Software

  • Opera doubles down on Africa with $100M plan to make its browser a media platform

    Opera doubles down on Africa with $100M plan to make its browser a media platform

    Opera, the Norwegian browser-maker that was sold to a Chinese consortium last year, is doubling down on the African market after it announced plans to invest $100 million to grow its business in the emerging region. The company is well known for its reach in emerging markets, and Africa in particular where it recently reached 100 million users. This $100 million budget is principally for… Read More

  • Media Prima buys Rev Asia for $24M to create Malaysia’s largest digital media platform

    Media Prima buys Rev Asia for $24M to create Malaysia’s largest digital media platform

    The U.S. isn’t the only market where media companies are consolidating to offer an advertising platform to rival Facebook and Google. While AOL (which owns TechCrunch) is in the process of acquiring Yahoo, over in Malaysia a similar consolidation was announced this week — although not quite on the scale of AOL-Yahoo (Oath?!) and its $4.48 billion price tag. Media Prima, a… Read More

  • Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker leaks ahead of launch

    Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker leaks ahead of launch

    Microsoft wants in on the Google Home and Amazon Echo party. This Echo-lookalike is made by Harman Kardon and it’s powered by Microsoft’s Cortana voice platform. The device apparently launches this fall and could be officially revealed later this week. Update: Microsoft and Harman Kardon have now confirmed this. The device will go on sale in the fall of 2017. Called the Invoke… Read More

  • These big tech companies pay their interns the most

    These big tech companies pay their interns the most

    It’s May, and that means the window for locking down internships at tech companies is rapidly closing. In reflection of the 2017 recruiting season, Glassdoor took some time to analyze its anonymized salary data, producing a report of the highest-paying internships for 2017. Read More

  • The OverLord ProPlus is a 3D printer for making really tall objects

    The OverLord ProPlus is a 3D printer for making really tall objects

    Most 3D printers have a fairly small build envelope. The Makerbot, which is one of the biggest for home use, offers 29.5 L X 19.5 W X 16.5 H CM and others hover around that range. The $499 OverLord ProPlus, on the other hand, has a cylindrical build volume of 17 by 26 cm which means you can print surprisingly long and surprisingly tall objects with this wacky delta arm printer. A delta arm… Read More

  • Facebook’s fastText library is now optimized for mobile

    Facebook’s fastText library is now optimized for mobile

    This morning Facebook’s AI Research (FAIR) lab released an update to fastText, its super-speedy open-source text classification library. When it was initially released, fastText shipped with pre-trained word vectors for 90 languages, but today it’s getting a boost to 294 languages. The release also brings enhancements to reduce model size and ultimately memory demand. Read More

  • The $999 Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s expensive answer to Chromebooks

    The $999 Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s expensive answer to Chromebooks

    Microsoft just revealed the newest Surface model and it’s aimed directly at the education market. Called the Surface Laptop, this is the notebook Microsoft hopes schools will buy instead of a Chromebooks. But unlike other Surface models, it does not run the traditional desktop version of Windows, though. The $999 Surface Laptop runs Windows 10 S, a new streamlined operating system… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey just spent $9.5M buying more Twitter stock

    Jack Dorsey just spent $9.5M buying more Twitter stock

    Jack Dorsey is at it again — after purchasing $7 million in Twitter stock back in February, the Twitter CEO bought another $9.5 million today. After making his purchase, Dorsey posted the news on Facebook Twitter, sparking a one percent gain in the company’s share price in after-hours trading. According to an SEC filing, Dorsey purchased 574,002 shares of Twitter stock… Read More

  • Facebook announces plan to fight misinformation campaigns

    Facebook announces plan to fight misinformation campaigns

    Facebook made its most direct statements about how the platform has been used to spread misinformation in a report released today by its security team. The report acknowledges how actors created a coordinated campaign on the platform to spread misinformation during the 2016 U.S. election, and explains measures Facebook is taking to combat it. “Our mission is to give people the power to… Read More