NEWS & ANALYSIS
DoP Daily Edit, January 8th 2018
Amazon patents AR mirror, RIP Google Docs, Smartphone addiction needs to be taken seriously, Nest products are confusing
Updates to protect against Meltdown flaw available for supported iPhone, iPad, Mac computers and Apple TV devices, with more protections being developed
Augmented reality is getting ready to help you look your very best; Amazon has patented a mirror that dresses you in virtual clothes. The patent, first spotted by GeekWire, provides a ‘blended reality’ view of yourself wearing stylish outfits in virtual locations.
Half the people I know with a Nest find it baffling. I know someone replacing it with an old-school Honeywell. “I can turn it on, and it goes on. Then I can turn it off, and it turns off”.
— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) January 8, 2018
Once upon a time Microsoft Word and Excel dominated CRT-lit desktops of offices around the world. While still great tools, cloud-based apps like Google
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Two of Apple’s institutional shareholders, hedge fund Jana Partners and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), are calling on the company to study the impact of smartphone use on child development. In an open letter, the two investors said that after reviewing research, they believe that Apple needs to give parents more resources and software tools to make sure their kids are using their devices “in an optimal manner.”
Forget fingerprints and face identification. The future of secure authentication is your voice, thanks to artificial intelligence.
Google sold over 6 million smart speakers in 2017 https://t.co/GXfdC9yGit // aside from longer term utility the big question is if anyone is making (incremental) profit in some part of their ecosystem as a result of speakers that defrays (significant) demand gen/cost of sale?
— 🧘🏻♂️Steven Sinofsky ॐ (@stevesi) January 6, 2018
HQ has hit a milestone of 1 million people participating in its live mobile trivia game today. The app has soared in popularity after being released originally for iOS a few months ago, and has regularly had between 500,000 and 750,000 people playing the trivia game over the recent holidays.
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