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Alphabet Inc.’s Google has come up with a clever solution in response to the European Union’s antitrust ruling for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system. The company will now charge smartphone makers for using its Google Play app store as part of its efforts to dilute the European Commission’s competition concerns. Critics believe the changes are highly unlikely to overmatch the global smartphone industry. In July, Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner, fined the internet advertising giant $5 bill...
Samsung Electronics Co. announced on Wednesday it has acquired Barcelona-based network analysis firm Zhilabs to enhance its 5G capabilities. The South Korean conglomerate did not disclose the terms of the deal, which marks its first announced acquisition in new technologies since Samsung Group pledged in August a $22.23 billion investment over the next three years in growth areas such as artificial intelligence, 5G, electronic components for future cars, and biopharmaceuticals. Founded in 2008, Zhilabs’ flagship product is Customair,...
Apple has plans to deepen its business relationships with music artists who are ready to climb their professional ladder. But how the tech giant plans to achieve that remains unknown. Reports surfaced yesterday that Apple has acquired a mini-startup that could aid this plan. According to Axios, the music analytics startup Asaii (a two-year-old company) was acquired by Apple at some point during the last several weeks. Asaii claims that its platform can pick out the hottest artists [10 weeks to a year] before they are even seen on t...
Microsoft has introduced a pink Surface Laptop 2 exclusively developed for Chinese consumers. The device, which is Bluish, was unveiled by Surface chief Panos Panay in Beijing today. Panay said that the color variant will only be sold in China. Microsoft had earlier this month introduced the Surface Laptop 2, which will be available worldwide in a black finish. The Surface Laptop 2, which will be 85% faster than its predecessor due to a massive RAM upgrade for the base and the use of 8th Gen Intel processors, will be on sale Octobe...
Most of us were skeptical to accept that Facebook could come up with a device that would let users hear “through their skin” when Regina Dugan, the former head of Facebook's 'Building 8’, announced the secretive lab’s intention to build such device last year. It’s a “science-fiction” hundreds of journalists said. Well, there’s at least one prototype of it now being tested. We can give doubts a break. A team of Facebook’s Secretive Lab researchers fully described the prototype using photographs in a study published in a peer-reviewed ...
Snapchat on Wednesday introduced a slate of self-produced shows for its Discover section as the company’s new effort to bring back old users and to retain the existing ones. Referred to as the Snap Originals by Snapchat, the shows will include scripted storylines and reality shows that would last through episodes over the next several months and exclusively for the platform. The shows could help to promote more conversation among Snapchat users aside from winning new users or viewers if they are successful. To hype the shows extensi...
Micron Technology, Inc. on Wednesday said it plans to invest up to $100 million in technology startups focused on developing artificial intelligence technology for use in autonomous cars, robots and other fields changing the way we work. The Idaho-based memory chipmaker made the announcement at its inaugural Insight conference in San Francisco where executives from various companies gathered to discuss the future of technology. Micron Insight – a venture capital program was launched in 2006 by Micron as a medium to help entrepreneurs...
Razer may have surprised us with its new Mercury White (limited edition) Razer Blade 15 laptop but that goes a long way to tell us how deep colors can represent brands. The gaming hardware manufacturer on Wednesday introduced a new base model for its bestselling Blade 15 gaming laptop aside from announcing the limited edition – with both units most suitable for creative professionals and esports athletes. Microsoft had last week stunned us with its latest Surface Devices laden with new techs in a black color option. Now Razer is sayi...
As the cybersecurity world is grappling to digest the facts surrounding Bloomberg’s Chinese microchip story last week, the news giant on Tuesday released new evidence to back the troubling claim. The fresh evidence reports that a major US telecommunications company in August found data-sniffing chips inside its network, comprised of hardware supplied by Super Micro Computer Inc. The previous Bloomberg’s report, which is yet to be verified, alleged that China is sabotaging critical technology components bound for America and had secre...
Facebook launches new video chat device to provide you with “much richer opportunity to connect" with people. But there are questions surrounding one’s privacy using the portal device. The Facebook video chat device, which represents Facebook’s first push into the hardware market, is a mountable system that allows users to make video calls through Facebook Messenger app. The privacy questions regarding the Facebook calling device are further fueled by the social media’s fresh fallout with users following a data breach scandal involvi...