Facebook has a "realistic opportunity" to enter China in 2018, Mizuho analyst James Lee wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. Lee came to the conclusion after meeting "various industry contacts" in China during a recent trip. Facebook's recent appointment of an executive to manage relations with China will help the company "understand the regulatory requirement and negotiate Facebook's operating structure in China," said Lee in the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider.
Hope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”
The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often been abused to spread lies and hate. The PeaceTech Lab aims to develop “technology that can be applied to tackle the triggers of violence,” president and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb said in an interview at the lab’s Washington headquarters at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
This is a big week for YouTube. It’s getting a new design and new features—all of which have been in the works, carefully and methodically, for a very long time, and all of which, as far as I’m concerned, are welcome!
Fitbit’s all-new smartwatch is designed to do battle with the Apple Watch.It’s no secret that Fitbit (FIT) has been working on a smartwatch — Co-founder and CEO James Park said as much during the company’s Q2 2017 earnings call earlier this month. This is the Fitbit Ionic, the company’s first “true” smartwatch.
Sony CEO Wants More Virtual Reality Competition Amid PlayStation VR SuccessSun, 24 Sep 2017 14:05:05 -0400 The PlayStation VR leads the home virtual reality market, but an unlikely source isn’t entirely comfortable about its lead: Sony. In an interview with Reuters, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House said he thinks the virtual reality market needs to be more competitive.
ESA's 'Moon Village' Plan Aims For Huge Colony On Moon By 2050Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:27:51 -0400 A human colony on the Moon has held the fascination of millions of people across the globe, with the idea usually bringing to mind people in spacesuits floating upside down in futuristic settings.
Bernard Foing, ambassador of the European Space Agency-driven "Moon Village" scheme, has given all sci-fi nerds out there a major boost by realistically proposing a plan whereby humans would colonize Moon by 2050.
New Drug Test 'Paper' Uses Fingerprints To Detect Cocaine In SecondsSun, 24 Sep 2017 02:52:28 -0400 Police officers will now be able to tell if a person has used cocaine almost instantaneously with just a piece of paper and a fingerprint.
The paper which was developed by a team of researchers from the U.K. and The Netherlands can tell if someone has used the narcotic with 99 percent accuracy.
This procedure can be developed for other chemical materials too, and the team says it can be used as a highly accurate and safe method of running drug tests.
WATCH: iPhone 8 Scratched And Burned In Durability TestSat, 23 Sep 2017 18:13:32 -0400 Apple officially released its iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus this week — and reviews appeared to be primarily positive among tech critics for functionality. But in order to assess the devices for durability, some reviewers and vloggers have taken to dropping, submerging and even burning the new phones.
Uber New CEO On London Decision: Company Is Paying For 'Bad Reputation'Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:19:34 -0400 Uber’s new CEO, former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, said the company is paying for its “bad reputation,” according to an internal email shared by New York Times reporter Mike Isaac on Twitter.
The comments come after Transport for London (TFL) announced Friday it would not renew Uber’s license to operate in the city.
iPhone 8 Durable? You Might Not Want To Drop Your Glass DeviceSat, 23 Sep 2017 13:29:59 -0400 The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now in stores, and recent durability tests show users might want to be careful with the devices.
The smartphones were revealed alongside the iPhone X last week by Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller, who announced all three iPhones will include a glass back and front. Schiller said the glass on the devices is the “most durable glass on a smartphone ever.”
This Hacker Wants To Create A Bitcoin Economy In SyriaSat, 23 Sep 2017 11:00:02 -0400 British-Iranian hacker Amir Taaki is one of Middle East’s most infamous bitcoin enthusiasts. He created one of the first bitcoin-powered dark net markets while squatting in abandoned London apartments. After the self-taught engineer got listed on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2014 for his entrepreneurship in the nascent cryptocurrency industry, Taaki traveled to Iraq to join the fight against the Islamic State.
These Wild Sea Creatures Were Found By NOAA During Years Of ExplorationSat, 23 Sep 2017 09:00:05 -0400 The Okeanos Explorer ship used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct research on the Pacific Ocean and its creatures is finishing up a three-year mission. Since it set out exploring the depths of the Pacific it has found some pretty wild creatures that are rarely seen by humans.
The mission called “Campaign to Address Pacific monument Science, Technology, and Ocean NEeds” or CAPSTONE, is a multi-year mission meant to provide new information about the depths of the ocean. The current part of the mission will consist of dives conducted until Sept. 29.
How Fintech Plays Into The Israeli-Palestinian ConflictSat, 23 Sep 2017 08:00:05 -0400 Legend has it the ancient philosopher Socrates decreed "all wars are fought for money." That isn’t always the case in the Middle East. But money sure does sit at the crux of wars like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Finance is itself an invisible battlefield in the Holy Land.
Robots That Can Create, Arrange Molecules Could Be Future Of ManufacturingSat, 23 Sep 2017 07:40:24 -0400 In a breakthrough in the field of artificial intelligence-supported nanotechnology, scientists at the University of Manchester have created the world’s first “molecular robot,” which can carry out a set of building commands at the molecular level.
The robot, capable of manipulating as little as one molecule of a particle, is made of 150 atoms mostly of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen, and is so small that several millions of them could easily fit atop a pin head.
NASA Asteroid Mission Uses Earth’s Gravity As A SlingshotSat, 23 Sep 2017 07:00:03 -0400 In its quest to find out how young Earth evolved and life on this planet began, NASA has used Earth’s gravity like a slingshot to propel a spacecraft into an orbit that will help it land on an asteroid and bring a sample back home.
Swipe Left On Sadness: Researchers Say Smart Phones Can Help Cure DepressionSat, 23 Sep 2017 06:31:10 -0400 When smart phones first hit the market, no one fathomed the extent of their success. Once considered a luxury device, it has morphed into a universal device with an omnipresent status.
The new generation is entering a world already glued to its smart phone. Entire conversations without looking at another human being have become de rigueur.
It is a widely perceived notion that such an "addictive" device which triggers such "anti-social" behavior cannot be good for the psychological health.
'Plastic-Eating' Fungus Found In Pakistan Garbage DumpSat, 23 Sep 2017 02:41:14 -0400 Several tons of waste plastics are generated every day, and according to a study published in ScienceMag, there has been a mind-numbing 6.3 billion tons of it since humans began producing plastics.
We know that plastic is a major pollutant, tough to break down organically, producing toxic fumes when burnt and often entering the food chain because of its longevity.
How To Make A Group On SnapchatFri, 22 Sep 2017 17:44:14 -0400 Group chats are key for making weekend plans and staying connected when you live in different areas. Snapchat introduced them to the app back in December so that friends could share photos and have their disappearing chats in a group setting.
Most things on Snapchat are fairly easy to figure out how to do. You can get more than a few friends in the chat, up to 32 users can all be in the same chat in the app. A constellation of sparkling stars will appear next to the chat indicating that it’s a group chat.
Walmart Wants To Beat Amazon By Having Drivers Deliver Groceries Into Refrigerator Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:39:03 -0400 In an effort to keep up with Amazon’s Prime shipping service, Walmart wants to deliver groceries all the way into a customer’s refrigerator.
The company announced Friday it will start testing a new service in which items and groceries are delivered and stacked into a person’s refrigerator by the delivery driver. The service is in partnership with other companies, including August Home, a smart lock startup.
Uber's London License Loss Can Pave Way For New Local AppsFri, 22 Sep 2017 16:02:20 -0400 Transport for London (TfL) announced Friday it will not renew Uber’s license to operate in the city, and while some are upset about the decision, the loss of Uber could allow other apps to emerge.
TfL said Friday Uber was “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.” Uber retaliated saying it would appeal the decision in court. The ride-hailing service will continue to operate in London until appeals are concluded.
London Officials Say Uber Is Unfit To Operate In CityFri, 22 Sep 2017 16:41:00 -0400 The transport authority said Uber's approach and conduct "demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues that have public safety and security implications."
How Tesla and SolarCity synergy play into Musk's 'master plan'Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000 Critics questioned CEO Elon Musk’s strategy when Tesla purchased SolarCity for $2 billion last August. But the acquisition appears to be a smart move as the rest of the solar panel sector struggles after 16 years of growth.
The Palo Alto, California-based car maker faced investor backlash when it announced it was interested in buying SolarCity for about 30 percent more than its valuation. Investors were concerned that the acquisition would cause Tesla to lose focus on manufacturing electric and…
Meet the new king of patent litigation (sorry, East Texas)Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:14:12 +0000 The Eastern District of Texas has lost its status as America’s top place to sue businesses for patent infringement. Delaware is the new king of patent litigation.
New data provided exclusively to The Texas Lawbook shows that new patent lawsuits filed in the federal courts of East Texas declined significantly during the past four months.
At the same time, federal judges in the Eastern District have dramatically increased the rate at which they transfer infringement cases to other districts.
Facebook drops planned stock split after settling lawsuitFri, 22 Sep 2017 21:12:21 +0000 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will not take the stand next week after the company announced it had settled a lawsuit on Friday and will not move forward with a stock split.
The Menlo Park-based social media giant planned to create “Class C” non-voting shares so that Zuckerberg could maintain his majority voting rights as he sells shares to finance his charitable causes.
But the company was quickly hit with a class-action lawsuit in April 2016 to block the effort to reclassify Facebook stock…
Another down day for Apple as iPhone X outshines iPhone 8Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:35:10 +0000 Shares of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) were down another $1.50 today closing at $151.89, according to Google Finance.
Apple stock is down $7.99 or 5 percent the past five days.
The drop has come after Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
The challenge facing Apple — which has a big data center in Mesa and retail stores in Phoenix, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale and Glendale — is whether the iPhone X and all its bells and whistles are overshadowing the iPhone 8 and stunting…