Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung’s big bet

It’s been just about a year since Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 exploded onto the market with its red-hot features and smoking design. And if it weren’t for the phone’s propensity for blowing up in people’s pockets and while charging on their nightstands, the Note 7 would have been one of the best handsets around. Despite that setback, Samsung is […]

Even a $2.7 billion fine can’t hurt Google

Google was fined $2.7 billion by the European Commission, but even that can’t hurt the search giant. (image: AFP) More Europe is once again mad at Google, but this time European regulators’ angst comes with a serious price tag: a €2.42 billion, or about $2.73 billion, fine to punish the Alphabet, Inc. (GOOG, GOOGL), subsidiary for pushing its […]

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flaw

The back-to-school shopping season is just around the corner, and Microsoft (MSFT) is hoping its new Surface Laptop will be the computer you or your child brings to the classroom. Starting at $999, the Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s attempt to fight back against the growing popularity of Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) low-cost Chromebooks and Apple’s (AAPL) own MacBook line. It’s a beautiful, lightweight […]

Cogeco Jumps After $1.4 Billion MetroCast Acquisition Deal

Canadian telecommunications firm Cogeco Communications Inc. jumped the most in three months after agreeing to buy MetroCast from Harron Communications LP for $1.4 billion, increasing its U.S. footprint with its largest deal ever. MetroCast’s cable networks cover 236,000 homes and business in New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania and Virginia and are in faster-growing and higher-income communities than Cogeco’s existing U.S. […]

China Tells Carriers to Block Access to Personal VPNs by February

China’s government has told telecommunications carriers to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks by Feb. 1, people familiar with the matter said, thereby shutting a major window to the global internet. Beijing has ordered state-run telecommunications firms, which include China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, to bar people from using VPNs, services that skirt censorship restrictions by […]