Category: Tech

Elon Musk is waging war on multiple fronts — and now Australia is in the firing line

Elon Musk. Anna Webber/Variety/Getty Images Elon Musk is clashing with multiple governments around the world. His ownership of X/Twitter has pulled him into a new sphere of global politics. Musk has been in public spats with Brazil’s Supreme Court and the Australian government this year. Elon Musk is well known for his public spats. The world’s fourth-richest person rarely shies away from face-offs with other prominent…

5G and Connectivity Playbook

Ariel Davis for BI Whether you’re aware of it or not, 5G technology is shaping your world every day. Like 4G before it, the fifth generation of cellular wireless technology powers high-speed internet on our phones. But because it can support many devices reliably with low lag times and fast download speeds, it’s also powering things like long-distance synchronous music-making, faster electric-vehicle charging, and innovative…

The best foldable phones in 2024

When you buy through our links, Business Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more The OnePlus Open offers the best experience of any foldable phone we’ve tested. Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider There are two main types of foldable phones available, and we’ve concluded that the best foldable phones for most people are of the book-style, tablet-hybrid design rather than the clamshell-style flip phone. Tablet-hybrid foldable…

Grindr shared the HIV status of users with ad firms, lawyers say

In this photo illustration, the app of Grindr is displayed on a smartphone on February 26, 2018, in Berlin. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images A class action claim against Grindr accuses the app of sharing users’ HIV status with third parties. Austen Hays, a law firm in the UK, alleges these breaches took place over at least two years. The firm says that “thousands” of…

Making friends and dating as billionaire Steve Ballmer’s son

Getty Images; Alyssa Powell/BI This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with 29-year-old Pete Ballmer, a standup comedian living in San Francisco and one of the sons of billionaire and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. It has been edited for length and clarity. When I meet people, they usually don’t know that my dad is Steve Ballmer. It’s a funny thing — my…

Former OpenAI exec has an easy trick for surviving AI in the workplace

Zack Kass, a former OpenAI exec, believes the AI revolution will make human qualities more important in the workplace. Zack Kass The AI revolution has sparked fears that machines will replace human workers. But former OpenAI exec Zack Kass told BI that human qualities will become even more essential. And he offered one simple way to set yourself apart: Be likable. Workers are worried about…

TikTok partners with another concert ticker seller to give users even more live show options

TikTok is Bytedance’s most popular product, with over a billion users worldwide. Jaap Arriens/Getty Images TikTok announced a partnership with AXS to sell concert tickets. A new feature in the app allows users and artists to promote tickets to live events. This move follows TikTok’s previous partnership with Ticketmaster for a similar feature. You can now buy concert tickets for your favorite artists on TikTok…

BlackRock’s Larry Fink thinks AI will boost wages — and productivity

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink. AP Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, believes AI will increase productivity and wages. His firm has increased assets while keeping head count the same which Fink credits to AI advances. Although AI optimists hope it’ll raise wages, others are more skeptical and fear job displacement. Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, said on a recent earnings call that the company’s investments in…

Humane’s AI Pin got trashed by a YouTuber, and it sparked a firestorm over whether that’s fair

Marques Brownlee YouTube/MKBHD YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee gave a scathing review of Humane’s new AI pin. One Humane staffer conceded the feedback was “honest” and “solid.” Some X users said Brownlee’s review would mark a death knell for the company. Marques Brownlee, the massively influential YouTube tech reviewer whose channel moniker is MKBHD, delivered a scathing review of Humane’s new AI Pin Monday, which he…

Oh look at that! Now Google is using AI to answer search queries.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, whose company is racing to figure out AI. Justin Sullivan/Getty Google is testing AI-generated answers in regular search results. The experiments are labeled as “AI overviews” and began about a month ago in the US and the UK. Remember when Google’s purpose was to compile lists of sites that had the information you want? That was a long time ago. Sure, you’ve…

Some Tesla factory workers realized they were laid off when security scanned their badges and sent them back on shuttles,...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent employees a memo about the layoffs late Sunday evening. Nathan Howard and Justin Sullivan via Getty Images Tesla laid off over 10% of its workforce on Sunday night. Some factory employees only realized they were laid off when their badges didn’t work, sources told BI. At the Nevada factory, the process of weeding out laid-off staff in line to enter…

Tim Cook has arrived in Vietnam for a two-day trip, as Apple boosts ties with its key manufacturing hub

Apple has also announced it will increase spending on suppliers in Vietnam. GIANG HUY/Getty The Apple CEO has arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam to meet with Apple suppliers and content creators. The company has also announced plans to increase spending on suppliers in the country. Vietnamese manufacturing has been important for Apple as it moves away from dependence on China. Tim Cook has arrived in Hanoi,…

Beware: leaving a big city could be really bad for your career

Marco Bottigelli/Getty, Yevgen Romanenko/Getty, Maskot/Getty, Tyler Le/BI Ever since hordes of Americans began fleeing big coastal cities during the pandemic, I’ve been wondering when — or if — they’d return. Sure, things are less expensive in the places they moved to, and the quality of life is often higher. But more and more, urban refugees have been pining for the things they left behind, from…

AI startups were red hot in 2023. Check out 37 pitch decks used by founders to land funds from some...

ElevenLabs uses AI to create realistic voiceovers. It was among an array of AI startups to land VC funding this year. ElevenLabs AI startups raised $60 billion last year and investors have continued to pile in on the tech in 2023. The frenzy around AI comes after the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot. Below are 37 pitch decks used by startups deploying AI in everything…

Watch out Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sánchez — Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are trying out mob chic, too

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg attended the UFC 300 event on April 13, 2024. Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sánchez aren’t the only couple that’s stepping it up in the fashion arena. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan were seen trying out the “mob chic” look at Saturday’s UFC event.  Zuckerberg rocked a fit straight out of Eminem’s rapper-swag playbook, while Chan…

I love staring at my phone. So why are some tech companies trying to stop me?

I’m not looking for an iPhone replacement. I love my phone — so much. iStock; Rebecca Zisser/BI Bad reviews of the AI Pin point out how it can’t replace a phone. But I don’t want to replace a phone. I love staring at my iPhone.  I only regret that I cannot stare at my phone more hours of the day. I was excited for the…

The billionaire’s social calendar: The must-attend events for the world’s wealthiest business icons

Billionaires follow a pretty consistent schedule, flying their private jets en masse from Davos in January and Sun Valley in July, stopping in Monaco and St. Barts on their superyachts in between. iStock; Robyn Phelps/Insider Billionaires are predictable — and they like to stick together. Each year they attend a pretty standard set of parties, festivals, and conferences. Here’s where you can find a billionaire…

I tried Spotify’s AI feature to make playlists with text and emoji prompts. It’s impressive but I’ll still make my...

Spotify launched its AI Playlist in beta this week Spotify Spotify has launched AI Playlist, a new feature that makes playlists with a text or emoji prompt. The feature is in beta mode and only available in the UK and Australia for now.  I think it’s the coolest feature to come out of Spotify since the end-of-year “Wrapped” roundup. I’ve always been a big music…

TikToker says she was trapped in 115-degree heat after her Tesla locked her inside during a software update

A TikToker says she got stuck in her Tesla for 40 minutes during a software update. Brandon Bell/Getty Images A TikToker says she got stuck in her Tesla for 40 minutes during a software update. Her car was parked in the sun, and during the update she says the temperature inside reached 115°F. The door has a manual release, but the user guide says opening…

Musk’s Boring Company screwed up a Las Vegas dig, causing a public transit system to shut down temporarily: report

The Boring Company is expanding its tunnel system beneath Las Vegas, a portion of which first opened in 2021. Ethan Miller/Getty Images Elon Musk’s the Boring Company is in the process of expanding its tunnel system under Las Vegas. Fortune reported the company mistakenly exposed the base of pillars that support the Vegas monorail. The monorail was temporarily shut down and the company was issued…

Hackers from China and Russia are finding cracks in Microsoft’s security

The Microsoft logo. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Russian and Chinese hackers have been getting past Microsoft security. In the latest attacks, Russians compromised the emails of multiple federal agencies, watchdog group says. Another watchdog group published a report last week detailing Microsoft’s “inadequate” security culture. China and Russia keep finding ways to get past Microsoft’s security systems. In an emergency directive made public on Thursday, the US…

Your anonymous reviews may not stay that way

OpenTable is reportedly ditching anonymous reviews – even ones that were posted previously. Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post via Getty Images Reservations site OpenTable will reportedly add users’ first names to formerly anonymous reviews. The move comes a month after news of a similar change from careers site Glassdoor. In both cases, the companies say identification improves the authenticity of their services. Anonymity has…

Inside Andy Jassy’s plan for Amazon in the generative AI era

Chelsea Jia Feng/BI This post originally appeared in the Insider Today newsletter. You can sign up for Business Insider’s daily newsletter here. Happy Friday! Tax day is Monday, but don’t sweat it. Here’s a rundown on how to file for an extension. We’ve also got resources on how to do your taxes. By the way, we’re wrapping up voting for the championship matchup in our…

A tech investor got brutally roasted after he shared the detailed Notion database he uses to manage his marriage. He...

“My wife and I use Notion religiously to manage our day-to-day life. Here’s a screenshot of our set-up,” Ben Lang wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on April 6. Ben Lang/X Ben Lang, 30, is a Notion super fan. He was roasted online after he revealed that he was using Notion to manage his marriage. Lang told BI that while he does enjoy the memes, Notion…

Elon Musk and Grimes appear friendly again after a contentious custody battle that has been sealed from the public

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is often photographed in public with his 3-year-old son, X, who is one of the three children he shares with Grimes. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images; Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic/Getty Images Elon Musk and Grimes appeared friendly in a brief exchange on X on Wednesday. The former couple filed custody lawsuits against each other last year over the three kids they share. The current status…

Take a closer look at the main regions of Neom, Saudi’s epic megacity project

The island of Sindalah, a yachting resort and part of the Neom project, will be open in 2024, say planners. NEOM Saudi Arabia is plowing on with its ambitious Neom project, despite reported setbacks. The Kingdom has said “millions of cubic meters of earth and water” are being moved each week. Here’s a closer look at the main regions that officials plan to build as…

An OpenAI investor says TikTok is China’s ‘programmable fentanyl,’ a CCP-controlled tool used to manipulate US citizens

Early OpenAI backer, Vinod Khosla said in on op-ed for the Financial Times on Tuesday that TikTok “is an AI-powered subversion weapon” wielded by the the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP. Jason Bollenbacher/SXSW Conference & Festivals via Getty Images; Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images TikTok is an “AI-powered subversion weapon” wielded by the CCP, says OpenAI investor Vinod Khosla. Khosla said the platform could be…

Internet providers have to start using this ‘nutrition facts’ label that breaks down fees

An example of a “Broadband Facts” sheet for a mobile broadband plan. Federal Communications Commission “Nutrition facts” style labels for internet plans are finally a reality. As of Wednesday, the FCC now requires internet providers to break down costs and services for customers.  The FCC says the move should encourage competition and help consumers take charge of their services.  If you’ve ever had trouble figuring…

TikTok’s owner is raking in cash

TikTok is Bytedance’s most popular product, with over a billion users worldwide. Jaap Arriens/Getty Images TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, saw a 60% revenue increase in 2023, Bloomberg reported. TikTok has driven ByteDance’s recent success, allowing it to break into global e-commerce markets. This growth came as Congress debated, and then passed, a bill that could ban TikTok in the US. Revenue to ByteDance, TikTok’s parent…

Elon Musk’s go-to lawyer is facing possible sanctions over his behavior in the Tesla CEO’s deposition

Elon Musk’s attorney, Alex Spiro, was the focus of an opposing lawyer’s motion seeking sanctions. Arturo Holmes/Getty Images and Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Alex Spiro faces potential sanctions over his behavior during Elon Musk’s deposition. An opposing lawyer accused Spiro, Musk’s go-to attorney, of acting “astonishingly unprofessional.” The deposition is part of a lawsuit accusing Musk of falsely linking a man to a neo-Nazi group. Alex Spiro,…