Big budget cuts ordered for Google Fiber, likely putting the brakes on rollout

Rollouts of Google Fiber are just costing too much, and fiber-to-the-home might not be the right strategy. Top brass including Larry Page and Sergey Brin are pressuring the division to cut costs.

Intel serves up affordable new SSDs with stacked 3D NAND storage

Intel has dished out a new series of SSDs based on 3D NAND Flash technology. These SSDs are now offered in the consumer, business, data center, and IoT markets, with prices starting at $70.

Geekbench listing shows two Nokia-branded Android phones in the works

Two Nokia Android phones have appeared on Geekbench, a mobile benchmarking tool similar to 3DMark, giving credence to rumors that these phones might actually hit market, possibly later this year.

DJI’s Osmo+ is the first handheld gimbal with a zoom lens

Less than two months after the reveal of its Zenmuse Z3, DJI brings a zoom lens to the Osmo. The Osmo+ features a camera with a 22-77mm zoom range atop the standard Osmo gimbal for increased creative control on the same stabilized platform.

Uber launches monthlong power rider flat fare pilot programs in four cities

Uber riders who take 10 or more trips each month may benefit from Uber's flat fare pilot programs in four cities. Each location has different up-front fees, per trip UberPool and UberX flat fares, and designated areas.

Bye-bye productivity: Google lets you play Solitaire, Tic-Tac-Toe with just a search

Bored? Need to kill some time? Search Solitaire or Tic-Tac-Toe on Google to play the games directly from the search results -- no need to download an app. Say goodbye to productivity.

'Fallout Shelter' delivers new quests and special events with latest update

Bethesda has updated its popular free-to-play PC game and mobile app Fallout Shelter, giving amateur vault overseers access to a series of game-changing quests and special events that will roll out on a regular basis in the months ahead.

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 phablet packs big 4,100mAh battery, goes on sale Thursday

Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4 comes just a week after Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 became available. It's standout feature is its 4,100mAh battery. Here's everything we know about the new budget-friendly device.

‘Take your pill!’ Ultra-precise Dot beacons trigger alerts that matter

The Dot is a diminutive Bluetooth beacon that adheres to any surface and, using your smartphone's wireless connection, triggers actions and notifications. It's launching on Kickstarter.

France and Germany push for an EU-wide law to allow access to encrypted messages

In a debate similar to the one going on in the U.S., French and German politicians are calling for an EU-wide law that would compel operators to allow access to messages protected by encryption. Civil rights groups have decried the…

The iPhone of the future may be smart enough to figure out exactly who stole it

In the future, stealing an iPhone could be a dangerous game to play, as Touch ID, machine learning, and the camera system could be used to identify the culprit.

WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook, but you can opt out

Now that WhatsApp has surpassed a billion users, it's time to monetize the service. The company is now sharing some user data with its parent company, Facebook, and it has a plan to bring businesses into its popular messaging app.