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|This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday, Jan 27th, 2016 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Breki Tomasson & Scott Johnson|
|t||Facebook plans on rolling out a more expressive Like button options called “Reactions” in the next few weeks according to Bloomberg’s conversations with Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox. The five new options will be angry, sad, wow, ha-ha, and love, in addition to the existing Like. On mobile users hold on the “thumbs up” button to get a sub menu for Reactions.||http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-facebook-reactions-chris-cox/|
Google’s VP of VR Clay Bavor wrote a post announcing 5 million Google Cardboard headsets have shipped, including third parties and giveaways.Google launched cardboard at Google I/O in 2014. 25 million Cardboard apps have been installed through Google Play. The top Cardboard app is "Chair in a Room".
|t||FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed requiring multichannel video programming distributors, like cable TV companies, to allow subscribers to use any set top box to access service. The proposal is to give access to what programming is available, what people can do with it, and of course the content itself. Companies could use any published transparent format to do so. Thanks to starfuryzeta for posting about it in the subreddit.||http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/01/in-blow-to-cable-lobby-fcc-wants-tv-to-be-available-on-any-device/|
The BBC reports that Apple believes it has fixed a problem that caused the Safari browser to crash for some users when searches were carried out from the address bar. The issue affected people whose “suggestions cache” updated between 09:00 and 12:00 GMT. Users may be able to speed up the fix by clearing history and website data from Safari’s preferences.
|t||Project Decibel announced it’s first product Wednesday called Starry Internet. The service delivers Internet at up to 1 Gbps wirelessly to window-mounted device called Star Point. It uses millimeter waveband operating in the 38GHz spectrum which is unoccupied and usually requires line of sight. For $349 a customer can purchase a Star Station which is an Android-powered touchscreen wireless router built for managing Starry Internet connections. Variety reports the company has filed for test applications in Seattle, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. and launches in Boston Feb. 5. Project Decibel is run by Chet Kanojia, the former CEO of Aereo. Thanks to HuskyCaucasion for posting it in the subreddit.||http://fortune.com/2016/01/27/starry-wireless-internet/|
Google’s DeepMind researchers published a paper in Nature announcing that their machine intelligence AlphaGo had defeated Fan Hui, a three-time European Go champion. The computer won five games of Go without a defeat. Next up in March AlphaGo takes on Lee Sedol, the top Go player in the world for the last decade. Facebook also published finding on its Darkforest Go AI which is also making good progress.
|t||Google will license a family of VPU chips called Myriad 2 from chipmaker Movidius. The 12-core chip enables low power computer vision processing. Combined with machine learning such chips could allow mobile devices to view interpret and understand images. The new chip is estimated to save 10-100 times the power over current models. Movidius chips have been used inside Google's Project Tango devices.||http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/27/google-and-movidius-partner-to-propel-computer-vision-in-next-generation-devices/|
After French taxi drivers burned tires and closed down roadways yesterday, the French government has issued fines. --- Against Uber.--- Uber has been ordered to pay €1.2 million to a French taxi union for behaving like taxis by waiting in the street to pick up passengers instead of returning to their garages after rides were completed. The Guardian reports Uber denied the charges.
|t||TechInAsia passes along a report from IndoTelko that state-owned Telkom, Indonesia’s largest enterprise network service provider has blocked Netflix. No Telkom service including IndiHome, WiFi.id or mobile carrier Telkomsel can access Netflix. Telkom’s director of consumer service says Netflix contains pornographic material and other inappropriate content. Separately the Indonesian government gave Netflix a month to get a business license to operate in the country.||https://www.techinasia.com/indonesia-telkom-blocks-netflix|
|s||Facebook reported 79 cents per share on $5.8 billion in revenue up 52% year over year. Analysts expected 68 cents a share on revenue of $5.37 billion. Average revenue per user is up 26% to $3.73. Facebook reached 1.59 billion users up from 1.55 billion last quarter.||http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/27/facebook-earnings-q4-2015/?ncid=rss|
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|As we mentioned yesterday, Apple reported $18.4 billion quarterly profit, its largest in history. However it is forecasting its first revenue decline in years for this quarter. China was a bright spot with record revenue up 14% year over year. iPhone sales were only up 0.4% although up 18% in China and Counterpoint estimated up 76% in India. 40% of iPhone users have not updated since before the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus came out. apple emphasized 1 billion people use Apple services generating $5.5 billion up 15% year over year. And Tim ook noted that an unfavorable exchange rate probably wiped out $4.9 billion in revenue. As for future projects? Cook said, ""In terms of VR, I don't think it's a niche. It's really cool and has some interesting applications.||http://www.cnet.com/news/apples-tim-cook-speaks-6-things-you-need-to-know/|
|We said incorrectly yesterday athat 4.35 million Apple Watches were sold. Apple does not report Watch sales separately. Apple DID report $4.35 billion in sales of Other products which is dominated by Watches and Apple TV|
|More than half of iPhone users haven’t upgraded to a 6 or 6S yet | The Verge||http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/26/10836782/apple-iphone-6-6s-upgrade-rate|
|India phone sales||https://www.techinasia.com/apple-iphone-india-sales-growing-fast|
$18.4 billion quarterly profit largest in history
- Forecasted decline in revenue yoy next quarter
- China up 14% ypy to $18.37 billion, best ever. (Was 99% growth last year)
- Apple sold a record 74.8mm iPhones but only up 0.4%
- In China grew 18%, best ever
- In India +76% (acc. to Counterpoint research)
- 40% of iPhone users have not updated since September 2014 (before 6 and 6+)
- 1 billion people used Apple services in the quarter, generating $5.5 billion in revenue +15% yoy
- Currency fluctuations took $4.9bn in revenue
Tim Cook on VR
"In terms of VR, I don't think it's a niche. It's really cool and has some interesting applications."
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|Julian the taxi driver from Hamburg hasn’t had such good luck with Waze but in his locale he likes TomTom. Why TomTom? … They get the speed and location of every Vodafone user in Germany and try to find where a traffic jam is. But they have found out, where a lower speed on a road is normal. Additionally they add information about construction areas, temporarily one-way-streets or temporarily road blocks into their traffic information. … And the numberof Streets that TomTom covers in Germany much higher than Google (in the US they have a better coverage).|
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