Otago Daily Times: Technology News

What’s wrong with the web, and do we need to fix it?

What’s wrong with the web, and do we need to fix it? Has the internet - and the information on it - become too centralised and controlled?

Robot joins staff at Belgian hospital

Robot joins staff at Belgian hospital

A Belgian hospital has just welcomed its newest staff member: Pepper, a humanoid robot that speaks 19 languages.

Kindle e-reader gets a makeover

Kindle e-reader gets a makeover

Amazon.com's newest iteration of its Kindle e-reader device is thinner, lighter and the same price it was before.

Web giants step up fight against extremist videos

Web giants step up fight against extremist videos

Some of the web's biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process.

Collaborative robots open new fronts in automation

Collaborative robots open new fronts in automation

Robots that work as assistants alongside people are set to upend the world of industrial robotics by putting automation within reach of many small and medium-sized companies for the first time, industry players say.

Self-driving shuttles take to Swiss streets

Self-driving shuttles take to Swiss streets

Residents and visitors to Sion can now get around parts of the Swiss city in a new type of shuttle - a self-driving one - in what bus company PostBus said was a first for the country.

Twitter allows 140-second videos

Twitter allows 140-second videos

Twitter, known for its 140-character limit on tweets, is now allowing users to post longer videos - of up to 140 seconds.

Spotify monthly user base hits 100m

Spotify monthly user base hits 100m

Swedish music streaming service Spotify says its user base had grown to 100 million, up from 75 million previously, as it pushes into new markets and despite competition from the likes of Apple Music.

'Bitcoin founder' bids for patent empire

'Bitcoin founder' bids for patent empire

Craig Wright, the Australian who claimed to be the inventor of bitcoin, is attempting to build a large patent portfolio around the digital currency and technology underpinning it, according to associates of his and documents reviewed by Reuters.

Microsoft buying LinkedIn

Microsoft buying LinkedIn

Microsoft will buy LinkedIn for $US26.2 billion in its biggest-ever deal, marking CEO Satya Nadella's first big effort to breathe new life into the software giant's business-productivity tools.

Amazon to launch music streaming service

Amazon to launch music streaming service

Amazon is preparing to launch a standalone music streaming subscription service, placing it squarely in competition with rival offerings from Apple and Spotify, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

Apple hopes small is big again as new iPhone debuts

Apple hopes small is big again as new iPhone debuts

Apple has launched its least expensive iPhone, the $US399 iPhone SE, filling a hole in its product lineup with a small-screen model that targets new customers in emerging markets and fans of smaller phones as the company tries to reverse falling phone sales.

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