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The groundbreaking app turning millennials into stock traders is now said to be worth more than $1 billion

The new round of funding is reportedly led by Yuri Milner's investment arm, DST Global, and values the investing app at over $1 billion. That makes it a "unicorn" in Silicon Valley terms.<p>Robinhood declined to comment on the new funding round. Fortune previously reported that the startup was looking …

Venture Capital

Google is finally making web apps first-class citizens on Android

Google announced today that it’ll be further integrating web apps into Android. Now, web apps will appear in the app drawer alongside full applications, and offer the same notification controls, where previously Google had set them to only appear as home screen icons.<p>It’s part of a push by Google …

Brazil

First Nokia smartphone in three years unveiled

The first Nokia smartphone in three years has been unveiled, although the device will only go on sale in China.<p>The Nokia 6, which will run Android and cost 1,699 yuan (£200), is the first smartphone bearing the Nokia brand under a new licensing deal with manufacturer HMD Global.<p>Nokia agreed to sell …

Mobile

This is the first Porsche Design phone worthy of the name

Even if it does look an awful lot like Samsung design<p>Porsche Design is an easy company to hate. Sharing little more than its name with the renowned carmaker that this year won the Le Mans endurance series, PD’s primary business is in fancying up everyday goods and gadgets and pricing them like …

Xiaomi Mi Mix Review: It Makes The iPhone 7 Look And Feel So Outdated

Think of any movie or TV show set in a hi-tech future, and there are always the usual cliches: flying cars, sentient robots, and bezel-less digital displays. While the first two is still pretty far off from reality, the last one is (mostly) here in the form of a smartphone: the Xiaomi Mi Mix.<p>I say …

Phones

Huawei has a Porsche-branded, crazy-powerful phone

MUNICH — With Samsung’s Note7 now being permanently discontinued for battery fire issues, many users are looking into alternatives with similar …

Uber is rolling out a big redesign powered by machine learning

Machine Learning

WhatsApp beats Telegram to be crowned the most secure messaging app

Facebook’s messaging apps have been ranked the best in the world for secure communication by Amnesty International - but there's a catch. Although …

Xiaomi unveils concept phone with near bezel-less display

Chinese device maker Xiaomi has announced another clutch of mobile hardware, including a concept smartphone developed in collaboration with designer Philippe Starck.<p>Xiaomi CEO and founder Lei Jun dubbed it “a glimpse at what the phone of the future looks like”.<p>The near edgeless 6.4in, 17:9 display …

Google Pixel XL review: The best Android phone money can buy

Two weeks ago, Google unveiled the first phones it “designed inside and out”: the Pixel and Pixel XL. We had the opportunity to play with the latter device, though you can read our hands-on to get a feel for the smaller Pixel, as well.<p>Keep in mind that these flagship phones, which start shipping on …

Mobile Technology

Xiaomi's Mi 5s hides a fingerprint reader under its glass

We were already big fans of Xiaomi's Mi 5 flagship smartphone, so it's only natural for the Chinese company to build on this model's success by bringing us the Mi 5s. It should be no surprise that this dual-SIM device -- which has ditched the glass body in favor of metal -- packs Qualcomm's latest …

Opera's free VPN is now available on Android, iOS and desktop

Opera became the first major browser to add ad-blocking technology and an unlimited free virtual private network (VPN) service into its desktop …

Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

It’s been a while since news broke in early 2015 that Uber was working on self-driving cars. Earlier this year, the company openly admitted it was testing cars in Pittsburgh, but we haven’t heard much more over the last 18 months.<p>With Google, the self-driving car leader, slowly making progress with …

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review: Possibly the most complete smartphone ever made

<i>Editorial Note: The Note 7 has been discontinued due to continued risk of fire. This review is for all intents and purposes now simply a historical archive of this smartphone’s short-lived greatness.</i><p><i>In other words, if you find somewhere that still sells it, do not buy it, unless you enjoy toasted</i> …

Phones

Xiaomi's budget Redmi Pro phone has dual camera, 10-core processor

Remember when budget phones had middling specs? It makes sense: To keep the price low, the manufacturer had to include a cheaper part or three. But …

Microsoft Pix uses AI to help your iPhone take the best pictures

Microsoft Pix is looking to become your new go-to camera app on iPhone. The new iOS offering from Microsoft’s mobile team employs some artificial intelligence smarts to help make sure you take the best pictures, by eliminating human error through batch captures and by enhancing image color, …

People are taking longer to upgrade their smartphones

Apple puts out a new iPhone what feels like every six months, but consumers are no longer jumping at every new device that hits the market.<p>A majority of U.S. smartphone users are now waiting more than two years to upgrade their devices, according to a new Fluent survey. This is a marked increase …

Mobile

To beat SMS, Facebook Messenger eats SMS

Surround and conquer is Facebook’s new strategy for getting people to switch from SMS to Messenger. You can now read and send old-school text messages from inside Facebook Messenger for Android.<p>With this near-global rollout of the SMS feature, Facebook is touting ease, as you won’t have to jump …

OnePlus 3 official: Snapdragon 820, 6GB of RAM, $399 with no invite necessary

Following a tidal wave of leaks over the past few weeks, the OnePlus 3 smartphone is now officially announced and available. The new phone, which can be purchased direct from OnePlus starting today, has a laundry list of high-end specifications combined with a price that undercuts other comparable …

Twitter for Android has a completely new look

Twitter is rolling out a completely revamped Android app – finally adopting Material Design – and it finally looks like an app that belongs in the year 2016.<p>For reference, here’s what the old design looks like:<p>And here’s the new one:<p>The Google-approved aesthetic makes for a few functional …

Apps

This Android phone will put military-grade security in your pocket — for $14,000

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge costs less than $800. The new Solarin Android smartphone costs £9,500, which is about $14,000.<p>The team behind Solarin, …

Instagram Makes E-Commerce Push With New Tools For Businesses

Instagram has taken new steps to bolster its position as a major mobile advertising player.<p>On Tuesday, the Facebook-owned photo-and-video sharing service unveiled new features to make it easier for businesses to analyze and run ad campaigns through its mobile app. The new “Instagram Business Tools” …

Small Business

Why China's Xiaomi and Microsoft Are Teaming Up

A just-announced partnership between Xiaomi and Microsoft represents a potentially promising collaboration between two struggling smartphone …

China's Huawei 'Growing Up' To Become The World's No. 1 Smartphone Brand

Dumping their previous business model of flooding the planet with cheap, unbranded cellphones, China’s Huawei has risen to become a globally recognizable brand and a serious contender for Apple and Samsung. Advancing rapidly into new markets worldwide, Huawei is now the world’s number three …

Gear & Gadgets

Tim Cook rules out an Apple mobile carrier

In an interview with retired European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about the future of the world’s most valuable company at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today.<p>Addressing a question about the possibility of the iPhone maker cutting out mobile carriers …

Mobile

Google Duo makes mobile video calls fast and simple

Mobile first, mobile only<p>Google is releasing a new video calling app later this summer. It's called Duo, and it's probably the fastest and simplest video calling app I've ever seen. Like its companion chat app, Allo, Duo is mobile-only. It uses your phone number as an identifier, and it will work …

Brazil

A first look at Android Wear 2.0

One of the surprise announcements from Google's keynote session at I / O this year was Android Wear 2.0. Wear 2.0 is a major update to the platform — the biggest update yet, according to the company — and is designed to make Android Wear devices more functional and independent than they've ever …

Google's new Spaces app mixes chat, YouTube, and Chrome

With Google+ dying a slow death, Google has been looking for other ways to help users share content online. Its latest attempt is a new standalone app for group discussions on specific topics called Spaces.<p>It’s simple enough: you create a ‘Space’ dedicated to a particular interest, and then invite …

Apps

Xiaomi's biggest phone yet is the giant MiMax

Xiaomi has announced the MiMax, just a few days after Chinese regulatory authorities announced the 6.44-inch phone themselves. It's the company's biggest phone yet, but the claim is that it has a "slim 7.5mm body that fits in your pocket." Based on my experience carrying various giant phones around …