Intel spins out Intel Security with TPG to form new McAfee valued at $4.2B

HANOVER, GERMANY - MARCH 14:  The Intel logo hangs over the company's stand at the 2016 CeBIT digital technology trade fair on the fair's opening day on March 14, 2016 in Hanover, Germany. The 2016 CeBIT will run from March 14-18.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Intel announced today that it has plans to spin off its security unit into a new company that will be owned in-part by private equity firm TPG. Intel will retain a 49 percent ownership stake of the entity with TPG taking the majority stake. In exchange, Intel will be receiving $3.1 billion in cash. Intel’s security unit originated from its acquisition of McAfee. The $7.68 billion… Read More

Everything you need to know from Apple’s iPhone 7 event

iPhone 7 Apple held its annual September press conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, unveiling the iPhone 7 at long last. CEO Tim Cook took the stage (after a charming bout of Carpool Karaoke) to introduce everything new with Apple — from new iPhones to new Apple Watches. You can dig through the full coverage, or read the play-by-play of the keynote in our live blog, but here are the main… Read More

8 devices other than the iPhone 7 Plus that used dual cameras — with varying success

apple-liveblog0490 The new iPhone 7 Plus is equipped with a pair of cameras where there once was only one. But while Apple’s implementation is, of course, special and unique, it’s not the first dual-camera setup by a long shot. Hell, it’s not even the first to be announced in the last 24 hours! Here are a few devices from over the years that established dual cameras as a trend — or at… Read More

Playing around with the Apple Watch Series 2

Apple Watch Series 2 Maybe there’s a theme emerging here – behind-the-scenes tweaks while maintaining aesthetic consistency with past generations. Like the new iPhone, the Apple Watch Series 2 is pretty much aesthetically indistinguishable from its predecessor. Heck, even the new AirPods look nearly identical to the company’s EarPods, albeit with their wires snipped off. But while the Series 2… Read More

VideoBlocks wants stock media to keep it real, launches “Authentic” collection

A stock photo from VideoBlocks' Authentic Collection. The stock media company that gives subscribers unlimited access to its catalog of images, videos and audio clips for an annual subscription, VideoBlocks wants stock media to look less whitewashed and more like the real deal. But no stock media marketplace can purge every image that reflects “conventional” beauty or caters to other stereotypes. (Those images have their time and… Read More

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

A view on VC from a realistic optimist

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? " and a technologist, and I see the advancing pace of technology development as a positive signal for the market. I believe we are entering one of history's best markets for investing in emerging technologies, and that astute investors will focus on the smartest and most innovative technology leaders.

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