The new Motorola Razr arrives February 6 in all its folding glory

The Motorola Razr was arguably the most exciting phone announcement launch last year, especially after Samsung bungled its Galaxy Fold launch. We’ve been patiently waiting for an official release date since the device was first announced in November, and now we have one: February 6. Pre-orders begin January 26 at 12:01AM ET. The device will be a Verizon exclusive in the US, and will cost $1,500 or 62.49 a month for 24 months. That said, Verizon is softening the blow with trade-in deals; $500 off for trading in certain eligible smartphones, and another $200 via pre-paid MasterCard if you’re switching… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Apple reversed plans for fully encrypted backups

Apple reportedly canceled its plans to fully encrypt backups of users’ iPhones in iCloud following complaints from the FBI that the move would harm investigations. The iPhone maker’s reversal, which occurred around two years ago, has not been reported before but now several sources familiar with the matter have spoken with Reuters regarding the company’s previous encryption plans. According to several current and former FBI officials and Apple employees, the company informed the FBI more than two years ago of its plans to offer users end-to-end encryption when storing their phone data on iCloud. Under the plan, Apple would no longer have access to the keys used to unlock encrypted… Read More

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Indian bike rental startup Bounce raises $105M

Bounce, a Bangalore-based startup that operates over 15,000 electric and gasoline docked bikes in nearly three dozen cities in India, said today it has raised $105 million in a new funding round as it explores sustainable ways to expand within the nation and build its own electric vehicles. The new financing round, Series D, was co-led by existing investors Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital and Accel Partners India, said the startup. The new round valued Bounce at a little over $500 million, up from about $200 million in June last year, a person familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. TechCrunch reported in late November that Bounce was in advanced stages of… Read More

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