Apple Downshifts Driverless Vehicle Plans

Apple appears to be shifting its driverless car ambitions into a lower gear. Changes in the company’s automotive strategy have resulted in hundreds of job cuts and the shelving of plans to build a car of its own, Bloomberg reported Monday. “Project Titan” — Apple’s internal name for the automotive initiative — has a new…

Assange Lives to Leak Another Day

The status of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange grew a bit murky on Tuesday after the group accused the U.S. State Department of pressuring Ecuadorian officials to block him from posting additional emails linked to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.   The Ecuadorian foreign ministry on Tuesday acknowledged placing temporary restrictions on Assange’s access, saying in a…

New Tag Helps Google News Readers Unearth Facts

Google last week launched a Fact Check tag to help readers find fact-checking in major news stories published in the United States and the UK. Readers will see tagged articles in the expanded story box on news.google.com and in the Google News & Weather apps for iOS and Android. One factor the Google News algorithms…

Microsoft AI Beats Humans at Speech Recognition

Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research Unit earlier this week reported that its speech recognition technology had surpassed the performance of human transcriptionists. The team last month published a paper describing its system’s accuracy, said to be superior to that of IBM’s famed Watson artificial intelligence. The error rate for humans on the widely used NIST…

HTC 10 Starts Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update

In August, HTC announced that its HTC 10 will be the first smartphone in its lineup to get the Android 7.0 Nougat update (with the HTC Sense UI skin). The company said that the smartphone will be getting the update sometime in the fourth quarter but didn’t give any further details at the time. Now,…

Almost Half the World Will Be Online by the End of 2016, Says ITU

By the end of 2016, almost half of the world’s population will be using the Internet as mobile networks grow and prices fall, but their numbers will remain concentrated in the developed world, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday. In the world’s developed countries about 80 percent of the population use the Internet. But…