Flying taxis could lift off in six years — here’s how much it’ll cost to ride one

Lilium says its five-seater jets can travel up to 300 kilometers in one hour.LiliumFlying cars have for years been limited to the world of fiction. Now there are plenty of companies hoping to make the sci-fi dream a reality.One such firm is Lilium, a Munich-based start-up with big ambitions for the future of transportation: a five-seater electric air taxi, due to launch commercial flights in 2025.The main goal Lilium is hoping to achieve, according to Chief Commercial Officer Remo Gerber, is making such a service an affordable one that people…

Facebook’s EU regulator says it ‘remains to be seen’ if Mark Zuckerberg is serious about privacy

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, FacebookJustin Sullivan | Getty ImagesThe Irish regulator conducting nearly one dozen investigations into Facebook isn’t convinced by Mark Zuckerberg’s privacy push.The internet giant’s stock fell Wednesday after a report in the Wall Street Journal suggested the Facebook boss has previously been aware of potential issues with privacy, arising from the firm’s business practices.In a CNBC interview Wednesday, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said « it’s all going to remain to be seen » whether Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are serious about a shift toward privacy…

How social media is shaping what people know — and don’t know — about the Hong Kong protests

A man records live with his smartphone during a protest in Hong Kong protest.Miguel Candela | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty ImagesMessaging apps, live streamsA number of messaging services including Telegram and Facebook-owned WhatsApp were being used by protesters to organize rallies.The large-scale use of Telegram was revealed when one administrator of a 30,000 strong group on the platform was arrested, according to the South China Morning Post, citing his lawyers. The individual, Ivan Ip, was accused of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance. CNBC has reached out to…

Fast-growing fintech Revolut expands beyond Europe with Australia launch

Fintech start-up Revolut launched its app in Australia on Thursday, marking its first expansion outside of Europe.The online banking platform said it would gradually sign up 20,000 Australians already on a waiting list, while new customers will have to wait a little longer.Revolut has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2015, racking up more than five million customers in total. By contrast, German rival N26 said earlier this year it has over 2 million users.The digital bank gained popularity for its foreign exchange service which offers the real exchange…

Everything we think we know about the Pixel 4, from Google’s Pixel 4 reveal

Google decided to jump ahead of leakers today and post a very early photo of the Pixel 4. It’s a basic shot, just showing the back of the phone, but there’s a lot we can tell just by looking at it: it confirms this will be the first Pixel with dual rear cameras, it confirms that Google is significantly changing the Pixel’s design language, and it offers a handful of other details about what to expect from the phone. Here’s what we can see so far. Dual cameras Let’s start…

Hyundai backs Aurora to develop driverless systems for Kia and Hyundai models

Chris Urmson, co-founder and chief executive officer of Aurora Innovation Inc.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesHyundai Motor Group is investing in Aurora, a developer of self-driving technology for autos, with a plan to bring the systems to Hyundai and Kia models.The companies have been working for the past year to develop and integrate the « Aurora Driver » into Hyundai’s NEXO fuel cell vehicles as well as on other projects. It’s an extension of an existing partnership and furthers the work that large auto manufacturers are doing with developers…

Why Google’s surprise Pixel 4 tease raises the stakes

Well that was unexpected. Just one day after we reported on the first Pixel 4 leaks, Google decided to mount a social media hype campaign by literally tweeting out an image of its upcoming Pixel 4. It was a savvy recognition of how the run up to phone launches actually work and an even savvier way to take advantage of that dynamic. It was also, I believe, a statement: The Pixel 4 is going to be unapologetically high end. That’s just my prediction, but if Google is smart it will…

Google and Apple are ushering in an era of ugly square phone cameras

Google’s official reveal of the Pixel 4’s design confirmed the leaks: much like Apple’s rumored iPhone 11, the Pixel 4 is set to feature a massive, square-shaped camera module on the back. With both Apple and Google now on board, it seems that giant, postage-stamp-sized camera bumps are officially set to be the latest design indignity that smartphone owners will be forced to suffer. The iPhone 11 (or whatever Apple ends up calling it) and Pixel 4 didn’t invent the giant camera bulge. Nokia in particular was once known for…

Huawei protests FCC actions to block it in the U.S. on national security grounds

Guests hold umbrellas with Huawei logos at the Songshan Lake New Campus in Dongguan, China, May 31, 2019.Jason Lee | ReutersChina’s Huawei has responded again to actions from the Federal Communications Commission, releasing an ex parte memo further laying out its response to the commission’s efforts to block its equipment on national security grounds. « While Huawei does not agree with the view that Chinese companies pose a threat simply because they are Chinese, Huawei agrees that threats to network security do exist, and should be addressed comprehensively trough a…

Netflix is planning a mobile game based on the Stranger Things universe for 2020

Netflix will release a mobile game in 2020 based on « Stranger Things, » the company announced Wednesday at the E3 gaming conference.The mobile game will allow users to explore the show’s fictional realm, « The Upside Down, » which is hidden around them in their daily travels. It will use GPS to deliver experiences in the game that are related to the user’s actual location.It’s part of an ongoing push into the video game industry as Netflix introduces more games related to its original programming.Netflix had previously announced the…

Alphabet’s stake in the 2019 IPO boom tops $5 billion thanks to CrowdStrike

Larry PageGetty ImagesAlphabet’s $100 million-plus wager on security software vendor CrowdStrike has been overshadowed by its investments in more high-profile companies like Uber, Airbnb and Stripe. But it may be more lucrative than any of them.After CrowdStrike surged 80% in its stock market debut on Wednesday, Alphabet’s late-stage investment group, CapitalG, owns a stake worth over $1.2 billion, representing about a 10-fold return in just under four years (including share purchases from 2015 through 2018). Add that to Alphabet’s investments in ride-hailing rivals Uber and Lyft, and the company’s stake…

Google just teased fans with a picture of its next phone, the Pixel 4.

A teaser for Google’s new Pixel phone, which is expected to be called the Google Pixel 4.GoogleGoogle on Wednesday teased its next phone. A Google spokesperson confirmed it’s called the Pixel 4.Google doesn’t normally publish early images or tease unreleased products, but it may have decided to do so following several recent leaks. It appears to have a unique camera set up on the back, though it’s unclear what sort of new functions it will add. Google’s Pixel phones have regularly been considered to have some of the best phone…

You can now use an Android phone as a physical security key for two-factor authentication on iOS

Google is expanding the ability to use an Android phone as a physical two-factor authentication security key to include iOS devices (the feature previously launched in April, but only worked with Chrome OS, macOS, or Windows 10), as noted by 9to5Mac. Due to limitations on how iOS works, the process is slightly different here: instead of using Chrome to communicate with the device (as used for the PC versions), the Android phone links up with Google’s Smart Lock app instead. The net result is that once it’s all set up,…

This is Google’s Pixel 4

Google just tweeted an image of the Pixel 4, a smartphone that the company isn’t expected to ship until October. The tweet comes after renders of the device were published in recent days, revealing a change in design language from Google’s previous devices. The official image clearly shows at least two rear cameras and a third sensor. Developing… Source: The Verge

Here’s the letter Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent to LGBTQ employees

In an internal email shared with The Verge, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that YouTube is taking a “hard look” at its harassment policies and will consult “many groups, including people who have themselves experienced harassment,” as well as Google employee resource groups. During a meeting on Tuesday, Pichai, YouTube product and design SVP Neal Mohan, trust and safety VP Kristie Canegallo, and chief diversity officer and head of employee engagement Melonie Parker met with representatives from the company’s LGBTQ groups. Topics discussed included what one employee called “the pattern…

Google is ending integration between Google Photos and Drive because apparently it’s too confusing

Google has long offered syncing between Google Photos and Google Drive, but it’s putting an end to that in the name of simplicity. “We’ve heard feedback that the connection between these services is confusing, so next month, we’re making some changes to simplify the experience across Drive and Photos,” Dan Schlosser and Jason Gupta, product managers for Drive and Photos respectively, wrote in a blog post today. There’s also an article for G Suite customers, since this decision affects all end users. When the change takes effect in July, photos…

Foxconn says it won’t just make TVs in Wisconsin, but will also build servers and other electronics

President Donald Trump (L) and Terry Gou, chairman of Apple iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, at a groundbreaking for Foxconn’s new LCD screen facility on June 28, 2018 in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI | AFP | Getty ImagesFoxconn said this week that it planned to make servers, networking products, and automotive central controls at its factory in Wisconsin, according to a report in Nikkei.The plant, which is not operational yet, was originally focused on next-generation LCD displays for televisions and other similar products.The announcement, which was made at Foxconn’s first-ever investor day,…

How to transfer old Android apps into a new phone

Phone apps are funny things. You install ‘em with a couple of quick clicks from the Play Store, but you never actually see the associated files or have direct access to what’s downloaded. In the name of simplicity, our modern mobile operating systems have covered up the ugly inner workings of app installation and taken file handling out of our hands. By and large, that’s a positive. Most phone owners don’t generally need to see application files or know where such assets are located. But every now and then, an…

Google’s login chief would rather you use Apple’s sign-in button than keep using passwords

Apple shook up the world of logins last week, offering a new single sign-on (or SSO) tool aimed at collecting and sharing as little data as possible. It was a deliberate shot at Facebook and Google, which currently operate the two major SSO services. But while Google wasn’t happy about the veiled privacy jabs, the company’s login chief is surprisingly sunny about having a new button to compete with. While the login buttons are relatively simple, they’re much more resistant to common attacks like phishing, making them much stronger than…

Facebook falls following report that Zuckerberg emails link him to controversial privacy practices

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.Aurelien Meunier | French Select | Getty ImagesFacebook stock dipped on a Wall Street Journal report that the company has uncovered emails linking CEO Mark Zuckerberg to the social media giant’s controversial privacy practices.Shares were down more than 2% following the news. The report says employees at the company are concerned that the emails could come under scrutiny during an investigation from the Federal Trade Commission.The FTC is investigating whether security lapses related to the…

Crowdstrike pops nearly 80% in debut, now worth almost $12 billion

George KurtzHeidi Petty | CNBCCrowdStrike rocketed as much as 97% in its first day of trading on the public market on Wednesday. The security software vendor opened trading at $63.50 after it priced its IPO at $34 a share, above the high end of its expected range of $28 to $30 per share.The stock settled to a pop of more than 78%, which still nearly doubled the company’s market value from more than $6 billion at its IPO price to nearly $12 billion during morning trading.Crowdstrike, trading on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol…

Apple’s new iPhone software has a hidden feature so your battery won’t wear out so fast

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, June 3, 2019.Mason Trinca | ReutersApple’s new iPhone software, iOS 13, includes a new feature that will help your battery last longer before it needs to be replaced.This is important.People are holding on to their phones longer these days, often for three or four years, instead of upgrading every two years or so as was common when smartphones were new and improved more dramatically with every release. But when you hold on to a phone for…

Google reportedly fires some of its largest lobbying firms as it faces antitrust scrutiny

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, speaks to the media before the opening of the Berlin representation of Google Germany in Berlin on January 22, 2019.Carsten Koall | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesGoogle fired about half a dozen of its largest lobbying firms as it gears up to face antitrust regulators, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.The move it part of a broader shake-up of Google’s global government affairs and policy operations, according to the Journal. Within a matter of months, sources told the Journal, Google has restructured its policy…

Facebook has a new tool that helps you donate blood, here’s how to use it

Facebook’s blood donor tool.FacebookFacebook on Wednesday began rolling out a tool that helps inform Americans that nearby blood banks need donations. If you sign up for it, you’ll be alerted when one of Facebook’s blood bank partners in your area needs a specific kind of blood donor.The tool launched in Bangladesh, Brazil, India and Pakistan in 2017 and is rolling out now in Chicago, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., before it’s available nationwide « in the coming months, » Facebook said.You have to…

A Chinese hacker used USB sticks to steal data from hotel guests and sold it on a freelancing site

People take pictures of paramilitary officers marching in formation in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.Thomas Peter | ReutersThe following is a modified excerpt from CNBC cybersecurity reporter Kate Fazzini’s « Kingdom of Lies: Unnerving Adventures in the World of Cybercrime, » which is now available wherever books are sold.Bo Chou, now working somewhere else in Asia, says he feels like his past life was boring. He’s had no interest, he says, in regaling people with tales of his time as a hacker for China’s People’s Liberation Army. (Some names, locations…

Huawei is reportedly working on self-driving cars

People gather at a Huawei stand during CES Asia 2019.Hector Retamal | AFP | Getty ImagesHuawei is reportedly developing self-driving cars in partnership with various automakers as part of a push into artificial intelligence.The Chinese tech giant is providing AI software to a number of notable carmakers including Volkswagen’s Audi and a joint venture between Japan’s Toyota and China’s GAC, an executive at the company told the Financial Times.Two other Chinese firms, Beijing New Energy Automobile and Changan Automobile, are also collaborating with the company, the newspaper reported.Dang Wenshuan, Huawei’s…

Google fixes Android Q beta bootloop issue, resumes updates

Google has re-released Android Q’s fourth beta after fixing an issue that caused some Pixel devices to “bootloop,” meaning they were trapped in a constant reset state. The issue arose after some Pixel users tried to install the beta Over-The-Air. Writing on Twitter, Google said that all devices enrolled in the beta will now receive the new Beta 4 update, and that it has updated the downloadable images for developers. The incident is a good reminder to never install beta software on any hardware that you rely on as your…

Google is moving US-bound Nest production out of China, reports Bloomberg

Google is moving its production of US-bound Nest devices and server hardware out of China in order to avoid tariffs as high as 25 percent, reports Bloomberg. Production of motherboards heading to Google’s US data centers have moved to Taiwan, while Nest devices heading Stateside are now being produced in Taiwan and Malaysia. The moves are a response to increasing tensions created by the US-China trade war. The shift in geographies are meant to shore up Google’s bottom line. Tariffs have to either be absorbed directly by the companies or…

Electric scooter gets charged up in just five minutes with a battery from BP-backed StoreDot

StoreDot claims its battery technology can charge everything from smartphones to electric vehicles in a matter of minutes.StoreDotIsrael’s StoreDot is making major headway in its bid to charge up devices in a matter of minutes with new battery technology.The Herzliya-based start-up’s lithium-ion battery on Tuesday managed to recharge an electric scooter from Spanish firm Torrot in just five minutes.It completed the demonstration alongside oil major BP, a strategic backer of the company. The companies claim this is the first time an electric two-wheeler has been charged in such a short…

Huawei says it’s scrapping laptop launch because of US blacklisting

A Huawei logo displayed at a retail store in Beijing.Fred Dufour | AFP | Getty ImagesChinese tech giant Huawei has scrapped the launch of new laptop as a result of being effectively barred from doing business with American suppliers.It’s the first product launch the company has cancelled as a result of being put on a blacklist restricting its access to U.S. technology.Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer division, told CNBC that the firm had formally planned to launch a new product in its Matebook series without giving a date, but…