Nextbit has been bought by Razer

Nextbit has been bought by RazerRazer, the gaming laptop and peripheral company, has acquired smartphone-maker Nextbit. A press release announcing the acquisition says that Razer “has acquired the majority of the assets of Nextbit Systems Inc. and has brought onboard the management and employees of the company,” but no financial details of the acquisition were disclosed. Nextbit, which was founded by former members of Google’s Android team and a former head of design at HTC, will remain a largely independent company, operating as a “standalone business unit under its own management,” according to the release.


Kenya’s Safaricom shifts funding to catch up on fixed-data demand

Pedestrians walk past a mobile phone care centre operated by Kenyan's telecom operator Safaricom in the central business district of Kenya's capital NairobiBy Duncan Miriri NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya's Safaricom is reallocating funds to build up its fixed-data network to connect homes to the Internet, as demand grows for online streaming services like Netflix, chief executive Bob Collymore told Reuters. The fixed-data market in Kenya is dominated by Wananchi Group's Zuku brand and Jamii Telecoms. Safaricom, Kenya's biggest telecoms company, has until recently been focusing on mobile Internet access.


Apple just released iOS 10.3 beta 1

Apple fans recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the original iPhone’s unveiling back on January 9th, 2007, but now they have a new reason to celebrate. Apple has just released iOS 10.3 beta 1, the first pre-release version of the company’s next big iOS release. iOS 11 is obviously the most hotly anticipated software release from Apple in 2017, but we still have five months to wait before Apple shows off iOS 11 at WWDC 2017 this coming June. In the meantime, iOS 10.3 will likely be the last major iOS 10 update Apple will release in terms of new feature additions. Rumors first surfaced on New Year’s Eve suggesting that Apple had a somewhat big update planned for iOS 10.3 — a new “theater mode” feature that iPhone and iPad users have been waiting for since iOS 10 was first released as a beta all the way back in June last year. Supposedly accessible through the Settings app or through a Control Center shortcut, theater mode was said to be the dark mode feature users have been clamoring for. Whites and other bright colors in the iPhone’s user interfaces would be swapped out for black, grays, and other dark colors that would make the screen more comfortable to look at in low light. Did the new theater mode finally arrive in today’s iOS 10.3 beta? Unfortunately, it doesn’t look that way. There is a new Find My AirPods feature for iPhone users who also own AirPods (obviously), but theater mode is nowhere to be found. Apple’s new iOS 10.3 beta is compatible with the following iOS devices: iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 6s iPhone 6s Plus iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iPhone SE iPhone 5s iPhone 5c iPhone 5 iPad Pro 12.9-inch iPad Pro 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 iPad Air iPad 4th generation iPad mini 4 iPad mini 3 iPad mini 2 iPod touch 6th generation Here are the full release notes from Apple:

The Bachelor fantasy league, week four: villains rising

The Bachelor fantasy league, week four: villains risingKaitlyn Tiffany: Welcome back to another exciting week at your favorite “people who wear leather jackets indoors” convention! This week on The Bachelor we learned some interesting truths about reality TV and history, like they will both repeat themselves until the Sun swallows us all. Corrine — our villain, whose main crimes are being overconfident, making fart noises with her mouth, and napping — was the main and only event of the episode.


Report: Google wants to bring its dirt-cheap Android phones to the US

Google last year sacrificed the Nexus brand for an entirely new line of high-end smartphones. The Pixel phones became quick hits , especially following the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, even if they’re not as affordable as most Nexus phones used to be. The Pixels are also different from Nexus handsets in one other key area: They don’t run pure Android anymore. However, if you’re still looking for an affordable Google phone that gets fast vanilla Android updates, you’re in luck. But don’t expect these handsets to be called either Nexus or Pixel. Remember the low-cost Android One experience that debuted in Asian markets a couple of years ago? Well, Google is going to expand it to the US, The Information has learned . Android One phones might not come with the same build Quality and top features as the Pixel phones, or more recent Nexus predecessors. But they won’t be expensive either. Instead, Android One will offer users a device that won’t break the bank and will be compelling from the software side of things. Android One phones may come from Android handset manufacturers you might not be familiar with, including Micromax or QMobile. But LG, a company who made various Nexus smartphones in previous years, may also be in the cards. No matter who makes these devices, they’ll run a somewhat bloatware-free version of Android that’ll receive fast updates from Google. That includes both major Android releases and security updates. The Android One phones will cost $200 to $300, according to two people familiar with Google plans, and they should be launched before “the middle of the year,” which means we might hear something about it at Google I/O 2017.

Google takes another step towards launching its own self-driving Uber-killer with new patent

Google takes another step towards launching its own self-driving Uber-killer with new patentGoogle has a lot of self-driving cars that have driven a lot of miles, but so far, no commercial use for them. Recently, Google filed a patent application that could be seen as the first shot across Uber’s bow. The application, first noticed earlier this month by the website Patent Yogi, is for efficiently determining pickup and destination locations for autonomous vehicles.


SpaceX’s finance projections are galactically optimistic

SpaceX's finance projections are galactically optimisticSpaceX lost money in 2015 because of a rocket explosion, according to internal documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The documents also show financial details of the satellite internet business SpaceX hopes to launch to fund its Mars mission. The Journal reviewed SpaceX financial results and forecasts, which aren’t publicly available, from 2011 to 2015.


How Big Is Galaxy S8 Launch? This Big

How Big Is Galaxy S8 Launch? This BigAlthough it will face serious competition from the tenth anniversary iPhone 8 in 2017, the Galaxy S8 will easily be the Android phone to beat this year. In fact, Samsung is placing a big bet on it, to the tune of 60 million.


Ford will build hybrid models of the F-150 pickup and Mustang

Ford will build hybrid models of the F-150 pickup and MustangFord will release hybrid versions of its F-150 pickup — America’s best-selling vehicle, moving more than 750,000 units last year — and the legendary Mustang sports car, by 2020. The Hybrid Mustang will have “V8 power” and “even more low-end torque.” Perhaps this is a way to juice the EcoBoost Mustang’s power output (it has a smaller, four-cylinder turbocharged engine) and deliver performance closer to the larger V8-engine found in the Mustang GT. Ford says it will debut in 2020.