Nike and Apple have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by consumers regarding the efficacy of the Nike+ FuelBand, and will offer partial refunds to people who bought the fitness-tracking device.
Federal investigators looking into the 2014 crash of a Virgin Galactic-backed experimental rocket ship are poised to highlight safety lapses during flight preparation, according to people familiar with the matter.
It's set to be another busy week in technology news, with Twitter and Facebook reporting earnings, but before then, read stories about how algorithms determine if you will pay back a loan or stay in a job and how native advertising is supporting the podcast boom.
Back in 2009, while writing a book about entrepreneurship in the emerging world, I spent 40 weeks traveling through Africa, Asia, and South America. When I came back to Silicon Valley between trips, I heard a lot of smart people saying very stupid things about the places I’d visited. Incredibly savvy Valley investors would argue that countries like China or […]
“I don’t have a huge amount of time for noble failure” -- Nick Denton The last thing you need today is another “rival” gloating about the slow, slow, slow, very sudden downfall of Gawker. Today, we’re told, the site is relaunching as a rubber-tipped, sanitized-for-your-protection version of its former self. Less punching down, less fucking up. I wrote last w […]
After the craziness of the relaunch, we’re finally getting around to posting the last of our videos from Pandoland 2015. Sorry it’s taken so long. Fortunately we’ve left some of the best footage till last. When Annie Bosko took to the Pandoland stage back in June, a fierce debate was raging about women in country music. Just a few days earlier, radio station […]
Deep pockets may be an essential element for competing effectively in the exploding on-demand economy. Today, the on-demand cleaning services company Homejoy announced it was closing shop on 31 July, after…
BitTorrent has been pushing hard to bring its Sync technology into the very competitive file sync-and-share marketplace (see BitTorrent releases Sync 2.0, and BitTorrent Sync 1.4 is released). The company has announced, today,…
Fans of American rapper Tyler, the Creator have subjected the head of an Australian women's group to online rape and death threats. On Tuesday, Tyler tweeted he was now banned from playing in Australia. His tour, which was to begin in early September, was over, he said, and it was all thanks to Coralie Alison, the director of operations at women's […]
Let's go to the beach, beach, let's go get away. We're right in the middle of summer and it's the perfect time to hit the beach See also: 20 songs to cool off with during the sweltering summer heat That's why we made this Music Monday beach day playlist full of songs that sound best alongside some surf and sun. Throw on these tunes t […]
In a historic move, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Executive Committee voted on Monday to lift its ban on openly gay scout leaders. At the same time, though, the organization also voted to allow church-sponsored scout troops to exclude gay scout leaders for religious reasons See also: Boy Scouts put an end to dangerous water gun fights Please read info conc […]
People tend to get really excited when they think really smart propulsion physicists have figured out a way to travel to the farthest reaches of space. They shouldn't. The post Really, Propellantless Space Drives Are Still Not a Thing appeared first on WIRED.
LinkedIn says it’s gotten the message: users are receiving too many emails from the professional social network. The company shared that it’s taking steps to reduce the number of emails sent and outlined two actions already being implemented. In a blog post, LinkedIn’s senior director of product management for growth and lifecycle Aatif Awan explained […] […]
Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced that its Aurora database engine, which first launched in November in preview, is now generally available to all customers. Aurora can power the existing Relational Database Service (RDS), and it’s compatible with MySQL and MariaDB databases. Aurora increases the performance of the RDS. It ensures 6 million inserts pe […]
Circa co-founder Matt Galligan has revealed what he’s going to do next. In a post on Medium, he shared that he’s going to launch a new consultancy aimed at sharing the learnings he’s gleamed from his time at Circa, specifically as it relates to product design and strategy. “Product is my absolute passion, ideas are my […]
Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.It's hard to do personalized customer service at scale. When you're using the technology to streamline the process and save your team time, the sense of personalization is easily lost.You need a strategy to get the best of both worlds—which is why I asked ten founders from Y […]
With the supposedly polished release of Windows 10 coming in two days, Microsoft should be putting its finishing touches on the operating system. Instead, it’s scrambling to fix a bug in its latest update, sent out through its Windows Insider Program last Saturday. According to CNET, the latest test version of the Windows software, build KB3074681, triggered […]
For all their rhetoric and idealism about changing the world, consumer-facing technologies have largely failed at least one major set of users: people with disabilities, a segment that represents roughly 1 in 5 people in the U.S.As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) approaches, a new group has formed to champion the cause of deve […]
It’s nearly 4:30 in the morning here in Lagos and I’m too excited to sleep. Later today I’m going to get a chance to sit on a stage with some of the best and brightest in Nigeria’s burgeoning tech scene for a pitch competition and the chance to give one lucky startup a spot in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015. Read More
Today, Apple dropped a trio of 15 second ads showing off all of the great third-party apps available on the Apple Watch. Specifically, the ads focus on the travel, music and fitness apps available now for the device. These ads arrive as Apple looks to the fall launch of watchOS 2 and the native applications that the new OS is capable of supporting. These ad […]
Thirty high-school students and three reporters were arrested for entering the Ministry of Education to protest against new textbook guidelines that tell Taiwan's history from a greater Chinese perspective.
There are more options than ever for getting a good, cheap smartphone, and last year’s OnePlus One was a standout. For $300, you got a well-made, nice-looking phone with cutting-edge hardware and few compromises to be found (assuming its 5.5-inch size didn’t put you off). The just-announced, heavily-leaked OnePlus 2 doesn’t deviate strongly from the formula […]
Samsung today officially announced its next major product launch event, which will take place in New York on August 13th. Galaxy Unpacked 2015 will be at 11:00AM ET on that date, and will likely include the announcement of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, the details of which have leaked extensively over the past few weeks. Announcing the next gene […]
After a couple billion years, most stars with a mass similar to our Sun eventually die, shedding outer layers and creating beautiful planetary nebulas. On the outer layers of this nebula, Abell 78, a dying star had a second stab at life. Read more...
One year ago, the OnePlus One became the best off-contract smartphone you could buy . An unheard of Chinese company managed to deliver a high-quality Android handset for a crazy-low $300 price. Now, it looks like that awesomeness wasn’t a fluke. Behold: the OnePlus 2.Read more...
The OnePlus One dominated the cheap smartphone scene with a simple formula: flagship performance with a low price. For the second iteration, OnePlus isn’t fixing what ain’t broken. http://gizmodo.com/oneplus-2-hand... Read more...
Apple Pay's UK launch was spoiled earlier this month by lacklustre support from some of the nation's most popular banks. HSBC and First Direct were among the notable omissions, but today they're stepping up and giving customers the option to link the...
Xbox One users who also own a Win 10 phone have long been able to share their gaming screenshots using Microsoft's Smartglass app. Now that ability is coming to both Android and iOS devices. Users will be able to view, share, and save their screensho...
OnePlus, a 900-strong company that's sold 1.5 million smartphones since its debut 15 months ago, is doing surprisingly well outside its home country, China. As we sat in OnePlus' funky recreational room, CEO Pete Lau revealed that about 60 to 70 perc...
The NSA will soon lose access to phone records it is in possession of, but the data isn’t going away. On November 29, the agency can no longer reference the call logs or gather further data, but must keep it handy for ongoing litigation. After late November, only “technical personnel” will have access to the data — but only for the purpose of monitoring the […]
If you thought you’d turn to Medium as a means to shame or harass others, think again. The site has changed its rules, and now prohibits acts of public shaming, revenge porn, and posting private information on others (doxxing). Medium says it thought long and hard about how to best navigate the line between free speech and protecting users, but believes this […]