Yahoo's been criticized for dragging it feet, and things are finally getting underway -- there's a planned bid for the company's web business, according to sources, and other companies are considering challenging it. Sources say Verizon is preparing to place a first-round bid for Yahoo's web business, something that would fall in line with the company's previous comments about acquiring Yahoo. As well, sources say Google is considering making a bid of its own.
In September, Amazon rolled out a service called Amazon Flex, which seeks drivers who will use their own cars to deliver Amazon packages to customers. According to a new report, Amazon is secretly inviting its Flex drivers to a new “on-demand” delivery service that will task them with standard packages, signaling an expansion beyond just Prime Now deliveries and a possible shakeup to how the company handles standard deliveries in general.
Apple is looking to appease publishers with subscription content by adding a paywall option to Apple News, according to a new report. Under this change, Apple News users would have the option of subscribing to paid content, expanding their options while making Apple’s service more attractive to companies. Under the current arrangement, paid content excerpts can be shown on Apple News.
For the last few console generations, there have been three major players: Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. What's been interesting is that while Sony and Microsoft seem to be battling it out, Nintendo has been happy to do their own thing. They're already gearing up for another console release sometime next year, but rumor has it that there might not be enough of them to go around.
The Bentley Bentayga has only been official for a few months and already Bentley is looking to the future with an even more potent version of the high-end SUV. The standard Bentayga uses a 6.0L twin turbo W12 TSI engine making 600hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. That much power pushes the big SUV from naught to 60mph in 4.0 seconds.
HTC is having a very hard time on the market right now. Its current high-end smartphone, the HTC One M9 has proven to be unpopular with buyers sending HTC stock plummeting. The poor showing for the new M9 led HTC to a Q2 loss, breaking a string of profits spanning the previous four quarters.
Facebook is working on a breaking news project described as being similar to Twitter, according to sources. The project is said to have an app in place and to be at the "alpha" stage. With this, publishers could push out breaking news alerts to users who have downloaded the app (or a reciprocating app; it isn't clear), in effect making the new service a new way for Facebook users to get news through the social network. This follows reports showing that many individuals get their news primarily through Facebook.
One "special guest" set to be in attendance tonight at Disney's official Star Wars panel has been tipped: Colin Trevorrow. This is the director of Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed - so calling him a quickly rising star would be a gross understatement. At this point on Twitter, Trevorrow has said absolutely nothing about SDCC - no mention whatsoever - and hasn't said anything about any subject since the 5th of July. While an absence of Tweets isn't a guarantee of anything, the director of one of the biggest pop-culture phenomenons of the year not saying anything about Jurassic World happenings at the biggest comic convention of the year isn't exactly normal. He's probably in San Diego right this minute.
Toyota and Mazda’s collaboration may result in a Prius SUV option, at least if rumors prove to be true. Word has it the Prius SUV will (probably) end up being a version of the C-HR concept that goes into production, which means it will have more of a crossover look to it — though, of course, the design could be changed from what we saw at last year’s Paris Motor Show. Sources say Toyota is considering Mazda’s 1.5 liter SkyActiv diesel engine for the offering.
With Google's I/O developers conference only two days away, Android enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting news and details on the next version of the operating system, codenamed Android M. But while the event may primarily focus on software development, it can also be a starting point for speculation about what hardware will be released under Google's Nexus brand later in the year. One of the latest rumors building up is that there will be two Nexus smartphones to see release in 2015, however there may not be a Nexus tablet.
If you're a fan of Samsung's Galaxy Note series and were hoping for an early release of this year's device, it looks like you're still going to have to wait until September. One might think that with the critical success of the recent Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge that the Korean company would want to move up the release of its larger-screened flagship, but that's not the case. Samsung's own President Shin Jong-kyun has stated that the Galaxy Note 5 will be announced in June or July, as has been rumored recently.