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Amid Messaging Mania, WeChat Releases Major Upgrade, Adds New Features

With the messaging app space suddenly running hot after the Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp, you can bet the other big messaging platforms are playing close attention to their products. And sure enough, WeChat has just done a major upgrade for both iOS and Android.<p>Version 5.2.0.17 now includes:<p>– …

6 Things You May Not Know About Tencent

<i>Thomas Clayton is the CEO of Bubbly, a social media startup backed by Sequoia Capital, SingTel Innov8, and JAFCO.</i><p>China’s Internet giant, Tencent, is a dominant force in the online and mobile market across China, with a market cap above $100B.<p>The company is best known for its top social offerings:<p>QQ …

Steve Perlman’s new startup says it has the answer to the mobile capacity crunch

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Entrepreneur Steve Perlman may have cut his teeth in the tech world with the invention of WebTV — which he sold to Microsoft …

These molecule-sized wires could stop the computer industry from hitting a brick wall

In case you missed it, the end of the age of ever-faster computers is nigh. In his speech (pdf) at last summer’s Hot Chip conference, Bob Colwell, Intel’s former chief architect, said Moore’s law—the prediction that computer power doubles every 18-24 months, which has held largely true since Intel …

Moore's Law

Graphene: the next big thing in mobile displays?

Display technology is moving at a very fast pace these days. Smartphone display resolutions are already surpassing that of most television sets, and manufacturers are working hard on flexible display technology, which doesn’t appear to be too far away. But display technology isn’t all about …

Nanotech

Little-Known Asian Smartphone Outperforms Qualcomm-Based Rivals For Half The Price

If you don’t yet know of the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+, I don’t blame you — the phone’s announcement at CES last month was a pretty low-key affair. On the other hand, this Chinese-made device (which is marketed under the TCL brand in China) is worthy of an introduction, because it could be the …

Cinemagram update takes all the work out of making animated gifs

Playing around with Cinemagram's moving photo feature is pretty darn fun, but it comes at a cost: effort. Unlike publishing a Vine or an Instagram video, you need to think about it; what part of this photo do you want to animate? Did you map out the moving area correctly? It's a lot of work. Well, …

In a distributed world cache is king. Why routers are becoming the new server.

Advertisement<p>18 Comments<p>Much like Amazon(a amzn) sparked a revolution in not just corporate IT but also in how companies build out their …

Donald Trump Explains Apple’s Stock Dip

Noted Apple analyst and Birther Movement enthusiast Donald Trump has taken to Twitter, voicing his concerns over Apple’s lack of “vision” and “momentum”. On the heels of yesterday’s earnings report, which included record iPhone and iPad sales, Apple’s stock dropped about 8 percent in after-hours …

World's first carbon fibre 3D printer on sale next month

The £3,000 desktop printer can manufacture carbon fibre parts that are 20 times stiffer and five times stronger than plastic parts<p>An American firm which manufactures components for race cars has spun-out a startup to bring the world’s first carbon fibre 3D printer to market.<p>The $5,000 (£3,000) Mark …

Carbon Fiber

Oculus Rift could change the way filmmakers think about cinema

I never thought I'd ever say this, but I'm onstage with Beck.<p>He's wearing his usual hat-and-blazer combo, and covering one of my favorite David Bowie …

Sony forms genome analysis company in move towards personalized medicine

Sony is forming a new company to focus on genome research with a view towards realizing personalized medicine and healthcare. The venture, currently called P5 Inc, is a collaboration with M3, a medical company in which Sony is the majority stakeholder, and Illumina, a US-based manufacturer of …

eBay Inc Reveals Activist Investor Carl Icahn Wants To Spinoff PayPal

eBay Inc. has released its earnings result for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013. Among the most interesting news, activist investor Carl Icahn has submitted notice that he has nominated two of his employees to eBay’s Board of Directors as part of a proposal he has to spinoff PayPal as a …

Triton Oxygen Respirator Nixes Bulky Tank

Apparently, outh Korean designer, Jeabyun Yeon, has designed an oxygen mask that draws air from the water that you swim. The Triton Oxygen Respirator …

Nexmo Locks Up $18M At $100M+ Valuation As It Forecasts 100% Revenue Growth In 2014

Nexmo, a quickly growing telco API firm that provides SMS and voice services, has locked down $18 million in fresh capital in a Series C round of funding that values the company at more than $100 million.<p>The new capital was led by Sorenson Capital, with participation from previous investors, …

The first-ever botwall could change the economics of hacking forever

For companies with data to protect, their primary problem is how cheap hacking can be.<p>While “hacking” encompasses a wide variety of activities, one company is specifically tackling the botnet problem: The ability to use a network of linked computers to overwhelm a website or break into user …

Cybersecurity

From Ashes To Ashes To Diamonds: A Way To Treasure The Dead

<b>Listen · 3:00</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Diamonds are supposed to be a girl's best friend. Now, they might also be her mother, father or grandmother.<p>Swiss company Algordanza takes cremated human remains and — under high heat and pressure that mimic conditions deep within the Earth — …