Happy chilly Friday to you, Austin! Here’s some of the top tech news we’re following today:
Samsung surprises with strong earnings
Despite a year of crisis management that included exploding phones and washing machines, Samsung’s earnings for its fourth quarter were surprisingly strong, beating expectations with its best operating profits in three years at about $7.8 billion. Despite its Note 7 fiasco, Samsung still had strong semiconductor and Galaxy 7 phone sales.
Feds target D-LInk over router and camera concerns
The Federal Trade Commission is charging Taiwan-based D-LInk with dropping the ball on security for its Internet routers and Internet cameras. You can hear it from the FTC here or get a slightly more detailed take from Network World.
News of CES
Consumer Electronics Show rolls on and one thing is clear: Amazon’s Alexa seems to be everywhere without Amazon even officially showing up. Jacob Kastrenakes at The Verge wonders why Apple’s HomeKit hasn’t generated the same kind of excitement and whether Apple missed a huge opportunity to make it the centerpiece of Internet of Things in the home. And in case you missed it, we took a look at Dell’s new Canvas 27 desktop workspace and posted a photo gallery. We’ll also have a Texas Standard segment about CES posted later today on 512tech.
Drone company acquires camera legend
DJI, the most popular consumer drone maker, has taken a majority stake in Swedish camera company Hasselblad, reports TechCrunch. It signals an increasing focus on high-end photography gear merging with drone tech for some kinds of drones geared toward shutterbugs.
A peek at the Las Vegas Drone Rodeo
The Verge takes a look at drones that race at speeds of more than 100 mph in Las Vegas during CES:
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