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Google to open AI lab in China

Google is setting up shop in China to capitalize on the country's talent in artificial intelligence in spite of a complicated relationship with the Chinese government.<p>Google will open a new artificial intelligence (AI) research center in China to capitalize on the country's talent in AI, in spite …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple invests $390 million in maker of depth-sensing chips for iPhone X

Apple has announced a second major investment from its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund that it launched back in May.<p>Finisar, a Sunnyvale, California-headquartered optical components company, will receive a $390 million grant from Apple to expand its R&D and production of vertical-cavity …

Technology

T-Mobile will launch a TV service next year

The company has acquired Layer3 TV<p>T-Mobile announced today that it’s getting into the television game. The company is planning to launch its own TV service sometime next year. To that end, T-Mobile is acquiring Layer3 TV to help build out its service.<p>In a video announcing the news, T-Mobile CEO …

Telecoms

Facebook’s Brexit probe unearths three Russian-bought “immigration” ads

Facebook has provided more details about the extent of Russian digital interference related to the UK’s Brexit vote last year.<p>Last month the social media giant confirmed that Russian agents had used its platform to try to interfere in the UK’s referendum on EU membership — but said it had not found …

Internet Research Agency

Trump approves federal ban on Kaspersky

If Kaspersky tried to mend its relationship with the US government these past months, then its efforts likely failed. The president has just signed a defense policy spending bill into law, and it includes the government's ban on using the Moscow-based company's anti-virus product. While the US …

Cybersecurity

Apple Music Rival Tidal Reportedly Facing Money Problems Amid 'Stalled' User Growth

Streaming music service Tidal is facing money problems and could run out of working capital within the next six months, according to a report this week by Norwegian newspaper <i>Dagens Næringsliv</i> (via <i>The Verge</i>). The report stated that the money issues likely stem from Tidal's user growth, which is said …

Technology

Facebook responds to damning criticism from former executive

Facebook has issued a response to comments made by a former executive who said the platform and other social networks “are destroying how society …

Social Media

Google: 2017 Is the Year We All Asked 'How?'

We wanted to know how wildfires start, how far North Korean missiles can go, how to board up our windows, and the answers to a lot more questions …

Prince Harry

Berlin’s Joblift raises €10M to attack legacy sites, in a round led by DN Capital

Joblift, a European job site in the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands, has raised €10 million in a funding round led by the London/Berlin VC DN Capital. The round was joined by Picus Capital and existing investors Cherry Ventures, btov and TruVenturo. The fundraising brings the total raised …

Startups

Netflix fires exec who reportedly claimed not to believe Danny Masterson’s rape accusers

Andy Yeatman apparently claimed not to believe allegations against the actor<p>On Monday, Netflix fired Andy Yeatman, the executive who reportedly discounted the women who accused actor Danny Masterson of rape in early December, according to <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>.<p>“Mr. Yeatman is no longer employed at …

Netflix

T-Mobile plans pay TV service in 2018 field by Layer3 acquisition

T-Mobile is getting into the paid TV business, with the acquisition of Layer3 TV, a TV tech company, and plans announced to launch its own offering sometime next year. T-Mobile’s John Legere revealed the pay TV ambitions for the so-called “Un-carrier” on its YouTube channel today.<p>The plan involves …

Televisions

Anderson Cooper says someone accessed his Twitter account to taunt Trump

CNN's Anderson Cooper said Wednesday that his Twitter account was apparently hacked after a tweet was sent out calling President Donald Trump a "pathetic loser."<p>After Democrat Doug Jones was the projected winner in the Alabama Senate race over Republican Roy Moore, Trump tweeted early Wednesday on …

Donald Trump

Project Fi: What it's like switching between three networks?

Switching between networks isn't scary, and in fact it's quite useful.<p>Usually when you sign up for a phone carrier, you're just getting service from …

Wi-Fi

Nintendo doesn’t want to keep iOS users waiting for new games

Nintendo might be delivering on its promise to bring original titles like <i>Super Mario Run</i> and <i>Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp</i> to iOS, but it’s also concerned about the timetable it is able to deliver these on. Or not deliver them on, as may be the case.<p>According to a new report, Nintendo is looking to …

Gaming

Microsoft Edge embraces iPhone X in latest update

Microsoft Edge for iOS wasn’t packing iPhone X support when it hit the App Store late last month. But its latest update, available to download now, takes full advantage of that larger, sharper Super Retina HD display.<p>iOS apps work just fine on the iPhone X, but if they’re not optimized, they’re …

Microsoft Edge

Facebook slams former exec over comments on social media's ills

In a rather unusual move, Facebook has fired back at Chamath Palihapitiya after the former Facebook exec said social media is "destroying how society works."<p>In a statement on Tuesday, the social networking giant said: “Chamath has not been at Facebook for over six years. Facebook was a very …

Golden State Warriors

Nvidia and construction giant Komatsu partner on AI for job site safety

Nvidia is teaming up with Komatsu, one of the largest manufacturers of heavy equipment for construction and mining in the world, to deploy AI at worksites across these industries in order to promote safety and increase efficiency.<p>Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced the partnership at GTC Japan today, …

Construction

Best of Android 2017: Which phone performs best?

As processors get faster and companies throw more RAM into each and every phone, the differences between all of these devices become so much smaller. Nowhere is this more obvious than with performance, as the specs list of almost all flagships in 2017 reads very similar, and usually entails the …

Tablets

Building the future of the smartphone, one mod at a time

Now you can make your own phone add-ons with Motorola's Moto Mods developer kit.<p>Modern mobile devices are, in most cases, pretty boring. They're …

Raspberry Pi

Samsung's latest patent shows a phone with wraparound display

A rear display for apps potentially<p>There’s a new Samsung patent published today that shows a potential dual-sided smartphone with a wraparound screen that stretches onto the rear of the device, as spotted by <i>LetsGoDigital</i>. There’s little written about the potential device in the patent, which was …

Samsung

Nintendo Looking for Additional Mobile Software Developers After DeNA Partnership Falls Behind Schedule

Nintendo is looking to hire more software developers to help it create mobile video games in the vein of <i>Super Mario Run</i> and <i>Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp</i>. According to people familiar with the matter speaking with <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, Nintendo has decided to expand its roster of smartphone game …

Gaming

LinkedIn hosted jihadist lectures, Blair institute reveals

<b>Lectures by a radical Islamist cleric linked to the 9/11 attacks and other jihadist content have been discovered on LinkedIn.</b><p>The business-focused social network was alerted to the issue after an investigation by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.<p>The Microsoft-owned business has since …

Anwar al-Awlaki

CES TVs preview: What to expect from the big screens of 2018

From OLED to QLED to Micro LED, CES is the place where screen time is absolutely friggin' huge. Here's a peek.<p>For those of us who care about new TV technology, Christmas comes in January.<p>The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas presages the coming year of TV tech with the latest in display …

Bang & Olufsen

Blue Origin flies its Crew Capsule 2.0 for the first time

Jef Bezos’ space company Blue Origin recorded a new milestone today – an inaugural flight for Crew Capsule 2.0, the latest version of the vehicle it’s creating to bring astronauts into space for its first passenger flights. The Crew Capsule 2.0 craft flew atop a New Shepard reusable booster, …

Exploration

Line adds unsend for recalling missent messages

Messaging platform Line has added the ability for users to retrieve messages they’ve sent in error.<p>The unsend feature, which has been added via an update out today, gives users a 24 hour window for unsending missives — so it’s considerably more generous than the unsend option rival platform …

Technology

Amazon UK drops the Echo Show to its lowest price yet

If you've been holding out for an Echo Show deal then hold out no longer. Amazon UK has just slashed £70 from the regular price of its big-screened …

Amazon

Instagram wants to make hashtags great again

You know all those hashtags you’ve been adding to your Instagram posts in the hope that more people with similar interests will find your content and …

Instagram

Apple will give your more cash for your dusty old Mac

Apple has increased its trade-in values for a bunch of old Mac models. Machines released in 2009 and later could now earn you up to $2,500. That’s a generous $1,000 more than the previous limit.<p>If you were thinking about treating yourself to a new Mac this Christmas, Apple just made it a whole lot …

MacBook Pro

Billions of video site visitors unwittingly mine cryptocurrency as they watch – report

Popular sites Openload, Streamango, Rapidvideo and OnlineVideoConverter allegedly force users to mine tokens for cryptocurrency Monero<p>Almost one billion visitors a month to four popular video sites are being unwittingly forced to mine cryptocurrency, according to a report on the practice of so …

Cryptocurrency

Fitbit Ionic smartwatch gets its first outright discount, from $300 to $270 nationwide

Formally unveiled in late August and commercially released just a couple of months ago, following years of waiting, preparing and delaying, Fitbit’s …

Fitbit Ionic

You can follow hashtags on Instagram now, not just people

If you have a few favorite hashtags on Instagram that you keep your eye on, the only way to do so until now has been to search for them and see …

Instagram

Uber is fighting to keep its licence in another UK city

Council members in York have voted not to renew Uber's operating licence, condemning the ride-hailing company to its third UK city ban in as many months. At a meeting held by the York Council's Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory Committee on Tuesday, the committee deemed Uber to not be a fit and …

Uber

Nine months in and Nintendo Switch sales are closing in on the Wii U

Nintendo is onto a winner as Switch's sales are on target to outperform even the SNES<p>The Nintendo Switch has hit ten million sales in just nine …

Gaming Consoles

Essential Phone sales are estimated at 50,000 units — but that might be okay

The Google Play Store’s “installs” icon isn’t just there to help users choose apps: it can also clue us in to the often secretive territory of smartphone sales. Where apps are exclusive to a certain device, we can use the app’s install figure as an approximation of how many of those phones are in …

Andy Rubin

HTC releases U11+ kernel source code

HTC and Motorola are two of the few companies that we often see releasing kernel source codes for their devices in a relatively timely manner. Today …

Software

Uber refused license in York, banned in third UK city

The license suspension follows similar moves in London and Sheffield.<p>Uber's operating license has been revoked in York, which has now become the …

Uber

Amazon UK Announces Huge New Discounts On Echo, Fire TV And Kindle Devices

Amazon has today launched a raft of substantial last minute Christmas deals on a huge range of its own-brand home entertainment devices.<br>The deals include savings of as much as £70, and encompass everything from the latest Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote to the Kindle Paperwhite and …

Amazon