Today's Top Technology Headlines
- The Fitbit Alta HR band is the least dorky fitness band you can buy
Yes, we know we should move more, sleep better, eat right. This amazingly thin, stylish band smoothly and reliably tracks your steps, calories, and sleep. Above all, the Alta HR is the slimmest tracker ever made with continuous heart-rate tracking.
- Windows 10 Creators Update: Microsoft's best just got better
One of the key reasons Apple’s (AAPL) Mac became so popular was that, in addition to its good looks and powerful performance, it catered to creative types. Available April 11, the Creators Update is designed to serve as the backbone of Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality capabilities. Originally called Windows Holographic, Windows Mixed Reality will allow developers to create mixed reality devices like Microsoft’s Hololens for the consumer market.
- Survey: Millennial Uber users don't care about the scandals
- Samsung's new Galaxy S8 is more expensive than Apple's iPhone 7
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 looks like the phone of the year, but it’ll cost a bit more than the iPhone. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are finally here, and they’re just what the company needs after last year’s Note7 fiasco. The Verizon version of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will retail for $720 and $840, respectively.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: Giant screens, new voice controls and no fires
- Pick up your AmazonFresh order without leaving your car
AmazonFresh is testing out a new delivery service in Seattle called AmazonFresh Pickup. Shoppers will be able to order their items online, drive to a grocery pickup location and have them delivered to their car in 15 minutes. You don’t even have to get out of your car. The service will be free to Amazon Prime members, with no minimum order – in the hope of increasing Amazon’s physical retail presence. If Pickup takes off, it could change the game for all “click and collect” grocery retailers in the future. Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-fresh-pickup-prime-revealed-seattle/
- Why Snap may be more like Twitter than Facebook
S&P Global Market Intelligence applied a credit score to Snap in the run-up to its IPO. The result: A suggested credit score of “b,” which is more in line with peers like Twitter and Yelp during their IPO periods than Facebook.
- A Tesla employee is suing the company over claims of racial harassment and discrimination
- Congress votes to roll back internet privacy protection
Update: On Tuesday afternoon, the House approved the bill to stop the FCC from enforcing its internet privacy rules. The bill now goes to President Donald Trump for approval. The House was expected to vote Tuesday on a bill that would stop the Federal Communications Commission from enforcing rules that would stop your internet service provider from tracking your browsing behavior and selling that information to advertisers.
- Bungie confirms 'Destiny 2' is to be the Destiny sequel's official name
Destiny 2 is the official name for the sequel to hit sci-fi shooter Destiny. Confirmed by Bungie itself following the leaked image of a poster with the same name, we also get a glimpse of a smoking cityscape in the name reveal.
- This tiny iOS change will make your iPhone even zippier
Apple rolled out the new iOS 10.3 update Monday — and if you took the plunge and upgraded to the new OS, you might have noticed your iPhone is running a bit more quickly and smoothly than it did before. That alone shouldn't be a big surprise. New software should make your phone hum, and this update in particular includes a fancy new modern file system that has played a part in freeing up more storage space on devices than the previous OS. SEE ALSO: Definitely don't follow these DIY steps to give your red iPhone 7 a black front But that's not the only reason your iPhone now has some extra pep, according to Apple engineer Renaud Lienhart. He took to Twitter to reveal one of the undocumented tweaks to the OS. iOS 10.3 feels “snappier” because many animations were slightly tweaked & shortened, for the better. — Renaud Lienhart (@NotoriousBUGS) March 28, 2017 The animations he's talking about come when you open, close or switch between apps, as BGR notes. This doesn't mean the apps will be running faster when you use them — it has to do more with improved responsiveness, which I noticed right away while switching between open apps on the new OS. It's a small change, but it makes multitasking on the iPhone even more seamless than before. You should update your device to iOS 10.3 for more than just the speed boost, too. It's always a good call to keep your phone's OS current, since updates usually fix issues and bugs, like the Safari ransom bug that 10.3 knocked out. That, and you'll finally be able to track down pesky AirPods when they get lost and avoid dropping a $69 fee (not nice) for a replacement. WATCH: A new way to take selfies — and six other features the iPhone 8 might have
- David Pogue's search for the world's best air-travel app
This month, Expedia (EXPE) killed off the world’s best app for air travelers: FlightTrack Pro, which it had bought in 2010. Its attractive, tidy screens show you far more detail than the airline generally provides—not just the departure and arrival times, but also the terminals, gates, flight maps, aircraft type, speed and altitude, weather radar, and so on. The airport monitor said our connecting flight was at gate D6, but the app said it was gate B3, only 50 yards away.
- Lyft wants to help you donate to charity with every ride
A small cash donation can go a long way, especially if you multiply it by millions. Lyft is launching a new scheme for riders that'll automatically round up the fare to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to charity.
- Uber puts the brakes on its self-driving fleet after Arizona car crash
Uber suspended its self-driving car pilot program on Saturday after one of its vehicles was involved in a smash in Tempe, Arizona. No injuries were reported, and cops said the other car appeared to have been at fault.
- A Stanford engineer is making stretchable, flexible skin that's straight out of Westworld