The sad story of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is coming to an end, slowly but surely. After multiple reports of the phone catching on fire and the company pulling it from stores and production, Samsung is making one last radical step to kill it. A new update, to be released December 19th, will stop the phone from charging and render it incapable to place calls.
Now that’s a twist. The company who helped revolutionize shopping and is at the forefront of the online retail market now wants to go offline. Last week, Amazon presented its new store, Amazon Go. The promise behind it is simple – no cashiers, no lines, just walk in and out without worrying.
Back in September, Reliance Jio, a telecom carrier, announced its plans to turn India’s phone market on its head. With plans that offer free voice calls, Jio shook up the market of nearly one billion phone users and forced its big players to act. Both Airtel and Vodafone, the two biggest carriers in the country, have now announced similar plans, just three months later.
Ok, we all knew this has been a long time coming. From the various job poachings in the last months, including former Tesla employees and reportedly staffing more than 1,000 engineers, we knew. But now it’s official. Kind of. Here’s why a letter to US regulators from Apple’s director of product integrity, Steve Kenner, provides the proof that Apple is building a self-driving car:
Pebble, what was once a company that broke all of Kickstarter’s records again and again with its smartwatches, is about to be acquired for just about 40 million dollars. The buyer is Fitbit, the company behind the number one fitness tracker band, so Pebble is in capable hands. But why did all of that happen? Here’s what lead up to the deal:
In response to the ever-growing demand for apps, Google is launching a tool that lets you make them with little programming knowledge. The service, called App Maker, is mainly focused on business solutions, but it could also suit startups or teams of freelancers.
Back in 2009, Facebook, along with Twitter, were banned in China. Probably since then, people at the biggest social network have scoured their heads and built plans on how exactly the company could re-enter the market with its 1.4 billion users. A controversial solution, the development of a “censorship tool”, was uncovered by the New York Times.
Black Friday came and went and to those of you who purchased something you like for a great price – congratulations! For those of you who prefer to sit back and analyze the commotion, you’re going to like this article. Sales this year surpassed 3 billion dollars, which is a lot more than previous years. Here’s how it happened:
Following a controversial decision of the Indian government to ban two of the major bills in circulation (500 and 1000-rupee notes), the floodgates have opened for a new tech market. Digital payment is exploding in the country right now, with one provider (MobiKwik) saying it’s seen a 75-time surge in transactions in one week.
Facebook has come under a lot of scrutiny lately, mainly coming under the allegations that it is doing too little to prevent misinformation spread on the platform. What Zuckerberg previously called “pretty crazy”, namely the idea that Facebook could have influenced the presidential election in the US, now seems to be a serious issue, as outlined by this post. So what’s the strategy?
SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, has just filed its plan for satellite-delivered internet delivery from space. As an application to the Federal Communications Commission makes clear, SpaceX wants to launch 4,425 satellites. That’s more than all active AND inactive satellites currently in Earth orbit.
The much-awaited initial public offering of Snapchat might be coming as early as March next year, TechCrunch reported last week. The confidentially filed paperwork may value the messaging platform at an insane 25 billion dollars, which would be one of the biggest IPOs in recent years.
Just three months ago, Instagram launched its own version of Snapchat’s stories. And while the company itself admits that they’re not the ones who came up with the concept, they’re trying to push it further than Snapchat is willing to. Instagram just added links, mentions and the ability to use Boomerangs in Stories. Here’s what the updated actually do:
Facebook is constantly testing out new features, looking to expand its business in all possible directions. In October, the company launched Marketplace, taking a stab at online retailers, like eBay and Amazon. The newest feature threatens LinkedIn and other job listings sites. Here’s all we know about the „Jobs” tab.
Snapchat announced Spectacles back in September and everybody was kind of surprised. The company is not exactly known as a hardware maker. Plus, Google, a giant in every sense of the word, tried and failed on the Glass front. But Snapchat might have found the way. For 130 dollars, the camera sunglasses are now available… kind of.
The verdict on Google’s smart home speaker is in. The first Google Home devices have started arriving and reviewers were not disappointed. Unsurprisingly, the Google Assistant shows off that, when it comes down to search, the company is difficult to beat. For 130 dollars, the Home offers an intriguing glimpse into the smart home of the future.
Back in August, Facebook decided to put a stop to ad blocking software that is costing the social network a significant amount of revenue. And although the Adblock community initially kept finding workarounds, Facebook has managed to stay on top. And it has paid off. If Facebook’s numbers are correct, they made around 100 million thanks to that.
Apple made a lot of people confused and angry when it announced the new MacBook Pro. The newest laptop featured only USB-C ports. While it is the newest technology, the vast majority of peripherals don’t support it yet. For Apple consumers that means buying a ton of dongles. The company is trying to reduce consumer dissatisfaction by reducing dongle prices. Is that the right way?