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The HTC ship continues to sink as sales drop 55% in April

HTC revenue dropped by over 55 percent in April 2018 as compared to April 2017. Revenue for Q1 2018 was over 43 percent lower than Q1 2017. If these drops continue, we could see HTC cease smartphone production altogether. Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC posted its first-quarter earnings for...

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Essential Phone in 2018: Fantastic, if you don’t care about your camera

We were quite underwhelmed by the Essential Phone when we reviewed it back in September 2017. Its software was bare — almost to a fault — and its camera didn’t even come close to the competition at the time. Andy Rubin and his new smartphone company didn’t take any of those c...

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To prove it is all-in, Google Research is now Google AI

Google’s previous collective of research products known as Google Research is now rebranded as Google AI. This change is part of the company’s commitment to being an “AI-first” company. You can expect plenty of AI-related announcements this week as Google I/O 2018 begins. F...

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5 great deals for Mother’s Day

Hopefully this isn’t news to you, but in North America Mother’s Day is this Sunday. It’s not too late to show your mom how much you appreciate her, for one day of the year at least. If you’re on the hunt for gift ideas, here are five great deals which might just make he...

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Leaked video: Android P’s alleged gesture-based navigation

We’re hours away from the Google I/O keynote, but details of one of the big announcements may have just leaked out. A video shared by Google Plus user Gabriel Bryne (via Android Police) appears to show how Android P (presumably in Developer Preview 2) will handle gesture-based navigation. Spec...

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BotChain wants to put bot-to-bot communication on the blockchain

Increasingly we are going to be having bots conducting business on a company’s behalf. As that happens, it is going to require a trust mechanism to ensure that bot-to-bot communication is legitimate. BotChain, a new startup out of Boston wants to be the blockchain for registering bots. The new...

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XNOR raises $12M for its cloud-free, super-efficient AI

Between Microsoft Build and Google I/O, there are probably more people saying “AI” this week than any previous week in history. But the AI those companies deploy tends to live off in a cloud somewhere — XNOR puts it on devices that may not even be capable of an internet connection....

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Square launches restaurant point-of-sale platform

Square, which has already made its way into retail stores and service-based businesses (think hair salons, massage therapists, etc), is officially getting into the restaurant business with the launch of Square for Restaurants. Square for Restaurants is a point-of-sale system that handles everything...

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Equifax breach exposed millions of driver’s licenses, phone numbers, emails

Enlarge (credit: Smith Collection Gado/Getty Images) On May 7, executives of Equifax submitted a "statement for the record" to the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing the extent of the consumer data breach the company first reported on September 7, 2017. The data in the statement, which...

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft getting closer to finally flying again

Enlarge / NASA's Orion spacecraft and its launch abort system shown in this rendering of the Ascent Abort-2 test flight. (credit: NASA) It's been a long three-and-a-half years since the Orion spacecraft first launched into space in December 2014, making a successful shake-out flight. But now, NAS...


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