Month: July 2017

Amazon Prime Day’s top tech successes: Echo and mobile

Amazon Prime Day has come and gone — mobile shoppers have stopped receiving push notifications about their favorite deals, online shoppers have logged out of the ecommerce site to pursue other interests, and Prime members around the globe await their free shipping orders. Sales during the fabricated July holiday grew by more than 60% in 2017,

Technology Is Biased Too. How Do We Fix It?

Whether it’s done consciously or subconsciously, racial discrimination continues to have a serious, measurable impact on the choices our society makes about criminal justice, law enforcement, hiring and financial lending. It might be tempting, then, to feel encouraged as more and more companies and government agencies turn to seemingly dispassionate technologies for help with some

Microsoft 4Q gets boost from cloud computing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft’s cloud computing business helped boost its fourth-quarter revenue and earnings above Wall Street’s expectations, further validating a strategy pushed by CEO Satya Nadella since he took over in 2014. Nadella described the better-than-expected performance in a conference call Thursday as part of the “continuing transformation” of the Redmond, Washington-based company.

China blocks WhatsApp services as censors tighten grip on internet

China has partially blocked the popular messaging service WhatsApp, as authorities tighten their grip on the internet ahead of a major leadership reshuffle in Beijing. Photo, video and voice messages sent by the Guardian from Beijing were all blocked on Wednesday, but text messages were not affected. Dozens of users in China complained of a

Facebook tries to prove Instant Articles beat mobile web

One-third of all link clicks on Facebook already go to its self-hosted Instant Articles. Facebook claims they drive more referral traffic click for click because people don’t abaondon them mid-click as they do with slow-loading mobile websites. Now Facebook is teaming up with Nielsen to prove that individual publishers benefit when they post with the