Sunday, 23 July 2017

'Pokémon Go Fest' tech problems ruin event and refunds issued

After an up and down first year of existence, the Pokémon Go Fest was supposed to be a triumphant event where players could work together in news ways and earn unique awards. The event unfortunately suffered as cell networks and the game's ser... read more

Thursday, 20 July 2017

EBay shares sink after posting financial results


EBay shares were down about 4% in initial after hours trading, after posting second quarter financial results. But in terms of revenue and earnings per share, the company’s results were in line with expectations. According to Yahoo! Finance, analysts were forecasting an adjusted 45 cents EPS and revenue of $2.31 billion, which is about the same as the 45 cents per share and the $2.33… Read More

Samsung’s Unpacked event happens August 23, likely bringing the Galaxy Note 8 with it


Samsung’s next Unpacked event is arriving right on schedule — and all signs about to it bringing the Galaxy Note 8 along for the ride. The big show lines up with the phablet’s traditional release schedule, and the graphic appears to show an Infinity Display version of the Galaxy Note 8, along with the requisite S-Pen. While it’s far from the first big event the company… Read More

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Facebook fights fake news by stopping non-publishers from editing previews


Until now, any Facebook Page that posted a link could change the headline, body text, and image that appeared in the News Feed preview. That allowed fake news distributors to bait-and-switch readers into visiting articles they didn’t expect, or make it look like legitimate news publishers were posting inflammatory or false headlines. But it also let real news outlets A/B test link… Read More

1Password for iOS Updated With Auto Copy Feature to Make One-Time Passwords Easier to Use

AgileBits today updated 1Password for iOS, introducing a new auto copy feature that's going to make it a lot easier to use two-step authentication for various apps and services. 

Whenever you use 1Password to sign into a service on your iPhone that features 1Password integration, the app will now automatically copy any one-time passwords you have associated with that login. That speeds up the login process, because you can have 1Password fill in your account details, and then at the two-factor verification step, the requisite short-term password is already copied to your clipboard.

In the screenshot above, for example, I used 1Password to log in to my Dropbox app. Dropbox has 1Password integration, so I just need to tap the 1Password button to fill in my account details and then choose the appropriate account. As 1Password is adding my details, my one-time password for Dropbox's two-step verification process is also copied, so it's super simple to log in.

Prior to this change, to log in to Dropbox, I'd have to open the 1Password app separately to get the one-time password, negating the usefulness of the integrated login feature.

The update also features the ability to create vaults for accounts, support for Korean, and a tweak that causes item creation and modification dates to now appear in item details. There are also several minor bug fixes and other small improvements, like better translations and the addition of previously used passwords for all categories that support them.

Disney showed us the inner workings of its Avatar robot and it’s just incredible


Back at the end of May, Disney opened an Avatar-themed area within its Animal Kingdom park. Given that it’s only been open for a few weeks, most folks still haven’t been inside — but if you do go, do yourself a favor and take the time to check out the Na’vi River Journey ride. At our TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics event in Boston this afternoon, we got a look at… Read More

Samsung plans to recover 157 tonnes of rare metals, including gold, from Galaxy Note 7s


Samsung Electronics announced today that it will recycle parts from Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, which gained notoriety last year after a battery defect caused several to burst into flame. The company said in a statement on its Korean site (via Google Translate) that it also expects to recover 157 tonnes of rare metals, including gold, from the devices. Read More

TechCrunch went gaming at a VR arcade in Hong Kong


TechCrunch was in Hong Kong last week for tech conference Rise — where we watched two robots talking together on stage, among other things. The event is well-known for its after-parties and social activities, but one night we sneaked away from the crowd with a few friends to check out a virtual reality arcade. Playdium is a new entry to the city, having only opened its doors at the start… Read More

'Wolfenstein 2' and 'Evil Within 2' will support 4K on Xbox One X

You'd be forgiven for thinking that most of the games getting 4K support on Xbox One X will come from either Microsoft itself or Ubisoft, but there will definitely be some high-profile releases in the mix beyond what's been mentioned so far. read more...

Tech Hunters: Looking back at Nintendo's failed Virtual Boy

Long before the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Nintendo was experimenting with a VR headset of it own. At first glance, the black-and-red Virtual Boy looked every bit as capable as the virtual reality headsets that were popular in the 90s, promising acces read more...

Privitar raises $16M to help ensure privacy in big data analytics

Data flying over group of laptops to illustrate data integration/sharing.

As data protection — a set of laws and practices created across different markets to ensure that our sensitive information does not get leaked or shared without our permission — continues to gain priority in our rapidly expanding digital world, a UK startup called Privitar that is building tools to help organizations keep that data private has picked up $16 million in funding… Read More