Category: Technobabble

India’s largest video streaming service, owned by Disney, breaks Safari compatibility to fix security flaw

Hotstar, India’s largest video streaming service with more than 300 million users, disabled support for Apple’s Safari web browser on Friday to mitigate a security flaw that allowed unauthorized usage of its platform, two sources familiar with the matter told...

/ June 8, 2019

Lyft’s Lawsuit Against San Francisco Is Bigger Than Bike-Share

Lyft has sued the city of San Francisco. Or, to be more precise: Bay Area Motivate, the local subsidiary of the bike-share company that Lyft acquired last summer, is suing San Francisco. The dispute is over bike-share operations, and who...

/ June 7, 2019

On the road to self-driving trucks, Starsky Robotics built a traditional trucking business

More than three years ago, self-driving trucks startup Starsky Robotics was founded to solve a fundamental issue with freight — a solution that CEO Stefan Seltz-Axmacher believes hinges on getting the human driver out from behind the wheel. But a...

/ June 7, 2019

The Google Cloud Catch-22 That Broke the Internet

Five days ago, the internet had a conniption. In broad patches around the globe, YouTube sputtered. Shopify stores shut down. Snapchat blinked out. And millions of people couldn’t access their Gmail accounts. The disruptions all stemmed from Google Cloud, which...

/ June 7, 2019

Depop, a social app targeting millennial and Gen Z shoppers, bags $62M, passes 13M users

The rising popularity of omni-channel commerce — selling to customers wherever they happen to be spending time online — has spawned an army of shopping tools and platforms that are giving legacy retail websites and marketplaces a run for their...

/ June 7, 2019

Why Google Would Drop $2.6 Billion on an Analytics Company

Despite rumors of a pending Department of Justice antitrust investigation, Google continues to expand. Today the company's cloud computing division announced that it will pay $2.6 billion for the business intelligence/analytics company Looker. It's the first big purchase made by...

/ June 6, 2019

Amazon, reeling from recent regulatory hurdles, pumps $404M into its India business

Following months-long intense regulatory setback in India, Amazon is moving back to spending big bucks to grow its business in the world’s second largest internet market. The world’s largest e-commerce giant has pumped north of $400 million into its India...

/ June 6, 2019

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

The Russian meddling that rocked the 2016 United States presidential election gave the public a full view of something election officials and advocates have warned about for years: weak voting infrastructure and election systems around the US, and a lack...

/ June 6, 2019

Apple’s global accessibility head on the company’s new features for iOS 13 and macOS Catalina

Steven Aquino Contributor Steven Aquino is a freelance tech writer and iOS accessibility expert. More posts by this contributor The accessibility of the iPhone XS Max At Apple’s WWDC 2018, accessibility pervades all  From dark mode in iOS 13 to...

/ June 5, 2019

Plant Silhouettes Foreshadow the Effects of Climate Change

Science can tell us a lot about climate change, like the fact that temperatures are rising, oceans are warming, and polar bears are dying. But it isn't the greatest at helping us process that information and the feelings it can...

/ June 5, 2019

SentinelOne raises $120M for its fully-autonomous, AI-based endpoint security solution

Endpoint security — the branch of cybersecurity that focuses on data coming in from laptops, phones, and other devices connected to a network — is an $8 billion dollar market that, due to the onslaught of network breaches, is growing...

/ June 5, 2019

This Case Could Change How the SEC Regulates Cryptocurrencies

Last week, the Canadian social media company Kik—and an array of prominent backers in the crypto world—launched a $5 million campaign to fund an impending legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CEO Ted Livingston said the fight, which...

/ June 4, 2019

Daily Crunch: Everything Apple announced at WWDC

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Here’s everything Apple just announced at...

/ June 4, 2019

Apple will soon require apps with any third-party logins to offer Sign In With Apple also

Something from the fine print out of today’s WWDC keynote. Sign In With Apple didn’t get a ton of time on-stage today, but it should prove a nice new feature for the company — and for those concerned about handing...

/ June 4, 2019

The One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack

In May 2019, WIRED joined the One Free Press Coalition, a united group of pre-eminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide. Today, the coalition is issuing the fourth monthly “10...

/ June 4, 2019

Oppo and Xiaomi tease under-screen selfie cameras for smartphones

The next innovation in mobile is peeking its head for all to see today after Chinese companies Oppo and Xiaomi both showed off under-screen cameras. Apple’s notch set the ball rolling as a new way to pack a front-facing camera...

/ June 3, 2019

WWDC 2019 Liveblog: All the Apple News as It Happens

Apple will kick off its annual Worldwide Developer Conference. We’ll hear about changes coming to iOS, macOS, the Apple Watch, Apple TV, and we’ll maybe even get a glimpse of what an iTunes-less future looks like. You can read Lauren...

/ June 3, 2019

YouTuber gets 15 month prison sentence, $22,000 fine for toothpaste-filled Oreos

YouTube star Kanghua Ren was just handed a 15 month prison sentence and 20,000 euro ($22,300) fine for a January 2017 video. The video, which generated widespread outrage online, found Ren giving a homeless man in Barcelona repackaged Oreo cookies...

/ June 2, 2019

Hybrid Ferraris! Flying Cars! And More Car News This Week

We’re a lot like you: We love tiny glimpses into the future. This week, WIRED Transportation got several tiny glimpses into the future. We previewed a new payment system for New York City’s subways and buses, which could allow the...

/ June 2, 2019

Meet the first private companies that NASA has selected to deliver stuff and things to the Moon

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has selected Astrobotic, Intuitive Machines, and Orbit Beyond as the first three private companies to deliver science and technology payloads under the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) as part of its Artemis program. In an...

/ June 1, 2019

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

Imagine what it would be like to get booted out of your galaxy. Based on observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers report that a pair of binary stars have been flung from their home. When a massive star turns...

/ June 1, 2019