An MIT researcher has come up with a way to speed up our transition to cyborgs combining old traditions with new technology. The PhD student Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao created tattoos that are simple to apply and can measure temperature, relay information such as train tickets or create a trackpad for your phone on your skin.
The newest Samsung device has captured the hearts of reviewers. It’s bigger than the Galaxy S7 and has the curved display of the Samsung Edge and the first ever iris scanner, but it’s still as fast as the other two. Some have been quite impressed with the premium phone, even calling it the best phone out there. So is it?
Supermarket chain Walmart is acquiring what people saw as a big possible competitor of Amazon last year. Jet.com achieved around 1 billion dollars gross merchandise in the 13 months since launching and currently has around 400,000 shoppers each month. Walmart, on the other hand, has seen online sales growing too slowly, especially when compared to Amazon.
A team of researchers from Birmingham University have discovered a way to bypass wireless car locks with a simple gadget. After doing some reverse engineering, the team managed to copy radio signals and decrypt car keys that open vehicles with a button. One of the exploits affects almost all VW models since 1990, another affects many more makers like Peugeot, Opel, Alfa Romeo and others. Together, they equal hundreds of millions of exposed cars.
Facebook doesn’t like ad blockers and it isn’t afraid to show it: The company updated their ads last week, essentially bypassing the software that disables them. It took Adblock Plus just two days to find a workaround. Which Facebook then managed to stop in several hours. Who will win at the end? Probably not the consumer.
When it comes down to the world’s third largest smartphone market, iOS is struggling against Android. Apple only managed to ship 800 000 smartphones in the second quarter of 2016, down from 1.2 million a year ago. To put this in relation, the collective smartphone market in India grew by almost 20 percent.
In an attempt to get users to post, share and engage more with user-generated content, Facebook has started a curious test run in Canada. Its main app now urges you to “take creative photos and videos” right on the main screen, taking up 50% of it. And while Facebook has been growing in almost any aspect of its business, users seem to be sharing less content than they did before.
Pokémon chasers around the world have had a very positive impact on the sale of portable power packs. The analytics firm NPD Group says that the segment saw a 101 percent increase in the two weeks after Niantic released their game – and that’s no coincidence.
Last week was a big one in tech – the biggest names in the market told the world how they have been doing this last financial quarter. Quarterly results are good reflections of both the past (measuring product success) and the future (adapting to react to that success). In this first article we take a look at the results of Apple, Google (now Alphabet) and Microsoft. The second one will be on Twitter, Facebook and Amazon.
Our second article covering the Q3 2016 earnings of the biggest tech companies takes a look at three more companies. One of the two big social networks crushed it, the other one didn’t. Spoiler alert – the one that has been crushing it for years now still did and the one that has been struggling forever also stayed on track. Amazon, meanwhile, had the most profitable quarter in its history.
Elon Musk takes risks. A lot of them. He took risks with PayPal, SpaceX and with Tesla. In the end, the majority of them paid off. If they hadn’t, most of us might have forgotten those names by now. The grand opening was held a couple of days ago, but only 14% of the Gigafactory are built and running – but those 14% are equal in size to 15 NFL football fields, so not that small after all.
Yahoo has found itself a new owner. According to recent reports, the deal between it and Verizon is all but finalized and the total sum for the once-mighty internet giant is 4.8 billion US dollars. Reports initially indicated that the deal was probably happening this week, but several unconfirmed reports from reliable media sources (the Wall Street Journal, among others) are already calling it.
The very young smartwatch market has seen its first major fall. For the first time ever, worldwide shipments declined and they did so by a huge 32%, as reported by the IDC. The data shows that Apple is solely responsible for that downfall, as the market leader shipped 2 million less smartwatches in the second quarter of 2016 than the same period in 2015. But the company is still ahead and it’s still by quite a lot.
Facebook’s Messenger app just joined the very exclusive billion users club. The app is now being actively used by one billion people each month, an achievement which puts it beside the main Facebook app, WhatsApp (also owned by FB) and YouTube. Zuckerberg’s company has unlocked the secret to messaging – but how did Messenger get where it is today?
Nintendo’s newest hit game has taken the world by storm. Pokémon Go is raking in so much attention from investors and the public that company shares were up by almost 100% after just a week of the game’s release. The app also has surpassed Tinder installs, has more daily active users than Twitter and is keeping people engaged longer than Facebook. And that’s with China and India, among others, still off the Pokémon map.
Japanese company Line is one of the few that have mastered the art of making money with free messaging services. It goes beyond messages and offers a “one stop service” – stickers, games, video calls, you name it. Line has it all – for a small price of course. That model has been extremely successful: Line raised 1.1 billion dollars in their double IPO (Japan and the US), making it the biggest in tech this year.
The release of the iPhone 7 nears and with it, mere rumors get replaced by leaks. The newest one claims to show the new Apple flagship next to the iPhone 6S and looks pretty genuine, but raises some big questions. One in particular: How is Apple going to get the public excited for a phone that looks almost the same as their previous one?
Snapchat has built a social media kingdom on a fairly straight forward promise. The things you share will disappear soon after you share them. But with the new update which adds Snapchat memories the social media giant is moving further away from its roots.