Twitter rolls out new ‘quality filter’ feature to all users

In a Thursday announcement made via a blog post, popular micro-blogging service Twitter said that it is rolling out a new 'quality filter' feature which will give all users the ability to control the tweets they want to see, by enabling them to hide posts which appear to be automated or spammy, as well as those which contain threats.

Intel thinks that reversible USB-C port is the best option for accessory makers

During the course of a presentation at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco this week, Intel put forth its case as to why it considers the reversible USB-C port to be the best option for accessory manufacturers.

The reversible USB-C port -- slated to arrive later this year -- underscores the new technology which is widely believed to be the successor to the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, which is seemingly on the verge of extinction.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 is an impressive high-end handset

South Korean device maker Samsung's recently launched newest Galaxy Note handset - Galaxy Note 7 - is an attractive smartphone for the high-end market; thanks largely to its excellent features.

The Galaxy Note 7 features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen covered by the latest version of Corning's tough shatter-resistant glass, Gorilla Glass 5. The handset is powered by the Snapdragon 820 quad core processor.

Snapchat is finalizing $100M+ acquisition of mobile search app Vurb

In a recently published report, The Information has revealed that ephemeral messaging service Snapchat is finalizing the acquisition of mobile search startup app Vurb.

The stock and cash deal which Snapchat is working out for the acquisition of Vurb will be reportedly worth approximately $100 million --- 75 percent stock, 25 percent cash. Over and above the reported amount, Snapchat will also apparently offer $75 million in "additional team retention payouts" to Vurb, in order to retain the services of some of the company's executives, including founder and CEO Bobby Lo.

The Information: Lyft turned down acquisition interest from GM

In a Friday report, tech website The Information said that ride hailing company Lyft turned down acquisition interest from bigwig automaker General Motors (GM).  

Both GM and Lyft are close partners, with GM having invested an amount of $500 million in Lyft in January this year. Since its mentioned investment in Lyft, GM has been planning to expand its partnership with the ride services company.

Microsoft announces acquisition of game-streaming service Beam

Software giant Microsoft has revealed in a Thursday announcement that it is acquiring the rapidly growing Seattle-based game-streaming service called Beam. The financial terms of the acquisition deal have not been officially disclosed by Microsoft.

Beam was launched as a game streaming service -- to challenge well-established game streaming services from YouTube and Twitch -- in January this year. The Beam service chiefly gives users the ability to influence as well as interact with a video game another player is streaming.

Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris is stepping down

On Wednesday afternoon, corporate investment group GV - formerly called Google Ventures - sent out a memo to its employees, revealing that the company's CEO Bill Maris is departing at the end of this week.

The disclosure that Maris, who cofounded Google Ventures in 2009 - is stepping down as the company's CEO was made by GV a day ahead of its all-hands meeting which is scheduled to be held on Thursday.

Facebook tweaks its desktop platform to circumvent ad-blocking software

In a Tuesday announcement, social network Facebook said that it is tweaking its desktop platform in such a way that ads will appear for all users -- even those who use ad-blocking software -- of its desktop website.

In announcing that it is changing the manner in which ads are loaded into its desktop website, Facebook said that the change being introduced by the company will essentially make it fairly difficult for ad-blocking software to detect ad units.

‘QuadRooter’ vulnerabilities affect hundreds of millions of Qualcomm-powered Android devices

At the Def Con security conference held in Las Vegas on Sunday, security software maker Check Point Software Technologies' security researcher Adam Donenfeld presented four critical vulnerabilities which pose a potential security risk to hundreds of millions of Android devices powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips.

Notable changes to hit No Man's Sky when one-day patch goes live

With the day-one patch for No Man's Sky -- a space exploration sim from Hello Games -- scheduled to go live on Monday, August 8, the game's director Sean Murray has revealed in a recent post on the game's website that a number of noteworthy changes are being incorporated in the game via the forthcoming patch.

Posting a list of changes which are coming to No Man's Sky as a result of the upcoming day-one patch, Murray said in the website post that the patch will bring about an alteration in the game's story, and will also expand its inventory space.