Google expands its initiative to provide free Wi-Fi hotspots in emerging markets

Google today announced a collection of updates aimed at helping get ‘the next billion’ internet users in India and emerging markets online. One of the more subtle yet interesting components to that push is the launch of Google Station, a project to enable free public Wi-Fi hotspots, which is now …

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Disney is also thinking about buying Twitter

Disney is the latest high-profile name to consider an acquisition offer for Twitter, according to a report today from Bloomberg. While a formal bid has not been placed, Bloomberg says Disney is working with Bank of America to put one together. Just last week, various reports stated Google, …

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Samsung says only 60 percent of Galaxy Note 7 phones have been replaced in US and Korea

More than 60 percent of defective Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in the United States and South Korea have now been returned and exchanged for new models, Samsung has claimed. In other words, 40 percent of the dangerous devices are still in consumer hands, almost four weeks after Samsung issued a …

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YouTube Go is a new app for offline viewing and sharing

Google has announced YouTube Go, a new app designed to broaden the accessibility of the behemoth video-sharing service. Designed and developed with Indian users in

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Sundar Pichai explains why Google is focusing hard on India

Today is a big day for Google for two reasons. Firstly, it’s the company’s 18th birthday, so it can now legally vote and smoke. Secondly, and possibly more importantly, it just held a massive event in India where it unveiled a bunch of new products relevant to the country including YouTube Go, new …

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Happy 18th birthday Google…we think!

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Lenovo, Intel, Synaptics, and PayPal are working to kill passwords on your next laptop

In light of yesterday’s news that over 500 million Yahoo accounts were compromised, it’s clear that we need to start seriously thinking about new security system replacements for passwords. So it’s fitting that Lenovo announced a partnership to bring FIDO fingerprint authentication to its …

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Spotify will now serve up a daily selection of personalized playlists

I’m a huge fan of Spotify’s Discover Weekly, a personalized playlist that refreshes every Monday. And I’m getting into Release Radar, a companion to Discover Weekly that arrives on Friday and focuses on surfacing newly released music I might also like. But there are definitely times in between, …

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Germany orders Facebook to stop collecting data on WhatsApp users

Facebook has been ordered to stop collecting and storing data on WhatsApp users in Germany, marking the first regulatory challenge to a controversial data-sharing scheme that the social media company announced in August. In a statement published Tuesday, Germany’s privacy watchdog said that sharing …

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DJI’s new Mavic Pro drone folds up and fits in the palm of your hand

Over the last year, the clearest trend in the drone industry has been a move toward units that are smaller and more portable. Yuneec introduced a drone with foldable arms, and last week GoPro did the same. During its presentation for the new Karma drone, GoPro repeatedly emphasized how easy the …

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