Month: June 2017

Bezelless Sharp FS8010 and FS8016 to arrive on July 17

Sharp did the whole ‘nearly bezelless’ thing in the smartphone world way before the Xiaomi Mi Mix made it cool last year. And now the Japanese company is getting ready to take things to the next level, if a new...

/ June 30, 2017

Game publisher GameMine inks a $20 million partnership with South Africa’s Vodacom

On the heels of a $20 million funding round last month, the new game publishing company GameMine has inked its first big deal with a global carrier. The company has partnered with the South Africa mobile carrier Vodacom Group to bring...

/ June 30, 2017

Moto X4 to be the new mid-tier smartphone on Google’s Project Fi

Yesterday the official Twitter account for Google’s MVNO, Project Fi, said we should expect a mid-tier priced smartphone to be supported by its network “later this year”. It didn’t provide any hints as to what exact device that would be,...

/ June 30, 2017

From BlackEnergy to ExPetr

Much has been written about the recent ExPetr/NotPetya/Nyetya/Petya outbreak – you can read our findings here:Schroedinger’s Pet(ya) and ExPetr is a wiper, not ransomware. As in the case of Wannacry, attribution is very difficult and finding links with previously known...

/ June 30, 2017

Real estate site Redfin files for IPO

Redfin, the popular real estate listings site, has filed for IPO. The Seattle-based company unveiled its filing, suggesting that it will raise $100 million, a placeholder that is subject to change. The timing of the filing implies that Redfin is...

/ June 30, 2017

vivo X9s will come with the Snapdragon 660 on board, benchmark reveals

Chinese smartphone maker vivo will officially unveil the X9s and X9s Plus next week, on July 6 to be precise. So far both models have passed through TENAA, which outed most of their specs, but some mysteries have remained. For...

/ June 30, 2017

Snapchat bought the AR location intellectual property of startup Drop

Snap Map is Snapchat’s plan to tie together its online content with ways to augment your offline reality, and it’s got the patent to back it up. Augmented reality location startup Drop tells TechCrunch that Snap Inc. acquired its intellectual property...

/ June 30, 2017

Facebook now finds Wi-Fi networks nearby

Last year Facebook started testing a new function in its mobile apps that shows you where to find free, public Wi-Fi networks nearby. Today this has been deemed mature enough to roll out to all Facebook users on its Android...

/ June 30, 2017

Google.org, BlackRock and others commit $2.2 million to Fast Forward’s nonprofit tech accelerator

As impact investing gains traction in the market, a new accelerator for tech nonprofits called Fast Forward has raised $2.2 million in philanthropic funding from the nonprofit arms of some of the world’s largest companies and financial services firms. BlackRock, Google.org, Comcast...

/ June 30, 2017

Sony to unveil flagship smartphone with 6″ 18:9 screen at IFA, rumor says

Earlier this month, Japan Display (JDI) announced its first nearly bezelless touchscreen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It’s a 6-inch panel that’s called Full Active and has 1,080×2,160 resolution. Today a new rumor posted on Weibo claims Sony will use...

/ June 30, 2017