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Apple 2018 iPad review: OK for schools, great for everyone else

Apple 2018 iPad review: OK for schools, great for everyone else

REVIEW: Let’s start this quick review with some harsh truth: Apple’s 2018 9.7-inch iPad is a “press release” product, not an “Apple Keynote” product. Despite Apple’s decision to unveil its latest
Appsflyer: Mobile app fraud hit $800 million in Q1, up 30%

Appsflyer: Mobile app fraud hit $800 million in Q1, up 30%

Mobile tracking and marketing firm AppsFlyer said in a new study that mobile app marketers were exposed to $700 million to $800 million in ad fraud in the first quarter of 2018, up 30 percent compared
Textio expands its AI to help humans craft better recruiting messages

Textio expands its AI to help humans craft better recruiting messages

EXCLUSIVE: Textio, maker of AI-powered tools to augment business writing, today announced a new product to help recruiters reach out to job candidates. Like the company’s first service, which uses AI
Mozilla awards final grants from its $1.2 million Community Gigabit Fund

Mozilla awards final grants from its $1.2 million Community Gigabit Fund

EXCLUSIVE: As part of a six-year effort to highlight the benefits of gigabit networks, the Mozilla Foundation today announced that it has awarded the final 14 prizes from its $1.2 million Gigabit
Bancor launches a cryptocurrency wallet that converts instantly between tokens

Bancor launches a cryptocurrency wallet that converts instantly between tokens

As of January 2018, the number of cryptocurrencies had already hit 1,384, and more are being launched all the time. Tokens such as Bitcoin are widely usable, but many others only have a distinct use
Apple reportedly wants MicroLED Apple Watch screens in 2018, AR and big screens later

Apple reportedly wants MicroLED Apple Watch screens in 2018, AR and big screens later

A report this morning from Taiwanese supply chain publication DigiTimes suggests that Apple’s plans for producing next-generation MicroLED screens could be more ambitious than originally expected.
Mozilla announces Firefox Reality, a cross-platform browser for AR and VR headsets

Mozilla announces Firefox Reality, a cross-platform browser for AR and VR headsets

Mozilla is doubling down on its mixed reality efforts with the announcement of a new browser built specifically for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headsets. Most headset makers
Facebook shuts down additional accounts tied to Russia’s Internet Research Agency

Facebook shuts down additional accounts tied to Russia’s Internet Research Agency

Facebook head of security Alex Stamos today announced that roughly 140 Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as 138 Facebook Pages controlled by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), have been
Chinese ecommerce giant Meituan-Dianping to acquire bike-sharing startup Mobike

Chinese ecommerce giant Meituan-Dianping to acquire bike-sharing startup Mobike

Fledgling bike-share startup Mobike is to be acquired by Chinese ecommerce giant Meituan-Dianping. Terms of the deal were not officially disclosed, but local media reports have pegged the value of the
Huawei says U.S. security claims ‘simply aren’t true’, will hurt rural customers

Huawei says U.S. security claims ‘simply aren’t true’, will hurt rural customers

Following the FCC’s announcement last week of a plan to block U.S. carriers from using federal funds to purchase Huawei products or services — based on perceived national security risks — the Chinese
Pssst! While we were all distracted by Spotify, Dropbox just raised another $113 million

Pssst! While we were all distracted by Spotify, Dropbox just raised another $113 million

Spotify’s IPO made for an exciting day on Wall Street. But the bigger financial windfall may have gone to a company that staged its own high-profile IPO last month: Dropbox. In a press release,
Microsoft’s AI lets bots predict pauses and interrupt conversations

Microsoft’s AI lets bots predict pauses and interrupt conversations

Microsoft today said it has developed a new way for its most popular AI-powered bots to speak and analyze human voices at the same time, a skill engineers believe leads to more naturalistic
Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook needs to take full responsibility for how people are using our tools

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook needs to take full responsibility for how people are using our tools

On a conference call with reporters today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that the social media giant took too limited a view of its responsibility to educate users on how to use its tools.
ICO by France’s Talao demonstrates opportunity and risks policymakers must address

ICO by France’s Talao demonstrates opportunity and risks policymakers must address

As startups around the world rush to embrace initial coin offerings (ICOs), regulators are struggling with this new form of fundraising. At one extreme, China has banned ICOs, while the U.S. has been
VR’s biggest reason to jump in now: price drops

VR’s biggest reason to jump in now: price drops

ANALYSIS: I feel genuinely bad for CNet’s Dan Ackerman. Earlier this week, he wrote a sad breakup note to VR, explaining that his huge investment (including day one purchases of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive,
Cryptocurrency traders use gold to woo Muslim investors

Cryptocurrency traders use gold to woo Muslim investors

(Reuters) — In Dubai’s decades-old Gold Souk, customers from around the world haggle over bangles and necklaces. Elsewhere in the emirate, the region’s top center for gold trade, bullion is playing a
Tech group urges U.S. to recruit allies to take on China, not tariffs

Tech group urges U.S. to recruit allies to take on China, not tariffs

(Reuters) — A trade group representing top technology companies on Monday told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that it opposes the Trump administration’s focus on tariffs to try to change
Apple debuts Product Red iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Apple debuts Product Red iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Confirming a late weekend leak from carrier Virgin Mobile, Apple today announced that it is releasing Product Red versions of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The new iPhones are the company’s latest
Pew: Twitter bots are behind 66% of tweeted links for most popular sites

Pew: Twitter bots are behind 66% of tweeted links for most popular sites

While anyone who has spent time on Twitter knows it’s full of automated accounts, a report from the Pew Research Center sheds new light on the degree to which bots dominate the conversation on the
Mark Zuckerberg to face Congress amid calls for regulatory crackdown on Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg to face Congress amid calls for regulatory crackdown on Facebook

ANALYSIS: During a pep talk at a Facebook community summit last summer, CEO Mark Zuckerberg reached deep into his wellspring of utopian digital dreams to explain the lofty vision for his adolescent