Techmeme
May 30, 2016, 10:50 PM

Top News

Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
ASUS ZenBook 3: thinner, lighter, and faster than the MacBook with Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD for $1,999  —  How much more can ASUS shave off of the ZenBook, its flagship ultraportable?  Apparently, quite a bit.  The company's new ZenBook 3, announced today at Computex, clocks in at just 2 pounds and 11.9mm (0.46-inches) thick.
David Meyer / Fortune:
Asus unveils Zenbo, a $599 home robot with voice command recognition, touchscreen, smart-home integrations, more; dev program in works; launch date undisclosed  —  Asus asuuy may be best known as the maker of laptops and phones, but on Monday it unveiled a fairly low-cost robot that can help …
TrustedReviews:
Asus debuts Transformer 3 Pro, Transformer 3 with new Kaby Lake chips, from $799, to challenge Surface Pro 4, launch date unknown, also debuts ZenFone 3 line  —  Asus has bombarded the world with several new Zen-branded products, with three new phones, a new laptop and two new tablet/laptop hybrids.
Reuters:
Iran gives foreign messaging apps a year to move all data and activity linked to Iranian users onto servers inside the country  —  May 29 Iran has given foreign messaging apps a year to move data they hold about Iranian users onto servers inside the country, prompting privacy and security concerns on social media.
Gordon Kelly / Forbes:
Microsoft adds a warning pop-up to “upgrade to Windows 10” prompt that tricked many to upgrade, but the main prompt remains deceitful  —  This week Microsoft finally went too far.  The company's obsession with forcing as many Windows 10 upgrades as possible saw it descend into dirty tricks more typical of malware.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
ARM announces new Cortex-A73 CPU and Mali-G71 GPU, hoping to power mobile VR in 2017  —  ARM, the company that designs the processor architectures used in virtually all mobile devices on the market, has used Computex Taipei 2016 to announce new products that it expects to see deployed in high-end phones next year.
Kirsten Korosec / Fortune:
NuTonomy raises $16M Series A, source says at about $100M valuation, plans to launch a self driving taxi service in 2018 in Singapore  —  NuTonomy, the autonomous vehicle software startup and MIT spinoff that received early backing from Ford executive chairman Bill Ford's venture capital firm …
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
How the United Arab Emirates has used foreign-supplied hacking tools to crack down on human rights activists  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the last five years, Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates, has been jailed and fired from his job, along with having his passport confiscated …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Samsung disputes reports that it is dropping Android Wear, says it has not changed commitment to any of its platforms  —  Hold your horses, folks: Samsung hasn't officially broken with up Android Wear just yet.  A recent report from Fast Company cited unnamed Samsung executives …

Sponsor Posts

Smartsheet:
Smartsheet Gov Achieves ‘FedRAMP Ready’ Designation  —  Built on AWS GovCloud (US), Smartsheet Gov is the only work execution platform listed in the FedRAMP marketplace for federal agencies and government contractors.
Zoho:
Cut down on the talk and get down to business - Poll Bot in Cliq  —  How many times have you gotten lost trying to keep up with a discussion, or gave up on reaching a quick consensus with your teammates?
Chromebook:
If you're over the old way of doing things  —  With Family Link on Chromebook, parents have a new, easy way to set digital ground rules and help children create healthy online habits.
Techmeme Leaderboards:
Find out who the top reporters are in 40 different tech categories  —  Who are the most influential writers on topics like AI, VR, IoT, or e-commerce?  We've analyzed Techmeme's news crawl data to find out.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home: Tue. 03/19 - Stadia is Google's Gaming Streaming Service Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 10:50 PM ET, May 30, 2016.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:

Earlier Picks

New York Times: