Smartwatch pioneer Pebble announces its shutdown; sells key assets to FitBit

On Wednesday, smartwatch pioneer Pebble Technology Corp. revealed via a website post that it is shutting down; with the key assets of the company being sold to FitBit Inc., the manufacturer of health and fitness tracking wristbands.

In announcing its imminent shutdown, Pebble - the Redwood City startup which was the first company to manufacture smartwatches - said in its website post that its software and intellectual property is being acquired by FitBit.

Smartphones now account for 48% of photo uploads to Flickr

In its recently released annual report, Yahoo-owned image service Flickr has noted that nearly half of the photo uploads in 2016 come from smartphones, though DSLRs and mirrorless cameras still capture better photos overall.

According to the figures posted by Flickr in its year in review, shots from smartphone cameras now contribute 48 percent of the photo uploads; thereby marking a significant increase over the 2015 figures which showed that 39 percent photo uploads came from smartphones.

GoPro starts selling Karma Grip camera stabilizer for $300

In a recent announcement, GoPro has revealed that it has started selling the Karma camera stabilizer grip as a standalone product. The Karma Grip, which was initially packaged by GoPro with the now-recalled Karma drone, is priced at $300 (£250).

In announcing the availability of the Karma Grip camera stabilizer, GoPro has revealed that the grip will, with immediate effect, boast compatibility with the Hero5 Black camera out of the box. As such, the camera stabilizer is ready to use with the Hero5 Black camera.

Phoenix Labs debuts its first game --- 'Dauntless'

Washington D. C [USA], Dec. 2 : In a recent study, scientists from The University of Texas invented a new device that could revolutionize the delivery of medicine to treat cancer as well as a host of other diseases and ailments.

Led by Lyle Hood, the study was published in the Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology.

"The problem with most drug-delivery systems is that you have a specific minimum dosage of medicine that you need to take for it to be effective," Hood said.

Amazon proposes use of trucks to move data faster

During the course of its annual customer conference held in Las Vegas on Wednesday, online retail giant Amazon proposed the use of trucks for moving data from bigwig corporate customers' data centers to its public cloud- computing operation.

With Amazon. com Inc. having already built one of the world's most powerful computing networks in Amazon Web Services, the proposal to use trucks to move massive amounts of data is apparently rooted in the company's conviction that trucks can move data faster than networks.

Benchmark leaks list some Galaxy C7 Pro specs

A few benchmarks leaks have, of late, surfaced online, listing some of the expected specifications of bigwig device maker Samsung's yet-to-be-released mid-range handset --- the Galaxy C7 Pro.

The Galaxy C7 Pro handset will likely be announced officially by Samsung in the near future. However, ahead of any official announcement by the company, the specifications of the handset have been listed in benchmark leaks on AnTuTu, Geekbench and, more recently, GFXBench.

SFMTA recovers from security breach; investigations continue

According to a SFGate report, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has recovered from the computer hack which struck the transit service apparently on Saturday. However, investigations into the hack are still going on.

The report has revealed that the functioning of the SFMTA - which is called 'Muni' locally - is back to normal after the security breach, due to which ticket machines were taken off-line Friday evening and all day Saturday, leaving the San Francisco station fare gates open.

Consumer Reports’ review of Tesla’s all-electric Model X SUV

This week, Consumer Reports (CR) released its review of electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors' all-electric SUV, Model X. The review shows that the magazine was just barely impressed by the Model X.

In its review of the Model X, CR described the all-electric SUV as a "flawed" vehicle, and specifically drew attention to the vehicle's "complexity, compromised functionality and dismal first-year reliability."

Stripe Inc. has raised new $150M funding round at $9B valuation

In a recent announcement, US financial-technology startup Stripe Inc. has revealed that it has raised $150 million in a new funding round - a Series D funding round - at a $9 billion valuation. The company's previous valuation, after a funding round in 2015 summer, was $5 billion.

The announcement of the new funding round implies that Stripe has further extended its lead as the most valuable financial-technology startup in the US.

Donald Trump intends to get Apple to build its products in US

During the course of a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times on Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump that he recently had a telephonic conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook, about building Apple's products -- iPhones, iPads, Macs, and others -- in the US.

The disclosure by Trump about his phone call with Cook indicates that the President-elect already has efforts underway to convince Apple to move the manufacturing of its products stateside, instead of other countries like China.