Technology

Ikea is roasting Apple for overpriced charging mats

Ikea started a new ad campaign for their wireless charging devices in response to Apple's launch of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 and their "new" …

Wireless

Bill Gates goes Android, still won't use an iPhone

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>They were rivals. They were friends.<p>Steve Jobs and Bill Gates did much to define what the tech industry is today.<p>Does that mean, though, that the Microsoft co-founder has softened a touch and started using …

Bill Gates

The world's first blockchain smartphone is in development

Sirin Labs, the company behind the $14,000 Solarin smartphone, is now developing an open-source model that runs on a fee-less blockchain. The Finney -- named in honor of bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney -- will be the only smartphone in the world that's fully secure and safe enough to hold cryptographic …

Bitcoin

Dubai just tested it's flying drone taxi for the first time

Autonomous air taxi service Volocopter just had its first test flight in Dubai.<p>The giant drone-like vehicle has 2 seats, 18 propellers, and is powered by 9 batteries. This allows it to have a flight time of around 30 minutes.<p>The flight was unmanned as it is still in its testing phase, which will …

Drones

Bill Gates switches to Android phone

<b>Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has revealed he uses an Android-powered smartphone, rather than a Windows one.</b><p>"Recently, I actually did switch to an Android phone," he said, speaking on Fox News on Sunday.<p>Microsoft's own Windows-powered phones have failed to make a significant impact on the …

Microsoft

Microsoft announces Office 2019, teases new features

As part of its Ignite conference today, Microsoft officially teased the next perpetual Office update, Office 2019.<p>Microsoft has announced Office …

Microsoft

BMW produces giant wireless charging pad for your car

Just when you were getting used to the idea of wirelessly charging your iPhone 8, BMW's jumped on the bandwagon with a giant wireless charging pad …

Autos

The Ataribox will cost under $300 and ship next spring

Atari has so far kept pretty schtum about its forthcoming Ataribox, but in an email newsletter it's now revealed a few nuggets of information that should tide fans over until the console's Indiegogo launch this fall. As the newly-released pictures show, design-wise you can expect an Atari 2600 …

Gaming

SpaceX's Interplanetary Spaceship and Rocket simulation is out of this world

Elon Musk today gave us our first glimpse at what interplanetary travel and colonization could look like. In an Instagram post, Musk provided a series of five videos offering a look at a computer simulation of the SpaceX Interplanetary Spaceship and Rocket, and how it could, conceivably, one day …

Exploration

Dubai starts testing flying taxis

(<i>Reuters</i>) — Dubai staged a test flight on Monday for what it said would soon be the world’s first drone taxi service under an ambitious plan by the United Arab Emirates city to lead the Arab world in innovation.<p>The flying taxi developed by German drone firm Volocopter resembles a small, two-seater …

Drones

With the Pixel 2 just a week away, you can now trade in your old phone to Google

We’re just over a week away from Google’s October 4th press conference where the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to make their debut, and in …

Google

Plex News launches to keep cord-cutters informed for free

Plex has continued to grow beyond its simple media playback roots, and today it adds another new feature that brings something extra to your library of video, music and pictures: news. Plex News builds on the acquisition of Watchup earlier this year by using a machine learning-powered system for …

Smart TV

Russia threatens to block Facebook over data storage

MOSCOW (AP) — In its latest attempt to wrest control of the Internet, Russia's communications agency on Tuesday threatened to block access to Facebook if the company refuses to store its data locally.<p>Alexander Zharov, chief of the Federal Communications Agency, told Russian news agencies on Tuesday …

Business

Google isn't violating copyright, says court, even if its thumbnails are of pirated photos | ZDNet

Germany's top court says Google isn't breaking copyright by showing thumbnails of unauthorized photos.<p>Google's image-search engine does not violate …

Copyright

Google Home now lets you create voice-activated reminders

Why it matters to you<p>You can now tell your Google Home to remind you of an event or task without having to write it down.<p>Tired of making those pesky …

Gear & Gadgets

ProsperWorks raises $53M for its G Suite-centric CRM service

ProsperWorks, a service that offers a set of Google-centric CRM tools, today announced that it has raised a $53 million Series C round led by Norwest Venture Partners, with participation from GV (the fund you probably still remember as Google Ventures). This new round brings the company’s total …

Startups

Twitter says Trump's threat to North Korea was 'newsworthy' and will not be taken down

Company rejects complaints that US president’s tweet was in violation of its terms of service<p>Twitter has refused to take down a tweet by Donald Trump threatening North Korea, arguing that the statement by the US president was “newsworthy” and in the public interest.<p>Trump posted a tweet in response …

North Korea

Lively raises $4.2M as it adds investment capabilities for health savings accounts

Lively co-founder Shobin Uralil likes to describe the health savings account as the “401(k) for healthcare” — but that it’s woefully underused as an investment vehicle like a 401(k).<p>So instead of just relying on it as a way to pay for healthcare, Uralil and his co-founder Alex Cyriac set out to …

Startups

Software booms while US economy chugs along, report says

Software is virtually everywhere. It powers our devices and helps predict the weather. It transforms the way products are manufactured and helps us reduce energy.<p>So it's no surprise that it also provides a sizable boost to the US economy each year, according to a report out Tuesday from independent …

U.S. Economy

Mastercard and Swarovski team up on new virtual-reality shopping app

The future is now. The latest in the succession of brands deploying advanced tech integration and elevated consumer experiences, Mastercard and Swarovski have announced their partnership for a virtual reality powered app.<p>The shopping app will invite consumers to peruse and purchase the Atelier …

Business

Yelp is betting on home services, which accounts for 20 percent of revenue

While many folks think of Yelp as a place to find a great place to eat, the company has been quietly infiltrating other categories. Home Services — stuff like plumbing, movers, mechanics, etc. — seem to be a booming business for Yelp, now representing 20 percent of the company’s overall revenue.<p>So …

Startups

Talk to your LG fridge, washer or dryer through Google Home

LG wants you to talk to your appliances. Starting Tuesday, you'll be able to use the Google Assistant to command 87 different Wi-Fi connected LG appliances -- including washers, dryers, refrigerators and even vacuums. To mark the occasion, LG's also giving away a free Google Home smart speaker if …

Automation

Venture firm IVP has raised its biggest fund yet at $1.5 billion

A sign of the times.<p>With valuations of private companies climbing higher and higher, some venture capital firms have a simple solution: Larger funds.<p>IVP, the firm founded 35 years ago that specializes in later-stage investments, on Tuesday said it had raised its largest fund yet — a $1.5 billion …

Venture Capital

Instagram now lets public accounts moderate comment groups, blocking available to all

Instagram has announced two changes to improve the comment experience for users on the social network. Public accounts are now able to select which groups of users are able to comment on their posts, and all users now have the ability to block other users from leaving comments. Instagram also …

Self-driving car advocates launch ad campaign to prod Congress

A coalition of supporters of self-driving cars said on Tuesday that it will run ads this week in social media and Washington newspapers, in an effort to convince the U.S. Congress to adopt sweeping legislation to boost the nascent industry.<p>The ads are being placed by the Coalition for Future …

Business

Instagram is growing faster than ever, and that's bad news for Snapchat

Instagram is closer than ever to a billion users.<p>The app now counts 800 million monthly active users, up from 700 million in April, the company …

Photography

As Facebook Reveals Dark Posts, Twitter Keeps Them Hidden

Twitter isn't quite ready to commit to full transparency around “dark" political ads.<p>Facebook pledged last week to reveal all ads being shown to its users, even those not appearing on advertiser profiles, after it was revealed that the company ran Russian-linked ads meant to influence the election. …

US presidential election

Netflix is offering its bandwidth tech to airlines for better in-flight streaming

One day you could stream Snakes on a Plane on a plane<p>Netflix is going to start partnering with airlines to provide them with its mobile streaming technology. This will start next year as part of an effort to get airlines to provide better in-flight Wi-Fi, according to a report from <i>Variety</i>. The …

TV

High-quality images depicting mystery Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset randomly show up

Samsung likes to dabble in as many tech market categories as possible, often employing a product release strategy where pretty much everything is …

Augmented Reality

Consider the urban gondola

The fight for aerial gondola acceptance enters pop culture.<p>What do you think when you hear the word “gondola”? Maybe you’re soothed as you imagine a …

The Future