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Hands-on review: Asus Chromebit CS10 - a portable PC

Hands-on review: Asus Chromebit CS10 - a portable PC Meet the Asus Chromebit: a little device made to turn your monitor into a cloud PC.While the Chromebit has the capability for Google Play Books and Movies, it won’t download or play Google Play Games as yet.

Experiencing virtual reality with PlayStation VR Worlds

Experiencing virtual reality with PlayStation VR Worlds For PlayStation VR gamers PlayStation VR Worlds is going to seem a lot like a demo disc, designed more to show off the PlayStation 4’s VR kit that stand on its own.The title is a grouping of five short VR “experiences”, most of which don’t really come under the classification of games at all.

Microsoft: Saying goodbye to passwords and saying 'Hello' to better encryption

Microsoft: Saying goodbye to passwords and saying 'Hello' to better encryption Molly Dalton, has a very specific role at Microsoft: She and her team are working to say goodbye to traditional passwords and 'hello' to Windows Hello.And Dalton says there are much better ways to do things now.

Xiaomi's new Mi Note 2 release will prick Apple's ears

Xiaomi's new Mi Note 2 release will prick Apple's ears From a packed Beijing event reminiscent of an Apple release, Xiaomi today released their new phone, and showed off their concept that will prick the ears of Apple and get a few manufacturers scrambling.The Mi Note 2 is the latest release of the Mi flagship, and is positioned as an opponent to the flagships of their competitors.

MS Ignite NZ - The currency of nnections

MS Ignite NZ - The currency of nnections I was fortunate to spend time with one of Microsoft Ignite NZ’s speakers, Dona Sarkar, along with her colleague Jeremiah Marble.They see technology as a vehicle to deliver change, connecting #winsiders across the globe with causes that they can believe in and be a part of.

Spark supports next phase of Rural Broadband Initiative for Kiwis

Spark supports next phase of Rural Broadband Initiative for Kiwis Improved broadband and mobile services for rural New Zealand will grow regional economies and boost tourism in key destinations, according to Adams.“Around 293,000 rural New Zealanders are accessing better broadband under the first phase of our RBI programme.

Former Vietnam refugee embraces 'most important opportunity' as NZTech chair

Former Vietnam refugee embraces 'most important opportunity' as NZTech chair “This is the most important opportunity that I have been given to make a difference since New Zealand accepted me as a refugee from Vietnam in 1985 so I am not taking on this role lightly.As such, we need to increase the level of engagement between technology and the rest of the economy," Pham says.

Microsoft announces new Surface family additions to 'empower a new wave of creativity'

Microsoft announces new Surface family additions to 'empower a new wave of creativity' The Microsoft Surface family now includes Surface Studio, Surface Dial and Surface Book with Performance Base.In addition, the Windows 10 Creators Update will boost the company's efforts to encourage creation, sharing and mixed reality environments.

Now you can send money internationally through Facebook Messenger

Now you can send money internationally through Facebook Messenger A new bot released on Facebook Messenger on Sunday lets users send money to and from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia or Europe.Powered by TransferWise, the bot completes money transfers and guides users through the process.

SoFi raises $500 million to expand beyond student loans

SoFi raises $500 million to expand beyond student loans With this huge influx of funding, SoFi plans to go global — or "take on new areas of personal finance and new geographies," the company said.Launched in 2011, SoFi started with student loans for "high earners" who have the potential to earn a lot in the future.

New fund puts $141 million toward digital finance in the developing world

New fund puts $141 million toward digital finance in the developing world But no one funding startups has ever devoted their full attention to serving people outside the traditional financial system — until now.The groups say their fund is the first global fintech fund for the underserved.

India's largest mobile wallet goes global, launches app in Canada

India's largest mobile wallet goes global, launches app in Canada India's largest mobile wallet, Paytm, has launched in Canada.This is the Alibaba-backed company's first foray into the international market.

Jack Dorsey's Square launches in the UK

Jack Dorsey's Square launches in the UK Mobile payments company Square, founded by Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey, has launched in the UK and is eyeing a Europe-wide expansion.“We founded Square to empower small businesses with tools to accept all forms of payment and to make a sale anytime, anywhere,” said Dorsey, CEO of Square.

SelfScore makes credit cards for the international students Trump wants to keep out

SelfScore makes credit cards for the international students Trump wants to keep out Its credit cards serve international students from all over the world —including the seven countries (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia) named in President Donald Trump's first travel ban, which was halted in court.They’re invisible," said Pat Nicholson, SelfScore's vice president of marketing.

Visa is bribing small businesses to stop accepting cash

Visa is bribing small businesses to stop accepting cash The credit card and payments company is urging restaurants to stop accepting cash with its new Visa Cashless Challenge, which comes with a $10,000 prize.Many vendors have already made the switch to cashless payments only.

Socially responsible investing is getting easier with help from Betterment

Socially responsible investing is getting easier with help from Betterment The roboadvisor is adding a socially responsible investment portfolio for Betterment customers, providing users with a way to easily direct money to companies that have broader goals than just turning profit.Like in most diversified portfolios, though, that sometimes puts customers' savings behind companies whose ethics they might not agree with, whether because of labor practices, social policies or ties to fossil fuels.

Betterment is now worth $800 million

Betterment is now worth $800 million The nearly decade-old roboadvisor brought on the $70 million as an extension of a Series E funding round from March 2016 led by the Swedish investment company Kinnevik.Since the beginning, that's meant focusing on delivering the best possible after-tax returns and empowering customers to do what's best with their money," Betterment CEO Jon Stein said in a statement.

This startup wants to help you claim every last dollar of financial aid

This startup wants to help you claim every last dollar of financial aid The basic government form, the dreaded FAFSA, asks for information high-school students might not know about their families' financial lives.Even parents filling financial aid forms out on their children's behalf can get discouraged and abandon the process partway through.

Banks are more worried about Amazon and Facebook than actual fintech startups

Banks are more worried about Amazon and Facebook than actual fintech startups All firms risk becoming dependent on large techs, which necessitates the loss of some control over both costs and data.Major financial firms aren't necessarily happy that they have to rely on a third party for an important component of their business.