Month: July 2017

Charter says it doesn’t want to merge with Sprint

Charter Communications says it has “no interest” in merging with Sprint, after the Wall Street Journal reported that Sprint had proposed a deal. The proposed merger would have combined Sprint and Charter into a new publicly traded entity controlled by...

/ July 31, 2017

The “attention economy” created by Silicon Valley is bankrupting us

Andrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is the host of Keen On. More posts by this contributor: Another week, another political...

/ July 30, 2017

Apple issues statement regarding removal of unlicensed VPN apps in China

Apple has issued a statement regarding last night’s removal of ‘most major’ VPN apps from the App Store in China. Unsurprisingly, Apple says that it is complying with regulations put in place by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology...

/ July 30, 2017

Facebook Stories unlocks public sharing

Facebook could jumpstart its Snapchat clone by letting social media stars and public figures post Stories publicly. When Facebook Stories launched globally in March, you could only share to all their friends or a subset of them. Now if you...

/ July 30, 2017

Apple’s capitulation to China’s VPN crack-down will return to haunt it at home

Headache? Tense nervous headache? Perhaps your name is Tim Cook. For poor Tim has woken up this Sunday morning with a giant headache, and its name is China. Yesterday Apple removed all major VPN apps from its App Store in...

/ July 30, 2017

Carwow, a UK startup that helps you buy a new car, raises $39M Series C

Carwow, a platform that helps you buy a new car, has closed $39 million in Series C funding. The round was led by new investor Vitruvian Partners, with existing investors Accel Partners and Balderton Capital also participating. At today’s exchange...

/ July 30, 2017

Tracking my life with tech to improve my life

There’s this idea that if we quantify and track our lives, our lives will be better. But I’m not so sure about that. Over the past week, I’ve tracked both my sleep and bedroom air quality. Let’s first take a...

/ July 29, 2017

Startups want to change what you insure and how you insure it

In an insurer’s ideal world, there’d be a profitable policy for every conceivable risk. Click once, and you’re covered. In the real world, however, insurance coverage hasn’t kept up with the social and economic changes of recent years. Sharing economies...

/ July 29, 2017

Authory wants to help journalists raise their voices

Journalists wanting a neat way to back up and showcase their writing should take a look at Authory: a new service that promises to save your work from tumbling into a digital abyss — i.e. being buried 10,000 leagues down,...

/ July 29, 2017

Samsung says Galaxy Note8 will offer “more advanced” multimedia features

Samsung has said that its upcoming Galaxy Note8 smartphone will offer “more advanced” multimedia capabilities, effectively making it the best phone for multimedia consumption. “The Galaxy Note series, first launched in 2011, come with a range of multimedia features, including...

/ July 29, 2017