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From HD to iPhone, SuperSkeleton Rocks!

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9 Things You Need to Know About Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update

Posted by Suzzicks Rumors are flying about Google’s upcoming mobile-friendly update, and bits of reliable information have come from several sources. My colleague Emily Grossman and I wanted to cut through the noise and bring online marketers a clearer picture of what’s in store later this month. In this post, you’ll find our answers to nine key questions about the update. …

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Portfolio Post: 11

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These cute toys are being pulled from shelves for spying on your kids

    According to the Norwegian consumer counsil Forbrukerrådet, some high-tech toys created by U.S.-based manufacturer Genesis Toys are hazardous to children’s privacy, and warranted a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission and the European Union. The toys in question are My Friend Cayla and i-Que, and they have one thing in common — a smartphone app that allows kids to talk …

Meizu launches its $33 FitBit rival in China

    Meizu is one of the larger Chinese smartphone manufacturers. Like its biggest competitor, Xiaomi, it specializes in selling highly-specced phones on the cheap. And now, with the Meizu Band, it’s getting into the fitness tracker market. The Meizu Band does pretty much everything you’d expect a fitness tracker to do. It can count steps and calories (although I’ve …

November in Africa: Tech funding news and gig-economy developments

    Funding to African tech companies has been on the rise for some time, but November was a bumper month, with several major rounds. The raising was led by drone delivery company Zipline, which is using drones to deliver medical supplies to rural areas in Rwanda. The company has raised $25 million to expand across Africa and to launch …

‘Digle’ wants to gamify search for uber-specific queries

    As user-friendly as Google is, sometimes complex searches are best left to the experts. UK startup ‘Digle’ wants to change the way we search for hyper-specific queries. Rather than digging in and sorting through pages of un-optimized sites, Digle gives you the option to hand the task off to someone else. These ‘Finders’ are then tasked with the …

Creepy uncle Uber is tracking passengers after being dropped off

    As of its latest update, Uber is now tracking users for five minutes after exiting their ride. It’s not exactly CIA-level spying, but users aren’t exactly digging the update. new #uber update w/ 5min post-trip tracking is worrisome to me, a woman who has 2x now given a fake destination to a leering male driver — soap (@stompysmith) December 5, …

Review: Fluance’s ginormous Bluetooth speakers have the sound to match

    Colloquially speaking, Bluetooth speakers are synonymous with portable speakers. But audio company Fluance doesn’t give a darn about your preconceptions. Fluance’s Fi70 are pretty much the biggest Bluetooth speakers you can buy. It’s an all-in-one sound system is almost comically huge, but also kind of awesome in its eccentricity. A classy behemoth Europe, are you ready? TNW Conference is back for its …

Russian politicians are pissed over FIFA 17’s ‘gay propaganda’ problem

    A group of Russian MPs (members of parliament) want to ban a video game for what it’s calling ‘gay propaganda.’ Soccer simulation ‘FIFA 17’ is one of game developer EA’s most popular titles. The studio recently sparked the ire of Russian MPs by offering — gasp — rainbow-colored kits (uniforms) as an optional download. The kits aren’t part of the core gameplay …