Month: December 2017

Oreo for Asus ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) begins rolling out

Asus has started pushing out a new update to its ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) smartphone. Arriving as version V15.0405.1711.76, it’s a major update that brings along Android 8.0 Oreo (which is inline with what was promised). The change-log published by the...

/ December 30, 2017

Verizon Google Pixel 2 bootloaders can be easily unlocked

Verizon may officially not allow Google Pixel 2 bootloaders to be easily unlocked, but it has now come to light that the process is as easy as unlocking bootloaders of non-carrier Pixel 2 units. According to an XDA report (which...

/ December 30, 2017

Financial technology startups emerged as serious challengers to financial services in 2017

Dana Stalder is a general partner at Matrix Partners and writes at forentrepreneurs.com. More posts by this contributor: All the attention in financial services this year has gone to the newest kids on the block: cryptocurrencies. With bitcoin now eclipsing...

/ December 30, 2017

Latin America’s Groupon Mafia | TechCrunch

Nathan Lustig is an entrepreneur and managing partner at Magma Partners, a seed-stage investment fund in Santiago, Chile. More posts by this contributor: The founders of PayPal and its employees have produced many highly successful companies over the years. In...

/ December 29, 2017

Facebook has a 100-person engineering team that helps advertisers build tools and infrastructure

Stories about Facebook’s advertising business tend to focus on the big numbers — its billions of users, millions of advertisers or its enormous lead over any competitor that’s not named Google. But Facebook says that one of its success stories...

/ December 29, 2017

All 50 states vote yes on AT&T’s $40 billion emergency response network FirstNet

From wildfires in California to hurricanes on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, communications are the bedrock of emergency response and management. However, those communications can be challenging when quickly evolving situations cross multiple jurisdictions — a truth painfully learned on...

/ December 29, 2017

Amazon did a lot of funky stuff this year and it’s paying off

Holy hell, it’s been a year for Amazon. Jeff Bezos’ former-online-bookstore dumped $13.7 billion to buy a bunch of grocery stores, that speaker you talk to in your living room that Amazon makes is really popular and a bunch of server farms...

/ December 29, 2017

iFixit drops its iPhone battery replacement to $29, matching Apple’s apology price

iFixit has never been particularly fond of Apple’s repair policies. The company’s gadgets regularly rack up poor repairability scores on the site. The site’s taking another jab at the tech giant today, dropping the price of its battery replacement kits...

/ December 29, 2017

OKCupid’s rating sinks as users rebel over new ‘real name’ policy

OKCupid’s users are angry – very, very angry. Just ahead of the new year, the company made a radical change to its policies, and now requires people to use real names instead of an OKCupid username, as before. The change...

/ December 29, 2017

iFixit drops the prices for its iPhone battery replacement kits to $29 or lower

Earlier today we saw that Apple issued an apology for not clearly communicating that it was capping the performance of certain older iPhones when their battery health degraded and offering to drop the price of battery replacement for these devices...

/ December 29, 2017