Don’t look now, but Apple’s OLED shift for iPhones could be even bigger next year

July 8, 2017

The iPhones of 2019 could all have bigger, brighter displays than the LED seen here on the iPhone 7 Plus.Image: lili sams/mashable Forget the iPhone 8. We already (kind of) know enough about what’s coming with this year’s upcoming slate of Apple smartphones you know, the ones we can’t even confirm the official names for yet to jump on the speculation train for the next slew of handsets coming from…

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This startup lingerie party is everything wrong with Silicon Valley’s culture of sexism

July 8, 2017

Yes. This is the actual event poster.Image: Startup Mingles Getting started in tech is a daunting propositionso clearly, having models and lingerie on hand when networking is a long overdue idea that could make everyone more comfortable and help ease the entire process. Right? Right? That somehow appears to be the thinking driving the organizers of Startup Mingle, a July 8 networking event at San Francisco’s W Hotel. The event’s…

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London ‘still Europe’s top tech hub’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

“The Brexit vote has understandably created some uncertainty, but it is no surprise to see that London continues to attract more than double the amount of investment [of] any other European city,” said Laura Citron, chief executive of London & Partners. “We have everything companies need to be successful: policymakers, finance, infrastructure, world-class universities and talent.” Tech talent According to London & Partners, London’s tech sector has attracted more venture…

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An airport in Houston is using facial recognition technology on U.S. citizens

July 2, 2017

Image: michael Reynolds/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Customs and Border Protection (CBP) evidently doesn’t need Congress to begin using facial recognition of United States citizens. Officials at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Logan International Airport in Boston earlier this week began to scan faces of U.S. citizens and other passengers on specific flights. Congress has nine times passed legislation authorizing the use of biometric technology on non-U.S. citizens as a way of…

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Microsoft’s mistakes show why Google needs to settle with the EU

July 1, 2017

Image: REX/Shutterstock The European Union (EU) hit Google this week with a huge fine for violating antitrust law in comparison shopping. Google is also currently under investigation by the EU for illegally tying the Android operating system with Google search, on monopolizing advertising, and a couple of other issuesin total five different antitrust investigations. Additionally, several countries, including India, Korea, Russia, and Brazil, are at various stages of investigations of…

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Trumps Tech Week did not make America great because Trump’s Tech Week was a sham

June 27, 2017

Image: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY It was a full house last week at the White House as President Donald Trump opened his doors to a gaggle of tech CEOs to talk about modernizing the U.S. government. Among the all-star lineup: Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt. This week, they’re gone. They leave behind desks at departments key to bringing the government into the 21st century that have remained…

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New report says Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 will have smaller battery than the S8+

June 25, 2017

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is easily the sexiest looking phone on the planet with its curved edge-to-edge screen, but the best has yet to come. The Galaxy Note 8, the successor to last year’s unfortunate explosion-prone Note 7, is expected to launch sometime in September just in time to rumble with Apple’s iPhone 8. And now, thanks to a new leak, we know just about everything there is to know about…

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MashTalk: What is Uber’s future without Travis Kalanick?

June 25, 2017

After this week, Uber is forever changed. Co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced to resign as CEO after pressure from investors over recent scandals. Those scandals? Where to begin: There are the allegations of sexual harassment and HR incompetence from Susan Fowler Rigetti. There’s the ongoing lawsuit from Alphabet’s Waymo that alleges Uber benefited from intellectual property that the now-fired head of self-driving may have stolen. There’s the Greyball program that…

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Could Trump’s vague plan to expand rural broadband actually work? It’s hard to tell

June 25, 2017

A sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hangs on a farming tractor near a polling station in Cave Creek, Arizona. (Photo by )Image: Ralph Freso/Getty Images If you live in the country, there’s a good chance you don’t have broadband-speed internet. Only one in ten Americans lack access to a connection that meets the government’s new standard for the designation, but more than two thirds of them…

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Travis Kalanick apologists sound a lot like Donald Trump supporters

June 24, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock (8875114h) President Donald Trump is greeted by supporters during a rally, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Trump, Cedar Rapids, USA – 21 Jun 2017 Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock They might not be perfect, but they’re winners. In 2017, it’s a common refrain. For example: It’s how Donald Trump supporters justify supporting Donald Trump. And it’s also how Travis Kalanick supporters still justify supporting Travis Kalanick. Let’s be clear:…

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The rise of the Facebook star

June 24, 2017

Image: Laura Clery Laura Clery lives the Hollywood dream. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 to be an actress. She slept on friends’ couches and ate their food as she worked to get an agent and learn the ins and out of the industry. She ended up landing the first commercial she auditioned for. “I was like, ‘Oh, this is easy,’” Clery said with a laugh. Thirteen years later,…

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Fitbit will bring wearables to the NBA with brand new sponsorship deal

June 21, 2017

Fitbit enters pro basketball via a new sponsorship deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.Image: fitbit UPDATE: June 20, 2017, 5:27 p.m. EDT This story was updated to better reflect how the Timberwolves players will use Fitbit’s technology. Fitbit is finally making the leap to the major leagues. Fitbit and the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves have signed a deal to make the wearable maker just the seventh jersey patch sponsor in the NBA,…

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Instagram Stories is hurting Snapchat more than we thought

June 21, 2017

Image: lili sams/mashable Instagram Stories is still eating Snapchat alive, and we have fresh data to prove it. Instagram’s Stories now have 250 million daily active users, up from 200 million in April, according to the company. At the same time, engagement with Snapchat Stories declined 50 percent in June compared with the same time last year, according to new numbers from social analytics company Delmondo. “We saw a decline…

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Trump called on tech giants and most of them came

June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump wants to modernize government systems, and he is asking the CEOs of the world’s largest tech companies for help. Many executives, like those at Apple, Amazon, and Google, are listening and offering their words of wisdom, while others, like Facebook, appear to be keeping their distance at least publicly. SEE ALSO: Former Twitter chief likens Trump meeting to ‘waterboarding’ On Monday, tech leaders, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos,…

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Google exec’s op-ed lists 4-point plan to combat terrorism on YouTube

June 19, 2017

Image: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Following a wave of terrorist attacks in the UK in recent months, Google’s senior vice-president and general counsel, Kent Walker, used one of the leading publications in the country to outline a plan to combat the use by terrorists of Google’s tools. SEE ALSO: Theresa May renews her call for internet regulation following the London Bridge attack On Sunday, Walker posted an op-ed in the…

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There’s a good reason governments aren’t startups

June 19, 2017

Jeb Bush wearing a hoodie in a video message to Mark Zuckerberg.Image: shutterstock/jeb!/mashable composite The hot new name in tech is France, a centuries-old startup that provides security, healthcare, and education in exchange for taxes. Newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that the country needs to “think and move more like a startup” and, presumably, less like a stodgy social democracy. SEE ALSO: Trump’s treasury secretary is…

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Banking with your personal assistant will be the future, whether you like it or not

June 11, 2017

Image: ambar del moral/mashable It appears that asking your phone assistant for your bank account will soon be a reality. Samsung recently partnered with three of South Korea’s largest banks to make voice command banking a reality for South Korean users. Bixby which is shipped with the Samsung Galaxy S8 can make financial transactions by voice command via Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass, Samsung’s answer to Touch ID. SEE ALSO:…

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This chatbot took over Tinder to engage with young UK voters

June 10, 2017

Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images Our Tinder profiles are sacred vaults of private and sometimes lascivious conversations. But, scores of young people did something many of us would deem unthinkable they handed over their Tinder profiles to a chatbot during the UK general election in order to encourage young people to vote tactically for Labour in swing constituencies. SEE ALSO: UK’s chaotic general election was a historic moment for women The…

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New NSA hacking report is basically a ‘House of Cards’ episode

June 6, 2017

Russian hacking in the U.S. election isn't just a TV plot point.Image: ambar del moral/mashable New top secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents reportedly surfaced Monday, and they brought with them the alarming suggestion that Russian military intelligence officials attempted to hack into the U.S. voting system ahead of the November election. The report, which was dated May 5 and obtained by The Intercept, details how hackers from the GRU,…

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Will Arnett is so overcome with email he’s working with a startup to solve the problem

June 4, 2017

Will Arnett is so over email.Image: Getty Images for Sony Pictures Television Actor Will Arnett has his hands (and voice) in a lot of different projects: a fifth season of Arrested Development is coming soon; his Netflix series Flaked is back this week for a second season; the trailer for Nut Job 2 just came out before its August release;and the Lego Batman movie is now available on Blu-ray and…

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