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Lyft taxi app boosted by $1bn investment from Google-led consortium

Funding round led by CapitalG takes valuation of ride-hailing company up to $11bn<p>The US ride-hailing company Lyft has secured a $1bn (£760m) investment from a Google-led consortium, a considerable war chest that will help finance its challenge to Uber in the US – and possibly overseas.<p>The funding …

Uber

Pixel 2 XL: Google’s controversial screen sparks complaints about new phone

The display on Google’s brand new phone isn’t as vibrant as it should be, some users are saying.<p>The Pixel 2 XL, which was released this week, has …

Phones

iPhone 9 could be getting these awesome iPhone X features in 2018 | Trusted Reviews

<b>Apple is going to offer cheaper iPhone models that borrow pricy iPhone X features, according to a new report.</b><p>The iPhone X costs a ludicrously high …

IPhone X

While iPhone X Component Woes Ease, Only 2-3M to be Available at Launch

Although iPhone X component and production woes are beginning to ease, a well-respected industry analyst says Apple will only have 2-3 million units …

IPhone X

Kodi box seller will be sentenced over piracy in UK court today | Trusted Reviews

<b>A man who sold set-top boxes loaded with Kodi software is set to be sentenced later today after admitting to facilitating piracy.</b><p>In the UK …

Televisions

You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chat

PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning. The deeper integration with Messenger’s platform, which will also include PayPal’s first customer service bot for handling customer questions and …

Banking

Plex for Android Auto simplifies server-based music streaming

In-car entertainment will have to step up to accommodate our automated driving future. With an AI at the wheel, we'll be free to watch movies, play games, and conduct video calls. It's easy to imagine an all-round media player, like Plex, fitting into that scenario. For now, it's making its way …

Android Auto

Catch the iPhone X pre-order strategies you need to know about, on The CultCast

This week, on The CultCast: you’ll have mere second to lock down your iPhone X pre-order on October 27th, and if you’re not ready, you’ll be waiting months! We’ve got the strategies you’ll need to employ to have your order placed seconds after the X goes live. Plus: Steve Wozniak just launched his …

IPhone X

Grab raises $700 million in debt to grow ride-hailing service in Southeast Asia

(<i>Reuters</i>) — Singapore-headquartered Grab, the main Southeast Asian rival of Uber, said on Friday it had secured debt facilities of up to $700 million to help expand its car rental program.<p>Grab, which said the debt funding was a record for a southeast Asian startup, said the facilities were secured …

Uber

Huawei Mate 10 scores 97 on DxOMark, one point behind Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2 is about to face some stiff competition from Huawei’s freshly released Mate 10 Pro flagship. Popular image quality authority DxOMark has awarded the new Mate 10 the impressive score of 97 – coming second only to the Pixel 2.<p>Two weeks ago, Google’s phone set a record by becoming the …

Tablets

Southeast Asia’s Sea, formerly Garena, to raise upwards of $884M in US IPO

Sea, the Singapore-based digital entertainment firm formerly known as Garena, is set to raise upwards of $884 million when it lists on the New York Stock Exchange Friday under ‘SE’.<p>The company, which specializes in publishing games but also offers payment and e-commerce services, has priced its …

South-east Asia

Millions of Mobile Minecraft Players Tricked Into Installing Malware

More than 55 million men, women, and children play Minecraft in an average month. Many of those players enjoy using “mods,” third party tools that further customize the game, to tweak things to their liking.<p>Different mods can change Minecraft in all kinds of ways. Often it’s as simple as altering a …

Information Security

Google opens AVA dataset to help machines identify human actions in videos

Computer vision is emerging as a major boon for tech companies looking to bring machines up to speed and perform tasks hitherto only achievable by humans.<p>In the past few months alone, eBay has revealed big plans to roll out a new search feature that lets you use existing photos to find similar …

Machine Learning

Razer’s Electra V2 headset does virtual 7.1 surround sound on a budget

Gaming headphones and headsets can be a real crapshoot, with some of them being downright excellent and others, <i>the majority</i>, tending toward poorly engineered disappointment. I can’t yet speak for where on that spectrum Razer’s Electra V2 cans will land, but the good thing is that you won’t be …

Headphones

App developer who’s been using Animoji name since 2014 sues Apple for trademark infringement

An iOS app developer who’s been using the name ‘Animoji’ since 2014, and registered it as a U.S. trademark the same year, is suing Apple for trademark infringement. Apple last month announced Animoji as a headline feature of the iPhone X.<p>He claims that Apple was aware of his trademark both because …

Patents

This robot-run 3D printing farm is the future of light manufacturing

Even small businesses are now running lights-out facilities using robots and automation<p>A 3D printing farm in Brooklyn needed to scale up to handle …

Robots

You can now remap the Pixel 2 squeeze gesture to any other app

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL include a squeeze gesture to launch Google Now or silence incoming calls. This is known as Active Edge and it’s a feature that seems to be responsive and intuitive. However, like Samsung’s dedicated Bixby button, not everybody wants to use Active Edge in the way …

iOS

Google, Facebook, and other big tech companies plan to lobby for 'Dreamers' to stay in the US

• <b>Some of the biggest tech companies in tech are getting ready to lobby the US government to let "Dreamer" immigrants stay in the US.</b>• <b><br>Google, Microsoft, Uber, and IBM are among the nearly two dozen firms.</b>• <b><br>President Donald Trump has promised to tighten immigration into the US.</b><p>SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - …

Immigration

Pokemon Go introduces new creatures for Halloween

Are they too spooky for you?<p>Pokemon Go just got a lot spookier thanks to the arrival of a handful of new creatures to celebrate halloween.<p>"Sableye, Banette, and a few other Ghost-type Pokemon originally discovered in the Hoenn region will be making their first-ever appearance in Pokemon Go," said …

Pokémon

Machine learning could help us outwit gangs of online criminals

Step onto one of IBM’s security watch floors and the first thing you’ll notice is the screens. Banks and banks of screens, with as many as 250 …

Machine Learning

Cisco snaps up machine learning outfit Perspica

The deal builds upon Cisco's purchase of AppDynamics earlier this year.<p>Cisco has revealed plans to acquire San Jose startup Perspica to bolster the …

Cisco Systems

Could A New Apple Mac Mini Be On the Way?

Apple last updated their Mac Mini three years ago, the company has not revealed any details about any new model of the device in the last few …

iOS

How the Google Pixel 2 Now Playing song identification works

There are a number of apps and services available to help you detect what song is currently playing around you: products like Shazam, SoundHound, or even Google Now. Such services typically rely on your smartphone’s microphone to record a sample of music and then compare that sample against a …

Google

KGI: About 3 million iPhone X units will be available for launch, production improving in November

A morning report from KGI reiterates production issues we’ve been hearing about the iPhone X, indicating that only 2-3 million units will be shipped for sale before the launch on November 3rd (preorders open a week from today).<p>KGI points to supply shortages for several components including circuit …

IPhone X

Star Wars Battlefront II Single Player Campaign Detailed

Those of you looking forward to playing the single player campaign of the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II game, will be interested to learn that …

Star Wars

‘The Walking Dead’ VR scene puts you in the shoes of a walker

Would you submerge yourself in a fear-inducing virtual setting overrun by zombies? That's the world <i>The Walking Dead</i> has expertly crafted during its seven-year run, and now AMC is inviting you to step into it, courtesy of its VR app. You can grab it for iOS, Android, Samsung Gear VR, and Google …

TV

Judge: MalwareTech is no longer under curfew, GPS monitoring | Ars Technica

Marcus Hutchins, awaiting trial, can now live and work unencumbered in LA.<p>A judge in Milwaukee has modified the pre-trial release conditions of …

Justice

Nielsen To Track TV Audiences On Netflix

Nielsen has always measured how many people watched a particular program on TV, but these days it no longer gets the job done, since millions of …

Netflix

The Diwali tradition of playing cards is turning into a high-stakes affair online

Along with <i>pujas</i> (religious ceremonies) and <i>patakas</i> (firecrackers), there’s one more thing that Diwali revellers dig big time: gambling.<p>Night-long card-game sessions with family and friends have long been a staple of Diwali gatherings in India.<p>Folklore has it that it was goddess Parvati, after …

India

How to set up Alexa voice control for Sonos speakers

Pioneer and Canada partner to ensure musicians get paid for DJ play

Pioneer DJ wants to make sure electronic artists get paid for the remixes you hear at the dance club. The company's Kuvo entertainment service has partnered with Canada's performing rights organizations (PRO) and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) to beam music …

Canada

This Snapchat Dancing Hot Dog Costume Can Be Yours

The Snapchat dancing hotdog was introduced earlier in the year when the app introduced augmented reality filters. It’s a 3D rendering smiling hot dog …

Hot Dogs

Nintendo nabs two-thirds of monthly game hardware sales thanks to Switch

Nintendo has managed to lead the industry in video game hardware sales – by a wide margin – for September, which is a very promising sign going into the holiday shopping season. The Nintendo Switch helped this immensely, leading the industry as the top-selling console for the third straight month, …

Nintendo Switch