Technology

April 20, 2019

The firm behind the dual-screen YotaCellphone is bankrupt

We’ve been following Russia’s YotaPhone since 2012, but it seems like the saga of the power-sipping E Ink-backed dual-screen handset has come to an end. Yota Devices is bankrupt, reports Cnews.ru and Liliputing, pointing to a liquidation notice published in the Cayman Islands Gazette (PDF).
April 20, 2019

Nintendo Switch Coming to China Via Tencent, But Will It Sell in a Console-Hostile Market?

The administration of Guangdong province has given gaming company Tencent permission to distribute the Nintendo Switch console across China.
April 20, 2019

SiriusXM launches new ‘essential’ streaming plan for less than $8

SiriusXM is now offering an $8-per-month streaming music plan that it calls SiriusXM Essential, a bundle of over 300 channels consisting of music, talk radio, comedy, sports, and other content. This new, cheap option doesn’t include Howard Stern’s two channels — you’ve got to step up to Premium for those — and is strictly for online streaming, so it can’t be used with your car’s satellite radio if you’ve got one. But otherwise, the company says you can expect a ton of variety for commercial-free music listening.
April 20, 2019

‘Roblox’ Egg Hunt 2019 Locations: All Eggs And Where to Find Them

Roblox 2019 ‘Scrambled in Time’ Egg Hunt kicked off April 18. Check out our complete guide to every egg location, game badge quest and other things you need to know.
April 20, 2019

The inside the Samsung Galaxy Fold is marvelously messy

The Samsung Galaxy Fold doesn’t release until April 26th, but if you’ve been eagerly awaiting a glimpse under the hood, a pre-production version of the folding phone has already been disassembled and laid out piece by piece in photos. These were originally hosted on microblogging site Weibo, though the originals have since been removed.
April 20, 2019

Microsoft faces down a brand new declare that pro-diversity hiring isn’t honest to white males

Microsoft employees have been using an internal message board to criticize the company’s pro-diversity efforts, referring to the hiring of women and minorities as “discriminatory” against white and Asian men, according to a report from Quartz. Microsoft has left these threads untouched, drawing criticism from other employees who feel the company talks up its diversity and inclusion efforts, but takes little meaningful action to reinforce them at a cultural level.
April 20, 2019

The PDF Association thinks the Mueller report sucks

When Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his report on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election yesterday and political wonks across the internet rushed to download it, many people noticed two things: you couldn’t search for any text on the pages, and the whole file was really, really large. If you were annoyed by either of those things, you probably weren’t nearly as ticked off as the PDF Association, which published a long explanation of just why the Mueller report PDF file was so bad.
April 20, 2019

WannaCry hero pleads responsible to growing banking malware

Marcus Hutchins, best known for his role in stopping the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack, has pleaded guilty to two charges related to computer hacking conspiracy. The other eight charges will be dismissed as part of a plea deal first reported by ZDNet.
April 20, 2019

‘Roblox’ Egg Hunt 2019 Locations: All Eggs And Where to Find Them

Roblox 2019 ‘Scrambled in Time’ Egg Hunt kicked off April 18. Check out our complete guide to every egg location, game badge quest and other things you need to know.
April 20, 2019

Leica censored in China for advert that dramatizes the Tiananmen Square protests

German camera maker Leica is facing heat from Chinese censors and nationalistic internet users who are leaving angry comments after it launched an ad dramatizing the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Leica has been censored on the social media platform Weibo, as independently verified by The Verge and reported by the South China Morning Post.