Fastly, the content delivery network, files for an IPO

Fastly, the content delivery network that’s raised $219 million in financing from investors (according to Crunchbase), is ready for its close up in the public markets.

The eight-year-old company is one of several businesses that improve the download time and delivery of different websites to internet browsers and it has just filed for an IPO.

Media companies like The New York Times use Fastly to cache their homepages, media and articles on Fastly’s servers so that when somebody wants to browse the Times online, Fastly’s servers can send it directly to the browser. In some cases, Fastly serves up to 90 percent of browser requests.

E-commerce companies like Stripe and Ticketmaster are also big users of the service. They appreciate Fastly because its network of servers enable faster load times — sometimes as quickly as 20 or 30 milliseconds, according to the company.

The company raised its last round of financing roughly nine months ago, a $40 million investment that Fastly [...]  read more

Get the Apple Watch on sale for only $199 at Walmart

If you’ve been waiting for the price to drop to snag yourself an Apple Watch, now is a perfect time. Walmart has the best-selling Apple Watch Series 3 on sale for $199. That’s an $80 discount and the best price we’ve found for the Series 3 smartwatch.

The Apple Watch 3 is like having an iPhone on your wrist with additional health-focused features. The waterproof smartwatch tracks calories, activities and popular workouts such as yoga, running, and cycling. The Series 3 also offers heart rate monitoring and will even notify you when an unusually high or low heart rate is detected.  The Apple watch also includes basic smartwatch features such as the ability to send messages, make calls, and receive notifications and has a battery life of up to 18 hours.

The Apple Watch 4 currently retails for $399 which makes the $199 price tag on the Series 3 extremely attractive. This particular deal from Walmart [...]  read more

If you watch one celebrity-filled, anally obsessed charity video before Earth Day, make it this one

Lil Dicky, the white comedy rapper with questionable taste but an impressive rolodex, has come up with a millennial’s Earth Day answer to the 80s celebrity-studded, charity hit “We are the World“.

Dicky isn’t tackling African famine, instead he’s come up with an oddly anally-fixated paean to the Earth’s climate and the disaster the world faces if there isn’t some collective action taken to reverse our current course of carbon emissions.

To hammer this message home, and raise money for Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change-focused foundation, the tricky Dicky with a fraught history has enlisted some very very powerful celebrity friends for an animated musical extravaganza.

DiCaprio appears in the video, as does  [...]  read more

The top 5 best broadband deals to grab this Easter – from UK’s cheapest to fast fibre

You know the score – it’s an Easter article. So you’ll be expecting a choc-load of egg-based puns and maybe even some ill-judged allusions to things rising from the dead. Well, not here – just a quintet of fabulous broadband deals for you to choose from and get one of your holiday tasks ticked off with ease.

And coincidentally, there are a bunch of great internet deals to choose from at the moment (It’s almost like the ISPs know that people will be shopping for broadband this weekend). Among them are the very best cheap broadband only deal in the UK, BT fibre with FREE Google Home and a TechRadar EXCLUSIVE on the market’s best priced fibre plan.


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1. £20 Gift Card with cheap fibre

Vodafone Superfast 1 | 18 months | Avg. speed 35Mb  [...]  read more

Gadget Lab Podcast: Your Right to Repair Your Gadgets

What happens when your drop your phone and shatter the screen? Or when its battery starts to grow noticeably weaker? These common technological woes are things that you should be able to remedy yourself—just buy some parts, get some tools, and fix your device. But it’s not that simple. Gadget manufacturers have been increasingly restricting access to the parts, tools, and knowledge required for regular consumers to fix their broken tech. Instead, consumers have to turn to authorized repair technicians, and often pay a lot more, to get something fixed.

Our guest this week, Nathan Proctor, is the national director of the Right to Repair Campaign for US PIRG. Proctor and his team advocate for state and federal legislation that secures consumer access to hardware and software so they can handle these repairs themselves.

Also this week, Peter Rubin tells us about what to expect from the new PlayStation console Sony plans to release next year, and we discuss the problems [...]  read more

Boston Dynamics showcases new uses for SpotMini ahead of commercial production

Last year at our TC Sessions: Robotics event, Boston Dynamics announced its intention to commercialize SpotMini. It was a big step for the secretive company. After a quarter of building some of the world’s most sophisticated robots, it was finally taking a step into the commercial realm, making the quadrupedal robot available to anyone with the need and financial resources for the device.

CEO Marc Raibert made a return appearance at our event this week to discuss the progress Boston Dynamics has made in the intervening 12 months, both with regard to SpotMini and the company’s broader intentions to take a more market-based approach to a number of its creations.

The appearance came hot on the heels of a key acquisition for the company. In fact, Kinema was the first major acquisition in the company’s history — no doubt helped along by the very deep coffers [...]  read more

Samsung Galaxy S10 series is getting a Night Mode for its camera

The Samsung Galaxy S10 series is getting a dedicated night mode in its camera app in an update that’s reportedly live in Switzerland, per SamMobile, and logically should roll out to other regions soon. 

The night mode is reportedly a dedicated version of the ‘Bright Night’ feature that S10 cameras would automatically switch to in low-light situations. Now, users will be able to switch to a dedicated mode, conceivably swiping to it in the camera app’s mode carousel alongside panorama, pro and live focus.

The new mode should seriously augment the S10 line’s camera shortcomings. While their lineup of lenses is impressive, like every other flagship, the S10’s fall short of the Google Pixel 3’s Night Mode, which renders a remarkable amount of context into low-light and night scenes, which we noted in the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review.

But how good will it be?

Truth be told, we didn’t find the Galaxy S10’s auto-activating night mode to outperform other flagship phones’ night modes. But, given [...]  read more

An Insane ‘Jeopardy!’ Run, How to Prep for 4/20, and More

Jeopardy! record-holder Ken Jennings has been waiting to be toppled, and soon he might actually be.

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Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings on James Holzhauer’s record run: ‘It’s absolutely insane’

Last week, James Holzhauer set a new record on ‘Jeopardy!’ for the most winnings in a single game. This week, he smashed his own record and now holds the four highest-scoring games in the show’s history. He now only trails one contestant in overall winnings: Ken Jennings. You may remember Jennings as the record holder for the longest win streak (and a slew of other records). But lest you thought he was jealous of Holzhauer, Jennings is actually loving it, and offered his advice, and his excitement, about the potential of more record-shattering to come.

How to cook your meal for tomorrow’s … celebrations

Tomorrow is 4/20. For some it will just be another day, but for others who plan on “celebrating” with tasty treats, here’s how to make them as delicious (and effective) as possible. You’re welcome.

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Notes from the Samsung Galaxy Fold: day four

Apologies for skipping day three. This kept me extremely busy yesterday. Though the Galaxy Fold remained a constant companion.

Before you ask (or after you ask on Twitter without having read beyond the headline), no it’s hasn’t broken yet. It’s actually been fairly robust, all things considered. But here’s the official line from Samsung on that,

A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review. We have received a few reports regarding the main display on the samples provided. We will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter.

Separately, a few reviewers reported having removed the top layer of the display causing damage to the screen. The main display on the Galaxy Fold features a top protective layer, which is part of the display structure designed to protect the screen from unintended scratches. Removing the protective layer or adding adhesives to the main display may cause damage. We will ensure this information [...]  read more

Hacker posts over 4,000 sensitive documents from Mexican embassy

The hacker got ahold of the trove of documents after discovering the server hosting the files suffered from a security vulnerability and was compromised. After downloading the files, he found scans of passports, visas, birth certificates and other personal documents — some of which belonged to Mexican citizens and diplomats. Letters granting rights, privileges and immunities to embassy staff were also found in the stash, as well as documents showing staff medical expenses, vacation time and other administrative information. 0x55Taylor reportedly attempted to contact Mexican officials about the issue but was ignored. While leaking the files online is one way to get the attention of people, it also puts the victims of the leak at risk by further exposing private information.

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