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|These are the Daily Tech Headlines for Thursday, September 28, 2017, I'm Tom Merritt|
|Amazon introduced a new shorter version of the Echo with a dedicated subwoofer and tweeter in multiple finishes including walnut and cloth for $99. Echos can also now make free calls to Canada, the US and Mexico. And UK and German Echo users get basic voice and messaging. Amazon also introduced the Echo Plus which has the same higher-end sound but automatically discovers smart home devices and comes with a Hue light bulb for $149. Amazon also introduced the Connect which makes phone calls to landlines from the owners landline number for $35. And Echo Buttons, which use the Gadgets API to play games with an Echo device for $20 a pair. The Echo Spot has a 2.5-inch screen for your clock, security cameras or video calls. It costs $129 shipping in December. Finally, Amazon announced an all-new Fire TV dongle that supports 4K, HDR and Dolby Atmos for $70.|
|Version 6 of software for the Nvidia Shield is out and includes Google Assistant. Users can control media playback, search and smart home devices with their voice. It has more capability than the previous Google Voice Search. It can do everything a Google Home would with the exception of timers, alarms and phone calls. Nvidia also announced a $40 dongle that lets the Shield talk to Zigbee and Z-Wave SmartThings devices from Samsung.|
|Taiwan's Gogoro has expanded its electric scooter business to include Japan. Gogoro's scooters let riders swap batteries at Go Station's rather than waiting to recharge. On the island of Ishigaki the scooters will be available through GoShare starting in November. Users pay based on how long and how far they ride. Gogoro offers similar services in Paris and Berlin and has more than 34,000 scooters on the streets in Taiwan. Gogoro says that at some point it plans to offer electric cars in Japan.||https://www.wired.com/story/gogoro-electric-scooters-japan/|
|Facebook will launch a tool in India October 1st to match blood donors with hospitals, blood banks, and patients in need. India has about 10% less donated blood than it needs. Users in India have been using Facebook Groups to seek compatible donors.|
|Toshiba signed an $18 billion deal Thursday to sell its chip unit to investors led by Bain Capital. Toshiba's chip unit is the second biggest seller of NAND flash chips. The sale still faces legal challenges from Western Digital. |
|Wired's Backchannel reports that former Uber employee and founder of Otto, Anthony Levandowski formed a nonprofit religious corporation called Way of the Future. According to state filings, the mission of the organization is, "To develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society."|
|South Africa's Naspers has acquired an additional 13 percent of Berlin-based food-delivery company Delivery Hero from Rocket Internet. Naspers could use its holdings in advertising and payments to assist Delivery Hero. Naspers now owns 26.3% of Delivery Hero.|
|Apple added details about how Face ID works to its privacy page pulling in details from a new support page and white paper. |
Face ID combines depth-sensing map with 2D infrared images to create the mathematical signature stored in the secure enclave. The data is purposefully incomplete and the data points vary from person to person making it harder to spoof. Face ID also compares it stored signature to successful login images to adjust to changes over time due to age, shaving or plastic surgery.
Also Apple Pay will require double-clicking the sleep button to confirm intent to pay.
|Equifax interim CEO Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. wrote in the Wall Street Journal Wednesday that Equifax will introduce a new service January 31st that will give customers the ability to lock and unlock their credit for free. Equifax will also extend the sign-up period fo TrustedID credit monitoring. TransUnion offers a free credit lock service called TrueIdentity.|
|The Wall Street Journal reports sources tell it Apple is interested in buying flexible LCD panels from Japan Display for use in iPhones next year. Apple would supposedly use the screens in a phone with a screen larger than 6 inches. Japan Display's Full Active LCD panels have smaller bezels than OLED and are used in several phones, including the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.|
|Roku announced its IPO shares will be sold at $14 and raise close to $220 million, valuing the company at $1.3 billion. Roku will list on the Nasdaq under the ticker “ROKU.”|
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