Month: May 2017

Amazon begins offering refunds for unauthorized in-app purchases

Were you one of the many parents surprised to find hundreds of dollars’ worth of Smurfberries charged to your card a few years back? Amazon’s lax in-app purchasing standards let kids all over the country buy coins and crystals to...

/ May 31, 2017

Revenue, I choose you! The Pokémon Company’s profits jump by 2,500 percent

It’s been a banner year for The Pokémon Company: Pokémon GO was a global phenomenon and the latest full-on Pokégame for the 3DS sold very well indeed. One would expect the company to be doing well financially — perhaps even...

/ May 31, 2017

Silk Road founder loses his appeal, will serve a life sentence for online crimes

On Wednesday, an appellate court shot down Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht’s effort to avoid spending the rest of his life behind bars. Two years ago, Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison for his role in running the dark...

/ May 31, 2017

Mary Meeker’s latest trends report highlights Silicon Valley’s role in the future of healthcare

Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends Report, out today, was full of insights on how tech is shaping our future — including now in healthcare. This was the first year Meeker included healthcare in her report and it shows just how...

/ May 31, 2017

Hillary Clinton says pulling out of climate accords would hurt US businesses

As rumors swirl around President Trump’s decision to remain or withdraw from international climate accords, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had some choice words for the president from the stage of the Code Conference on Wednesday in Rancho Palos Verdes,...

/ May 31, 2017

Apple’s Siri speaker is already in production, official debut at WWDC in June likely

Apple doesn’t usually announce new hardware at its annual WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) held in June, but this year things might be different. We’ve already heard that it will unveil a revamped MacBook lineup, a new iPad Pro, and the...

/ May 31, 2017

Study suggests last-mile drone delivery could lower carbon footprint

There’s always been talk about how drones could improve the emissions situation produced by our truck-based delivery infrastructure. But you have to look into these things. A new study from University of Washington researchers indicates that drone delivery may indeed...

/ May 31, 2017

Occipital launches low-cost AR/VR tracking platform for all-in-one headsets

Some of the most annoying parts of today’s virtual reality hardware are all the wires and the sensors needed to accurately track the headset. With all-in-ones, all of that hardware has to find its way into the headset and track...

/ May 31, 2017

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are now up for pre-order in Canada at Rogers

While Huawei still isn’t ready to officially sell its flagship P-series handsets in the US, this year it’s going to offer them up north in Canada for the first time ever. We’re talking about both the P10 and the P10...

/ May 31, 2017

Clinton: ‘Email account was turned into the biggest scandal since Lord knows when’

Hillary Clinton appeared onstage at Code Conference on Wednesday in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. and reflected on why she lost the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Unsurprisingly, the widespread coverage of her unsecured email usage was a sour point. The “email...

/ May 31, 2017