Tomas Pflanzer

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Havas Freezes All Google and YouTube Ad Spend in the U.K.

Havas Group U.K. has decided to halt all ad spending on Google and YouTube after ads for its clients appeared next to "questionable or unsafe …

Advertising

Fan-made iPhone 8 imagines how iOS 11’s new ‘Function Bar’ might work

Apple’s iPhone 8 release date might still be more than six months away, but you wouldn’t know it to look at all the chatter around the web right now. …

Advertisers say Snapchat's unique selling point is that it's the cool, new thing — which puts a lot of pressure on the company to stay relevant

Snapchat parent company Snap Inc. lifted the lid on its advertising business when it made its IPO public earlier this month.<p>We found out that the company generated $404.4 million in revenue in 2016 (up 6x year-on-year), that it has 158 million daily active users, but also that its daily active user …

Advertising

It’s official: Jolla Tablet is dead, 540 units to be shipped

It almost seemed like a fairy tale, with Jolla successfully funding not one but two Jolla Tablet crowdfunding campaigns, raking in thousands of …

Apple's Plan To Hook You On iPhone Upgrades Is Slowly Being Revealed

When Apple announced earnings this week, one of the surprising revelations shared by Tim Cook was that only 40% of iPhone owners have upgraded to a larger-screen iPhone. Cook has two plans to address the hundreds of millions of iPhone loyalists who are still sporting smaller, older models. First …

Mobile Technology

I switched from Android to iPhone for two months. Here's what I learned

Commentary: This Google fanboy lived with an iPhone for two months. What made him go back to Android?<p>Android users are embracing the iPhone. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, 30 percent of new iPhone buyers had switched from an Android device in the July-to-September 2015 quarter. And this week, …

Android News

This chart shows just how badly Microsoft's Windows Phone business is doing

The cloud division, which includes Azure, grew revenue by 5% to $6.3 billion (£4.3 billion) and the company managed to see a smaller decline in its revenue from Windows sales than Wall Street expected.<p>Surface, made up of the tablet line, grew revenue by 29% to $1.4 billion (£970 million), while the …

Windows Phone

Apple may be about to change how the iPhone charges

The technology could be included in phones and tablets by next year and would allow devices to be charged at a longer distance than current power mats — a wireless solution presently used by some phones.<p>Apple is working to overcome some of the technical challenges that come with wireless charging, …

Mobile Technology

Apple updates Maps with Flyover locations and traffic info

Apple is prolific in its success. It’s one of the world’s richest companies and has some of the world’s most popular phones, tablets and computers – but one thing it can’t quite seem to get up to scratch is Apple Maps.<p>Among the most recent updates, according to MacRumors, is support for Flyovers in …

There Goes Your Social Life: Netflix Will Stream These 14 Original Movies in 2016

In case you need a palate cleanser after bingeing on Orange Is the New Black.<p>Netflix isn't just going all out with binge-able TV shows this year. The streaming service is also becoming a moviemaker of its own, creating or buying the rights to major movies this year. From indie dramas to …

Apple's 13-year winning streak ends now

Apple's incredible iPhone money-making machine is finally slowing down.<p>The technology giant announced Tuesday that it sold 74.8 million iPhones …

Google just shut down all the social media accounts for Glass

The consumer-facing version of Glass was shut down over a year ago, but the social media accounts — which included Google+ and Twitter — continued to be updated with holiday messages and #ThroughGlass postings, which highlighted the uses of the headset.<p>Glass works by sitting in the line-of-sight …

Google Glass

Mobile messaging giant Line launches universal app for iPhones and iPads

Mobile messaging giant Line has updated its iPhone app to cater to iPad users too.<p>The iPad-optimized incarnation of the app sports many of the same features as its smaller-screened cousin, including the ability to make calls, send messages, and have video chats. But there are key omissions — you …

What's Stopping Consumers from Buying Internet of Things Devices?

The internet of things (IoT) has a wide-ranging impact across many categories, from healthcare to travel. And consumers are even embracing smart home …

Internet of Things

Microsoft Just Released a News App For iOS

Watch out Apple News, there’s a fresh iOS news app in town from…Microsoft.<p>The tech giant unveiled News Pro, which is focused on serving up …

Apps

Netflix is okay with the US Army using VPNs from foreign bases

After it launched in 130 new markets earlier this year, Netflix announced that it would ramp up measures to block users from circumventing geo-restrictions through VPN and proxy services to access content available outside their home country.<p>Naturally, this alarmed people who live and work abroad, …

Apple made more revenue from iPhone in a single quarter than Google has ever made from Android

The lawsuit between Oracle and Google is inadvertently revealing some confidential information about the companies. It has already been disclosed that Google paid Apple a $1 billion fee in 2014 to keep Google as the default search provider for iOS Safari, as well as a revenue sharing agreement …

Netflix fires first shot in battle with VPNs

Cracking down on users accessing geo-blocked content<p>A cat and mouse game between Netflix and its users over geo-blocked content has begun in Australia. Last week, Netflix announced it would be cracking down on customers who use software to watch content only available outside their own country, …

Privacy

Netflix needs help. These startups want to fix it.

Reed Hastings, the CEO and cofounder of Netflix, stood on stage rattling off the list of countries like an overexcited middle school student preening …

Uber wants devs to make your rides less boring

At a hackathon in Bangalore, India, today, Uber announced the launch of its Trip Experiences API which lets developers promote their apps as a way for passengers to kill time during their rides.<p>The API exposes trip data such as location and ETAs to pickup and to a user’s destination, which …

App Store

Semantic Search Engines and Google

It’s true that when you’re at the top everyone wants to pull you down. This is the same for brands as it is for people and Google is no exception. …

Engines

Snapchat wants to manage your money

The social media service known for disappearing photos wants to manage your finances.<p>Snapchat is developing a service that would let users invest their money through the messaging app and have it managed by algorithms, according to a report from Reuters. The news service didn’t have any details on …

Social Media

Nvidia announces ‘supercomputer’ for self-driving cars at CES 2016

Do you like teraflops?<p>Nvidia is kicking off CES 2016 with its traditional first keynote. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang wasted no time getting to the "punchline," a new computer for cars he's calling the Drive PX2, the follow-up to last year's Drive CX. Nvidia is famous for throwing out big numbers to tout the …

Autonomous Cars

19 cool shopping websites from around the world

Sometimes shopping sucks.<p>Spending hours scrolling through the same old websites is daunting and often leaves you frustrated and emptyhanded. Black …

Alcatel's new line includes its first Windows 10 tablet, children's GPS watch

Alcatel Onetouch is showcasing a slate of new products at International CES this week.<p>The company, which brought us the well-received Idol 3 and Idol …

Fords with Sync 3 are getting Android Auto and CarPlay

Owners of Ford vehicles with Sync 3 will soon be able to enjoy Android Auto or Apple's Car Play in their cars. The automaker announced that its connected car system will start playing nicer with your mobile-platform of choice.<p>The first Sync 3 powered vehicles to receive Android Auto and Apple's Car …

14 fantastic examples of complex data visualized

By 2015, the global annual rate of data production is expected to reach 5.6 zettabytes, double the rate of growth in 2012, according to IDC.<p>That’s a …

Data Visualization

Tim Cook defends Apple's new iPhone case that everyone is complaining about

Our friends at Tech Insider, for instance, says that despite the fact that the case can extend your battery life "it's like Apple's silicone case for the iPhone, but with a weird growth on its back."<p>In an interview with Mashable, Apple CEO Tim Cook didn't exactly disagree — though he did say he …

iPhone

People are saying that Google's new tablet computer isn't a good device

The hardware is made by Google which is unusual as the company usually licenses its Android operating system to third-parties, such as Samsung or HTC, that then make the hardware.<p>Reviews of the device are not positive, however.<p>Walt Mossberg, a long-time and well-respected technology columnist, …

Tablets