Refurbished smartphones are widely available – so should you buy one? | Money

Buying new smartphones gets worse for the wallet every year. Back in 2008, the first generation iPhone cost about $700. The tenth generation started at $1,549. Today, the top-shelf iPhone 12 Pro Max with more than 500gb of storage is an uncomfortable $2,369 – about a third more than the Continue Reading

What is bitcoin and why are so many people looking to buy it? | Richard Partington | Technology

What is bitcoin? Bitcoin is a type of digital currency that emerged after the 2008 financial crisis. It allows people to bypass banks and traditional payment methods. It has become the most prominent among thousands of so-called cryptocurrencies. It relies on “blockchain” technology, which is a shared database of transactions, Continue Reading

Bill Gates joins Blackstone in bid to buy British private jet firm | Bill Gates

Bill Gates has joined a £3bn bidding war to buy the world’s largest private jet operator just as he prepares to publish his new book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster. Cascade Investment, the fund that manages much of Gates’s $134bn personal fortune, announced on Friday it had teamed up Continue Reading

Inside the hyper-local world of Facebook’s ‘buy nothing’ groups | Australia news- Tempemail

We all have things we don’t need. For Canberra resident Zoe Bowman, it is melon ballers. “Someone asked for a melon baller to make some melon balls for a kid’s party, and I looked in the drawer and I had three,” she says. “I don’t need three melon ballers!” The Continue Reading

Salesforce to buy Slack in $27.7bn deal aimed at competing with Microsoft | Technology

Business software pioneer Salesforce.com is buying work-chatting service Slack for $27.7bn in a deal aimed at giving the two companies a better shot at competing against longtime industry powerhouse Microsoft. The acquisition announced Tuesday is by far the largest in the 21-year history of Salesforce. The San Francisco company was Continue Reading

Microsoft moves ahead with talks to buy TikTok after Trump vows to ban app- Tempemail

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Microsoft has confirmed it is still pursuing talks to buy the social app TikTok, with reports that Donald Trump has given the negotiations a 45-day deadline. The news comes just after Continue Reading

TikTok: US investors reportedly keen to buy Chinese-owned app to avert Trump ban | Technology

US tech investors are reportedly trying to buy a majority stake in Chinese-owned social media phenomenon TikTok to head off White House security concerns about the video-sharing app. Investors, led by the venture capital firms General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital, are reported to be in discussions with US regulators about Continue Reading

Adevinta wins auction to buy eBay’s classified ads unit for nearly $13 billion – Software- Tempemail

Norway’s Adevinta has won the auction to buy the bulk of eBay’s classified ads unit for nearly A$12.8 billion, with the US e-commerce firm planning to keep a minority stake. The acquisition comes as the coronavirus crisis boosts demand for online marketplaces, with consumers turning to online shopping due to Continue Reading

Chipmaker Analog Devices in advanced talks to buy Maxim Integrated – Hardware- Tempemail

US semiconductor maker Analog Devices is in advanced talks to acquire Maxim Integrated Products, an industry peer that has a market capitalisation of US$17.1 billion, people familiar with the matter said. The acquisition would expand Analog Devices’ offerings in applications such as autonomous vehicles and 5G telecommunications networks. It would Continue Reading