Samsung Galaxy S9+ review

Samsung Galaxy S9+ review

You probably don’t need a 4,000 word review to tell you that the Galaxy S9+ is a good phone. Now that everyone’s got all of the Note 7 jokes mostly out of their system, we can mostly agree that Samsung makes good phones. The S8 was great, and the S9 builds on that success in…
Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

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A former Google and Apple exec now teaches Stanford students to design products to make people happy

A former Google and Apple exec now teaches Stanford students to design products to...

The human brain evolved to scan for things that improve our survivability, Ellen Leanse says. But these days many of us are scanning for Facebook 'Likes' and other social media notifications instead. Leanse teaches a Stanford course that encourages students to design products that spur creativity and positive experiences in users. Ellen Leanse is serious…
Travis Kalanick is launching a venture fund

Travis Kalanick is launching a venture fund

Travis Kalanick, the controversial co-founder and one-time chief executive of Uber, is launching a new investment fund called the 10100 Fund. According to an announcement on his Twitter account, the new fund will focus on “large-scale job creation.” Investment areas are to include real estate, e-commerce and emerging innovations in China and India. It’s the…
All of Oculus’s Rift headsets have stopped working due to an expired certificate

All of Oculus’s Rift headsets have stopped working due to an expired certificate

Someone at Oculus screwed up pretty badly today: An expired certificate appears to have soft-bricked all of the company’s Rift VR headsets, with users still unable to fire up software on the devices and no word of an incoming fix from the company yet. Issues were first reported several hours ago on Reddit, where a post on…
Here’s the first developer preview of Android P

Here’s the first developer preview of Android P

Just like in the last two years, Google is using the beginning of March to launch the first developer preview of the next version of Android. Android P, as it’s currently called, is still very much a work in progress and Google isn’t releasing it into its public Android beta channel for over-the-air updates just…
Magic Leap raises $461 million in fresh funding from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Magic Leap raises $461 million in fresh funding from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Magic Leap still hasn’t released a product, but they’re continuing to raise a lot of cash to get there. The Plantation, Florida-based augmented reality startup announced today that it has raised $461 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign investment arm, The Public Investment Fund. The Saudi Arabian fund contributed $400 million of the raise, with…
US shale oil output is surging. Here’s what will keep the boom going

US shale oil output is surging. Here’s what will keep the boom going

U.S. oil production has surged to an all-time high, above 10 million barrels a day, driven by growth from America's shale fields. Despite the achievement, investors still worry about the prospects for shale drillers, who use expensive advanced technology to produce oil. The question of U.S. shale growth may boil down to logistics, cash and…
Blockchain is ‘one of the most overhyped technologies ever,’ Nouriel Roubini says

Blockchain is ‘one of the most overhyped technologies ever,’ Nouriel Roubini says

Blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies, is "one of the most overhyped technologies ever," according to noted economist Nouriel Roubini. In an opinion piece on Project Syndicate, he took apart some of the arguments blockchain proponents have put forward about the advantages of the technology. Roubini said that blockchain was unlikely to remove the need for…
Microsoft will let government clients run its Azure cloud technology on their own servers

Microsoft will let government clients run its Azure cloud technology on their own servers

Microsoft will soon make it possible for government clients to run its cloud technology on their own servers. The pairing of Azure Stack and Azure Government is designed to appeal to govvernments and agencies with needs for on-premise servers, such as in a military operation or in an embassy abroad. Amazon has taken an early…