Author: Mobile Syrup

Alphabet is still floating by on its advertising business

Alphabet’s first quarter 2019 financial results are in and the company made $36.3 billion USD (roughly $48 billion CAD), with most of this number coming from its advertising business.
Advertising-wise, the company earned $30.7 billion USD (roughly, $41 billion CAD) this quarter. That said, Alphabet’s other products like its Pixel smartphones and Google Home devices made around $5.4 billion (roughly, $7.2 billion CAD).
“We delivered robust growth led by mobile search, YouTube, and Cloud with Alphabet revenues of $36.3 billion, up 17 percent versus last year, or 19 percent on a constant currency basis,” said Ruth Porat, the chief financial officer of Alphabet and Google, in the company’s earnings report.
One of the more interesting pieces of information to come out of the earnings report is the amount of money Google spent on its ‘Other Bets’ division, which includes more experimental projects like Waymo and Loon. Other Bets incurred $868 million USD ($1.1 billion CAD) in losses, accordi..

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Robot toy company Anki is shutting down

San Francisco, California-based robotics company Anki is shutting down.
Recode reports that Anki, which is behind the smartphone-controlled toy race car set, Anki Overdrive and robot toys Cozmo and Vector, is terminating all of its nearly 200 employees. The news was delivered to the company’s staff by Anki CEO Boris Sofman earlier today on Wednesday, April 29th.
Employees were reportedly told just days ago that Anki was looking for additional funding following a round of financing that fell through. Anki has raised more than $200 million USD in venture funding from various investors like Index Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz.
The company, which was founded by Carnegie Mellon roboticists, stated that it earned $100 million back in 2017. Last August Anki stated that it sold 1.5 million toys across all of its products. Anki Drive, the predecessor to Anki Overdrive and the company’s first product, was released back in 2013.
In a statement to Recode, a spokesperson from Anki said the follo..

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Smart cars are being phased out of Canada

German automotive brand Daimler AG has decided to stop selling Smart cars in the U.S. and Canada.
The company is going to continue and sell its 2019 models, but after that, no new models will hit Canada, according to TechCrunch.
The automaker is still going to manufacture and sell the tiny electric cars in China, says the report.
That doesn’t mean that Daimler isn’t continuing a push into the electric vehicle (EV) market. Its Mercedes-Benz brand is continuing to forge ahead and make EVs like the upcoming EQC SUV in 2020.
Still, the Smart car was a pretty iconic brand, so it’s sad to see it drive off.
Source: TechCrunch
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Samsung’s space-saving Space Monitor is now available in Canada

Samsung’s excellent Space Monitor, first shown off at CES 2019, is making its way to Canada.
The South Korean manufacturer designed the Space Monitor to save desktop space in work environments. The monitor relies on a clever hinge and clamp system, allowing it to attach to the edge of a desk and fold up and down with ease.
By using a clamp to hold onto the edge of a desk, Samsung says it’s monitor increases usable desk space by 40 percent.
The hinge, however, really sets the monitor apart. Samsung designed the hinge to sit inside the monitor’s body, allowing the Space Monitor to rest flush against the wall. Users can also pull it forward, swinging the monitor down to rest on the table if they need.
Further, the arm of the hinge has a recessed channel to hold your cables — a boon for cable organizers everywhere.
The screen itself is sharp as well. It features a 27-inch WQHD 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution, 16:9 panel aspect ratio with a 3000:1 contrast ratio and 4m/s response time. Furth..

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Apple drops fourth iOS 12.3 public beta

After releasing the fourth public beta to developers earlier today, Apple has pushed out the public beta version of iOS 12.3.
This fourth iOS 12.3 beta comes after the launch of iOS 12.2 earlier this month. The update brings with it Apple’s revamped TV App, changes to the wallet app and general stability updates.
If you’ve already signed up for the public beta on your iPhone, navigate to ‘Settings,’ then ‘General’ and finally, ‘Software Update,’ in order to prompt your phone to download the new version of the beta.
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