10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know this Thursday. 1. Amazon is interested in buying work messaging app Slack, Bloomberg reports. The deal could value it at $9 billion or more. 2. A top Apple exec is denying an unflattering story from an upcoming book. Phil Schiller says

Smartphones as we know them will be dead in five years

Walk around any phone store or browse online, and you'll find rows of similar looking rectangular shaped smartphones. Compared to some of the crazy designs pioneered by Nokia, Ericsson and the rest in the early days of mobiles, things look pretty tame now. It's also an age when sub-$200 smartphones are

Waze Digs Into Your Car’s Dashboard

Waze on your 5-inch smartphone screen is so last year. The hot new thing is Waze on the 8-inch screen in your dashboard. The crowdsourced traffic and navigation app owned by Google is joining the SmartDeviceLink Consortium and working with automakers and developers on open source protocols for connecting smart phones to

Nifty Battery Pack Charges Your Smartphone Six Times Faster

With the arrival of USB-C, it’s finally possible to charge your devices faster than ever before. The pocket-friendly Nifty C PowerPod Battery Pack takes full advantage of the technology, supercharging USB devices new and old wherever you go. Utilizing Qualcomm 2.0 Fast Charging technology, the PowerPod is able to deliver

Satellite TV Is Fueling Zimbabwe’s Cash Shortage

by Brian Latham February 15, 2017, 11:23 AM EST Country spends more on TV subscriptions than some basic foods Banks told to settle domestic card transactions locally Zimbabwe’s central bank said it is “illogical” and undermining efforts to stem a cash shortage that the country is spending more on satellite television subscriptions