Stay tech-savvy with the Eligo Technology news roundup, this week ending 29/09/2017 Twitter doubles its character limit, Uber and TfL to hold talks next week over licence decision, Xamarin launches new mobile developer certification program and a drone detects heartbeat and breathing rates.
Twitter doubles character limit
Twitter announced on Tuesday that they will be testing 280-character tweets, doubling the previous character limit, in an effort to help users be more expressive. Twitter says that about 9 percent of all tweets today are exactly 140 characters, which suggests users often have to edit their initial thoughts to get them under the limit. In a company blog post the company declared “When people don’t have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people Tweeting-which is awesome!”. What are your thoughts on this change to the character limit?
Click here to read more (The Verge) 26/09/2017
Uber CEO and Transport for London to hold talks over licence loss in London
Last week the transport body ruled that Uber will not be given another private hire operator licence when its current one expires tomorrow 30 September. The tech giant has said it will appeal the decision and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will meet Transport for London’s commissioner Mike Brown next week for talks over the licence. The decision concluded by TfL that “Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence’ has sparked back and forth, with critics saying 40,000 drivers will be put out of work and 3.5m users affected.
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(City A.M.) 29/09/2017
Xamarin launches new mobile developer certification program
Xamarin, the Microsoft-owned cross-platform development software provider, has announced the launch of a new mobile certification program. The Certified Mobile Professional qualification comes through the company’s Xamarin University, with offers tutorials and learning on various operating systems and languages such as Android, iOS and C#. The University also features Microsoft-based courses around Azure and the latest mobile professional certification is for developers “to demonstrate fundamental competency in Xamarin mobile development.”
Click here to read more (Developer-Tech) 28/09/2017
Drone detects heartbeat and breathing rates
Researchers at the University of South Australia have developed drones that can remotely measure heart and breathing rates. Image-processing systems combined with specially created algorithms allow the drones to detect vital signs in several people at once, while they are moving. The system detects movements in human faces and necks in order to accurately source heart and breathing rates. In trails, the drones took measurements from a distance of three metres but could be advanced to take them from much further away.
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(BBC Technology) 28/09/2017
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