Xiaomi Mi 5 starts receiving MIUI 10 Global Stable

The Mi 5 is more than two years old, but that doesn’t mean Xiaomi has stopped caring for it – today, the company has started rolling out the much-anticipated stable MIUI 10 to the users. The handset is currently receiving an OTA carrying V10.0.1.0.OAAMIFH build number and measuring 549MB. The changelog mentions most of the […]

OnePlus wants you to name its TV

Following the announcement from OnePlus that it’s are developing a TV product incorporating premium flagship design, solid build quality and great user experience to more seamlessly connect the home – the company is turning to the OnePlus community to help with naming it. Just don’t call it TV McTVface! Little is known currently on what […]

Google’s Cloud Memorystore for Redis is now generally available

After five months in public beta, Google today announced that its Cloud Memorystore for Redis, its fully managed in-memory data store, is now generally available. The service, which is fully compatible with the Redis protocol, promises to offer sub-millisecond responses for applications that need to use in-memory caching. And because of its compatibility with Redis, developers […]

iOS 12.1 beta hints at new iPad Pro

iOS 12 is still brand new, but Apple is already testing iOS 12.1 with a developer beta version. Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo found references to a brand new iPad that would support Face ID. First, there are changes to Face ID. You can find references to landscape orientation in the iOS 12.1 beta. Face […]

Facebook plans voter drive, partners with Democratic/Republican Institutes

Facebook will push users to register to vote through a partnership with TurboVote, has partnered with the International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute nonprofits to monitor foreign election interference and will publish a weekly report of trends and issues emerging from its new political ads archive. Facebook has also confirmed that its election integrity […]

GitLab raises $100M

GitLab, the developer service that aims to offer a full lifecycle DevOps platform, today announced that it has raised a $100 million Series D funding round at a valuation of $1.1 billion. The round was led by Iconiq. As GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij told me, this round, which brings the company’s total funding to $145.5 million, will […]

Lime is pissed at San Francisco for denying it an e-scooter permit, claims ‘unlawful bias’

Lime is waging a war against the San Francisco Municipal Transporation Agency (SFMTA), claiming that the organization acted with “unlawful bias” and “sought to punish Lime” when it chose not to award the e-scooter and dockless bike startup a permit to operate in San Francisco last month. Lime has sent an appeal to the SFMTA, requesting an “unbiased […]

Ghostery revamps its privacy-focused mobile browsers

Ghostery is launching new versions of its browsers for iOS and Android. In fact, Director of Product Jeremy Tillman said this is the first big update to Ghostery’s mobile browsers in several years. It’s not that mobile wasn’t a priority for the team before this, but Tillman said, “In our previous company, we didn’t have […]

Marketing data startup Singular raises $30M

Singular, a startup working to unify data for marketers, is announcing that it has raised $30 million in Series B funding. The company was founded by former Onavo executives, including Gadi Eliashiv, Eran Friedman and Susan Kuo — who now serve, respectively, as Singular’s CEO, CTO and COO. Eliashiv explained that Singular was created in […]

Google partners with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to put Android into millions of vehicles

Google will partner with Renault -Nissan-Mitsubishi, the largest auto alliance in the world by vehicle sales, to put Android-based infotainment systems into millions of cars, the companies told Wall Street Journal. The alliance’s next-generation infotainment system and dashboard displays will use Android and launch in 2021. Drivers will be able to access Google’s maps, app […]

Inside the pay-for-post ICO industry

In a world where nothing can be trusted and fake news abounds, ICO and crypto teams are further muddying the waters by trying – and often failing – to pay for posts. While bribes for blogs is nothing new, sadly the current crop of ICO creators and crypto projects are particularly interested in scaling fast […]

Rent the Runway opens physical store in San Francisco

Rent the Runway, the fashion startup that began as a rental service for special occasions and has since evolved into a service for people also looking to spice up their everyday wear, just opened up its fifth physical, standalone location. The new location, in downtown San Francisco, enables Rent the Runway members to try on clothes, […]

Spire Health Tags are now on Apple’s shelves

Spire’s Health Tags, the dark and tiny devices you stick on your clothes to gather all sorts of health data from your steps, heartbeat and stress levels is now available at your local Apple Store. The company started out with a breath tracking device to detect when you are feeling tense and help calm you down. […]

Google might release a pink Pixel 3

Just last week, Google’s Japanese site launched a “Coming soon” teaser page showing three possible color options for the Pixel 3. One white with mint accents, one mind-colored, and a black one with white accents. Well, according to a new discovery in the website’s source code, a fourth color option could be plausible. Twitter user […]

Facebook expands bug bounty program to include third-party apps and websites

Facebook announced this morning it’s expanding its bug bounty program – which pays researchers who find security vulnerabilities within its platform – to now include issues found in third-party apps and websites. Specifically, Facebook says it will reward valid reports of vulnerabilities that relate to the improper exposure of Facebook user access tokens. Typically, when […]

Congressional bill would improve startup valuations

Late last week, Congress moved one step closer to passing the American Innovation Act of 2018, a bill that would make accounting and tax changes that would likely increase the valuation of startups in an acquisition. The House Ways and Means committee approved a bill containing text that would improve the treatment of Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for startups. While many startup founders would probably rather […]

WHILL raises $45M to help people with disabilities get around airports and other large venues

WHILL, the startup known for creating sleek, high-tech personal mobility devices, announced today that it has closed a $45 million Series C. The funding will be used for expanding into new international markets, as well as developing new products for large venues, including airports and “last-mile” sidewalk transportation. The round’s lead investors were SBI Investment, […]

Stripe moves into brick-and-mortar payments with Terminal

Stripe is expanding beyond online payments with the launch of a new product for in-person payments at brick-and-mortar stores, called Terminal. The company said Terminal has three main components — there’s hardware, namely card readers built by Stripe partners BBPOS and Verifone, but also SDKs and APIs for customizing checkout experiences, as well as software […]

Donut County for iOS game review

Donut County is a game that has been on my radar for the past few weeks. It is available on multiple platforms, including iOS but, most notably, not Android, and has received rave reviews from almost everyone who has played it. On Steam, for example, the game currently stands at ‘Very Positive’, which, when you […]

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus review

The Sony Xperia XA2 Plus is seemingly a successor to the XA2 Ultra, bringing about a few subtle but important changes. In fact, the Xperia XA2 Plus might have been called an Ultra had it been released half a year ago. But today, it’s merely a Plus in the XA2 lineup – a testament to […]

Winners and losers: Apple’s 2018 iPhone event

Apple’s Fall event was very busy this year with the release of three new iPhones and a follow-up to the Apple Watch. And now that we’ve examined the devices themselves in detail it’s time to focus on what they mean for the market. Here’s our take on it. Winners Large screen iPhones Yeah, the iPhone […]

Counterclockwise: the Apple iPhone makes history

Apple went from a garage, to an influential computer brand, to the brink of bankruptcy, to being the biggest tech company in the world. Many books have been written about it and we’ve talked about it plenty of times. We’ve traced Apple’s history from its first dip into the phone market, we’ve recounted the updates […]

Drone startup Airware crashes, shut downs after burning $118M

Drone operating system startup Airware today suddenly informed employees it will cease operations immediately despite having raised $118 million from top investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Google’s GV, and Kleiner Perkins. The startup ran out of money after trying to manufacture its own hardware that couldn’t compete with drone giants like China’s DJI. The company at […]

Everyday home gear made smart

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Google possibly reveals Pixel 3 color versions

Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have leaked so much already that there haven’t been many details left unknown. And now you can pretty much scratch another one off the list – the color versions. Google seems to be prepping three of those (how fitting for the Pixel 3, right?). Black, white, and […]

Asus Zenfone 5z could be getting Android 9.0 Pie soon

Ever since Google released Android 9.0 Pie officially, users around the globe have been wondering when their devices will be getting the latest alteration of the Android OS. Some manufacturers put out their schedule but others stayed silent. Asus was one of the latter. Luckily, we’ve spotted a Geekbench score sheet of a Zenfone 5z […]

California is ‘launching our own damn satellite’ to track pollution, with help from Planet

California plans to launch a satellite to monitor pollution in the state and contribute to climate science, Governor Jerry Brown announced today. The state is partnering with satellite imagery purveyor Planet to create a custom craft to “pinpoint – and stop – destructive emissions with unprecedented precision, on a scale that’s never been done before.” […]