Entries by James Smyth

iPhone X has the best smartphone display ever, thanks to Samsung

Every new iPhone release comes with the promise of its display being put through its paces by specialist company DisplayMate, and the iPhone X has come through with flying colors. Self-described as “the industry standard for testing, evaluating and comparing all types of displays and display technologies”, DisplayMate conducts ‘shoot-outs’ with pretty much every display-equipped product you can imagine, […]

Broadcom offers to acquire Qualcomm for $70 per share

Following rumors over the weekend, chipmaker Broadcom has today confirmed it has approached wireless chipmaker Qualcomm with an acquisition offer that values the company at $130BN (including $25BN of net debt). Specifically Broadcom is offering to pay $70.00 per Qualcomm share, with $60.00 being in cash and $10.00 per share in Broadcom shares. It’s intending to use debt financing if it gets agreement for the deal. Broadcom says the offer […]

iPhone users fume over letter ‘i’ bug

Some iPhone users have been left frustrated after an update to the iOS operating system started inexplicably auto-correcting the letter “i” to a capital “a” and a question mark. The affected version of iOS, 11.1, is available on iPhones and iPads. “I have a $1,150 [£877] telephone that can’t read the letter ‘i’,” wrote Mike […]

Amazon launches Alexa-less Fire TV Stick for international users of its Prime video service

We’re approaching one year since Amazon expanded its Prime video service to over 200 countries internationally, and today the company is doubling down on that global audience with the introduction of a ‘Basic Edition’ of its popular Fire TV Stick that ships to over 100 countries. The company unveiled a much-improved second-generation version of the product in September, […]

Tencent is reportedly testing its own autonomous driving system

Tencent is making progress on its own autonomous driving system, according to Bloomberg. The report says that Tencent, one of China’s largest tech firms and the maker of WeChat, already has a prototype and is testing the system internally. If Tencent’s autonomous driving tests goes well, that would help it catch up with fellow Chinese tech […]

Uber rival Grab crosses 1 billion rides in Southeast Asia

Grab, Uber’s fierce rival in Southeast Asia, announced today that its service has crossed one billion completed rides. The firm hit the milestone on October 26 when 66 concurrent trips from across its seven markets took it into ten-figure territory . The company started out in Malaysia in 2012, and today it covers 142 cities across Singapore, […]

Red Hat starts moving its OpenStack platform to containers

Red Hat is still best known for its Linux distribution, but the company has also long offered its own OpenStack distribution and additional services as well. Today, the company launched version 12 of the Red Hat OpenStack Platform. This update includes all of the usual stability improvements and bug fixes, but what’s probably most important for the distribution in the […]

Kaodim raises $7M for its home services platform in Southeast Asia

There’s more funding for Southeast Asia’s growing local services space after Kaodim, a Malaysia-based startup that operates in four countries in the region, raised $7 million. Founded three years ago, Kaodim is a service for booking for hiring a range of services that include cleaning, moving, gas delivery, appliance care, and even photography. The round was led […]

PowerWatch, the body heat-powered smartwatch, starts shipping

As far as gimmicks go, PowerWatch’s is pretty good. It was good enough, in fact, to raise 939 percent of its goal on Indiegogo earlier this year. After generations of wearables with 24-hour battery lives, the promise of never having to charge your smartwatch again falls firmly into the realm of too good to be […]