Tech Roundup: iOS Find My AirPods, Samsung Galaxy S8 & More

We live in times where smartphones have evolved technologically to serve our digital needs for several years. Gone are the days when we used to buy a new phone every year. At least I did. It's true that smartphones no longer excite us in the way they used to before. It's true that they have gotten boring (but in a good way) like TV's (or any other matured technology). We expect them to work reliably, have a roster of features ranging from a good camera to a fast processor to a big display and what not. But what's also undeniably true is that battery life is one area where smartphones of today have a lot of scope to improve on. Will that happen in 2017?

Apple employs Differential Privacy
to improve iCloud with iOS 10.3
> Yahoo! delays its sale to Verizon until second quarter of this year.
> Half of China's population (731 million) use internet, with over 95 percent accessing the web via a mobile device.
> Google starts testing Instant Apps, a feature that allows Android phones to run select parts of an app on the web instead of having the whole app installed.
> Google Chromebooks releasing from 2017 onwards to have support for Android apps by default.
> Cloud service provider Box rolls out redesigned Box Notes; introduces desktops apps for Mac and PCs.
> Microsoft counters Chromebook for schools with Intune for Education, cheap Windows PCs with none of the former's "compromises."
> Google productivity software bundle G Suite for education and business hit 70 million and 3 million users respectively.
> Facebook begins testing big ads on Messenger instant messaging service.
> Apple brings Night Shift to macOS; adds Find My AirPods to iOS 10.3 (currently in beta) after pulling down a similar app from App Store.
> Network major Cisco buys AppDynamics, maker of information technology analytics software, for US$ 3.7 billion.
> Apple meets with Indian government for opening a manufacturing plant in the country.
> Facebook to no longer personalize trending topics; will prominently show the publisher name and take into account how many publishers are writing about the same topic in latest bid to fight fake news.
> Apple gives its flagship website a typographic refresh; flips the switch on San Francisco font.
> Hugo Barra, post quitting Xiaomi, heads to Facebook to lead VR efforts at Oculus.
> Twitter merges search, trends and Moments into a single Explore tab in Android and iOS.
> Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks with back-mounted fingerprint scanner; to be unveiled on March 29 with a near bezel-less 5.8 and 6.2 display.
> Google continues to witness fall in advertising value (aka cost per click) even as it manages to serve more ads.
> Video hosting service DailyMotion banned in Russia after failing to handle copyright infringement claims.
Oregon State University researchers create a new molecule (a type of peptide-conjugated phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomer aka PPMO) that can combat antibiotic resistance.
> Doctors cure two babies of leukemia with genetically engineered immune cells in a world first.
> China announces plans to cancel 104 coal plants in development as it gets serious about fossil-fuel induced air pollution.