Waymo launches trial ride-hailing service with self-driving car

Google’s self-driving car spin-off Waymo is finally ready to profit from its nearly decade-old technology with a small-scale ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area of the US.  The service, which will include a human behind the wheel in case the autonomous vehicles malfunction, marks a significant milestone for Waymo, a company that began as a secretive…

Apple boss defends taking billions from Google to use its search engine

  Apple recently added the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR to its line-up (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) Apple chief executive Tim Cook has defended the company accepting billions from Google to make its search engine the iPhone default, despite its commitment to privacy. The boss of the world’s first trillion dollar company…

How does Google Pixel’s Night Sight feature match up to rivals?

This week Google began rolling out the highly-anticipated Night Sight feature to its Pixel smartphones.  The company claims the facility will enable people to take bright photos in dim-lit settings without using flash. But just how good is it? Jamie Harris reports Night Sight  is said to reveal the true beauty of photos by adapting…

Privacy concerns raised as Google absorbs DeepMind’s health tech unit

  (Peter Byrne/PA) Fresh concerns about patient data have been raised after Google announced plans to bring the health division of its DeepMind artificial intelligence company more closely under its control. The move means Google will manage the subsidiary’s Streams app, which processes NHS patient data to alert doctors if someone…

HTC hope to revive fortunes with Blockchain smartphone, Exodus

HTC has unveiled its flagship blockchain-focused smartphone, the Exodus 1, as the manufacturer looks to shift its strategy to focus on new technology. The Exodus 1 has been rolled out initially for an early access period, currently only available to users who pay in cryptocurrency – either Bitcoin or Ethereum. The Taiwanese firm said it…

Kevin Lynch Q+A: Author of Steve Jobs A Biographic Portrait

Chris Price talks to former Tech Digest contributor Kevin Lynch about his latest book on Apple Founder Steve Jobs... What was the most interesting thing you found out about Steve Jobs while researching this book? That Jobs should primarily be regarded as a design hero rather than perhaps a business hero. So many of the…

Automotive alliance partners with Google for in-car Android

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi sign global multi-year agreement with Google to equip vehicles with intelligent infotainment systems The Alliance will utilize Android, world’s most popular operating system, to offer customers a new array of services including Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store These services will be combined with Alliance Intelligent Cloud based…

10 surprising ways that driverless cars could change the world

With driverless, or autonomous, cars set to arrive on UK roads by 2021 according to the government, they are predicted to change the face of personal mobility forever. Undoubtedly, they'll make our roads safer, give us more free time and make our journeys faster. But what are the less predictable consequences of driverless cars?  Select…