Twilio came ahead of expectations and the stock is going nuts

Twilio today reported a positive quarter that brought it to profitability — on an adjusted basis — ahead of schedule for Wall Street, sending the stock soaring 16 percent in extended hours after the release came out. While according to traditional accounting principles Twilio still lost money (this usually includes stock-based compensation, a key component of compensation packages), the company …

Pokémon GO is getting PvP by the end of the year

As popular as Pokemon GO is, it has always been missing one major feature: pitting your Pokemon directly against another trainer’s. Strange, since that was the entire basis of the franchise to begin with! But the mobile game will at last get this much-requested feature by the end of the year, the company told Polish news site Gram. After a …

Chilling effects

The removal of conspiracy enthusiast content by InfoWars brings us to an interesting and important point in the history of online discourse. The current form of Internet content distribution has made it a broadcast medium akin to television or radio. Apps distribute our cat pics, our workouts, and our YouTube rants to specific audiences of followers, audiences that were nearly impossible …

This hack turns your old Kindle into a clock

If you have an old Kindle e-reader lying about then you’d best dig it up. This cool hack can turn your dead e-reader into a living clock that scours hundreds of books for exact times and displays the current time in a quote. It updates once a minute. The project, available on Instrucables, requires a jailbroken Kindle and little else. …

The 3:59, Ep. 438

Good morning from CNET NY Studios while we record the daily news-bite podcast: The 3:59. Hangout while we cover a multitude of stories from around the tech …

Facebook taps banks, but for chatbots not purchase data like Google

Backlash swelled this morning after Facebook’s aspirations in financial services were blown out of proportion by a Wall Street Journal report that neglected how the social network already works with banks. Facebook spokesperson Elisabeth Diana tells TechCrunch it’s not asking for credit card transaction data from banks and it’s not interested in building a dedicated banking feature where you could …

15 names that would have been better than Android Pie

Let’s say, hypothetically, that you make a mobile operating system, and somewhere along the line, you decided whimsically to name major updates after alphabetical dessert foods. What a fun idea! Sure, some letters will prove harder than others. “K” and “O” are admittedly tough, but that’s nothing that little bit of clever cross-branding can’t fix. Who doesn’t love a good …

Say hello to Android 9 Pie

The nickname for Android 9 is “Pie.” It’s not the most inspired of Android names, but it’ll do. What really matters at the end of the day are the new features in Pie — and there are plenty of those. If you are a Pixel owner, you’ll be happy to hear that Pie will start rolling out as an over-the-air …

MOV.AI raises $3M in seed funding to create an ‘Android for Robotics’

We all know what Android for smartphones is. A free, (almost) open source operating system for smartphones. But right now there is no equivalent of the “Android for robots.” Instead there are many, many proprietary systems. A new startup plans to address this problem in order for the robotics market to really take off, and for it to have a …

Think your smartphone is expensive? Just you wait (The 3:59, Ep. 437)

Starts @ 3:10 before the edit Why Android phones and iPhones will get more pricey, T-Mobile news, cheaper plans and a boot camp to reform teenage hackers. Our sponsor: https://www.enablingusb.org/ Climbing phone prices: https://cnet.co/2M42M7j New T-Mobile plan: https://cnet.co/2nfmtv9 Hacking boot camp: https://cnet.co/2M3lbBf Good morning from CNET NY Studios while we record the daily news-bite podcast: The 3:59. Hangout while we …

Is it time to remove Zuckerberg from (his) office?

A colleague, who shall remain nameless (because privacy is not dead), gave a thumbs down to a recent column in the NYT. The complaint was that the writer had attacked tech companies (mostly but not exclusively Facebook) without offering any solutions for these all-powerful techbro CEOs’ orchestral failures to grasp the messy complexities of humanity at a worldwide scale. Challenge …

Edifier’s S350DB speakers: modern sound with an old-school style

Let’s be honest, if you use a receiver as the hub of your home entertainment system, you probably only use about a quarter of the buttons, dials and inputs on it, at most. Not everyone needs all the bells and whistles of a receiver-driven surround sound system. For those looking to get their sound with a considerably smaller footprint, 2.1 …

BlaBlaCar acquires carpool rival BeepCar from Russia’s Mail.Ru

Another acquisition for French carpooling platform BlaBlaCar: It’s picked up Russian Internet giant Mail.Ru’s relatively recent rival offering, BeepCar, in what’s being billed as both an acquisition and a partnership. BlaBlaCar says the move is aimed at consolidating its international growth. “Through this acquisition, we are doubling down our commitment to develop carpooling in Russia, and to address growing Russian …

Augmented reality vs. virtual reality: AR and VR made clear

Two technologies that are confusingly similar, but utterly different. Augmented reality playlist – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAl4aZK3mRv3Qw2yBQV7ueeHIqTcsoI99 Virtual reality- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAl4aZK3mRv0UCC7R14Zn4m8K7_XoLODQ Subscribe to CNET: https://www.youtube.com/user/cnettv Check out our playlists: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV/playlists Download the new CNET app: https://cnet.app.link/GWuXq8ExzG Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cnet Follow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cnet Follow us on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2icCYYm

Challenger bank Monzo launches accounts for 16-18 year olds

When weighing up the likely success of challenger banks in the U.K., two predominant schools of thought emerge. Those who are bullish say that incumbent banks provide a lousy user experience, rip off customers, and innovate incredibly slowly — and therefore are ripe for the taking. Challenger banks just need to focus on what they do best and word of …

The best tech for college students (CNET Top 5)

If you’re going to school, you need this stuff. Seriously. Top 5 future phone technologies (CNET Top 5) – https://youtu.be/jdAhX_gWMIg Subscribe to CNET: https://www.youtube.com/user/cnettv Check out our playlists: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV/playlists Download the new CNET app: https://cnet.app.link/GWuXq8ExzG Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cnet Follow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cnet Follow us on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2icCYYm

The best tech for college students

If you’re going to school, you need this stuff. Seriously. Subscribe to CNET: https://www.youtube.com/user/cnettv Check out our playlists: …

LemonBox brings US vitamins and health products to consumers in China

China is rising in many ways — the economy, consumer spending and technology — but still many of its population looks overseas, and particularly to the West, for cues on lifestyle and health. That’s a theme that’s being seized by LemonBox, a China-U.S. startup that lets Chinese consumers buy U.S. health products at affordable prices. Indeed, the recent scare around …

Spoofing tech startups: NoseR, a musical,

This comedy makes a song and dance about the quirks of startup culture. New musical sends up startups in song It’s Uber for comedy – https://cnet.co/2MdjQ7Q Jim Henson exhibit full of Muppets and magic – https://youtu.be/uxE_h42DTZM Subscribe to CNET: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV CNET playlists: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV/playlists Download the new CNET app: https://cnet.app.link/GWuXq8ExzG Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cnet Follow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cnet Follow …

Spoofing tech startups: NoseR, a musical,

This comedy makes a song and dance about the quirks of startup culture. New musical sends up startups in song It’s Uber for comedy – https://cnet.co/2MdjQ7Q …

Venezuela claims drones loaded with explosives used in failed attack on president

Is the dystopian future of shoestrong budget weaponized drone attacks here already? The BBC and AP are reporting claims by the Venezuela government of an assassination attempt on its president using a couple of drones carrying explosives. President Nicolás Maduro was giving a speech at a military event in Caracas which was being screened live on television when the incident occurred. Footage …

Wonga investors inject £10M so cash-strapped payday lender can fund claims

If you were at Disrupt London four years ago you may remember more than a little awkwardness during an investor panel when two VCs that had invested in European payday loans firm Wonga declined to comment on what had gone wrong at their portfolio company in the wake of a £220M write down. Yesterday Sky News reported that those same two, Accel Partners and Balderton …

Jim Henson exhibit full of Muppets and magic | Stream Economy

“Imagination Unlimited” leaves the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 2, but it’s a must-see if you love his work. Jim Henson exhibit ‘Imagination Unlimited’ is a trip down Muppet memory lane – https://www.cnet.com/videos/jim-henson-exhibit-imagination-unlimited-is-a-trip-down-muppet-memory-lane/ Subscribe to CNET: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV CNET playlists: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV/playlists Download the new CNET app: https://cnet.app.link/GWuXq8ExzG Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cnet Follow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cnet Follow …

The greedy ways Apple got to $1 trillion

For being the richest company ever with $243 billion in cash, Apple sure cuts corners in the stingiest ways. The hardware giant became the first trillion-dollar company week. Yet it’s tough to reconcile Apple earning $11 billion in profit per quarter with it still screwing us over on cords and keyboards. The “it just works” philosophy has slipped through the …

From Venmo to The Bachelorette: Venmo John tells all

A fan-favorite from Season 14 of The Bachelorette stopped by CNET to talk about how his time at Venmo prepared him to try for Becca’s heart, and what’s next for him following his upcoming stint on Bachelor in Paradise. Bachelorette favorite Venmo John talks Becca, apps and the final rose: https://www.cnet.com/news/bachelorette-favorite-venmo-john-graham-talks-becca-apps-final-rose/ On Venmo, the lifestyles of the (fake) rich and …