January 1 was the "busiest day ever" for Apple's App Store. It saw $240 million in purchases during the 24-hour period. Apple also says 2016 was a massively successful year with developers receiving over $20 billion, which was up 40% over 2015's share for developers.
There are various routers available on the market, but Xiaomi decided to design a smarter router. The new Mi Router HD is not a normal wireless networking device. It is designed to maintain connectivity in your home or office that also has a surveillance-class hard drive inside.
Vine has finally provided an exact shutdown date. The Twitter-owned app is closing on January 17 and the only thing that'll remain is "Vine Camera," which lets you record videos in the classic Vine format. You can use the app to capture 6-second videos that can be saved.
A chatbot that can help people in non-emergency medical situations is being tested by the UK's National Health Service. Babylon, a UK startup, created the app. Users can open it up to get advice based on their symptoms. The roll out will begin this month.
Hulu's upcoming TV streaming service will include CBS and its accompanying CBS Sports and Pop content. Content will be streamed live and much of the network's on-demand library will be available to Hulu users. Hulu already secured deals with Disney, Fox, and Turner.
Google Daydream VR users can now stream live NBA content if they spend $200 on an NBA League Pass. The streams come from NextVR, which already offers basketball content on the Samsung Gear VR. Live NBA streaming is limited to the US, but others can view on-demand content.
Flight booking and itinerary systems are prime targets for hackers due to their continued use of legacy systems, according to research from SR Labs. A presentation at Chaos Communication Congress from two SR Labs researchers explained how the systems aren't adequately protected.
While the United States claims Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and leaked information to WikiLeaks, Julian Assange is adamant that's not what happened. The WikiLeaks founder says he knows who their source is and they're not connected to Russia.
Apple is being sued in Texas due to the contribution of distracted driving to a car accident in 2014 that led to the death of a 5-year-old girl. The child's family is suing Apple because the man responsible was using FaceTime. Other family members were injured.
Pornography is everywhere on Tumblr, Yahoo's microblogging platform. Even though the site tries to hide NSFW content from those who don't want to see it, an Italian study says 28.5% of users still unintentionally encounter it at some point. 22% of users follow or like porn.
The antitrust chief in Italy believes it's time for the country to legislate against fake news and impose fines in response to misleading content. Giovanni Pirtuzzella thinks fake news is contributing to a rise in "populism" and that there must be a crack down.
Facebook's guidelines pertaining to nudity have been a point of debate in the recent past. The social network was criticized for removing a post featuring the historic "napalm girl" photo from the Vietnam War and now it isn't happy with an image of a nude Neptune statue.
More illegal copies of Deadpool were downloaded in 2016 than for any other movie. TorrentFreak reports the film, which was a box office success at $783 million, came out ahead of Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Star Wars.
To kick off the new year, Bitcoin is trading at over $1,000 for the first time in three years. It experienced a major rise in value in the latter part of 2016, bringing it closer and closer to its all-time high of $1,163, which was reached in late 2013.
The Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has revealed a mobile app, called Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), that's intended to work as a full alternative to cash payments. BHIM can operate in place of credit cards and point-of-sale terminals.
You'll no longer be able to get 100+ channels through DirecTV Now for $35 per month come January 9. When that offer ends, the closest available tier will cost $60. If you spend the same amount, you will receive 60 channels instead. The service launched last month.
HBO's hit series Game of Thrones topped the list of most pirated TV shows yet again in 2016. TorrentFreak says it beat The Walking Dead and Westworld, which came in second and third, respectively. Game of Thrones has been ahead of all other series for five seasons.
In response to Russia's election-related hacking, the United States is imposing sanctions against the country and is removing 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the US. This is the largest response the United States has ever had against cyberattacks.
Looking up food items with Google on mobile devices may now yield recipe suggestions at the top of the results. The recipes appear in a carousel format, similar to Google's AMP news results. Filters are available to help people narrow down the kind of food they're looking for.
Facebook is working on a YouTube-like tool that'll enable the social network to quickly find copyright infringing videos. Similar to YouTube, Facebook plans to use the tool to automatically identify content that's technically illegal, thereby pleasing copyright holders.