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Google Drive paid consumer storage plans become Google One

The consumer version of Google Drive is getting a makeover, with a new name, new benefits and cheaper prices for data storage. Over the next few months, starting in the US, all paid consumer Google Drive storage plans will become Google One plans, Google announced Monday. This doesn’t apply to business customers using Google Drive as part of G Suite…. Read more →

US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data

(Screenshot: ZDNet. Source: State of Georgia) Four of the largest cell giants in the US are selling your real-time location data to a company that you’ve probably never heard about before. In case you missed it, a senator last week sent a letter demanding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigate why Securus, a prison technology company, can track any phone… Read more →

HP updates Envy, Elite PC portfolios

HP is refreshing its lineup of premium PCs, including its HP Elite 1000 series and the Envy Curved AiO 34. The Envy Curved all-in-one was updated with built-in Alexa integration, Bang and Olufsen-tuned speakers, and a high-end wooden chassis to really drive home the “premium” aesthetic. The Envy Desktop, Envy 13, Envy 17, Envy x360 13, and Envy x360 15… Read more →

Mobile banking uptake sees new spike in Brazil

Brazil has seen a significant spike in the transactions carried out via smartphones, according to a recent report. There was an increase of 30 percent in mobile banking in 2017 with 25,6 billion transactions carried out via that channel out of the total of 71,8 billion transactions for the year, according to a study by the Brazilian Banking Federation (FEBRABAN)…. Read more →

Driverless cars, book review: Do we know where we’re going?

Driverless Cars: On a Road to Nowhere • By Christian Wolmar • London Publishing Partnership • 118 pages • ISBN: 978-1-907994-75-3 • £8.36 At The Information, Amir Efrati has a scoop: the Uber car that killed a pedestrian wheeling a bicycle across the road in Tempe, Arizona in March actually did see her. Its software just decided she was a… Read more →

Google Duplex beat the Turing test: Are we doomed?

Video: Google’s Assistant gets an AI upgrade with Duplex executive guide What is machine learning? Everything you need to know Here’s how it’s related to artificial intelligence, how it works and why it matters. Read More Alan Turing helped pioneer the idea of programmable computers and built one of the first general purpose computing machines, the Bombe, which decrypted the… Read more →

Rail Europe had a three-month long credit card breach

(Image: ZDNet) If you booked train tickets for a European getaway in the past few months, you might want to check your bank statements. Rail Europe, a site used by Americans to buy train tickets in Europe, has revealed a three-month data breach of credit cards and debit cards. Read also: These were 2017’s biggest hacks, leaks, and data breaches… Read more →

AMD integrates Ryzen PRO and Radeon Vega graphics in next-generation APUs

AMD continues with its Ryzen momentum by unveiling new Ryzen PRO parts with integrated Radeon Vega graphics for commercial customers. See also: Don’t buy these Apple products (May 2018 edition) These new Ryzen PRO parts build on the work that AMD did earlier integrating Vega Graphics with Ryzen processors, now it is bringing Vega Graphics to its commercial chips. Seven… Read more →

Singapore automotive marketplace secures $60M in Series B

Singapore’s used car online marketplace Carro has bagged US$60 million in Series B funding and added Eduardo Saverin, amongst other investors, to its board. The latest round was jointly led by Insignia Ventures Partners, Softbank Ventures Korea, and B Capital Group, and also included existing investors Venturra, Singtel Innov8, Golden Gate Ventures, and Alpha JWC. As Alibaba ramps up, Amazon… Read more →

Singapore C2C marketplace snags $85M in Series C

Singapore classifieds online site Carousell has snagged US$85 million in Series C funding, adding DBS Bank to its crop of investors and as a retail partner on its marketplace. Co-led by Rakuten Ventures and EDBI, the latest round also included other existing investors 500 Startups, Golden Gate Ventures, and Sequoia India. Carousell previously raised US$41.8 million from three rounds of… Read more →