Gears & Gadgets

Facebook violates Apple’s data-gathering rules, pulls VPN from App Store

Enlarge Getty Images | NurPhoto Facebook is the latest company to violate Apple’s new app guidelines surrounding data collection. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Facebook pulled Onavo Protect, a VPN app, from Apple’s App Store after the iPhone maker determined that Onavo violated its data-collection rules. Facebook purchased the Israeli company […]

Emerging Tech

This CO2-sucking rock takes eons to form naturally. Now we can grow it in weeks

Could lab-grown magnesite help fight back against climate change? That’s what a new research project carried out by investigators from Trent University, in Ontario, Canada and The University of British Columbia suggests. Magnesite, a.k.a. magnesium carbonate, is capable of sucking up carbon dioxide (CO2) at an impressive rate, with one metric ton of magnesite capturing […]

Computer

Dell Precision 5530

If Dell’s XPS 15 went to engineering school, it would graduate as the Precision 5530 (starts at $ 1,519; $ 3,647 as tested). Billed as Dell’s lightest, thinnest, and smallest 15.6-inch mobile workstation, the Precision 5530 is not a “lite” or lower power/more portable entry like HP’s ZBook 14u G4. Instead, it competes with HP’s […]

Mobile

Helpshift and Alegion on AI customer support: It can field 911 calls … or PUBG woes

If you’ve reached out to customer support recently, there’s a pretty good chance your email, chat message, or phone call was fielded by artificial intelligence (AI). Gartner reports that some 85 percent of business-to-consumer transactions will take place without human interaction by 2020. And according to Linda Crawford, CEO of Helpshift, and Nathaniel Gates, founder […]

Photography

Panasonic LX100 II refines the experience of its powerful predecessor

Previous Next Panasonic has launched its latest advanced compact camera, the Lumix DMC-LX100 II. This is the first time Panasonic has used the mark II nomenclature, a departure from its usual incremental numbering system, and the camera shares many similarities with its predecessor, the Lumix LX100, but with several key improvements. Those include a higher resolution […]