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Lyft will pay you $550 to ditch your car for a month

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Lyft is raising the stakes in its mission to dominate all modes of transportation in major cities. Starting in August, the ride-hailing company will offer 100 residents of Chicago $550 each in credit to Lyft and several other mobility services if they ditch their personal vehicles for a month. It’s a bold, if slightly gimmicky, […]

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Analyzing B450 for AMD Ryzen: A Quick Look at 25+ Motherboards

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One of the secondary stories from Computex was that AMD and its partners were set to launch a new generation of mid-range chipsets and motherboards with the new lower-power version of the chipset. The B450 chipset is the direct successor to B350, with lower power and features such as Precision Boost 2, XFR2, and StoreMI support. […]

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iPhone dual-SIM references discovered in latest iOS 12 beta

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Rumors of a dual-SIM iPhone first emerged earlier this year, and now Apple’s own iOS 12 is backing up the reports. A new “iPhone X Plus” is rumored to include a 6.5-inch OLED display and dual-SIM support in certain regions. 9to5Mac reports that iOS 12 developer beta 5, released yesterday, includes references to dual-SIM support. […]

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All those Bigfoot erotica jokes are helping normalize white supremacy

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The internet has long been a place where we’re free to indulge our seediest desires, a playground where letting your freak flag fly isn’t just acceptable, but practically expected. But as that space has become a more and more integral part of our daily lives, it’s also become increasingly common for some of those private […]

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Congress just showed us what comprehensive regulation of Facebook would look like

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As Congress has paid increasing attention to social networks over the past year, a recurring theme in the coverage has been how little lawmakers appear to understand them. The first Facebook hearing, which was tied to Congress’ investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, played as pure theater. At a subsequent hearing, senators at […]

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Sony’s mobile business is shrinking out of existence

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It may be time to start prewriting our Sony Mobile obituaries, as the latest earnings report from Sony indicates the company’s already tiny smartphone business has shrunk by almost half. In the quarter ending in July 2018, Sony managed to sell only 2 million mobile devices, down 1.4 million from the same period in the […]

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Nvidia teases GeForce event with ‘spectacular surprises’ next month

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Nvidia is planning to hold a GeForce event at Gamescom next month. The event will be held on August 20th and include new games, hands-on demos, and “some spectacular surprises.” Nvidia’s surprises will almost certainly involve a new GPU. Nvidia originally scheduled a talk entitled “NVIDIA’s Next Generation Mainstream GPU” at Hot Chips on August […]

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Nintendo has sold nearly 20 million Switch consoles

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Nintendo has released its earnings for the first three months of the current fiscal year alongside updated sales figures for the Switch. The company says it’s sold 19.67 million Switch consoles as of June 30th, meaning the actual figure is likely to have reached 20 million already. Nintendo is still predicting that it will sell […]

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Samsung says the Galaxy S9 isn’t selling very well

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Samsung Electronics’ quarterly earnings are in, and as ever they’re right in line with guidance, meaning that the company’s run of record profits is at an end. Samsung made an operating profit of 14.87 trillion won on sales of 58.4 trillion won; revenue was down 4 percent year on year. According to Samsung, the drop […]

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Logitech is acquiring Blue Microphones for $117 million in cash

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Logitech is making a big purchase to secure a foothold in high-end audio recording. Tonight, the company announced that it’s acquiring Blue Microphones for $117 million. The all-cash transaction will result in Blue, known for USB condenser microphones including the Snowball and Yeti, joining Logitech’s existing portfolio of brands. Aside from Logitech and Logitech G, […]

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