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When a hosting company calls itself Namecheap you can be sure it'll lead on price, and the headline on the website doesn't disappoint: "Secure and reliable high-performance hosting from just $10 (£8)...
Blue Apron hires bankers for IPO in 2017
Blue Apron, the biggest U.S. meal kit company, has hired investment bankers to lead its 2017 initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter. Blue Apron's IPO is coming as competition...
Red Hat surges on sales beat, strong earnings guidance
Shares of Red Hat climbed nearly 5 percent after hours Monday, on a strong earnings report for the quarter ended Feb 28, the fourth quarter of its 2017 fiscal year. Here's how the company did during the...
Apple's AR glasses could arrive in 2018
Step aside Snapchat Specs and get out the way Google Glass, Apple could be just a year away from its own face-worn wearable. The Cupertino firm is now being heavily tipped as currently expediting its...
Changing clocks twice a year is bad for health and energy use
Time for a change?amriphoto/gettyBy Simon OxenhamAre you feeling tired today? Much of the UK got up an hour earlier than usual this morning, following the start of daylight savings. But there’s evidence...
Meet the lawyer trying to make US tech giants pay more taxes. His first target: Uber
The lawyer is referring to a landmark U.K. case last year in which judges ruled that Uber drivers are not self-employed and should get all the benefits of full workers' rights such as holiday pay and...
Age reversal drug may be on sale in three years
In early experiments, the drug nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) had a dramatic rejuvenating effect on ageing mice.Researchers hope to begin testing the drug on clinical trial patients in the next six...
Weather and climate extremes continue to set new records
Mark Kolbe/GettyBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationWeather and climate extremes have continued into 2017 after last year saw record-breaking temperatures, says the World Meteorological Organisation...
Mulesoft IPO opens high, stays flat
Shares of San Francisco’s Mulesoft debuted on the public market Friday, with shares trading mid-morning at about 45 percent above the $17 per-share price that was set by the company Thursday. “The most...
Report: Nintendo plans to double Switch production for coming year
Enlarge / If you have to run your cords to the left with the Nintendo Switch Dock, you'll have to wind them around its body. reader comments 28 Share this story Further ReadingHard-to-find Nintendo Switch...
Buying a Nintendo Switch is about to get a whole lot easier
The Nintendo Switch has been tough to get hold of recently and there's a very good reason for that: stock has been low - but this is all set to change. According to the WSJ, Nintendo is double the amount...
Samsonite chairman says 2016 earnings 'best results' since going public
Travel luggage maker Samsonite announced full year earnings Thursday that saw a near 30 percent jump in profits, and its chairman told CNBC it was arguably the company's best set of results since going...
‘Mad’ Heinz ad, Google’s big ad bucks, a Guinness prize
The campaign shows foods like french fries and hamburgers up close without any condiments and suggests they need ketchup to be complete. Google continues to dominate the search advertising market and...
Snap's 2017 ad revenue will be $30 million less than expected, says eMarketer
The 2017 advertising revenue forecast for Snap's Snapchat has been trimmed by $30 million due to higher than expected revenue sharing with its partners, digital marketing firm eMarketer said in its latest...
US Solar Soared in 2016, But Investors Still Leery
New U.S. solar installations nearly doubled last year, but slowing demand for both residential and large-scale systems, falling panel prices and concerns about looming federal tax reform are still dampening...
David Tepper on Apple: Warren Buffett 'made a better trade' than I did
Billionaire investor David Tepper told CNBC on Wednesday that Warren Buffett turned out to be right to buy Apple since late last year. Tepper's Appaloosa Management trimmed its Apple stake late last year,...
2017 is shaping up to be a revolutionary year for the gaming industry
Mark my words: 2017 has the potential to change the landscape of our industry forever. It’s a sentiment I first felt at the dawn of a new year, my heart filled with a hope for all those games and bits...
Americans’ sex lives have gone limp—lovemaking fell ~15% since the ’90s
EnlargeGetty | Deux reader comments 18 Share this story Sexy times in the US are declining, according to a new study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. American adults reported having nine fewer romps...
Violence on Facebook Live presents censorship dilemma
Facebook Live gives people an easy way to broadcast live video, but it has also reportedly given Facebook a real live headache: how to decide when to censor video depicting violent acts.In the year since...
Here's the real reason why Netflix gave us offline viewing
Netflix’s Todd Yellin has told TechRadar that 'in retrospect' the company should have added offline functionality before it did last year, and that it’s been a great success. Launching its streaming service...
Facebook engineers struggling with sky-high rents ask Mark Zuckerberg for help
You might think that, once you get through all the interviews and score a coveted position as a white-collar employee of a billion-dollar company, you'll be set. But if your job means living in the Bay...
2016 a Record Year for Vulnerabilities, Trend Micro Finds
Security vendor Trend Micro released its 2016 Security Roundup on Feb. 28, providing insight into a record year for vulnerabilities. The largest single trend noted in the report was the exceptional rise...
First yearly CO2 forecast predicts one of biggest rises ever
What does the future hold?NOAABy Michael Le PageNow for the carbon dioxide forecast: levels of this gas in the atmosphere will rise by 2.5 parts per million to average 408 ppm in 2017. And the monthly...
Alibaba blames Chinese authorities for lack of action on counterfeiters
In the year leading up to August 2016, Alibaba took down 380 million product listings as an anti-counterfeiting measure. But just a fraction of cases made it through the criminal justice system, the company...
Australian VR sales booming with more than 200,000 headsets sold in 2016
According to market studies by Australian tech research group Telstyle, around 216,000 VR headsets were sold in Australia through the calendar year of 2016, with around 70 percent of these sales being...
Uber to investigate "abhorrent" sexual harassment claim
LONDON -- Uber’s chief executive has ordered an urgent investigation into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer who alleged her prospects at the company evaporated when she complained about...
Snapchat parent Snap sees IPO priced between $14 and $16 per share
"We intend to use the net proceeds we receive from this offering for general corporate purposes, including working capital, operating expenses, and capital expenditures. We may also use a portion of the...
Snapchat owner Snap sets IPO valuation as high as $22.2 billion: Report
The U.S. start-up's IPO is being closely watched as it could set the tone for other technology offerings in 2017. Last year saw a dearth of U.S. listings, but experts are predicting that the market could...
AppRiver Report Finds Ransomware Most Serious Security Threat
Each year, security firm AppRiver releases a report detailing the good and bad in the security industry. But the 2017 Global Security Report is sobering. AppRiver assessed the threats facing businesses...
Intensive blood pressure control could prevent 100,000 early deaths each year
Researchers have projected that aggressively lowering blood pressure could help prevent more than 100,000 deaths in the US each year. Experts from across the country built upon the landmark Systolic Blood...
Lionsgate’s surprise turnaround leads it to enviable crossroads
[...] the end of the year looked like more misery, with three problematic movies — another chapter in an aging comedy franchise, starring Tyler Perry as a sassy grandmother (“Boo! A Madea Halloween”);...
Top Apple analyst predicts 3 wireless charging iPhones this year
The three new phones, scheduled for release this year, will all feature wireless charging, Kuo wrote in a research note, according to technology blog 9to5Mac. But because of the combined new charging...
Snap's cloud bill this year will be higher than its total revenue for 2016
If you want to see why Snap's costs are so high, look to the clouds. Snap said in an updated IPO filing on Thursday that, on top of its previously disclosed deal to spend $400 million a year on Google's...
E3 opens its doors to the public for the first time this year
reader comments 6 Share this story For the first time, tickets to the Electronic Entertainment Expo will be officially available to those who don't work in the game industry. Starting February 13 at noon...
Trump cast a shadow over Silicon Valley's 'Oscars' this year
Last night's Crunchies Awards was tech's annual big night out. It's a chance for the industry to honor Silicon Valley's finest and poke fun at itself. This year, though, the Crunchies got political. Actress...
Stranger Things Season 2 will haunt Netflix on Halloween
reader comments 3 Share this story The Stranger Things Season 2 Super Bowl advert.The weekend delivered good news for fans of Netflix's critically acclaimed '80s-style, horror nostalgia-fest, Stranger...
Credit card thieves move online as chips cut in-store fraud
The adoption of credit card chip technology by U.S. retailers is having an unintended consequence: The use of stolen card data to pay for merchandise on websites, in mobile apps and through telephone...
CompTIA's 2017 IT Industry Outlook Predicts Strong Worldwide Growth
The IT industry is strong. That’s the main takeaway from CompTIA’s latest report, “IT Industry Outlook 2017.” The study, which includes a look at everything from broad industry trends to changes in the...
Wall Street expects huge jump in Amazon's Q4 sales, as old retailers sink
Amazon keeps punishing competitors by constantly adding new features and services to its logistics network and subscription offerings, ensuring it has the best prices, widest selection of products and...
Business News Roundup, Feb. 1
Slack Technologies, a fast-growing startup trying to wean businesses off email by hooking employees on its more informal messaging service, is now hoping to snare the world’s biggest companies as customers....
Apple turns around its iPhone sales slump
Apple (AAPL) reversed a three-quarter-long decline in iPhone sales to report record quarterly revenue Tuesday evening. Investors cheered the news, as sentiment had dimmed recently, and pushed the shares...
Apple sets a new record for iPhone shipments: 78.3 million
It looks like the iPhone 7 is a hit. Apple shipped 78.3 million iPhones during the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2017, the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year. That's a record, and a nice jump from a year...
Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi to ditch TARDIS at end of 2017
EnlargeDoctor Who, BBC reader comments 24 Share this story Peter Capaldi's Time Lord has called time on Doctor Who, after he confirmed in a surprise announcement during a radio interview on Monday that...
Economic growth stumbled in 4th quarter
WASHINGTON — The economy stumbled in the fourth quarter, with gross domestic product expanding at a disappointing 1.9 percent annual pace and making last year the weakest for growth since 2011, the Commerce...
Microsoft's cloud competitor to Amazon nearly doubled revenue and usage from a year ago
Microsoft Azure — the company's cloud platform which competes with Amazon's AWS — grew revenue by 93 percent year over year, according to the company's December quarterly earnings report. Azure compute...
Alphabet shares tumble as earnings miss estimates
Cost of revenues rose from a year ago to 41 percent of revenues, up from 38 percent a year ago. The company's traffic aquisition costs hit $4.8 billion during the quarter, up from a year ago and higher...
Business News Roundup, Jan. 25
Defects that caused Samsung Electronics’s Note7 phones to burst into flames last year revealed that the industry’s voluntary standards for the design and manufacture of rechargeable batteries aren’t adequate,...
Break out that old tape deck, cassettes are making a comeback
People are buying analog again. At least, that’s what the latest sales numbers say. According to some recent figures, cassette sales saw a 74% increase in 2016. Last year over 129,000 fussy little tapes...
China approves first list of green car models for subsidies this year
BEIJING China released on Monday this year's first list of "recommended" green energy vehicles, paving the way for 185 car models to receive government subsidies.Beijing has spent billions of dollars...
Telecommunications company Avaya files for bankruptcy
Avaya said it must focus on its debt and that a sale of the call center would not maximize value for its customers or creditors. It is still negotiating deals to sell parts of its business. The company...
IBM beats estimates, but year-over-year revenues fall for 19th straight quarter
Investors were searching for signals in the financial guidance that IBM will soon turn a corner. Fro the coming year, IBM said it expects $13.80 adjusted earnings per share, above the $13.48 per share...
Earth sets hottest year record for third straight year
WASHINGTON — Government scientists say the Earth sizzled to a third straight heat record last year. Globally, the average temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2016 was the highest since record...
Devices and Trends to Look For at Mobile World Congress 2017
One of the biggest mobile events of the year is just weeks away. Mobile World Congress will convene in Barcelona on Feb. 27. The annual show, which has grown in attendance and significance over in recent...
Yet another new hottest year on record: 2016
reader comments 28 Share this story As climate scientists predicted as early as late 2015, the final tally shows that last year has once again claimed the unfortunate distinction of warmest year on record,...
2016 confirmed as the hottest year on record
David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationLast year was the hottest year on record globally, beating 2015’s exceptionally high temperatures, the World...
Airbus CEO sees 'flying car' prototype ready by end of year
MUNICH (Reuters) - Airbus Group plans to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group's chief executive said on...
Gartner Expects Uneven Growth Pattern for IT Industry Sectors in 2017
For some sectors of the IT industry 2016 was a difficult year particularly hardware, which struggling with lower sales for years, particularly in the PC market. However, 2017 is looking up for the worldwide...
HTC’s next flagship won’t be called the HTC 11
If you’re waiting for the HTC 11 you might be waiting a long, long time, at least for a phone with that name, as while a new HTC flagship is likely to arrive this year – perhaps as soon as MWC 2017 –...
New MacBook Pro has the magic touch as Apple fights back against PC slump
Apple’s new MacBook Pro has helped shore up total sales of the company’s Macs, boosting the firm in the face of an overall PC slump which is still very much ongoing.This is according to figures on PC...
Here are the best games of 2017 (so far)
2016 is said and done from a gaming perspective, but don’t fret - there are enough great titles coming out in 2017 to put your New Year’s resolution of getting outside more or spending less on games...
Samsung unveils Galaxy S8 'comeback' phone
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus bump up the screen size by doing away with a physical home button and dramatically reducing the frame - or bezel.Taking up nearly all of the front of the phone, the screen curves...
Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on: Samsung produces a stunning redesign
reader comments 15 Share this story Jennifer Hahn NEW YORK CITY—After tons of leaks and speculation, the Galaxy S8 is finally here. Samsung took the wraps off its newest flagship at the swanky Lincoln...
Samsung unveils Galaxy S8, after Note 7 fiasco
NEW YORK -- Samsung seems to be playing it safe with its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.The Galaxy S8 features a larger display than its predecessor, the...
Samsung unveils new Galaxy S8 smartphone
March 29, 2017, 4:04 PM| Samsung is facing its biggest test with the unveiling of a new phone, the Galaxy S8. CNET News executive editor Roger Cheng joins CBSN with details of what to expect from the...
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