August 2017

Survey adds detail to patterns of sexism and harassment in the tech industry

By | August 17th, 2017|Technology|

The problem of sexism is front and center in the technology industry right now, but for those not directly affected (which is pretty much to say: men like me) the problem can languish in the middle distance: too close to see the scale of it, but not close enough to see the details. A new [...]

Alibaba’s profit doubles to $2.1B after another huge quarter of business

By | August 17th, 2017|Technology|

Alibaba had another blockbuster quarter of business as its profits almost doubled. The Chinese e-commerce giant reported net profit of 4.7 billion RMB ($2.1 billion) for its recent quarter that finished June 30 — that’s up 94 percent year-on-year. Total revenue grew 56 percent to reach 50.2 billion CNY ($7.4 billion), easily exceeding estimates, with the firm [...]

Uber’s new head of Asia is a former Goldman exec who once climbed Mount Everest

By | August 17th, 2017|Technology|

Regular run-ins with government regulators and battles with well-funded local rivals have made Asia challenging terrain for Uber. The challenge is such that it’s fitting that the U.S. ride-sharing giant has hired a man who once scaled the summit of Mount Everest to lead its business in the region. Brooks Entwistle, a former Chairman of [...]

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 refurbished batteries get recalled due to overheating concerns

By | August 17th, 2017|Technology|

This is probably the last bit of news Samsung wanted to pop up in headlines in the weeks leading up to the Note 8 launch. Though, to be fair, this latest battery recall isn’t actually on Samsung. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for refurbished Galaxy Note 4 batteries. While the [...]

Amazon’s private label business is booming thanks to device sales, expanded fashion lines

By | August 16th, 2017|Technology|

Amazon has been doubling down on its private label business in recent months, though many of its own brands aren’t easily identifiable to consumers as they don’t indicate they’re Amazon-made products. But these private labels have been gaining steam, according to a new report out this week from 1010data. Several Amazon brands have been seeing [...]

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye in developing self-driving platform

By | August 16th, 2017|Technology|

The joint effort by Mobileye, Intel and BMW to develop an autonomous driving platform that can be used by other automakers has a new partner: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). FCA and the group signed a memorandum of understanding to work together, which opens the door for FCA to contribute to the progress the team has [...]

Babbel teams up with Cambridge English to launch new language test

By | August 16th, 2017|Technology|

The Berlin-based language learning service Babbel today announced that it has teamed up with Cambridge English, one the world’s leading providers of English assessments, to launch the aptly named “Babbel English Test powered by Cambridge English.” The new test, which will cost €39, is meant to assess the reading and listening skills of beginning and intermediate [...]

Database provider MongoDB has filed confidentially for IPO

By | August 16th, 2017|Technology|

MongoDB has filed confidentially for IPO, sources tell TechCrunch. The company has submitted an S-1 filing in the past few weeks and is aiming to go public before the end of the year. New York-based MongoDB helps companies including Adobe, eBay and Citigroup manage databases. Some of its offerings include its name-bearing MongoDB open source [...]

Casper announces a new high-end mattress called the Wave

By | August 15th, 2017|Technology|

Casper is unveiling a new mattress that co-founder and Chief Product Officer Jeff Chapin said responds to your body’s shape, combining the best elements of soft and firm mattresses. The Wave mattress comes with a higher price tag, starting at $1,000 for a twin and extending up to $1,850 for a queen and $2,250 for [...]