Facebook to Add ‘Secret Conversations’ to Messenger App

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Two years ago, Messenger, a photo and text messaging service, appeared to be almost an afterthought at Facebook, the social networking giant. Messenger often took a back seat to the limelight enjoyed by WhatsApp, the messaging app that Facebook had bought for $19 billion. And Messenger’s capabilities were so limited that…

A Google App Makes Video Calling Between Operating Systems Easier

Duo, Google’s video-calling app, is an alternative to Apple’s FaceTime. CreditGoogle Google and Apple have battled each other for years for primacy over mobile users. Apple has proferred its superior devices, like the iPhone. Google has fought back with its Android operating system and a series of mobile apps that are more flexible and compatible…

Intel and Cisco, Shifting With the Times

Technology companies have to adapt continually to shifting trends. That was abundantly clear this week when two longtime tech stalwarts made moves to change with the times. The first was Intel, which held a developer forum this week, in which the chip maker made numerous announcements including one for a platform called Alloy for virtual…

Uber Dominates Thursday

It was sort of a slow news week in Silicon Valley. Then along came Uber. On Thursday, the ride-hailing company started the day by unveiling several initiatives around self-driving cars. Those included a partnership with Volvo, under which Uber will begin testing modified self-driving Volvos in Pittsburgh in a matter of weeks. Uber also announced…

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Revealed

After few teasers, prototypes and large amount of hype, Honda has finally revealed Civic Hatchback. The 2017 model will be arriving in North America by the end of this October. This hatchback will add to the already existing Civic lineup, which includes the sedan and the coupe. It will be the 5-door Civic which will…

How Samsung out-designed Apple

The new Galaxy Note 7 defies your expectations. What started years ago as a generation of large, chunky phones, is now almost unrecognizable to any fan of Samsung’s Note series. It has a bigger screen than the iPhone 6s Plus, yet it’s more svelte and pocketable. And it features that gorgeous curved screen Samsung pioneered a little…

2017 Caterham Seven 310 revealed

The British light-weight sports car manufacturer Caterham is expanding their “Seven” range of cars with their latest model, the ‘310’. And it looks exactly the same as all their previous quasi-cars. The 310 is an upgraded Caterham Seven 270, with a tweaked 4-cylinder 1.6-litre Ford Sigma engine that delivers 152 hp. Staying true to Caterham’s…

First drive: 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman in Sweden

There are a handful of cars out there that just feel right. Porsche’s Cayman is one of those, as it has the knack of shrink-wrapping itself around your limbs and feeling like an extension of them within a few kilometres of hustling down the road. One of the trademarks of the Cayman since the first-gen…

2016 Jaguar XJR

Instrumented Test Jaguar’s hopes for a major increase in North American sales no longer rest as heavily on the appeal of its XJ flagship sedan, nor do its high-performance credentials depend solely on the 550-horsepower XJR model tested here. While the XJ was for a time the closest thing Jaguar had to a “volume” model,…

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 CVT Automatic

No doubt about it—if you think the roads and parking lots are filling up with tall, view-blocking crossovers and SUVs, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The four-door mid-size sedan, once the dominant form of family transport, has lost favor. Call it a sedan recession. Nissan wants no part of that for its fifth-generation Altima—even if…