Technology

Microsoft shows off its new Xbox One Dashboard

Microsoft shows off its new Xbox One Dashboard

Technology
Microsoft is adding a new Xbox button part of the guide that slides into view, with the ability to quickly switch between recent apps or games without having to navigate back to the home of the dashboard the Verge reports. Microsoft revealed last week that it’s planning to rebuild the Xbox One dashboard with a focus on speed. While the software giant revealed common tasks will be faster, Mike Ybarra, head of platform engineering for Xbox, has now teased exactly what the new dashboard will look like. This subtle change could speed up the Xbox One dashboard significantly. One of the big issues of the current guide is heading back to home and watching the entire system slow down and lag, or refresh randomly. The new guide is accessible with a single button press, and it appears the old
Google Maps now lets you get an Uber without leaving the app

Google Maps now lets you get an Uber without leaving the app

Technology
Google Maps is a great tool for getting directions to just about anywhere, but with a new update rolling out to Android and iOS users, you’ll also be able to use it to tell someone else where you need to go. Thanks to a tighter integration with Uber, users are now able to book, pay, and track your rides without having to leave Google Maps. Google announced the update on Thursday in a blog post, explaining that Maps users need only to sign in to their existing  account (or create one) in order to book an Uber ride, track the driver on the map, and connect with the driver, all from within the Maps app. When a user types in a destination, they are to tap the taxi-hailing icon to get a list of times and prices from both Uber and Lyft. The difference is that now when they select on
Facebook Blocks Posts in Thailand

Facebook Blocks Posts in Thailand

Governance, Internet, social media, Technology
For many people, Facebook is the internet however others who rely on the social network for news and views may not be aware that Facebook isn’t immune to internet censorship itself. Mashable reports that Facebook is geo-censoring posts that may be deemed inappropriate by the Thai government. Facebook confirmed to Mashable that it does work with governments to remove posts and is doing all it can to stay within the confines of local law. Tech Crunch reports that Thailand’s lèse-majesté law prevents criticism of the country’s royal family, and it looks like it is being used to suppress postings from a number of high-profile users who are writing about the transition to a new king, including journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall whose 2014 book on the Thai royal family was banned
Workplace gender diversity: Male allies can support women in technology

Workplace gender diversity: Male allies can support women in technology

Technology, Women
Technology, gender diversity benefits businesses in several ways, including better financial performance and superior team dynamics and productivity in gender-balanced companies. when it comes to gender equality in the technology world, nations haven’t come very far. Having a woman in tech and a man who is actively working to be a better ally is very essential to making progress. Studies report that gender-diverse technology organizations and departments produce work teams that stay on schedule and under budget and demonstrate improved employee performance. According to tech Crunch, Women in tech face some tough odds. A recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission survey of some of the top US tech companies found that on average, just 18 percent hold leadership positions, an
Surge in tech hubs give African startups a place to grow

Surge in tech hubs give African startups a place to grow

Governance, Startups, Technology
Africa’s tech scene is surging. Across the continent, new hubs, labs and co-working environments are giving rise to oases of innovation. These meeting places act as a bridge between technology start-ups, investors and academics, nurturing collaborations. Entrepreneurs experiment together and learn from one another, supported by the hubs’ ICT infrastructure and mentoring programmes. The results – from the ‘crowdmapping’ tool Ushahidi to homebrew solar heaters to a farmers’ cooperative – are strengthening community-led food and energy systems, and could bring new resilience to local economies. Africa is experiencing a perfect storm of young people, maturing education systems, and growing mobile phone services and use. A few noteworthy achievements, including Safaricom's M-Pes