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Trends

US Ranks Just 20th in Broadband Speed League

By | Jul 16, 2018 at 4:20 pm

In 2018, when streaming, video calls and online gaming are more popular than ever, fast broadband isn’t just a nicety, for many it’s a necessity. However, recent research by Cable.co.uk has shown that the US is lagging behind when it comes to speedy broadband,…

VPN

Hola VPN Hacked in MyEtherWallet Cryptocurrency Heist

By | Jul 10, 2018 at 8:05 am

Hola VPN, a widely-used free VPN service, was hacked earlier today as part of an effort to steal cryptocurrency from MyEtherWallet (MEW) accounts. The hackers targeted the Hola VPN extension for Google Chrome, in order to gain access to MEW - a popular solution...

Gear & Gadgets

Apple Registers New iPads and New MacBooks

By | Jul 6, 2018 at 10:58 am

Apple has registered five new iPad and five new MacBook models in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database. This is normally a good indicator of the new models coming to market for the year ahead, though there’s little info yet about specs, prices or…

Social Networking

Should You Pay a Daily Social Media Tax? Uganda Thinks So

By | Jul 6, 2018 at 10:16 am

The Ugandan government has this week introduced a tax on social media use. This unprecedented tax again raises questions about the relationship between multinational tech companies, governments and citizens. Ugandan citizens have, since July 1, been required to pay 200 Ugandan Shillings (USh) for…

Acquisition

Austin

Tech.Co Has Been Acquired by Global Digital Media Business

By | Jan 15, 2018 at 7:01 pm

Today, I’m excited to announce that Tech.Co has been acquired by MVF, an international publishing and tech company. MVF was founded in the UK by five friends in 2009, and has driven incredibly fast growth over the past 9 years. They opened an office…

Opinion/Analysis

The Full Saga of Patreon’s Failed Payment Policy Change

By | Dec 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The time: December 6, 2017. The place: Internet creators’ inboxes everywhere. That’s when they received an email update from Patreon titled “Creators now take home exactly 95%.” In it, the popular membership platform detailed a payment policy change that would immediately become their worst…

Twitter

Actually, 280-Character Tweets Are Good

By | Dec 11, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Remember when AirPods first debuted and we all joked about how they’d fall in the toilet? Or when everyone used to complain every two months about the newest Facebook newsfeed tweak back in 2012? Looking back, those insta-controversies don’t seem to have left much…

Productivity

How to Improve Your Speed Reading Skills

By | Oct 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Are you a whole word or skimmer reader? The average reader can consume 300 words per minute, and if you are skimming, it can go up to 700 words per minute. With how much information you take in during the day, wouldn’t it be…

Public Relations

San Diego

5 Questions to Ask Before Launching Your Next PR Campaign

By | Oct 30, 2017 at 9:20 am

The Snuggie, Airbnb, Soylent and even Lyft arguably have something in common: epic timing. The notion “timing is everything” is a proverb relevant to many aspects of business, but it is particularly pertinent to public relations in terms of securing excellent media coverage. However,…

Food

China

China Is Getting $300M of Lab-Grown Meat From Israel

By | Sep 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

In May 2016, we told you the food industry was the next frontier for the startup world. In January 2017, we predicted synthetic food would finally catch on in a big way. Now, news of a deal China has made for lab-grown meat proves that it…

Mobile

Seoul

Samsung Wants to Make a Foldable Phone by 2018

By | Sep 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

Phones have been getting bigger for years: More screen real estate makes for a better visual experience and fewer cramped finger swipes. But phones can only get so bulky before our pockets can’t handle them. Short of cargo pants coming back into style, Samsung’s…

Bitcoin

United Kingdom

A UK Financial Regulator Is Warning Investors Away From ICOs

By | Sep 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The Financial Conduct Authority has warned investors: The “initial coin offering,” or ICO, comes with significant risk. The news is an official acknowledgement of the shaky ground that the ICO — which often functions like an IPO, sans security laws — has always tread. Here’s what…

Social Media

DC

The Gap Between TV News and Online News Shrunk a Ton in Just a Year

By | Sep 11, 2017 at 10:50 am

Americans’ reliance on online news is catching up to their long-time favorite news source, TV. According to a new August 2017 study fresh out of the Pew Research Center, the internet is a scant seven percent of the U.S. population behind TV. Look, the…

books

How Digital Literacy Platforms Can Help Combat Illiteracy

By | Sep 11, 2017 at 8:30 am

I’ll never forget walking into my first public library. It was the library next door to the church where I attended Sunday school and would eventually attend kindergarten. Upon first entering the section filled with children’s books, I gasped aloud. The sheer number of…

News & Content

London

Why Perlego’s “Spotify for Textbooks” Revenue Model Works

By | Sep 5, 2017 at 9:20 am

The Netflix model is a tricky beast: Offering all-you-can-watch takes immense funding, as Netflix’s 7-billion-dollar 2017 content budget proves, and it only pays off once you have a massive user base to match it. Yet companies keep trying to replicate it in different industries….

Advertising

San Francisco

Turns Out Banner Ads Aren’t So Dead After All

By | Aug 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Like the body of a dragon on Game of Thrones this last season, banner ads were once thought dead but have risen from the grave to assault us once more. And like those zombies, banner ads are now turning on those we thought would…

Mobile

27 Percent of Digital Consumers in Middle East & Africa Are Mobile-Only

By | Aug 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Phones were once attached to the wall, or only in booths. Then they could be carried around in your pocket. But now everyone has smartphones and, let’s be honest, they’re closer to pocket computers than to phones. A new report covering the Middle East &…