• 31
    Jul

    Amazon gains FCC approval for Kuiper internet satellite constellation and commits $10 billion to the ...

    Amazon has received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch and operate a planned constellation of 3,236 internet satellites. That’s the backbone of Amazon’s Project Kuiper, an initiative to create a satellite-based broadband internet service designed to provide high-speed, low latency connections to U.S.-based households that currently don’t have great access to a high-speed connection. Alongside the key regulatory approval, ...
  • 31
    Jul

    Self-driving startup Argo AI hits $7.5 billion valuation

    Autonomous vehicle technology startup Argo AI  is valued at $7.5 billion, just a little more than three years after the company burst on the scene with a $1 billion investment from Ford. The official valuation was confirmed Thursday nearly two months after VW Group finalized its $2.6 billion investment in Argo AI. Under that deal, Ford and VW have equal ownership stakes, ...
  • 30
    Jul

    Google’s ‘no choice’ screen on Android isn’t working, says Ecosia — querying the EU’s approach ...

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    Google alternative Ecosia is on a mission to turn search clicks into trees. The Berlin based not-for-profit reached a major milestone earlier this month, having used ad revenue generated by users of its privacy-sensitive search engine to plant more than 100 million trees across 25 countries worldwide — targeted at biodiversity hotspots. However these good feels have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Ecosia  has ...
  • 30
    Jul

    Panasonic boosts energy density, trims cobalt in new 2170 battery cell for Tesla

    Panasonic has developed new battery technology for the ‘2170’ lithium-ion cells it produces and supplies to Tesla, a change that improves energy density by 5% and reduces costly cobalt content. The new, higher-energy dense 2170 cells will be produced by Panasonic  at Tesla’s factory in Sparks, Nevada, the company said Thursday. Panasonic is upgrading its battery cell lines with production slated to begin ...
  • 27
    Jul

    Imint is the Swedish firm that gives Chinese smartphones an edge in video production

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    If your phone takes amazing photos, chances are its camera has been augmented by artificial intelligence embedded in the operating system. Now videos are getting the same treatment. In recent years, smartphone makers have been gradually transforming their cameras into devices that capture data for AI processing beyond what the lens and sensor pick up in a single shot. That ...
  • 24
    Jul

    HBO Max reached 4.1M subscribers in first month, despite lack of distribution on Roku and ...

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    HBO  Max, the AT&T-owned streaming service that combines HBO with WarnerMedia content, now has 4.1 million subscribers who have activated their Max accounts, since its launch on May 27. Combined, HBO and HBO Max reached a total of 36.3 million U.S. subscribers by the end of the second quarter, according to statements made by AT&T CEO John Stankey on today’s earnings call. ...
  • 23
    Jul

    Tesla’s Megapack powers its small, but growing energy storage business

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    Tesla’s  energy storage business picked up steam in the second quarter and even played a minor role in the company’s fourth consecutive quarter of profitability, according to earnings reported Wednesday. Commercial and residential energy storage sales as well as solar are still mere slices of Tesla’s overall business, which is largely dominated by automotive. However, second-quarter results show some promise for ...
  • 17
    Jul

    Federal court rules WhatsApp and Facebook’s malware exploit case against NSO Group can proceed

    A U.S. federal court judge ruled on Thursday that WhatsApp and parent company Facebook’s lawsuit against Israeli mobile surveillance software company NSO Group can go forward. Phyllis Hamilton, Chief Judge of the United Stated District Court of the Northern District of California, denied most of the arguments NSO Group  made when it filed a motion to dismiss the suit in April (a copy ...
  • 17
    Jul

    Why Netflix shares are down 10%

    Today after the bell, Netflix  reported its Q2 financial performance. After its second-quarter numbers were out, the popular video streaming service saw its value drop sharply, with its shares off 10% in after-hours trading as of the time of writing. What happened to the high-flying Netflix, a company that you might have expected to report growth bolstered by the fact that many consumers in ...
  • 14
    Jul

    Verizon partners with Airtel to launch BlueJeans in India

    Bharti Airtel announced on Tuesday it has partnered with Verizon* to launch BlueJeans video-conferencing service in India to serve business customers in the world’s second largest internet market. The video conferencing service, branded as Airtel BlueJeans in India, offers “enterprise-grade security” (which includes encrypted calls, ability to lock and password protect a meeting and generate randomized meeting IDs), a cloud point presence ...