Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Facebook survives Q4 with slowing 1.4B daily users but record $12.97B revenue

 Despite worries about Russia and that passive News Feed scrolling hurts us, Facebook beat expectations again in its Q4 2017 earnings report. Facebook now has 1.4 billion daily users, up 2.18% compared to growing 3.8% to 1.37 billion users in Q3. That’s a sizeable slow down. It reached $12.97 billion in revenue with $2.21 adjusted GAAP earnings per share if you don’t count a massive… Read More

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GoPro adds mobile cloud backup to its Plus subscription service

 Whether the action cam business can alone sustain the GoPro business (in light of the recent Karma drone program shutdown) is going to at least rely on them continuing to dominate it and find new revenue streams within it. Part of this strategy will be continuing to refine the company’s $4.99 per month subscription service, GoPro Plus. Today, the company is announcing a new change to… Read More

Lexip’s joystick-mouse combo is a strange but promising hybrid

 While at CES I try to avoid getting bogged down by dozens of random gadgets, and this time I mostly succeeded — but the mouse reviewer in me was intrigued by Lexip’s new gaming mouse that’s also a sort of floating joystick. It’s a strange but cool idea, and although the learning curve is high, I can see some hardcore gamers and productivity fiends getting a lot of use… Read More

Supermedium launches its virtual reality web browser backed by Y Combinator

 Virtual reality’s content problem has been so frustrating for users because the medium’s promise has been that it can take users anywhere. As developers continue to build up these worlds, Supermedium is launching out of Y Combinator’s winter batch with a browser that it hopes can show people the promises of virtual reality content that lives across the web. While Oculus… Read More

ICO “rounds” are coming

 Last summer, the news came in dribs and drabs about initial coin offerings, the crowd sales of new cryptocurrencies that give entrepreneurs access to funding. A warning here that some coins sold in ICOs could be considered securities. An alert there that celebrity endorsements of ICOs might be unlawful. Fast forward, and the warnings are starting to come with the kind of velocity that should… Read More

Porsche explains brake squeal with informative video, says deal with it - Roadshow

In the German engineering equivalent of Reddit’s “Explain Like I’m Five,” Porsche tells its owners to stop worrying about noisy brakes and enjoy their fancy sports car.
By: CNET

Stunning shot captures stars being born not (too) far from Earth - CNET

A photo captures an active star-forming region only 600 light years away in breathtaking detail.
By: CNET

NFL Experience brings a slice of Super Bowl hype to NYC - CNET

Commentary: NFL fan Scott Stein visits New York's first NFL theme park-museum.
By: CNET

Your iPhone Slowed Down. Here’s What to Do When the Solution Is Just as Slow.


By BRIAN X. CHEN from NYT Technology https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/31/technology/personaltech/iphone-battery-slowing-down.html?partner=IFTTT

Oops! Don’t say ‘Google’ in your Alexa voice app, Amazon says

 The competition between Alexa and Google Assistant is fierce. How fierce? Cover all of Las Vegas in Google Assistant ads for CES fierce? Put voice assistance in weird things like a light switch or a fridge fierce? How about “don’t dare utter our competitor’s name in your voice app” fierce? Yep, Amazon has banned Alexa app developers from saying “Google”… Read More

Square Cash expands bitcoin buying and selling to all users

 A few months ago we wrote that Square’s peer-to-peer payment app called Square Cash was running a bitcoin trial for select users. These users had the ability to buy and sell bitcoin using whatever payment method they had attached to the app. Well now the payments company just announced that all users (except those in New York, Georgia, Hawaii, or Wyoming) have access to bitcoin trading… Read More