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|t||In light of disappointing Q4 earnings, Fitbit announced it will layoff 110 people, 6 percent of its workforce. Fitbit sold 6.5 million devices in Q4 but saw revenue fall below guidance. CEO James Park said the slowdown was part of a transitional period. He promised the ability to deliver a more personalized experience and upgraded products will stimulate new areas of demand.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/30/fitbit-layoffs/|
|v||Namco founder Masaya Nakamura has died at 91. Nakamura was often called the “Father of Pac-Man” for heading the company that brought engineer Toru Iwatani’s creation to market in 1980. Nakamura founded Namco in 1955 with two mechanical horse rides on a department store rooftop.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-30/japanese-arcade-pioneer-father-of-pac-man-has-died|
|t||Dropbox launched Paper globally Monday, a basic document editor, which allows collaboration and a timeline of tracked changes, with project management features in the works. Another feature called Smart Sync is launching with speedier automatic syncing, eliminating storage requirements on the hard drive. Paper launches for all users in 21 language markets now, though you’ll need an enterprise or business plan to use administrative features. Smart Sync is only available as an early access program for business customers.||http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/30/14435582/dropbox-paper-business-app-launch-date-ios-android-web|
|v||The Wall Street Journal reports and TechCrunch has confirmed that Snap Inc, maker of Snapchat will list its stock on the New York Stock Exchange. Recode’s Kara Swisher reports that according to sources, Snap will publicly file its late next week on pace for a March IPO. The company previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in late 2016 to prepare for an IPO, but this will be the first public disclosure of its finances.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/30/snap-to-list-on-new-york-stock-exchange/|
|t||Greg Sterling at MarketingLand has a column up posing the question of whether tech companies in the US can remain neutral in the country’s current political climate. Uber suspended surge pricing to New York’s JFK airport over the weekend to avoid appearing to be profiting off traffic to protests. However because New York Taxi drivers were striking for one hour in support of protestors, many took the move as profiteering by Uber and started a “delete Uber” movement. In addition, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is a member of the President’s CEO advisory board. Conservative organizations in the past have organized boycotts of Amazon because Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post and Netflix for issues with a documentary about Syria.||http://marketingland.com/deleteuber-companies-forced-events-wade-political-fray-204982|
|v||Starbucks has added a feature called My Barista to its app that lets you order and pay by speaking or typing in natural language. 1000 iOS customers will get access to the feature in a limited beta test. A phased rollout is planned through summer 2017. Starbucks also launched a re-order skill for Amazon Voice Services to use AVS devices to order the usual as designated in the Starbucks app.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/30/starbucks-unveils-a-virtual-assistant-that-takes-your-order-via-messaging-or-voice/?ncid=rss|
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|Cafe X (@cafexapp) | Twitter||https://twitter.com/cafexapp?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor|
|Cafe X opens in San Francisco, bringing robots to the coffee shop | TechCrunch||https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/30/cafe-x-opens-in-san-francisco-bringing-robots-to-the-coffee-shop/|
|Meet Gordon, your gleaming white robot barista - CNET||https://www.cnet.com/news/robot-coffee-barista-startup-cafe-x/|
|At San Francisco's New Cafe X, A Robot Makes Your Coffee Just The Way You Like It | Fast Company | Business + Innovation||https://www.fastcompany.com/3067635/robot-revolution/at-san-franciscos-new-cafe-x-a-robot-makes-your-coffee-just-the-way-you-lik|
|The Future Of Fast Food Is . . . Quinoa? | Co.Exist | ideas + impact||https://www.fastcoexist.com/3049209/the-future-of-fast-food-is-quinoa|
|Cafe X - Metreon San Francisco opens Today|
(Also location in Hong Kong Science Park, serves illy)
Founded by Henry Hu. Next location planned in Fremont, Ca.
- Mitsubishi 6-axis industrial robot (AKA Gordon) arm prepares coffee. 100-120 cups an hour.
- Coffee actually made by WMF Coffee machine.
- Idea is to reduce cost and wait times.
|- Order from kiosk or app|
- Beans from AKA, Verve, or Peet’s.
- 8 oz. Espresso $2.25 compared to $4-$5 at nearby competitors. Latte $2.95
- When order is ready you get texted a 4 digit code to input and receive your coffee at the counter
- Orders not picked up after 8 minutes get dumped.
Hire’s people for customer assistance for things like placing orders, or selecting beans.
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|I use my Surface Pro 3 about 50-50 in tablet and laptop mode. When doing uni work, I'm often either typing (laptop mode) or reading/marking up in Drawboard (tablet mode). Other times I'll use it when gaming for notes/maps so that's usually tablet mode.|
My wife uses one for work (one of the things they sell/consult on/support is eye-tracking hardware/software for people with disabilities), and for movie/TV consumption, as well as normal business use, so it's used in both modes very frequently as well.
It's entirely possible that Australians are just weird, or, as seems far less likely, that in this house we're techy edge-cases :-) - mic
I work for a large multinational company had often hosts data for our customers. We are in a constant effort to expand our physical presence with data centers in new location to allow companies and governments who are bound by legal restrictions regarding where their data may be kept to use our services.
Most of these laws requiring local data be kept within the jurisdiction are predicated on the notion that that provides for that data to be covered by local privacy law. If a court were to overturn this weeks decision and allow US companies to be subpoenaed for data held in foreign data centers by US entities or really any company with standing in the US , I can very quickly see her away from doing business with American companies because of this threat to local protection over data held locally. Many countries, The EU in particular, have stringent privacy protections in place specifically in reaction to American overreach and data collection by law-enforcement. If I agreed to be a Microsoft customer on the condition that my data being held in an Irish data center, and I found that data still subject to FBI diddling, I would probably stop being a Microsoft customer and go with someone local.
Thanks for all the great work,
Your boss, Rob in Damascus
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