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Insanity: Snapchat raises $1.81b Series F, total funding now stands at $2.63b

Insanity: Snapchat raises $1.81b Series F, total funding now stands at $2.63b

Messaging app maker Snapchat, Inc. has raised $1.81 billion in a Series F round, the company disclosed in a financial filing Thursday. The round itself was raised over a full year and included previously disclosed investments including $175 million from Fidelity Investments in March, and its original Series F round from May 2015 which was priced at $650 million According to The New York Times, new investors in the round included General Atlantic, Sequoia Capital, T. Rowe Price, Lone Pine and Alibaba. A valuation on the raise was not disclosed, although it is generally believed that the figure is $16 billion. Snapchat itself continues... more »
What to expect at WWDC 2016: Siri SDK, Apple Music revamp, new MacBook Pros (maybe), more

What to expect at WWDC 2016: Siri SDK, Apple Music revamp, new MacBook Pros (maybe), more

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) takes place from June 13 to June 17, with the main keynote address taking place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The WWDC is where Apple will reveal what it has planned for the rest of the year. You will need to wait until September to get a look at the new iPhone 7, but iOS 10 will be released at WWDC, which will likely hint at any additional features for the new model. We will most likely also see updated operating systems for Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. We could... more »
Microsoft’s ‘abusive’ efforts to push Windows 10 on the public annoys millions of Chinese consumers

Microsoft’s ‘abusive’ efforts to push Windows 10 on the public annoys millions of Chinese consumers

Microsoft and its perhaps over-zealous efforts to sway consumers to upgrade to Windows 10 has done a fair bit damage on American soil so far. The tech giant has come under fire lately for a number of reasons relating to the big push to Windows 10, which has included automatic upgrades, incorrigible advertising and worst of all making its famous Windows X (close window) an okay to upgrade. This has resulted in one of the world’s better known Microsoft journalists, Paul Thurrott, to call the actions of the company “indefensible” and an almost indiscernible “violation of trust.” All this has led to Microsoft... more »
Google beats Oracle in long-running Java lawsuit

Google beats Oracle in long-running Java lawsuit

A federal jury today handed Google Inc. a victory in a lawsuit filed by Oracle America Inc. that had charged the search giant with violating copyright and infringing patents on Oracle's Java software. Oracle had filed the lawsuit in 2010, contending that Google required a license to use the programming language in its Android mobile operating software used in some 80 percent of mobile devices worldwide. Jurors in San Francisco federal court today unanimously rejected Oracle's claims, including its demand for $9 billion in profits it said Android had produced for Google. Instead, the jury said Google had made legal "fair use"... more »
How to watch the UEFA Champions League Final on Android, iOS, Roku, Chromecast, more

How to watch the UEFA Champions League Final on Android, iOS, Roku, Chromecast, more

On Saturday, May 28, Real Madrid will take on Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final. This Spanish pairing is a repeat of the final in 2014 when Real Madrid eventually took victory 4 - 1 in extra time.   We look at how you can use FOX Soccer 2Go, Sling TV or PlayStation Vue to watch the final this weekend. Live stream with FOX Soccer 2Go The FOX Broadcasting Company has the English language rights to the UEFA Champions League in the U.S. If you are an avid soccer fan you will want to sign up for FOX’s standalone streaming service... more »
iPhone 7 rumor roundup: Dual-lens camera, redesigned antenna bands, wireless charging, more

iPhone 7 rumor roundup: Dual-lens camera, redesigned antenna bands, wireless charging, more

The rumor mill surrounding the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, due out in September, has been running in overdrive. One of the longest running rumors is the fact that the 3.5mm headphone jack will be gone from the next model, allowing for a thinner version of the iPhone. With the removal of the headphone jack, rumors emerged that Apple and Beats were working on wireless headphones dubbed ‘AirPods’. Other rumors include a bigger 3,100mAh battery for the iPhone 7 Plus and 256 GB of internal storage. While the iPhone 7 Plus is also rumored to have 3 GB of RAM,... more »
The top 10 coming tech trends, from five top tech investors

The top 10 coming tech trends, from five top tech investors

Designers will succeed programmers as the kings of Silicon Valley, machines will become as smart as humans, and ambient computing will supplant smartphones in the next few years. Those are three of the top 10 trends coming in technology, according to five venture capitalists who made their predictions Wednesday night at a local Silicon Valley institution. The Top 10 Tech Trends event has been held annually for the past 18 years by the Churchill Club, which hosts forums with tech’s top executives, financiers, entrepreneurs, and thinkers. The criteria for the trends are that they must not be obvious and that they will... more »
Not one, but two new Xbox One consoles on the way

Not one, but two new Xbox One consoles on the way

It looks like the rumors that Microsoft is on the verge of bringing out something big for the Xbox is true, in light of recent reports. For a while now speculations have been abundant as to what Microsoft will reveal at this year’s E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) taking place at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on June 13. Those speculations have mostly been drifting towards an upgrade to Xbox One, to the announcement of a lighter, smaller, cheaper version of the Xbox One. In April Microsoft’s Xbox chief Phil Spencer said, “If we’re going to go forward with anything, like I... more »
Report: Google may start naming and shaming manufacturers who don't offer Android updates

Report: Google may start naming and shaming manufacturers who don't offer Android updates

In a long overdue move Google, Inc. is considering shaming smartphone makers and carriers who do not offer users upgrades and security patches to its Android mobile operating system, a report claimed Wednesday. Bloomberg claims that Google will be taking a "carrot and stick" approach to Android phone makers that includes the possibility of publishing a "shame" list of phone makers who fail to offer updates to their users; according to Phandroid the list already exists but is only distributed to Google partners, whereas making it public would put pressure on Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to not only provide updates but... more »
How to live stream Indy 500 on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, more

How to live stream Indy 500 on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, more

As Memorial Day weekend approaches so too does the Indianapolis 500 that will have its 100th running this Sunday, May 29. James Hinchcliffe, who sustained injuries in a serious crash during last year’s Indy 500 practice, has taken pole position for Indy 500 2016. Last year’s Indy 500 attracted 6.48 million viewers. If you are keen to join them on Sunday we look at legal ways to stream the 200-lap race (unless you are in Indianapolis) without the need for cable . The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) owns the TV rights of the Indy 500 through 2018. While ESPN has... more »
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