameras capable of refocusing images after they are taken.

eBay uses augmented reality to make online selling simpler

eBay has launched a new feature that uses augmented reality to help sellers package items. Available in the company's official Android app, it uses motion tracking and environmental understanding to assess product dimensions and preview different boxes.

Facebook adds new features to help creators grow businesses

Facebook has announced a set of new tools aimed at content creators. The company is trying to present its platform as a alternative to services such as YouTube, aiming to make Facebook a place to "build a business." The features include a Patreon clone.

Subscribe with Google lets you pay for online news subscriptions

Google has announced an initiative to make it simpler to pay for online subscriptions. The company will allow you to purchase subscriptions to publishers using your Google account. You'll then be able to access paywalled content by signing in with Google.

Google expands YouTube Director Onsite to 170 U.S. cities

Google has announced it is expanding YouTube Director Onsite to more cities across the U.S. The service allows SMBs to work with professional video directors and creators to build their own video ads. The only requirement is they commit to ad spending.

Google Pay adds support for prepaid transit cards

Google has announced that users of its recently launched Google Pay mobile wallet service can now store prepaid transit tickets in the app. The feature is initially compatible with the Las Vegas Monorail network but Google plans to expand it over time.

Google to let retailers sell products through search

Google has announced a new push into online commerce with an initiative that will allow retailers to directly list products inside search. The company is teaming up with major brands to launch "Shopping Actions," available across search and Assistant.

Amazon unveils cross-platform competitive gaming platform

Amazon has announced a new competitive gaming platform that connects players to cloud-based tournaments. Called GameOn, the service provides an API for developers to add to their competitive esports titles. It's Amazon's latest foray into gaming.

Airbus chooses G Suite for its digital transformation strategy

Airbus is to abandon Microsoft Office in favour of Google's G Suite. The decision is a significant win for Google, which is currently competing head-to-head with Microsoft for cloud productivity dominance. The move will affect over 130,000 Airbus workers.

LinkedIn adds new feature to let you 'ask for a referral'

LinkedIn is rolling out a new feature that lets jobseekers ask for referrals before submitting an application. The addition is intended to let users make better use of their network of professional connections by involving them in the application process.
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