Apple has a history of choosing cash over startups

Apple has more cash than any other technology company on the planet. Yet, to date, that hasn’t translated into spending on acquisitions. Over the past five years, Apple has spent the least on M&A out of all the “Big Five”...

/ December 16, 2017

Netflix will look for a repeat play in 2018 after a strong year

Netflix had a pretty good year by very Netflix-y standards: it added a ton of subscribers; its international growth plans seem to be playing out as hoped; it cleaned up in the Golden Globe nominations, and users are watching a ton...

/ December 16, 2017

Instagram is rolling out a new holiday season update

Whether you fall into Instagram’s target audience or not, there is no denying that the Facebook-owned social network is working really hard to stay relevant and as “1337” as possible, as the younger crowd would put it. (Provided that reference...

/ December 16, 2017

Uber accused of espionage, bribery and hacking by former employee

The $1.86 billion legal battle between ride-hailing giant Uber and Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo reached a pivotal moment today as the judge in the case released a damning letter based on the account of a former Uber employee. The letter alleges...

/ December 16, 2017

Celebrity hologram startup 8i to lay off half its staff

8i, the New Zealand and Los Angeles-based augmented reality startup bringing celebrity personalities into immersive experiences, is laying off about half of its 70-person staff, according to a report in Variety and confirmed by the company. “Although we’ve made significant progress,...

/ December 16, 2017

Feds look to cash in seized bitcoins at record prices

Federal prosecutors are looking to unload 513 bitcoins seized as part of a drug case in Salt Lake City. They originally belonged to one Aaron Shamo, who was arrested earlier this year for allegedly taking part in a massive fentanyl...

/ December 16, 2017

Google kills its Tango augmented reality platform, shifting focus to ARCore

Google announced today that it’s shutting down its high-end smartphone augmented reality platform, Tango, in order to focus on the more mass market ARCore product. The company had already confirmed this much to us when they announced ARCore in August, but now...

/ December 16, 2017

Huawei Mate 10 Lite review

Introduction Probably every Huawei flagship – be it P-series or a Mate – has had a trusted companion, a Lite version to complement – and… well, compliment it. The flagship shines even brighter next to a less gifted stablemate. The...

/ December 15, 2017

Broadband business Casa Systems up 11% following downsized IPO

Andover, Massachusetts-based Casa Systems had a tough time pulling off its IPO this week. The broadband solutions company wanted to debut Thursday, but pushed its launch back to Friday, likely because of weak initial demand. Casa had planned to sell...

/ December 15, 2017

Cities do want to rethink regulations and avoid tech clashes, and here’s some proof

In Jakarta, Indonesia, only 50 percent of the population has access to the piped sewerage system. More than 500,000 residents practice open defecation, and more than one million people discharge wastewater directly into the river, resulting in deteriorated groundwater quality...

/ December 15, 2017