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Apple Patent Hints at Plans to Let Siri Give Smart Responses to Unanswered Calls

An Apple patent application has surfaced that shows the company is exploring ways to make declining a call on an iPhone a more “pleasant experience” in the future. According to the patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the tech giant is reportedly working to make its digital assistant Siri to help provide the caller with a reason on […]

Spectre-Next Generation: Germany Calls on Chip and Hardware Makers to Tackle Processor Flaws

Germany’s federal cyber agency called on chip and hardware-makers to address new vulnerabilities discovered in computer central processing units, but said no complete fix was possible at the moment. The BSI agency said its analysis showed the new flaws, dubbed Spectre-Next Generation, resembled the Meltdown and Spectre bugs discovered in January and could allow attackers […]

Toshiba Says China Approves Sale of Chip Unit to Bain Consortium

Embattled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba on Thursday said Chinese regulators have given approval for its plan to sell its prized chip unit – the final hurdle to complete the deal. Toshiba agreed in September to sell its memory chip business to a consortium led by US investor Bain Capital, which was seen as crucial to keeping it afloat […]

Microsoft Said to Plan Low-Cost Surface Tablet Line to Rival Apple’s iPad

Microsoft Corp. is planning to release a line of lower-cost Surface tablets as soon as the second half of 2018, seeking a hit in a market for cheaper devices that Apple dominates with the iPad, according to people familiar with the matter. Microsoft has tried this before. The software giant kicked off its consumer-oriented hardware push in 2012 with the […]

PS5 Specifications May Include AMD Ryzen CPU Tech

While Sony isn’t divulging a PS5 release date this E3 2018, that hasn’t stopped possible PS5 specifications from being made public. Thanks to the Linkedin profile of a programmer at the company, it appears that it’s working with AMD to integrated Ryzen CPU tech into the PS5. According to tech blogPhoronix, Simon Pilgrim is a principal programmer at Sony who has […]

Halo 6 in Development, 343 Industries Confirms

Halo 5: Guardians developer 343 Industries has confirmed that Halo 6 is in the works. While it’s unknown if it will eventually be called Halo 6 when it’s officially announced, 343 Industries Community Director Brian Jarrard took to Twitter to allay fears that the Microsoft-owned studio is working on arcade cabinets after Halo: Fireteam Raven, an arcade […]

Nintendo Switch Hackers Being Banned From Online Services: Reports

Nintendo has started handing out bans to Switch users who have attempted to hack the console and run homebrew software, according to reports. Several Switch owners have posted on Twitter and gaming forums that they are receiving error code 2124-4007 when trying to access online services, with the message: “The use of online services on this console is currently restricted by Nintendo.” […]

Amazon Urged Not to Sell Facial Recognition Tool to Police

Amazon’s decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant’s reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track people in real time, whether they’re involved in crimes or not. It’s not clear how many law enforcement agencies have purchased […]

SoftBank Says Selling Its Entire Flipkart Stake to Walmart

SoftBank Group said on Wednesday it is selling its roughly 20 percent stake in Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart to Walmart. Walmart said earlier this month it will pay $16 billion (roughly Rs. 1.1 lakh crores) for a roughly 77 percent stake in Flipkart, the US retailer’s largest-ever deal. A SoftBank spokesman declined to give further details. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said earlier […]