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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday June 10th, 2019. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|sl||Salesforce announced it will acquire data analytics and visualization company Tableau for $15.7 billion in stock. Tableau will continue to operate indepedently after the acquisition. Both company boards have approved the deal. The acquisition is part of Salesforce's plan to expand beyond its CRM business, and bring advanced analytics to the data already stored on its platform.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/10/salesforce-is-buying-data-visualization-company-tableau-for-15-7b-in-all-stock-deal/|
|tm||Google Assistant support in Waze began rolling out to US Android users. The feature will let drivers report incidents, switch routes, and adjust navigation preferences by voice, rather than touching the screen. The feature is limited to English right now.||https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/10/google-assistant-in-waze/?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9uZXdzLmdvb2dsZS5jb20v&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAAhWaYUH2Lh68suIu5RGShisw1WYkXfcuP2jkDdl7PokhyAROlJ1ztJ7nRqO8PIzX4n_CroVD04xYBIXi_M3yZ-wnXE5VFLCeWj7-FNpqYOOBuQguls-Uw-rYN7DlK8YmSQDaxw1DTmSLMW6xC_IHM-ZekdsOkYLRXGuB4qbuDMr|
|sl||It's been 45 days since Samsung paused sales of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. In an email Samsung told CNET's Jessic Dolcourt, "We will announce timing in the coming weeks." So if you're curious, the status of the Galaxy Fold remains unchanged.||https://www.cnet.com/how-to/samsung-well-announce-galaxy-fold-timing-in-the-coming-weeks/|
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|:33||sl||Google’s upcoming Stadia game streaming service will let publishers offer their own game subscriptions through the streaming service. Stada exec Phil Harrison says he expects publishers to start thinking about their own subscriptions “in relatively short order” and that Google will “support that on [its] platform, and we’ll see some announcements in due course around that.” Harrison didn't name Electronic Arts specifically, although EA already offers EA Access, a subscription service that lets users download a selection of its games on Xbox One and, soon, PS4 for a single monthly fee. EA also confirmed that it will offer games through Stadia, though hasn't announced any titles yet.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/10/18659500/google-stadia-publisher-subscriptions-price-payment-games-e3-2019|
|:37||tm||XDA-Developers noticed that Google Maps has a new off-route alert in India that sends an alert to your phone every time you go off course by at least 500 meters. This would be helpful if you're driving and lost, but also a safety measure if you're in a car someone else is driving, like a taxi. Last week, Google also started tracking delays in public transport and offering auto-rickshaw fares for Google Maps users in India.||https://www.xda-developers.com/google-maps-taxi-goes-off-route/|
|:40||sl||Mozilla CEO Chris Beard told Germany's T3N that the company plans to launch a paid subscription version of Firefox by October which would include features like a VPN and secure cloud storage. Current Firefox features would remain free but subscriptions would offer premium features. For instance the company is thinking of offering a free amount of VPN bandwidth with more as part of a premium subscription.He also mentioend "secure storage." Mozilla hasn't decided how many services it will offer and whether there will be multiple subscriptions or just one that includes everything.||https://thenextweb.com/apps/2019/06/10/mozilla-will-reportedly-launch-a-paid-version-of-firefox-this-fall/|
|:43||tm||Bloomberg Businessweek's Jeff Wise has a feature on underwater drones. In November Ocean Infinity used a team of 8 drones to discover the remains of the Argentine Navy sub "San Juan" and in February it found a Korean bulk Ore carrier, the Stellar Daisy. Both vessels had been missing for more than a year. He also mentions Seabed 2030, a joint nonprofit venture to map the entire ocean floor in the next 11 years. It's using the same Hugin drones as Ocean Infinity which are made by Norway's Kongsberg Maritime. Hugins can dive to 20,000 feet for 72 hours at a time, using sonar and other sensors. It can also send and process much larger amounts of data. Among the benefits of the increased mapping data are current direction and heat distributiuon, fundamental to understanding the climate.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-07/underwater-drones-nearly-triple-data-from-the-ocean-floor|
|:46||sl||Razer is entering the performance-enhancing drinks market... with Respawn, a drink containing 95mg of caffeine per serving, produced in flavored powder packets that you mix with water. Cost is $24.99 for a box of 20, and there's also a branded mixer bottle for $29.99. The Verge notes that while the company claims its packets add to “Increased Alertness and Focus” and “Enhanced concrentration,” the marketing team didn't spell concentration correctly. RESPAWN comes in tropical pineapple, blue raspberry, pomegranate watermelon and green apple.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/10/18659835/razer-respawn-mental-performance-drink-gamers|
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|:48||Microsoft at E3||https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/9/18656608/microsoft-new-xbox-hardware-specs-price-release-date-e3-2019|
|E3 this year has been almost entirely about game titles but Microsoft did spend some time talking about hardware and services in its announcements Sunday. |
The successor to the Xbox One is still called Project Scarlett for now but it will likely get a new name before its launch date which we now know will be during the 2020 holiday season.
- GDDR6 RAM
- "new generation" of SSD can act as "virtual RAM"
- promised 40x performance increase in data bus bandwidth
- Custom AMD processor. Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture. 4 times as powerful as Xbox One X.
- 8K, 120fps variable refresh rate
- "real-time hardware accelerated ray-tracing,"
- "your games, your achievements, your progression, your accessories, your console experience with Xbox: it all comes forward with Scarlett."
Halo Infinite was also announced as a launch title for the console.
|Xbox Game Pass Ultimate launched out of beta to everyone. So the plans now are |
Xbox Game Pass PC - $9.99 per month, includes more than 100 PC games
Xbox Game Pass Console Games - $9.99 per month, includes more than 100 Xbox games
Xbox Live Gold - $9.99 per month, includes access to online multiplayer games
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - $14.99 per month, Xbox Game Pass PC, Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Game Pass Console Games
Conversion ratio based on how many more months of existing subscriptions you have.
AND Project xCloud goes into preview this October.
- ability to stream games from your Xbox not just company servers.
- Eventually PCs, console and mobile devices from your Xbox or data center.
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|:55||sl||Thing of the day:|
|Chris Christensen the Amateur Traveller has a tip for powering your tech on your travels||amateurtraveler.com|
|tm||Let's check out the mailbag|
|In a DTNS special, Tom talked with Yaël Eisenstat, a policy adviser at the Center for Humane Technology, about social disruptions and who's to blame/who needs to fix. We got a lot of responses:|
First, a disclaimer: I work for Google (I don't speak for them), so I have a definite bias on the question of who is responsible for the alleged harms of technology. Ms. Eisenstat made the claim that "smart people" should be able to solve these problems, but I argue that you can't even define the problems. "I know it when I see it" doesn't work in software - you need to be able to quantify exactly what harms you're trying to avoid and what the mechanism of those harms is. Saying "the tech companies have smart people, they should fix it" is exactly as effective as saying "God should make our [world] better" - if you don't know exactly what it is or how it can be made better, don't ask engineers to try to solve it for you, because we can't do it. Ask the scientists to understand it first, and then we might be able to come up with a solution. The tech companies are engineering organizations - it's like asking the food producers to make food safer without understanding germ theory. They can spend lots of money and effort on it (and believe me, they are), but nothing good will happen except by luck until the problems are understood.
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