June 2018

Apple and Oprah sign a multi-year partnership on original content

By | June 15th, 2018|Technology|

Apple announced today a multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey to produce programs for the tech company’s upcoming video streaming service. Apple didn’t provide any specific details as to what sort of projects Winfrey would be involved in, but there will be more than one it seems. Apple shared the news of its deal with [...]

Zelle forecast to overtake Venmo this year

By | June 15th, 2018|Technology|

Despite some concerns over its adoption by scammers, new payment service Zelle is shaping up to overtake rival Venmo this year, according to a new forecast from eMarketer. The firm expects Zelle to grow more than 73 percent in 2018, to reach 27.4 million users in the U.S., ahead of Venmo’s 22.9 million. Square Cash [...]

AT&T completes its acquisition of Time Warner

By | June 15th, 2018|Technology|

AT&T has sealed the deal to buy Time Warner in a major piece of media and technology consolidation. The deal — which is $85.4 billion and a total of $108 billion with debt — was first announced in October 2016 and, having passed a court approval earlier this week, it was completed on Thursday. That’s a long cycle [...]

NXP-Qualcomm $44B deal to clear China as Trump authorizes $50B tariffs

By | June 15th, 2018|Technology|

The U.S.-China trade battle enters an important new phase. The South China Morning Post is reporting that China’s Ministry of Commerce will clear Qualcomm’s pending $44 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors. One independent source also conveyed the same news to TechCrunch, although there has been no official word from Qualcomm, NXP or China at time [...]

3,000 journalists covering Kim-Trump this week is WTF is wrong with media

By | June 14th, 2018|Technology|

Media businesses are in the dumper. Every week, we hear of new layoffs, budget cuts, diminished editorial quality, and more, way more. And yet, somehow, miraculously, more than 3,000 journalists managed to find the funds to travel to Singapore to cover the Kim-Trump Summit Extraordinaire this week. How many journalists got to see the summit [...]

Ford’s latest taxis use diesel and hybrid powertrains

By | June 14th, 2018|Technology|

The taxi of tomorrow might be dead but Ford today announced two new models that combine forward-looking technology with proven body styles. For the first time, Ford is offering a hybrid powertrain in a taxi model that is said to get a 40 mpg in the city. This news comes several weeks after Ford’s bombshell [...]

Farmdrop picks up £10M Series B

By | June 14th, 2018|Technology|

Farmdrop, the farmer-friendly online grocery platform based in the U.K., has picked up £10 million in new funding. New investors in this Series B round include LGT Impact Ventures (described as a growth equity investor that invests in businesses making a positive contribution to society), and Belltown Ventures, a renewable energy investment specialist with an [...]

This AR guppy feeds on the spectrum of human emotion

By | June 14th, 2018|Technology|

Indiecade always offers a nice respite from the wall of undulating human flesh and heat that is the rest of the E3 show floor. The loose confederation of independent developers often produces compelling and bizarre gaming experiences outside of the big studio system. TendAR is the most compelling example of this out of this year’s [...]

Chowbotics raises $11 million to move its robot beyond salads

By | June 13th, 2018|Technology|

Creating a salad-making robot is pretty good, as far as tech company hooks go, but Chowbotics is looking to expand. The Bay Area company just raised $11 million in a “Series A-1” led by the Foundry Group and Techstars. The big plan for the money largely involves extending the company’s selection of foodstuffs beyond leafy [...]

Plex adds a traditional grid programming guide to its TV service

By | June 13th, 2018|Technology|

Media software maker Plex is the latest live TV service to add a traditional grid-style programming guide as an alternative to browsing through thumbnail images or lists of recommendations. The guide, which is available first on the web, is a nod to cord cutters who may have changed how they want to access live TV [...]