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Cash is no longer king

Feb 26, 8:00PM

money-king The idea of a cashless society is one of the topics that stirs up a heated debate when it comes to the digitalization of banking and society. While the anonymity of cash acts as an enabler for the illegal economy, many fear that the lack of said anonymity will inevitably lead to an Orwellian society where individual freedom is limited. Read More

Sony surpasses expectations, selling 915,000 PlayStation VR headsets in first four months

Feb 26, 8:00PM

5-psvr Turns out there might actually be money in VR hardware. Since going on sale just four months ago, Sony details to the NYT that the company has sold 915 thousand of its virtual reality headset, the PS VR. The article also details that Sony had originally set internal goals to sell one million headsets in the first six months of sales, a number that the company seems well-positioned to meet… Read More

Samsung will be giving smartphones another try on March 29

Feb 26, 7:25PM

unnamed-1 After the corporate garbage fire that was the Note 7 reveal, Samsung has been left with a smartphone business with far less certain success in its future. After months of awful press and the worst PR shit storm we’ve seen in years, Samsung is ready to give its smartphone line a new messiah. In the midst of their Mobile World Congress keynote, the company sent out invites to its… Read More

Samsung just proved it doesn't need the world's largest mobile conference anymore

Feb 26, 7:16PM

Mobile_World_Congress_Barcelona_2012_(4) 2 Mobile World Congress is underway in Barcelona. By most metrics it’s the largest conference in the world dedicated mostly to mobile technology and gadgets. And Samsung just punted. Mobile World Congress needs Samsung more than Samsung needs Mobile World Congress. Samsung just held its MWC press conference and what’s interesting is what wasn’t announced: The Galaxy S8.… Read More

Samsung announces updated Gear VR headset with handheld controller

Feb 26, 7:09PM

10000000_585842898253108_1217973027732455424_n Samsung’s mobile virtual reality effort, the Gear VR, has been an important product to the company in terms of drumming up excitement around the company’s innovation on next-gen platforms. Since the earliest version of the headset was first announced in 2014, we’ve seen a few largely incremental updates to the company’s VR platform. Today, we see another. At Mobile… Read More

Samsung shows off a 5G router for the home

Feb 26, 6:46PM

product_3-1 We knew Samsung would be launching a tablet or two at tonight’s big Mobile World Congress kick off event, but it turns out the company also had a couple of other surprises of its sleeve. The Galaxy maker kicked things off with a handful of 5G and infrastructural announcements, including a new 5G Home Router. Samsung didn’t offer much in the way of news around the  the device,… Read More

Listen to Andy Hertzfeld on Steve Jobs movie, General Magic, and his time at Google

Feb 26, 6:39PM

img_1829 Last week I caught up with Andy Hertzfeld, a Silicon Valley legend who really shouldn’t need an introduction. Read More

Inside Forward, ex-Googler Adrian Aoun's idea for the doctor's office of the future

Feb 26, 6:05PM

forward Forward, a new type of futuristic doctors office launched its first location in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district at the beginning of this year. Some in the health industry have had their doubts about a doctor’s office with propriety tools like a body scanner, stethoscope and its own in-house lab. So we asked founder and former Googler Adrian Aoun to show us around… Read More

Motorola does the unthinkable and unveils gadget concepts

Feb 26, 6:01PM

moto-2-of-5 The gadget world is stale and boring now. Phones look the same. Action cameras copy GoPro, headphone companies copy Beats. Most electronic companies are overly cautious about going to far. Vaporware can kill momentum. Yet today Motorola threw its arms in the Spanish air and said fuck it. During its Mobile World Congress press event, the company basically said here are some products we might… Read More

Samsung is doubling down on tablets with the Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book

Feb 26, 6:01PM

Samsung Mobile World Congress could have been Samsung’s big moment to put 2016 behind it once and for all with a brand new flagship handset. Instead, the company is using the world’s biggest smartphone show to debut two distinctly different – yet decidedly Samsungy — takes on the largely staid tablet space. The company was certainly up front about the fact that the Galaxy S8… Read More

Live from Samsung's 2017 MWC press conference

Feb 26, 5:05PM

mwc-2017-pc_main A very happy Mobile World Congress to you and yours. The world’s largest smartphone show is still a couple of days from its official kick off, but there’s plenty of news to be had this weekend. Samsung will be taking the stage tonight in Barcelona to show off – well, not the Galaxy S8. That much we seemingly know for sure. The company announced a few weeks back that… Read More

Watch Samsung's MWC conference live right here

Feb 26, 5:02PM

shutterstock samsung Samsung’s press conference at MWC in Barcelona is happening today. The conference starts at 7 PM CET (6 PM GMT, 1 PM EST, 10 AM PST). You can also check out our liveblog to get our commentary on Samsung’s news. Last year, the company unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. While Samsung said that the Galaxy S8 isn’t just ready yet, you can still expect a bunch of new… Read More

Nokia and HMD reboot the Nokia brand across mobile and smart home

Feb 26, 5:02PM

screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-18-48-48 Today at Mobile World Congress HMD held a press conference in Barcelona to showcase its newest Nokia-branded phones. Nokia also provided an update on its Ozo VR camera and its smart home business. Nokia unveiled its Ozo, their 360-degree camera for virtual reality. Nokia also talked about Withings, which it owns, and its plans for healthcare. Withings products are dropping their branding… Read More

Nokia and BlackBerry are betting on smartphone nostalgia

Feb 26, 5:00PM

img_0692 Ten years ago, Nokia and BlackBerry were flying high. Both were among the most trusted and purchased names in mobile, only to have those numbers drop off a cliff, when a single handset came along and changed the game forever. The brands share similar trajectories over the past decade, filled with foot dragging and belated attempts at reinvention, and this week at the world’s largest… Read More

Motorola picks Amazon's Alexa as its voice assistant

Feb 26, 4:37PM

moto-2-of-1-2 From ‘Hey Alexa’ to ‘Hello Moto’… Motorola has announced a partnership with ecommerce giant Amazon that will see the latter’s voice assistant tech embedded natively into most of Motorola’s devices in future. Read More

Nokia 3310 returns as HMD reimagines a classic (and Snake)

Feb 26, 4:30PM

nokia-3310-2-of-2 HMD hopes that its licensing of the Nokia brand brings in the punters for what might otherwise be viewed as three very vanilla Android phones, but at the same time it’s also announcing another new handset that plays into another side of its brand strategy. Today, it unveiled the 3310, a small “candy bar” feature phone that is a reimagining of one of the classic Nokia… Read More

HMD unveils 3 Android smartphones in Nokia clothing

Feb 26, 4:29PM

nokia-smartphone-3-of-5 Nokia, the mobile phone brand that arguably created as well as led the mobile phone market for many years, once died a tragic death, first the victim of its own arrogance at being the early leader; then the victim of Apple and Google and their domination in smartphones; and then dealt the final blow by Microsoft, who acquired it but failed badly at trying to resuscitate the brand in its… Read More

Why 2017 will be the year of the industry cloud

Feb 26, 4:00PM

hand touching visual screen 2016 was another year of impressive growth in the Enterprise cloud software space: Last year there were 31 cloud software companies that were publicly held and commanded a market capitalization north of $1 billion. 2016 also was notable because cloud companies with businesses aimed at vertical industries became juicy buyout targets for large horizontal software companies. Read More

Goodbye Withings, hello Nokia

Feb 26, 3:55PM

withings hr steel Say goodbye to Withings. It’s been less than a year since Nokia completed its acquisition of the French smart devices maker and now it the Withings brand is about to be sunset. Withings’ devices and software will be rebranded under the Nokia banner later this summer. Withings’ existing line of smart watches, blood pressure monitors, thermometers and cameras will all come… Read More

DJI looks to enterprise applications with the Matrice 200

Feb 26, 3:45PM

img_0599 The enterprise category is a no-brainer for the world’s largest drone manufacturer. Sure, it’s not as sexy as the consumer and cinematography categories with which the company is most closely associated, but it’s a growing industry, and will likely to continue to be as \as corporations discover more uses for units like the Matrice 200. DJI’s newest drone, unveiled… Read More

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