Asus ROG Phone review

In more ways than one the ROG phone is a benchmark, a practical example of what a gaming phone could be when you really have the expertise, experience and technical prowess to pull it off and dial everything to eleven. Powered by WPeMatico

Huawei P30 to sport triple rear camera, rumor says

We’ve already heard that the Huawei P30 Pro will launch with four cameras on the back, but what about the non-Pro model? Thankfully, leaker extraordinaire @evleaks has the answer. According to someone who’s seen the upcoming Huawei P30, it will come with three rear snappers, of which one has 40 MP resolution. The phone will […]

Join us in Las Vegas during CES

We will be holding a small event during CES in Las Vegas and we want to see you! We’re looking to meet some cool hardware and crypto startups, so the good folks at Work In Progress have opened up their space to us and 200 of you all to hold a meetup and pitch-off. The […]

A startup’s guide to CES

The Consumer Electronics Show, like Burning Man, is a massive event in the middle of the desert. Also like Burning Man it is populated by some of the greatest minds in technology. But, unlike Burning Man, these people are all dressed and only a few of them are on hard psychotropic drugs. Also CES is […]

The best and worst gadgets of 2018

There were countless gadgets released in 2018. It’s the end of the year, so Brian and I rounded up the best of the best and the worst of the worst. Some where great! Like the Oculus Go. Or the Google Home Hub. But some were junk, like the revived Palm or PlayStation Classic. CES 2019 […]

Layer1 wants to thrive in the age of the crypto crash

A year ago, crypto was reaching ever new highs, and I was talking about whether ICOs would supplant the VC funding round and warning about Kim Jong Un’s crypto trading operations. And then the world turned upside down. Crypto prices are near rock-bottom prices, with Bitcoin hanging around $4,000 and Ethereum around $113, down from […]

Honor View 20 to be capable of 960 fps video

A couple of new posters for the Honor View 20 launch have surfaced on Weibo. The first one mentions that the new View 20 is going to feature advanced GPS as debuted on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro for more accurate GPS tracking, particularly while going for a run but should help navigation in cities […]

Moto G7 lineup revealed in press renders leak

Motorola is getting ready to announce the Moto G7 lineup soon. Press renders for the Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power, and G7 Play have leaked courtesy of DroidShout.com. The most apparent difference we can see is the addition of a now notched display which has black bezels. The Moto G6 had a perfectly rectangular […]

Nokia 3 receives Android 8.1 Oreo update

HMD Global has apparently started sending out the update to Android 8.1 Oreo to the Nokia 3 from 2017. The phone launched with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, then received an update to Android 8.0 Oreo back in April this year. Now it’s time for it to make the jump to 8.1, although at this […]

OxygenOS 9.0.10 starts rolling out for the OnePlus 6T

Today OnePlus has started sending out a new software update to the 6T. It’s OxygenOS 9.0.10, and it brings with it the December 2018 security patches. Additionally, the company also promises better Wi-Fi stability for more reliable connectivity, Face Unlock improvements, and enhanced Nightscape performance for the camera. Those are all nice things to have, […]

Drones ground flights at UK’s second largest airport

Mystery drone operator/s have grounded flights at the U.K.’s second largest airport, disrupting the travel plans of hundreds of thousands of people hoping to get away over the festive period. The BBC reports that Gatwick Airport’s runway has been shut since Wednesday night on safety grounds, after drones were spotted being flown repeatedly over the […]

Facebook and Twitter remove accounts spreading fake news ahead of Bangladesh’s elections

Twitter and Facebook announced this morning they’ve removed a combined total of 30 accounts that were working to spread misinformation in Bangladesh, 10 days before the country’s general elections. According to Facebook, the company removed nine Facebook Pages and six Facebook accounts that were engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” Twitter said it removed 15 accounts that […]

WhatsApp has an encrypted child porn problem

WhatsApp chat groups are being used to spread illegal child pornography, cloaked by the app’s end-to-end encryption. Without the necessary number of human moderators, the disturbing content is slipping by WhatsApp’s automated systems. A report from two Israeli NGOs reviewed by TechCrunch details how third-party apps for discovering WhatsApp groups include “Adult” sections that offer […]

Nokia 9 PureView gets Bluetooth certified

The (in)famous Nokia 9 PureView is still vaporware at the moment, but that might change soon – either at CES in January or MWC in February. Three versions of it have just been certified by the Bluetooth SIG, a prerequisite step for the launch of any new smartphone. They have the model numbers TA-1082, TA-1087, […]

PetaGene scores $2.1M in funding for its genomics data compression technology

PetaGene, the Cambridge, U.K.-based genomics data compression startup, has raised $2.1 million in further funding. Leading the round is U.S. venture firm Romulus Capital, with participation from other unnamed investors Silicon Valley and London. It brings total funding to $3.2 million. Previous investor Entrepreneur First, the company builder backed by Greylock Partners, also followed on. […]

Did unicorns like Lyft and Uber wait too long?

It was several years ago, at a tech conference in Laguna Beach, Calif., that the venture capitalist Bill Gurley issued one of what would become repeated warnings that startups were staying private too long. Comparing companies that refuse to go public to undergrads whose college careers extend several years past the point that they should, […]

Devcon raises $4.5M to beef up adtech security

Adtech cybersecurity company Devcon announced today that it has raised $4.5 million in seed funding. Over the past couple of years, ad fraud has become a bigger concern in the industry, but Devcon co-founder and CEO Maggie Louie said most existing solutions focus on things like verifying ad quality and confirming that impressions aren’t coming […]

Report: Pinterest may go public as soon as April

Pinterest may follow Lyft and Uber to the public markets in the first half of 2019, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The visual search engine and shopping tool is expected to tap underwriters in January and complete an initial public offering as soon as April. The company was valued at just […]

AT&T will turn on its 5G network this Friday

AT&T will power on its 5G network in 12 US cities on December 21 (this Friday). The first device to use the network is a Netgear-made Nighthawk 5G hotspot, but you can’t have one yet. For now the carrier is talking to businesses, giving them both the hotspot and the data for free. This is […]

Here’s Google’s new Street View Trekker backpack

Years ago, Google’s Street View program expanded from streets to virtually everywhere, thanks to Google’s Trekker program that put 360-degree Street View cameras into a single backpack. Today, Google announced its upgraded Trekker backpack, which is significantly smaller and lighter than before. The old one weighed in at about 44 pounds. It’s not just a […]

As NAACP kicks off boycott, Facebook says content moderation, infrastructure changes are coming in 2019

Facebook’s ongoing efforts to repair its image as a greedy, neglectful accessory to the spread of misinformation and other nefarious practices has taken a turn to civil rights and specifically how it serves non-white users, which proportionately account for the social network’s most active members. Today — the first day of #LogOutFacebook, a week-long boycott of […]

Rothy’s just landed $35 million from Goldman Sachs to sell more of its popular ballet flats

Rothy’s, a three-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes a variety of colorful flats for women, has some more walking-around money today. According to Bloomberg, the company just closed on $35 million in funding from Goldman Sachs’ asset management unit. The round brings the young company’s total funding to $42 million, including an early $5 million […]

Ex-Googlers meld humans & machines at new cobotics startup Formant

Our distinct skill sets and shortcomings mean people and robots will join forces for the next few decades. Robots are tireless, efficient and reliable, but in a millisecond through intuition and situational awareness, humans can make decisions machine can’t. Until workplace robots are truly autonomous and don’t require any human thinking, we’ll need software to supervise […]

Coinbase lets you convert one cryptocurrency into another

It’s hard to believe that you still had to convert your BTC into USD in order to buy ETH on Coinbase. The company is finally adding direct cryptocurrency-to-cryptocurrency conversions. The feature works with Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Litecoin (LTC), 0x (ZRX) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). It is only available to U.S. customers […]

Our Honor Magic 2 video review is up

Xiaomi beat Honor to the full screen slider game by a few days back in October when it announced the Mi Mix 3 ahead of the Honor Magic 2. And yet Honor strikes back with a much cooler name – Magic is Magic, after all. The two devices seem to share the exact same display […]

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition review

OnePlus announced a long-term partnership with high-performance British carmaker McLaren and the first device to come from this relationship is the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. As a “Salute to Speed” – which is the tagline for this product – the McLaren Edition brings 10GB of RAM with an already fast and powerful Snapdragon 845 CPU. […]

Moto G7 Play gets certified at EEC

Motorola is launching its G7 series anytime soon, if we can trust numerous certification listings, including FCC. There will be at least three phones, with one rumor suggesting even four – Moto G7, Moto G7 Plus, Moto G7 Power, and Moto G7 Play. The last one will be the more affordable and the least powerful […]

Twitter bug leaks phone number country codes

Twitter accidentally exposed the ability to pull an account’s phone number country code and whether the account had been locked by Twitter. The concern here is that malicious actors could have used the security flaw to figure out in which countries accounts were based, which could have ramifications for whistleblowers or political dissidents. The issue […]

K Health raises $25M for its AI-powered primary care platform

K Health, the startup providing consumers with an AI-powered primary care platform, has raised $25 million in Series B funding. The round was led by 14W, Comcast Ventures and Mangrove Capital Partners, with participation from Lerer Hippeau, BoxGroup and Max Ventures — all previous investors from the company’s seed or Series A rounds. Other previous investors include Primary Ventures […]

Moonbug nabs $145M to buy up kids’ digital media brands

Moonbug, a kid-focused media business founded by a pair of entertainment executives, has brought in a $145 million Series A investment led by The Raine Group, a merchant bank that supports technology, media and telecom efforts. Venture capital firms Felix Capital and Fertitta Capital also participated in the financing. Moonbug, headquartered in London, acquires and […]

Meeshkan raises €370K for its ‘ChatOps’ bot for training machine learning models

Meeshkan, a Finnish startup that made quite a splash at the recent Slush conference, has quietly raised €370,000 in pre-seed funding to continue developing its “ChatOps” product for machine learning developers. Deployed on Slack, the bot allows developers to “rapidly stop, restart, fork, tweak, monitor, deploy and test machine learning models” without interrupting the collaborative […]

Lightspeed is raising its largest China fund yet

Lightspeed China Partners, the China-focused affiliate of Silicon Valley-based Lightspeed Venture Partners, has set a $360 million target for its fourth flagship venture fund, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today. If the target is reached, the fund will be Lightspeed China’s largest yet, per PitchBook. Lightspeed China’s previous two funds […]

N26 launches its premium offering in the UK

Fintech startup N26 recently launched in the U.K. with a single product offering. You could sign up to a free account that gives you free payments around the world, but no insurance and no free withdrawals in foreign currencies. The company just added a second tier to its lineup in the U.K. And N26 is […]

RightHand Robotics grabs $23 million in funding

RightHand Robotics announced a $23 million Series B this week. That brings the pick and place robotic arm manufacturer’s total funding up to around $34 million, including last year’s $8 million Series A. The robotics startup has impressed investors with the dexterity and speed of its robotic picking system, having recruited some big VC names […]

Asus ROG Phone in for review

Gaming is often more about the peripherals than it is about the processing power. But it’s not like chipset doesn’t matter either. The Asus ROG Phone is perhaps the best-equipped gaming phone in both categories. And we don’t just say that because there’s a literal suitcase with add-ons in front of us. The handset embodies […]

Top 10 trending phones of week 50

Huawei and Samsung went all-in into a battle to become the first company to introduce a device with a selfie camera, embedded in the screen. While Huawei was technically the first to showcase a device, the Korean manufacturer was actually the first with an official announcement and it’s exactly the Galaxy A8s that’s in the […]

Weekly poll: OnePlus 6T McLaren, hot or not?

Whether you’re a motorsport fan or not, the launch of the OnePlus 6T McLaren was pretty exciting. The special edition phone debuts Warp Charge, the company’s first charging speed upgrade since 2016’s OnePlus 3. At 30W it is definitely an upgrade over the 20W don’t-call-it-Dash Charge and is faster than what Samsung and Apple are […]