Neowin News Feed for: Tests Neowin News Feed for: Tests en-us Neowin Ignition News (Managing Editor) (Neowin Developers) 5 Amazon in contact with two COVID-19 test makers for workforce <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Amazon is working with two firms to acquire COVID-19 testing equipment that it can use to ensure members of its workforce are not infected. The tests check for existing cases rather than antibodies. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Sat, 04 Apr 2020 14:52:01 +0000 Microsoft Edge still more power efficient than Chrome and Firefox <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft has quietly run battery tests with its Edge browser in Windows 10 October 2018 Update, once again finding it to be more power efficient than Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Fri, 28 Dec 2018 12:14:01 +0000 Nokia and Qualcomm complete OTA 5G NR data call tests <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Nokia and Qualcomm have announced the successful completion of their tests of OTA 5G NR data calls. The achievement sets the firms up for making their products commercially available in early 2019. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:34:01 +0000 U.S. traffic safety admin rates Tesla Model 3 as safest car <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given Tesla&#039;s Model 3 perfect scores for the levels of safety it provides. The car also gives drivers the lowest probability of injury. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Mon, 08 Oct 2018 08:16:01 +0000 Tesla Model 3 units not getting “critical” braking check, possibly to meet target <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Tesla has stopped running brake and roll tests on Model 3 units coming out of the Fremont, California factory. Stoppage of the test coincided with Tesla meeting its goal of producing 5,000 units. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Tue, 03 Jul 2018 17:24:01 +0000 Microsoft endorses Google's Brotli compression algorithm, announces alpha preview for .NET <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft has conducted tests, such as the Weissman Score introduced by the TV show Silicon Valley, on Google&#039;s Brotli. It&#039;s endorsed the compression algorithm and announced an alpha preview for .NET. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:34:02 +0000 Xiaomi is coming: phone maker begins tests on US networks <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Xiaomi has confirmed, through Hugo Barra, that it has started tests on US carrier networks with a specially made Mi 5. The tests indicate that the company is looking to expand into the US soon. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Tue, 01 Nov 2016 04:18:01 +0000 Microsoft once again touts better battery life on Edge in latest tests <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>In its latest series of video tests, Microsoft is once again touting the better battery-saving capabilities of its Edge browser, claiming that it is much more efficient than the competition. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:52:01 +0000 European Commission begged by companies to fund autonomous vehicle tests across EU <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Dozens of companies, including Orange, BMW, Vodafone and VW are begging the EU for money to test out self-driving cars across Europe&#039;s roads and borders. The tests are crucial for the future of AVs. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Vlad Dudau) Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:50:01 +0000 Surface RT screen does well in lab tests against other tablets including iPad. <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/1694279376surfacead.jpg" alt="" /></div>The folks at Display Mate took the Surface RT into their labs to compare the screen to other tablets on the market. They reveal that Microsoft has indeed made a pretty great screen despite the low res <a href="">Read more...</a> (Vlad Dudau) Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:56:00 +0000 Windows 7 design concepts & usability tests <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/ms_win7.gif" alt="" /></div>We're just in a session on design practices in Windows 7. Microsoft just demonstrated a usability test where a user hovered over the new taskbar and was impressed so much they just continued playing around... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Tom Warren) Wed, 29 Oct 2008 19:44:00 +0000 Tests find Vista's UAC nails rootkits <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/1174140061vista_logo.jpg" alt="" /></div>Vista's UAC has a security feature that marks it out from any other type of Windows security program -- it can spot rootkits before they install. This is one finding buried in a report published... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Michael Stanclift) Sun, 25 May 2008 21:27:29 +0000 Air France Tests Cell Services <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Air France has become the first airline to offer international passengers e-mail and text-messaging service that's based on standard cell phone technology. The catch: It's only available on a single Airbus A318 aircraft in the... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 21 Dec 2007 03:48:02 +0000 Blockbuster Tests Pricing, New Formats <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>No. 1 movie rental chain Blockbuster Inc said on Thursday it was testing pricing for its rental formats and will experiment with its store layouts to add downloading stations, books or beverages in a bid... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sat, 10 Nov 2007 02:01:52 +0000 ICANN To Start Tests Of Non-English Domains <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Next week may begin a test of non-English Internet addresses, enabling local users to create Web pages and domains. If successful, non-English top-level domains, such as &quot;.com&quot; or &quot;.net&quot;, could be used by the finish... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 05 Oct 2007 17:05:44 +0000 GM Tests Technology To Raise Fuel Economy 15% <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Detroit automaker General Motors Corp. says it is testing a new combustion process that could increase fuel economy in conventional engines by up to 15 percent. The announcement comes as fuel economy has become an... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sat, 25 Aug 2007 22:21:37 +0000 Nintendo Tests Interactive Fan Network <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Nintendo is testing a pilot program this season at the Mariners' Safeco Field. For a fee, the Nintendo Fan Network will upload a program onto the user's DS Lite and allow fans to order food... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Mon, 09 Jul 2007 02:56:47 +0000 Microsoft tests WLMessenger updates via Windows Update <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Using Windows Update, Microsoft has quietly rolled out an update for beta testers using the next version of Windows Live Messenger. The obvious advantage is having the option of being able to update yet another... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 22 Jun 2007 23:13:42 +0000 Symantec Tests Software-As-A-Service For Backups <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Symantec is launching a software-as-a-service platform aimed at bringing security offerings to small- and medium-sized businesses. The Cupertino, California-based security company has announced that the Symantec Protection Network &ndash; Online Backup Service has gone into... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Tue, 17 Apr 2007 23:27:59 +0000 Google Tests Directory Assistance for Phones <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Google has staged on-and-off again tests stretching back to 2002 of ways to allow phone users to use their voices to ask for information, rather than telephone keypads or other more cumbersome approaches. Now, the... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sun, 08 Apr 2007 16:33:01 +0000 Yahoo Tests Customizable Alpha Search Engine <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Yahoo Incorporated is quietly testing a search engine which users can customize by adding, removing and rearranging components. Yahoo Alpha, which is hosted on an Australian domain, offers a default results page with a list... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 05 Apr 2007 22:34:28 +0000 Microsoft tests "pay-as-you-go" Software <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft has been quietly testing a new &quot;pay-as-you-go&quot; software rental service in South Africa, Mexico and Romania. The service allows users to pay a monthly fee of around $15 for the use of Office 2003... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 23 Feb 2007 01:14:16 +0000 Ask Tests New Search Interface <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Deciding that 5.9% search share isn't enough, InterActiveCorp (owner of has launched a publically available search site with a new three-paned interface. The left pane of the search results provides a control panel that... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 21 Dec 2006 21:34:17 +0000 Vista tests leave us all in the dark <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>IT LOOKS like there is still a lot of confusion about what software and hardware combinations Microsoft's super soaraway operating system Vista will run on. We have already mentioned how Vole has tried to be... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Mon, 11 Sep 2006 13:24:41 +0000 Google tests expanded search option <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Google is testing an enhanced search feature that presents users with additional result information. Screenshots of the service appeared on the web earlier this week showing search results with an expansion button that presents longer... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Fri, 21 Apr 2006 11:17:50 +0000 Microsoft tests fix for IE bug as exploits appear <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>A recently identified Internet Explorer security hole is now being exploited and Microsoft hopes to include a fix for it in its April 11 patch or maybe even earlier, according to a posting on a... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Mon, 27 Mar 2006 18:34:08 +0000 Best Buy Quietly Tests Selling Used Games <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Best Buy today confirmed that four stores in Illinois and California have begun selling used video games, a market that major retail chains have kept away from and left to stores such as Gamestop and... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 30 Sep 2005 19:41:09 +0000 Google tests tool to aid Web indexing <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Google has launched an experiment to speed Web site information and changes to its index. Web site administrators--whether they manage a single-page site or corporate Web site--can use the free program called... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 03 Jun 2005 15:07:21 +0000 Yahoo tests blend of blogging, networking <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Yahoo Inc. is preparing to introduce a new service that blends several of its website's popular features with two of the Internet's fastest growing activities &mdash; blogging and social networking. The hybrid service, called &quot;Yahoo... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 17 Mar 2005 10:16:28 +0000 Music industry tests digital-only releases <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>As an unsigned band, the Shazam has never gotten the perks enjoyed by acts attached to major record labels. &quot;The budgets we've used probably wouldn't even pay the catering on a major-label... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Mon, 22 Nov 2004 15:31:08 +0000 AOL launches new portal, tests desktop search <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>America Online on Thursday confirmed that it is testing a new search engine that scans for files on a PC's hard drive, mirroring a similar product unveiled this week by Google. AOL's... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 14 Oct 2004 22:18:45 +0000 Microsoft Tests Antivirus Product <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft is alpha-testing its upcoming antivirus product, according to industry sources. They claim the antivirus software works as a &quot;behavior blocker&quot; that monitors different events and actions on computers. If the event or action is... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Mon, 02 Aug 2004 21:59:52 +0000 Yahoo tests new home page <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>C|Net reports that one of the webs most popular sites Yahoo is giving its home page a new look and feel. What's odd about this is how Yahoo is slowly making the changes.... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Tue, 08 Jun 2004 20:07:51 +0000 Tests to uproot Windows passwords begin <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft and RSA Security on Wednesday started beta testing a product designed to phase out the use of traditional passwords and replace them with automatically generated passwords from a SecurID token. SecurID... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 03 Jun 2004 14:36:13 +0000 Apple iTunes wins AAC listening tests <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Apple's iTunes has emerged victorious in a series of listening tests run by the CD Freaks Web site. The report explains that a number of tests were run by members of the public of five... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 05 Mar 2004 15:41:01 +0000 Sony Ericsson tests multiplayer m-games <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Sony Ericsson has begun trials on a multiplayer mobile gaming system that will allow up to eight players to compete in real-time. The multiplayer mobile gaming service will initially include two games.... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Wed, 24 Dec 2003 09:00:22 +0000 Wal-Mart Tests Its Own Web Music Service <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Wal-Mart Stores Inc. launched a bare-bones Web site Thursday to test its new 88-cents-per-song online music service, hoping that its cheaper price will lure listeners from more expensive competitors. Other sites, such as Apple Computer... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 19 Dec 2003 17:11:03 +0000 AOL tests streaming-video IM service <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>America Online is quietly testing streaming video for its instant-messaging products now that the government has lifted restrictions against launching such a feature. [U]Later this year the Internet giant plans to release a beta version... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Fri, 07 Nov 2003 09:51:25 +0000 Adobe Tests Anti-Piracy Technique <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Adobe Systems Inc. has begun testing online activation of its Photoshop 7.0 application in Australia as a way of stemming the illegal use of its software. If the pilot is successful, and so far it... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sun, 06 Jul 2003 02:40:29 +0000 Spam-bot tests flunk the blind <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>An increasingly popular technique for preventing e-mail abuse is frustrating some visually impaired Net users, setting the stage for a conflict between spam busters and advocates for the disabled. Many companies have... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Wed, 02 Jul 2003 20:50:49 +0000