China Aims to Wash VPNs Out of Its Hair

China this week announced new measures to further restrict its citizens’ access to the Internet. The 14-month campaign appears designed to crack down on the use of Web platforms and services unapproved by the government, and on virtual private networks, which can used to access those platforms and services covertly. While China’s Internet network access…


Customizing a Computer? Here’s What You Need

There are plenty of reasons to build a custom computer. While custom computers may initially be more expensive than prepackaged desktops or laptops, they can provide you with nearly endless possibilities, whether you’re looking for a top-notch gaming machine, a system for mixing music, or the ideal choice for developing Web applications. A custom computer…


Apple Formally Joins High-Powered AI Partnership

Friday announced that Apple, well known for its culture of secrecy, has joined the organization as a founding member. The other founding members are Amazon, Facebook, Google/Deep Mind, IBM and Microsoft. The group also announced the final composition of its inaugural board of trustees, naming six new independent members: Dario Amodel of Open AI, Subbarao…


BlackBerry, Microsoft and the Ever-Smarter Connected Car

In a couple of interesting briefings last week, BlackBerry announced that its turnaround was finished, and Microsoft finally provided some information on its new connected car deliverables. One strange thing was that after CEO John Chen excitedly pointed out that BlackBerry had displaced Microsoft in Ford, he then announced a strategic initiative to work more…


3 Teams Qualify for Tube Test in Hyperloop Pod Competition

Elon Musk’s hyperloop dream began to take shape in reality last weekend as 27 teams, including six from outside the United States, participated in a competition to create the mass transit vehicle of the future. The competition in Hawthorne, California, sponsored by SpaceX, which Musk founded, attracted teams made up mostly of students who created…


Tech Industry Reacts to Trump’s Immigration Order

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on Thursday resigned from President Trump’s business advisory council amid fierce blowback against the president’s recent executive order on immigration, and in the wake of reports that several major Silicon Valley firms, including Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Google, have been circulating a draft letter opposing Trump’s action. Kalanick said he no…


Was Apple’s Outstanding Q1 a Fluke?

Apple had a good quarter, but if you look under the numbers there is a ton of trouble. It just dropped behind Google in brand value, and some analysts have predicted valuation will crater in a few months. The iPhone 7 did well, but that shouldn’t be a surprise, given that its biggest competitor, Samsung,…


LG Action Cam Launches In South Korea

The LG Action Cam was announced back in May and now LG has launched the device in South Korea and it is also headed to a number of other countries. The device is capable of recording 4K video and it comes with 4G LTE built in for live streaming to sites like YouTube. The device…


Oculus PC SDK 1.6 Reveals New Oculus Touch VR Controller Features

With the release of the latest Oculus PC SDK 1.6 this week, Oculus has revealed more details about their new Oculus Touch virtual reality controllers which are currently under development and are expected to be made available for consumers before the end of the year. Even though the Oculus Rift headset is now available to…


Japan’s SoftBank Is Buying ARM For £24.3 Billion

ARM and Japan’s Softbank have announced a new deal which will see Softbank pay £24.3 billion to take over ARM. Softbank will pay £17 a share in cash to take over ARM, this is a 43 percent premium on the company’s closing price last week. ARM closed at £11.89 last week and it is trading…