The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Tuesday, May 26

Charter wins Time Warner with $55 million bid...Jony Ive moves upstairs at Apple... Sharp shows off its slow-mo phone

A Sharp smartphone plays slow-motion video with a high frame rate at a demonstration in Tokyo on May 25, 2015. Sharp says its latest Aquos phones with the feature have the highest rates for slow-motion video.

A Sharp smartphone plays slow-motion video with a high frame rate at a demonstration in Tokyo on May 25, 2015. Sharp says its latest Aquos phones with the feature have the highest rates for slow-motion video.

Charter strikes $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

Charter Communications will spend US$55 billion to buy Time Warner Cable in a deal that would create a broadband powerhouse in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reports. Comcast's bid to buy Time Warner fell apart last month when it became clear that key regulators in the U.S. were opposed. Expect Charter's plans to be closely scrutinized for their impact on competition, as well.

Legendary Apple designer Jony Ive moves up into less hands-on role

The British design genius who partnered with the late Steve Jobs to create some of the most iconic products in tech is moving up into a newly created executive role at Apple -- and one that will likely have him in a less hands-on role, re/code reports. Jony Ive was named chief design officer, a role where he'll focus on new ideas and future initiatives, while day-to-day oversight will fall to Richard Howarth on industrial design and Alan Dye on user interfaces.

Sharp's new smartphones have a slow-mo advantage

Electronics maker Sharp is showing off smartphones that can shoot and play back video with a smoother slow motion effect. At a Tokyo press conference on Monday, Sharp officials played video on the new Aquos phones that showed water droplets and fireworks exploding in extreme slow motion.

U.S. politicians working over holiday break to enable limited NSA surveillance

With the U.S. Senate unable to agree on a bill that would have given the NSA continued authority to collect Americans' phone records, members of the lower House, which crafted and passed the USA Freedom Act, are working through the holiday week ahead to tweak it just enough to satisfy Senate holdouts. Three more senators are needed to approve the new legislation that would end the NSA dragnet and instead leave carriers holding all call metadata, which the government could access via search warrant, the New York Times reports.

Large-scale attack uses browsers to hijack routers

Cybercriminals have developed a Web-based attack tool to hijack routers on a large scale when users visit compromised websites or view malicious advertisements in their browsers. The attacks replace the DNS (Domain Name System) servers configured on routers with rogue ones controlled by attackers -- and that allows hackers to intercept traffic, spoof websites, hijack search queries, inject rogue ads on Web pages and more.

Nigeria's mobile phone network hit by fuel crisis

It's not just the transport business that's being hit hard by a nationwide fuel distribution crisis in Nigeria: MTN, which has 61 million mobile phone customers in the country, is running low on fuel and has said its network will be significantly degraded if it doesn't receive more supplies by Tuesday, Bloomberg reports. Bharti Airtel also warned local customers of service problems. Uber already said its cars in Lagos have been slowed down by the gas shortage; if customers can't summon them via their mobile apps, that will compounds the startup's woes.

Amazon may go up against artisan marketplace Etsy

The online market for handmade goods seems to have caught Amazon's eye: a questionnaire posted on the company's website suggests that it's considering a marketplace focused on artisan products, likely to be called, simply, Handmade. That would put the online retailer directly in competition with Etsy, where 1.4 million active sellers push 32 million handmade items, vintage goods and craft supplies. Don't cry for Etsy: it lost its indie cred years ago when it loosened rules about what kinds of products were allowed to be sold on the site.

Watch now

A brain implant allowed Erik Sorto, paralyzed from the neck down for 13 years, to take a sip from a bottle of beer using a robotic arm controlled by his mind.

One last thing

Mobile technology can be liberating in many ways, but in Saudi Arabia it provides women and the young a measure of escape from a repressive society, the New York Times reports.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags amazonsecurityTime Warner CablesharpEtsygovernmentMTNinternetCharter CommunicationsUberApple

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

IDG News Service staff

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?