Tag: gear

Signal Messenger receives $50 million from WhatsApp co-founder

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton left Facebook in 2017 to start a non-profit. Turns out that non-profit involves another messaging app: Signal. In a blog post, Signal chief Moxie Marlinspike has announced the launch of Signal Foundation, a 501(……


Cat’s S61 is an ideal phone for blue-collar workers

Two years ago, I was shown a Cat-branded smartphone with a thermal camera for people who work in construction and other outdoors-y, get-your-hands-dirty professions. I wasn’t the target market, of course, and struggled to judge whether the fea……


Land Rover Explore is a rugged phone with swappable backs

At last, we have a Land Rover phone that doesn’t look like it was built from parts found on a factory floor. The new ‘Explore’ is the work of Bullitt, a British company that has made handsets for Caterpillar, Kodak and JCB in the past. It was ……


Level’s activity-tracking smart glasses launches this March

Even though Intel unveiled its Vaunt smart glasses earlier this month, insurance provider VSP has actually been working on its own take on smart eyewear for well over a year now. It’s called Level, and while it won’t offer head’s up notificati……


Twitter’s new rules prohibit bulk tweeting to fight spam

Twitter’s spam bot issue isn’t new, but it came to a head when it was revealed that thousands of Russian troll accounts used the platform to influence the 2016 Presidential elections. Now, the company has announced a set of changes and new dev……


Roku lays out its plan to please cord cutters — and advertisers

Now that Roku is a publicly traded company, it has to release quarterly updates about how things are going. Today in its first Q4 earnings release (PDF), the company said that revenue is up 28 percent from last year to $188 million, while the ……


Ford president Raj Nair leaves over ‘inappropriate behavior’

Ford will have to adjust its technology strategy, and not for the right reasons. The automaker’s North America President Raj Nair has left the company after an internal investigation determined that “inappropriate behavior” was out of line w……


Bowers & Wilkins PX Review: Beautiful sound – after I got a haircut

Bowers and Wilkins’ PX are among the best Bluetooth headphones I’ve tried in recent memory. It’s just weird it took a trip to the barber to get the best sound out of them. The PX are a $400 pair of noise cancelling headphones that launched to rave revi……


SEC guidelines push for clearer data breach disclosures

American companies haven’t always been forthright about disclosing data breaches in a responsible way, and regulators want to encourage better behavior. The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued “interpretive guidance” that it hopes w……


Google uses AI to place ads across the internet

Google’s ubiquitous AdSense ads are already heavily automated by their nature (they’re targeted based on a look at a site’s content), but it’s taking that hands-off approach one step further. The search firm has officially launched Auto Ads, ……