Stories by Nehal Malik

Twitter Payments are Coming, as Company Seeks Licences: Report

Twitter users could soon be able to send and receive payments through the popular social media platform, according to a report from the Financial Times. Per the publication, Twitter is actively building a payments feature for its flagship social network. The company has also started applying for regulatory licences to handle and process payments in...

Rogers, Shaw Extend Deadline for Merger and Freedom-Vidéotron Deal

Rogers and Shaw today announced an extension of their proposed $26 billion merger, along with the sale of Shaw-owned Freedom Mobile to Quebecor’s Vidéotron in a side deal that's part of the broader transaction, to February 17, 2023. "All parties remain committed to the pro-competitive transactions, which will deliver significant benefits to Canada and Canadian...

Apple ‘Reality Pro’ Headset Concept Imagines Tethered Battery Pack [PICS]

[caption id="attachment_389490" align="aligncenter" width="1400"] Image: Marcus Kane[/caption] As we count down the months to the launch of Apple's long-rumoured mixed-reality headset and, with it, an entirely new product category for the tech giant, we're starting to see more leaks and concept designs pop up. The latest concept renders of Apple's "Reality Pro" AR/VR headset imagine...

Rogers-Shaw Deal Expected to Net Hedge Funds Over $200 Million: Report

Rogers’ proposed $26 billion takeover of Shaw Communications, if successful, could deliver a $216 million payday to 12 hedge funds that bet on it — reports Reuters. The controversial and heavily contested merger has a January 31 deadline. With the Federal Court of Appeal rejecting the Competition Bureau’s appeal of the merger on Tuesday, Rogers and...

Google Creates AI-Powered Music Maker, But it Won’t Be Released

If you thought OpenAI's ChatGPT is impressive, wait till you see what Google has been working on — if the company lets you, that is. Among Google's many endeavours in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is MusicLM, a model the company created to generate original music from rich text prompts (via TechCrunch). Google researchers...

Global Smartphone Industry Suffers Worst Year Since 2013

2022 was the worst year for the global smartphone market since 2013, with shipments dropping 11.3% in the year to 1.21 billion units and 18.3% in the fourth quarter alone, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC). While Samsung led global smartphone shipments for 2022, Apple came in second place with 226.4...

Some 2023 MacBook Pro SSDs are Slower than 2021 Models: Report

Apple's new 14-inch and 16-inch 2023 MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips have slower storage than their M1 Pro and M1 Max-toting predecessors from 2021 if you buy a base 1TB configuration — reports 9to5Mac. The publication experienced this issue on an M2 Pro-powered 14-inch MacBook Pro with 1TB of storage,...