• Nokia 8110’s slider ‘Matrix’ feature phone returns with 4G and a €79 price tag

    Nokia 8110’s slider ‘Matrix’ feature phone returns with 4G and a €79 price tag

    Nokia’s 8110 — the distinctive ‘candy bar’ feature phone with a slider opening — was once the phone that everyone wanted but no one could afford, made popular through the Matrix film franchise. Now HMD, the company that has the license to make Nokia phones, is hoping for a hit by bringing it back. Today, at MWC in Barcelona, Nokia officially took the wraps off the… Read More

  • ZTE will deliver the first Android Oreo (Go Edition) handset for the U.S. market in March

    ZTE will deliver the first Android Oreo (Go Edition) handset for the U.S. market in March

    Things have been mostly quiet on the Android Go front since Google announced the low-power mobile operating system back in May — aside, of course, from an unexpected name chance to the decidedly less catchy. Android Oreo (Go Edition). One of the things that’s made the offering unique from the start, however, is that unlike most of these sorts of lite offerings targeted at the… Read More

  • ZTE brings premium features to its mid-range Blade line

    ZTE brings premium features to its mid-range Blade line

    ZTE’s one of those workhorse smartphone companies you don’t hear much about, aside from the occasional misguided flirtation with a bizarre form factor, a la the dual-screen Axon M. But the Chinese handset manufacturer still powers away and manages to produce some solid handsets at bargain bin prices. The company hasn’t officially announced pricing on the Blade V9 —… Read More

  • Waverly Labs offers real-time translation with its Pilot earbuds

    Waverly Labs offers real-time translation with its Pilot earbuds

    Sometimes you travel all the way to Barcelona, only to meet up with a startup that’s been operating right around the block. Waverly Labs is a 20 person Brooklyn-based company that specializes in real-time translation through a pair of Bluetooth earbuds. The startup is on-hand at Mobile World Congress this week, showing off Pilot, its first piece of hardware, which launched at the end of… Read More

  • The three key CTO skills

    The three key CTO skills

    I’ve been CTO of HappyFunCorp since last year, and it has been a deeply edifying experience. Everything people told me was mostly true: I write less code; I go to more meetings, and turn up in more conference calls; I think more strategically, and less tactically; my time is spent in a more fragmented and kaleidoscopic manner. Oh, yeah — and I’m a lot more involved in bizdev… Read More

  • Huawei ran out of bezel space on its new laptop, so it put a camera in its keyboard

    Huawei ran out of bezel space on its new laptop, so it put a camera in its keyboard

    There’s a fine line between innovation and letting people see up your nose during conference calls. This week at Mobile World Congress, Huawei pushed through that line with reckless abandon on the MateBook X Pro. It’s one decided downside of this bezel-free future we’re all hurdling toward: the camera is an afterthought. For the iPhone Xs of the world, that means compromise… Read More

  • Huawei launches its new MediaPad M5 tablets

    Huawei launches its new MediaPad M5 tablets

    Tablets may not be the most exciting product category these days, but they also aren’t quite as dead as some pundits would like you to believe — and for Huawei, they are actually a growing business. Indeed, the company argues that it’s now the third largest tablet maker in the world. It’s no surprise then that the company today unveiled two (or three, depending on how… Read More

  • Apple moves iCloud encryption keys for Chinese users to China

    Apple moves iCloud encryption keys for Chinese users to China

    Apple told Reuters that the company had to comply with Chinese authorities and move iCloud data to Chinese data centers. Not everyone’s data is moving to China. This is only going to apply to residents of mainland China who chose China as their main country when they created their Apple account (not Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan). The Chinese government can now ask Apple to decrypt… Read More

  • GoBee Bike throws in the towel in France

    GoBee Bike throws in the towel in France

    Bike-sharing startup GoBee Bike is giving up and shutting down in all French cities where it operates. GoBee Bike operates just like Chinese giants Ofo and Mobike. You open the app, you find a bike on the map and you unlock it by scanning a QR code. Once you’re done, you lock it again and leave it there — there’s no dock. And yet, the startup is blaming vandalism and says… Read More

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