Football is definitely back because Twitter now has an emoji for every NFL team

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 25: Fans of the Tennessee Titans in the stands with their cell phones during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Nissan Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Falcons defeated the Titans 10-7. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) As if Twitter’s deal to stream NFL Thursday Night Football didn’t convince you that the social network was going all-in on the NFL, maybe this will. Twitter announced today (a day before tomorrow’s NFL season opener) that they made a custom hashtag emoji for every NFL team. There is also a #TNF hashtag for Thursday Night Football that shows the NFL logo on a helmet. Like… Read More

Trying out Apple’s fully wireless AirPods

AirPods The AirPods were as close as we got to an honest-to-goodness hardware surprise at today’s big Apple event in San Francisco – though anyone who heard tell of the untimely demise of the headphone jack probably could have seen this coming. Pre-Beats, at least, headphones have traditionally been something of an afterthought for the company, as anyone whose ear canals have smarted from… Read More

Hewlett Packard Enterprise to spin-off software assets in $8.8B transaction

Newly formed Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Meg Whitman speaks during a press conference in New York on November 2, 2015. Hewlett Packard officially split into two companies on November 2 with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise focused on businesses and HP, Inc, focused on consumers. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) In an $8.8 billion transaction, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, also known as HPE, will be spinning off its non-core software assets, according to a statement from company CEO Meg Whitman. The assets will be merged with Micro Focus, a British software company, to form a new combined corporation. After separating from Hewlett-Packard last year, HPE forged a business model centered around providing… Read More

Up close with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 7 Here we are in a post-headphone jack world. I don’t know about you, but I expected thing to feel different, like that part in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy sees color for the first time. But there you have it. These things take time. And we’ll see whether other companies follow suit – though the company certainly has a pretty strong track record for ushering out other… Read More

Apple also doubles storage on old iPads and makes high-end iPad Pro models cheaper

iPadProside Apple hasn’t mentioned the iPad during its press conference, but it doesn’t mean that the company has no news for the device. The iPhone 7 finally starts with 32GB of storage, and the iPad is also receiving a storage bump. The 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros already start at 32GB, so only old iPad models are getting more gigs. In particular, the $399 iPad Air 2 now has 32GB instead… Read More

A view on VC from a realistic optimist

moneypaths During the last year there has been considerable discussion regarding the current state of the venture capital industry: Are we in a bubble? Did that bubble pop? Why has there been a dearth of major technology company IPOs? How much higher can valuations skyrocket, yet why does it seem increasingly difficult for earlier stage startups to raise their Series A and B rounds? Read More

All the ways you are probably going to lose an AirPod

apple-liveblog0629 Apple has some wireless earbuds! They’re $159, and they aren’t connected by a cable to anything. They go right into your ear when they aren’t in a case that’s charging them. The battery lasts for 5 hours or so, and the case can charge them for 24 hours. Really cool, right? It’s like, straight out of the movie Her. But in Her, the characters are only wearing… Read More

Apple Pay comes to Japan, New Zealand, Russia this fall, hits the web on September 13

apple-pay-japan_big Apple Pay will arrive in three more countries this fall: Japan, New Zealand and Russia, and will hit the web alongside the launch of iOS 10 on September 13th. The web version of Apple’s payments service will be made available to Safari users on any Mac introduced from 2012 on, which is also running the latest operating system, macOS Sierra. The company detailed the Japan launch of… Read More

Apple unveiled the $159 wireless AirPods

apple-liveblog0629 If $159 sounds like a lot of money for 8 grams, it’s because it is. Shortly after introducing the iPhone 7, Apple unveiled the AirPods. If you’re familiar with the existing EarPods, you’ll feel right at home. The AirPods are like the EarPods, but without wires. These earbuds come with a built-in W1 chip for audio processing and pairing. According to the product page, they… Read More

No, Apple, digital zoom still sucks

screen-shot-2016-09-07-at-11-12-32 Apple continues to dance a sexy dance for photographers all over the world, launching better cameras with more features and higher quality. But when Phil Schiller, VP of marketing at Apple stands on a stage saying that digital zoom is a good thing, real photographers won’t listen to him. Neither should you. Here is why. Read More