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|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday April 30th, 2019. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|Iyaz Akhtar - CNET, Senior Editor|
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|ia||An updated Apple support document says its legacy photo-editing suite, Aperture will not run in versions of macOS after Mojave. The document provides steps to migrate from Aperture to Apple's Photos app or Adobe Lightroom Classic.|
|tm||After two years in beta Creative Commons is officially launching its search engine at search.creativecommons.org. It lets users search for free and public domain content. It has more than 300 million images indexed at launch. It includes images from the Cleveland Museum of Art, Behance, DeviantArt and even a set of CC0 3D designs from Thingiverse and will continue to grow. It also hopes to index more than photos in the future, including CC-licensed text and audio.|
|ia||Valve announced its Index VR headset. It has 1440x1600 per eye display, 144 Hz refresh rate and a 130-degree field of view. It comes with two "Knuckles" controllers and can be tracked with SteamVR tracking sensors. The Valve Index complete package sells for $999, pre-orders start tomorrow for shipping June 28.|
|tm||Apple Q2 |
EPS $2.46 vs. $2.36 Est.;
Q2 Revs. $58B vs. $57.372B Est. •
$AAPL hikes dividend 5%,
issues $75B buyback
EPS: $2.36, Revenue: $57.37 billion,
Q2 iPhone revenue: $31.03 billion,
Q2 services revenue: $11.37 billion,
Projected Q3 revenue: $51.94 billion
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|:33||tm||Alphabet's Q1 earnings missed expectations. The big revenue driver, ad sales revenue grew 17%, but that's slower than last year's 26% growth. Smartphones aren't expected to be the main revenue driver for Google but they added to the problem this quarter. CEO Sundar Pichai cited “year over year headwinds” when talking about the Pixel phones and CFO Ruth Porat cited industry-wide pressure on high-end smartphones. Google is expected to come out with amid-range phone at Google I/O May 7. Pichai also pointed to the new campus and engineering hub in Taipei that Google obtained from HTC. Porat said Google is pleased with the momentum of its Home devices. Overall Google's hardware sales are growing, just not from phones.|
|:36||ia||Samsung Q1 profit was down 60% year over year to become its smallest operating profit since 2016. Falling chip prices and slowing demand for display panels are the main culprit. The semiconductor division operating profit fell 64%. Samsung expects chip demand to rise in the second half. Server makers should start rebuilding inventories, needing DRAM, and new smartphone models will use it too. NAND flash memory chip prices are expected to continue to fall, but stabilize in the second half. A US-China trade deal could increase sales in China as well. Samsung's mobile business fell 40%. Again though Samsung expects demand for display panels, and its own phones to pick up in the second half, led by new models in the low-end Galaxy A series.|
|:39||tm||Garmin announced three new Forerunner smartwatches. The Forerunner 45 starts at $199 at 42mm or the 45S which is 39mm. It tracks activity, sleep, notifications, heart-rate monitor, GPS and a sun-friendly display. It promises a week of battery life in watch mode or up to 13 hours with GPS on. The Forerunner 245 adds VO2 max, aerobic and anaerobic training effects, and pulse ox and can connect to a running duynamics pod and heart-rate chest straps. The 245 starts at $299 or starting at $349 you can get the 245 MUSIC which can hold up to 500 songs. Finally the Forerunner 945 can do all of that, holds 1,000 songs and adds more workout profiles and NFC for Garmin pay. It can sort your activity into training categories and lasts two weeks in watch mode. For all its watches Garmin Connect is adding female health tracking as well as a female health app.|
|:42||ia||Bloomberg reported that software used on Vodafone's Huawei equipment in Italy in 2011 and 2012 allowed telnet access from the Internet. Vodafone denies the issues could have allowed unauthorized access to its fixed-line network there, and the issues were resolved at the time. Vodafone says it was a failure to remove a diagnostic function after development and there is no evidence of any unauthorized access.||https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48103430|
|:45||tm||Politico notes that Uber and Lyft have both stopped accepting new drivers in New York City starting at the beginning of April. In December the New York City Council passed rules that require ride-hailing companies to pay drivers a rate of $17.22 an hour after expenses including idle time. This results in costing the companies more money the more time cars are on the streets without passengers. This rule came a few months after rule putting a cap on the number of vehicles it can have on the roads picking up passengers at any given time.|
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|:48||Facebook F8 announcements|
|Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S|
|At F8, Zuckerberg unveils Facebook's new mantra: 'The future is private'|
|Instagram will test hiding public like counts in Canada|
|Instagram adds Donation stickers for nonprofits|
|Facebook is getting its biggest facelift ever as the social network tries to prove it has changed after a string of scandals|
|Facebook brings WhatsApp video calls to Portal smart displays|
|More Facebook messenger|
|Facebook will let users chat across Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp|
Mark Zuckerberg open "I believe the future is private. This is the next chapter for our services." He's calling it FB 5
Facebook app gets major redesign, getting rid of the blue bar at the top, featuring Groups and Stories more prominently and adding a "Meet Friends" feature.
- Stories at top of feed
- Users can post to groups directly from the homepage
- groups are given greater prominence on the left-hand sidebar (on desktop) and a tab added to homepage
- new tools are being added to specialized types of groups.(Health apps can have admins post on their behalf -- templates for posting job adverts in job groups)
- Marketplace gets ability to pay and ship directly.
- Meet New Friends - opt in way to message strangers from groups or companies with a common interest
Mobile app "right away" desktop change cover the next few months.
Facebook Dating launches in 14 more countries (Now totaling 19 - launched in Colombia in September)and will come to the US later this year.
- Secret Crush feature lets you select up to 9 friends (limit replacing one per day) to express interest in. If they also express interest you'll be matched, if not no one need know.
"Project Lightspeed", a rebuilt Messenger app that is 30 MB, 2/3 smaller than the current app, which launcehes in less than 2 seconds. Facebook says that will "take time to roll out." Messenger desktop apps are coming to windows and MacOS, with full functionality coming in the autumn. Also in the offing is a space called Close Friends to see Stories from the people you message most with and share statuses including emohjis, a way for messenger users to watch videos together. And Facebook promises it will eventually make Messenger end-to-end encrypted by default.
Messenger for Devs add appointment booking and and lead generation chatbot templates, provide customer service to verified customers through authenticated m.me links
Integrated chat across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. No clear idea when.
Instagram will test hiding the public Like count on photos and videos in Canada in the Feed, permalinked pages, and on profiles.
- The owner of an account will still see them
- Also new feature called nudges that let you know if you're sounding too aggressive
- A new away mode if you're going through a sensitive time
- Celebrities can offer things for sale without buyers leaving instagram
- Donation stickers for charities in US
- a new camera design in the coming weeks with rearranged features that make them more accessible
Facebook Portal will soon support end-to-end encryption and WhatsApp Video calls.
A Portal mobile app coming in the next few weeks.
- available in more countries soon, with sales beginning in Canada in June and a number of European countries this fall.
- No PC, freedom of movement (unlike Oculus Go)
- Sgifts to outside view when you walk outside of your safe space
- Snapdragon 835 (Glaxy S8)
- More of a screen door effect than Go
- 2 hours of heavy-gaming and 3 hours of media watching
Oculus Rift S
- Built by Lenovo
- Insight tracking makes it easier to set up and maintain (no external sensors)
- Same guardian boundary as Quest.
- No adjustable displays
- No built-in headphones
- Better resolution though LCD not OLED
preorders now $399, ship May 21
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