Today's Top Technology Headlines
- How the Microsoft Surface Pro compares to Apple's best
- The most important announcements from Google's big developers' conference
If this is May, it must be time for Google I/O. CEO Sundar Pichai opened his keynote speech with an observation: That Google (GOOG, GOOGL) may have begun life as a search company, but it’s now become an artificial intelligence (AI) company. For example, he announced a new technology called Google Lens, which you can think of as Shazam for the whole world.
- A widely praised Supreme Court decision still doesn't fix the broken patent system
- This RoboCop car comes with an intruder-chasing drone as a sidekick
- Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two years
Uber generally takes a commission from its drivers after deducting taxes and some fees, but it instead took a higher percentage from its New York City drivers using the full fare before accounting for sales taxes and fees, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news. "We are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed - plus interest - as quickly as possible," Rachel Holt, Uber's regional general manager for U.S. and Canada, said via email. All New York City drivers under the 2014 agreement would be eligible for a refund, regardless of whether they are still active or not, as long as they completed an Uber ride, the Journal report said.
- Pinterest now uses AI to figure out what you're eating in photos
Pinterest rolled out an update that enables its AI-powered feature, Pinterest Lens, to detect and analyze what you're eating in any given photo. Lens then suggests a recipe "inspired" by the food, meal or dish.
- Now I get it: Ransomware
On May 12, a computer worm called WannaCry infected 320,000 Windows computers in 150 countries—and made headlines around the world. First, because WannaCry is one of the most widespread cases of ransomware—software that encrypts all of the files on your PC, and will not unlock them until you pay the bad guys. The second notable feature: The WannaCry malware took advantage of a security hole in Windows that had already been discovered by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).
- 'Prey' review: You'll never be more afraid of a coffee cup
‘Prey’ will have you terrified of everything you see. During my first two hours of playing the video game “Prey,” I spent more time shooting at coffee cups and trash cans than I did the malevolent aliens that attacked the space station I was sneaking around.
- U.S. top court tightens patent suit rules in blow to 'patent trolls'
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet Inc's Google. The justices sided 8-0 with beverage flavoring company TC Heartland LLC in its legal battle with food and beverage company Kraft Heinz Co, ruling that patent infringement suits can be filed only in courts located in the jurisdiction where the targeted company is incorporated. Justice Neil Gorsuch did not participate in the decision.
- Why Amazon let 4,000 dogs into its Seattle headquarters
- How Google's trying to make the mobile web look less ugly
At its I/O conference here, Google (GOOG, GOOGL) touted the progress of Accelerated Mobile Pages, an ambitious initiative to remake the mobile web into a faster, lighter and less irritating medium—yes, even the ads that help pay for it.
- Google Home's mastermind has no intention of losing to Amazon
Once a year, the geeky faithful make their way to Silicon Valley to attend Google I/O, the company’s (GOOG, GOOGL) developer conference. This year, one of the most interesting developments was Google’s continued push to make its Google Home device—basically an Amazon Echo clone—distinctive and essential. “It knows who’s talking,” Chandra told me.
- Amazon's Alexa Calling is like a Jetsons version of the home phone
- Android O: Google tries to fix Android's biggest weakness
- Why leaked NSA hacking tools are not like stolen Tomahawk missiles