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  • Samsung launches new fund for early-stage AI investments

    Samsung is diving deeper into artificial intelligence after it announced a new fund focused on AI technologies and startups. The Korean firm’s ‘Samsung NEXT Q Fund’ is targeted at seed and Series A deals for startups that are “solving AI problems, as well as those using AI to solve computer science problems.” In particular, the […]

  • Israeli autonomous technology developer Innoviz is entering China’s car market

    Innoviz, a developer of light-detection and ranging technologies for computer vision and autonomous vehicles, is getting a toehold in China, the world’s fastest growing auto market, through a partnership with the Chinese automotive supplier HiRain Technologies. From offices in Beijing, Chicago, Detroit, Shanghai and Tianjin, HiRain serves as a global supplier to some of China’s […]

  • Xiaomi CDRs, SoftBank’s successors and China’s Samsung investigation

    The weekend provided no rest to news-wary reporters, with major announcements coming from Xiaomi, SoftBank and the Chinese government the past few days that will continue to change the global tech landscape. Xiaomi Chinese Depository Receipts One of the most important yet underreported stories of 2018 has been the development of Chinese Depository Receipts (known […]

  • PayPal and Singapore’s Temasek invest $125M in Indian payment startup Pine Labs

    Fresh from agreeing its largest acquisition to date with a deal to buy European payment firm iZettle for $2.2 billion, PayPal is on the investment hunt once again after it backed India’s Pine Labs with a $125 million round. The financing jointly comes from PayPal and Temasek, the sovereign investment fund from the Singaporean government […]

  • Samsung adds ‘The Incredibles’ to its AR Emojis

    Samsung’s AR Emojis were met with a…lukewarm reception when they launched alongside the Galaxy S9. The augmented reality avatars were regarded as a me-too response to Apple’s Animojis — and more to the point, were downright creepy. But at launch, the company brought one key element to the offering that Apple hasn’t: a content partnership. […]

  • Starbucks’s mobile payment service is slightly outpacing Apple’s

    People really love getting their coffee more quickly. Starbucks, which has operated its own mobile payments service since 2011, is the market leader in terms of mobile payments users, beating out Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay, according to a new reporter from eMarketer out this morning. However, Starbucks’ lead over Apple Pay is […]

  • Xiaomi promises to give money back to customers if its profits get too high

    Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker tipped for a public listing this year, has made a unique pledge: if it makes too much money, it’ll give a chunk of its profits back to its customers. Yes, that’s right. The company said today it will forever limit to just five percent the net profit margins after tax […]

  • Ethereum falls after rumors of a powerful mining chip surface

    Rumors of a new ASIC mining rig from Bitmain have driven Ethereum prices well below their one-week high of $585. An ASIC – or Application-specific integrated circuit – in the cryptocurrency world is a chip that designers create for the specific purpose of mining a single currency. Early Bitcoin ASICs, for example, drove adoption up […]

  • Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is the way to wean yourself off of DSLRs

    Samsung has a new smartphone out, the Galaxy S9 (and S9+). It’s the latest flagship from one of the top smartphone makers in the world, but this year’s version has a lot in common with last year’s model, at least on the surface. The big focus (lol) this year was on the camera, and for […]

  • Secret microLED labs, Apple R&D, and the future of product margins

    Over the weekend, Mark Gurman at Bloomberg reported that Apple has apparently built out a microLED display laboratory in California for testing and manufacturing small batches of the next-generation screen technology, presumably for its iPhone and other devices. Apple had previously acquired microLED startup LuxVue in 2014. The news of a secret research lab fits […]