Here are the latest tech news stories from the UK and around the world.
|1. A responsive ‘smart crossing’ prototype has been installed in London.
Special crossing equipped with LED lights helps all traffic participants know when is their turn to move. Special technology inside of this crossing monitors pedestrians, bicycles, motorists and adjusts its road markings in real time.
|2. Cortana can now access your Skype chats and assist from within.
Your smart assistant can now enter your private and group chats to assist you and your correspondents. It will work on iOS and Android, but it will be introduced gradually starting from US.
|3. Now you can activate Siri through your AirPods.
All you need is a new app that allows you to use in-ear headphones with Google’s digital assistant. Once installed just double click on either of the pods and you can easily activate Siri.
|4. Google Mini listened in on some of its users: it appears that this unusual behaviour was caused by a glitch.
A small number of devices, distributed mostly among reporters, were affected by this glitch, so Google has disabled the feature, urging anyone who notices unusual behaviour to contact their support centre.
|5. Rumours have already started about the next year’s iPhones.
No one can be sure if these are true, but they have started pretty early. However, there is still a lot of time for Apple to lead these phones in the direction they want. Take a look at the list.
|6. 790-square-metre London’s Piccadilly Circus digital billboard is finally coming back to life with a new and improved screen.
Coca-Cola, Hyundai, Samsung and L’Oréal have all signed up to the new screen. The space previously occupied by 6 screens from different manufacturers is replaced by one gigantic screen which will feature different commercials, stream live video, social media feeds and sports results – and it will also be able to target its audience!
|7. Your iPhone is running slower with each update. Should you blame Apple?
Every year iOS update makes your iPhone slower than the year before, which can only lead you to believe that Apple is slowing down your phone on purpose. Thanks to a company named Futuremark we can see what the real issue here is.
|8. Amazon is allegedly trying to find a suitable way to deliver your package directly to your home.
On numerous occasions Amazon packages get destroyed before the owners get them. That is why Amazon is working on developing a ‘smart doorbell’ to facilitate entry into your home or your car.
| 9. Get rid of your Facebook Messenger and replace it with Messenger Lite.
Even if Messenger Lite was created specifically for countries with slow internet you can still download it and use it on your phone. There is plenty of perks!
|10. The ultimate comparison: Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8 vs Galaxy S8.|