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Tech News 23 Feb 2018

Olympics: Holograms may help more fans catch the action at Tokyo Games

Japanese telecommunications company NTT is hoping to bring an added dimension to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by projecting live sporting events with its 3D hologram technology.

NTT's "Kirari! for Arena", which uses multiple cameras to track the movements of the player and images are transported to devices which show 3D hologram figures in real-time at a different location, displays visual dancers among real ones during the company's exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. — Reuters
Tech News 23 Feb 2018

An Instagram post threatened a school shooting. Here’s how police quickly found a suspect

Detectives tracked down a 14-year-old boy accused of threatening to shoot his classmates this week – not by searching his backpack, room, or even his phone, but by following his digital scent through a crime scene in cyberspace.

Detectives are glad when suspects have a cellphone or social media accounts because it can give them a trove of evidence, Pickering said. — Dreamstime/TNS
Tech News 23 Feb 2018

EA lands on dubious list of ‘most hated companies’

The videogame company Electronic Arts, which builds some of its major titles in Maitland, has landed on a dubious list of America's most-hated companies.

A note about EA's No. 5 ranking says that the company has helped shape the face of gaming but that it also has "earned a reputation as the industry's evil empire," both because of the loot fiasco and its tendency to absorb small studios. — Orlando Sentinel/TNS
Tech News 23 Feb 2018

More cat pics than plots: How UK lawmakers really use WhatsApp

Plotting in UK politics has shifted from deep in the heart of the Palace of Westminster to secret groups on WhatsApp. Smoke-filled rooms for the 21st century – or that’s how it’s often portrayed.

Often devoid of policy or even political scuttlebutt, WhatsApp chatrooms are more likely to be filled with pictures of cats or dinners in not-so exotic locations, or comments on last night’s TV, than serious intrigue. — Reuters
Tech News 22 Feb 2018

What does the future of messaging look like? SMS 2.0 could be closer than we think

You've just landed at your holiday destination, ping! It's an SMS from your hotel asking you if you'd like a pick up. You click Yes. Great, they say. And here is a coupon for 20% off of your first meal at the restaurant, please click ‘Add to Wallet'. A more interactive, versatile incarnation of SMS is on the horizon and will be a hot topic at the upcoming Mobile World Congress.

SMS 2.0. What might it look like? — AFP Relaxnews
Tech News 22 Feb 2018

Is social media really affecting academic performance?

Although many parents may be worried that the rise of social media is distracting children from their studies, new European research suggests that using sites such as Snapchat, Facebook, or Instagram has a minimal effect on academic performance.

New research has found that when it comes to school performance, social media has little influence on a student's grades. — AFP Relaxnews
Tech News 21 Feb 2018

Less-cool Facebook losing youth at fast pace: survey

With mom, dad and grandma signing up in increasing numbers, Facebook is losing younger users in the United States at a faster pace than previously estimated, researchers said.

Facebook is losing younger users in the United States at a faster pace than previously estimated, researchers said. — AFP
Tech News 21 Feb 2018

App delivery boom shakes up China food sector

Guo Bonan has opened several new branches of his "8Peppers" spicy Sichuan-style restaurants across Shanghai since last year, and not one has a dining room.

Tech News 23 Feb 2018

Wait, I know you: home security startup taps face-recognition tech

A team of engineers that worked on self-driving cars and helped invent Google Street View wants to help people guard their homes against intruders using the same style of facial recognition that unlocks smartphones.

Lighthouse AI's camera has a sensor that helps it recognise the faces of different members of a family and even pets, so it can send out alerts to a user's phone when an unknown person enters a home but avoid false alarms caused by the family dog. — Lighthouse AI, Inc/Reuters

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