Amazon has launched a website in Sweden as the first leg of a long-anticipated expansion into the tech-savvy Nordic region that is expected to have a major long-term impact on brick-and-mortar stores and e-commerce
Quibi Is Shutting Down Just 6 Months After Launch. According to 'The Wall Street Journal,' the streaming service is to be one of the shortest-lived to date. The company launched on April 6, 2020, providing content to be specifically viewed on mobile devices. Two plans — one with ads and one without — were available for under $10 per month. . In July, app-tracking firm Sensor Tower claimed Quibi lost over 90% of its subscribers after the three-month free trial was up. . According to The Verge, Quibi has refuted those numbers but never provided alternate figures for reference. Factors that may have contributed to the company's demise include its mobile-only content as people are stuck at home amid the pandemic. or that short-form video content can be found for free with competitors such as YouTube and TikTok. Co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg attempted to sell off the floundering company earlier this year, but no one took the bait
The man who turned Samsung into a tech powerhouse—and nearly lost it all amid white-collar crime convictions—died Sunday in Seoul, the Washington Post reports. Lee Kun-hee was 78. "Chairman Lee was a true visionary who transformed Samsung into the world-leading innovator and industrial powerhouse from a local business,...
Microsoft says Iranian hackers have posed as conference organizers in Germany and Saudi Arabia in an attempt to break into the email accounts of “high-profile” people with spoofed invitations
A Dutch tech researcher says he was able to gain access to President Trump's Twitter account last week by correctly guessing the password "maga2020!" There's a precedent here: He happens to be the same guy who accessed the president's Twitter account in 2016 by guessing the password of "yourefired," reports...
Nokia to Build First Cellular Network on the Moon for NASA. On Monday, Nokia Oyj announced that they had been chosen by NASA to create the first ever cellular network on the moon. . The network is expected to be available by late 2022. . The Finnish telecommunications firm said that their partnership with NASA would create a “sustainable human presence on the lunar surface.” . The technology will be “ideally suited” for providing the technology that “astronauts need.” . It will make remotely controlled rovers, high definition streaming and real-time navigation possible. . Nokia is working with Intuitive Machines to integrate their work into a lunar lander for delivery and self-configuration on the surface of the moon. . The LTE/4G communications system will also be “ultra-compact, low-power” and “space-hardened.”. The solution has been specially designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the launch and lunar landing, and to operate in the extreme conditions of space, Nokia, via Bloomberg
If you thought 2020 couldn’t get any crazier, Crocs are now back in style. The quirky footwear brand that was once named Time Magazine’s ‘Worst Idea,’ is now seen as a high-fashion brand, highly sought after by many. Andrew Rees, the CEO of Crocs, joined Wake Up With Cheddar to discuss.
Sony Releases Free , Black Lives Matter , PS4 Theme. On Oct. 19, Sony released the "Black Lives Matter Theme" on the PlayStation Store. When the theme is enabled, the bottom of the user interface appears with black and yellow graphics, as well as a raised fist. The hashtag #BLM also appears as part of the free theme. Other companies have taken similar actions. In June, Activision released a 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' update that displayed a message supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Developer Bungie introduced several items supporting Black Lives Matter, including 'Destiny 2' emblems and a "be heard" enamel pin.
To the moon, Alice! And call me when you get there. Yes, NASA is giving Nokia $14.1 million to install a cellular network on that big rock in the sky, Mashable reports. The idea is to deploy a 4G/LTE network—and later move to 5G—to "support lunar surface...
Profit at Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. more than doubled in the last quarter on healthy gains in its video game sector, as people stayed home during the pandemic
First Facebook banned political ads after the polls close on Nov. 3. Now the social media giant is targeting an entirely different set of promotions: anti-vaccination ads, which will no longer be allowed on the platform, the Guardian reports. "We don't want these ads on our platform," the company said...
YouTube Vows to Ban Misleading Claims About COVID-19 Vaccines. The video-sharing platform has announced a new effort to crackdown on COVID-19 misinformation, . warning it will ban any clips that contradict expert advice from local health authorities. A COVID-19 vaccine may be imminent, therefore we're ensuring we have the right policies in place to be able to remove [related] misinformation, YouTube, via statement. According to YouTube, it has already removed 200,000 dangerous or misleading videos about coronavirus. Similarly, Facebook has announced plans to ban ads that discourage people from getting vaccinated
Melissa Reiff, chairwoman & CEO at The Container Store, joined Cheddar to discuss the company's historic and unprecedented success amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google have received a hectoring from Republicans at a Senate hearing for alleged anti-conservative bias in the companies’ social media platforms
Microsoft Hires Another Naughty Dog Developer for the Initiative. The gaming giant has added a new member to the team for its Xbox studio with Lauren Garcia. Garcia, who worked as character shading technical director on 'The Last of Us: Part II,'. is joining as senior shader technologies developer. So happy to announce that this week I joined at The Initiative. This is an incredible team working on something truly special, Lauren Garcia, via Twitter . It was so hard to left behind my friends at NaughtyDog. But I need to say thank you to @Xbox @XboxP3 to allow me be part of Xbox family!
Tuesday is a big day for those in the market for a new iPhone, a tech toy, a vacuum, or pretty much any item under the sun. It's not only Amazon Prime Day, but Apple will unveil its new phone lineup. Coverage: Apple: At the company's 1pm ET launch, CNET...
Angry about his interview with Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes,” President Donald Trump released an unedited version of the talk on Facebook three days before the broadcast
Facebook's free speech policy no longer extends to Holocaust denial. The company announced Monday that material which "denies or distorts" the Holocaust will be banned, CNBC reports. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he has "struggled with the tension between standing for free expression and the harm caused by minimizing or denying...
David Cage Thinks the Xbox Series S Will Be ‘Confusing’. Microsoft previously announced that in addition to the Xbox Series X, . they will also be releasing another next-gen console, the Xbox Series S. It will be a cheaper and lower-spec version of the Xbox Series X. While some gamers thought this was a great idea, it seems David Cage isn’t a fan. The Quantic Dream CEO is known for directing cinematic games like ‘Heavy Rain, ‘Beyond Two Souls’ and ‘Detroit: Become Human.’ . Cage thinks that “most developers will focus on the lower-end version to avoid doing two different versions”. Many developers prefer consoles to PC because on consoles you only have to deal with one hardware, whereas on PC there are so many configurations, graphic cards, drivers, controllers. , David Cage, to WCCFTech. When a manufacturer offers two consoles with different specs, there is a strong chance that most developers will focus on the lower-end version to avoid doing two different versions, David Cage, to WCCFTech. He also added that he thinks that this will be “confusing” for both developers and players. I think it is confusing for developers, but also for players, and although I can understand the commercial reasons behind this choice I think the situation is questionable, David Cage, to WCCFTech
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has put forth a new plan to help the state dramatically cut back on carbon emissions. Shawn Latourette, deputy commissioner and chief of staff at the department, discusses the possibility of banning sales of gas-powered cars.