iPhone SE 2020 vs. iPhone 11: What exactly does doubling the price get you?
As the sequel to Apple’s 2016 sleeper-hit iPhone of the same name, the new iPhone SE starts at $399, £419 or AU$749. With that price tag, the phone aims to court budget-minded users who may not be able to splurge on $1,000 handsets like the iPhone 11 Pro or Galaxy S20. While that does... Read more
How a Facebook Bug Took Down Spotify, TikTok, and Other Major iOS Apps
A little after 6 pm ET on Wednesday, the system started blinking red for iOS developer Clay Jones. Like many devs, Jones uses a Google product called Crashlytics to keep tabs on when his app stops working. Out of nowhere, it registered tens of thousands of crashes. It also... Read more
Waymo resumes limited autonomous driving testing in Phoenix in first step back to normalcy
Nearly two months after announcing it would halt operations around the country in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Waymo today said it will begin limited driving tests in the Metro Phoenix area starting on May 11. The Alphabet-backed autonomous vehicle startup described this as the first part of a... Read more
iPhone 11 vs. iPhone 11 Pro: The main differences you should care about
Last September, Apple announced the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro as updates to the iPhone XR and XS, respectively. The new phones have significantly upgraded cameras, a blazing fast processor and overall better build quality. To top it all off, the iPhone 11, which starts at $699 (£729, AU$1,199),... Read more
Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs Scraps Its Ambitious Toronto Project
When Google sibling Sidewalk Labs announced in 2017 a $50 million investment into a project to redevelop a portion of Toronto’s waterfront, it seemed almost too good to be true. Someday soon, Sidewalk Labs promised, Torontonians would live and work in a 12-acre former industrial site in skyscrapers made... Read more
Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs cancels Toronto smart city project over ‘unprecedented economic uncertainty’
(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has pulled the plug on its Toronto “smart city” project, citing “unprecedented economic uncertainty” in a setback for the city’s long-planned waterfront revitalization. Sidewalk Labs had developed a proposal for a futuristic, data-driven city development along Toronto’s downtown lakeshore. It was working with a... Read more
Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt are behind the Pandemic Action Network
Hillary Clinton wore a black breathing mask imprinted with the word “VOTE” in Twitter and Instagram posts this weekend, posing in what appeared as a homespun effort to pitch “the must-have accessory for spring.” The posts bear an unassuming hashtag: #MaskingForAFriend. But behind this hashtag and those fun posts... Read more
Comcast resists call to open home Wi-Fi hotspots, cites potential congestion
Three US senators today urged Comcast to open all of its Wi-Fi hotspots to children who lack Internet access at home during the pandemic. A letter from Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) says that Comcast recently refused a request to do so because it... Read more
AOC wants to visit your Animal Crossing island
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Win McNamee/Getty What’s alluring enough to get a polarizing congresswoman to open her Twitter direct messages for the first time in years? Animal Crossing: New Horizons, of course. On Thursday night Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about her newfound joy for the game, which she got days ago, and asked... Read more
Growth Teams Have the Tools to Be Coronavirus Anti-Growth Teams
While platforms like Facebook offer 21st-century advertising tools that harness advanced computation to target ads and change behavior, they are only using 20th-century PSAs against coronavirus. Given the exponential challenge we’re up against, passive links to Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization information and videos are woefully... Read more