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|This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday April 10th, 2019. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|sl||Sources tell Reuters that Uber will publicly register its Stock IPO Thursday. Uber is expected to offer $10 billion worth of stock which would make it one of the biggest IPOs ever and the largest since Alibaba went public in 2014. Uber's stock is expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange in early May.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-ipo-exclusive/exclusive-uber-plans-to-sell-around-10-billion-worth-of-stock-in-ipo-sources-idUSKCN1RM03L|
|SCOTT||At Google Cloud Next 2019 taking place this week, Google launched several updates to G Suite, including Google Assistant integration in beta, which allows scheduling a meeting during a current meeting using a voice command. New features also include add-ons from companies like Box and Workfront. Live captions are headed to Hangouts Meet, and a live streaming feature that can support up to 100,000 viewers is going to go live to the public. G Suite now works more seamlessly with Microsoft Office files as well.|
|tm||US-based SubCom said it will lay submarine internet cable connecting Australia to Hong Kong through Papua New Guinea by 2022. It would be the most direct link yet between Australia and China. It would include connections to the Solomon Islands which previously were promised by Huawei before Australia blocked that effort. SubCom's cable would make any future Huawei efforts unnecessary.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-china-cable/u-s-firms-plan-for-australia-china-internet-cable-leaves-huawei-trailing-idUSKCN1RM0JL?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|sl||Facebook announced several updates Wednesday designed to reduce the reach of content it considers harmful. Among them, Facebook Groups that “repeatedly share misinformation” will show up int he news feed less often. Facebook will take into account overall popularity outside of Facebook when determining News Feed promotion. A feature called Click-Gap will compare how many links to a website appear on Facebook vs on the broader web.|
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|:33||SCOTT||9to5 Mac confirms evidence found by developer Steve Troughton-Smith that Apple is working on standalone Music, and Podcast apps for macOS alongside the TV app Apple announced recently. 9to5 Mac also says a redesigned Books app with an interface similar to the iPad's is on the way to macOS as well. 9to5 Mac's source says iTunes will stick around as its the only way to sync to older devices.||https://9to5mac.com/2019/04/10/macos-10-15-itunes-standalone-apps/|
|:37||SL||T-Mobile announced its home internet TV service based on its acquisition of Layer3 TV, called TVision Home, will launch April 14, starting at $90 a month with more than 150 channels. The service does require hardware from T-Mobile that costs $10 per connected TV, and is only available in 8 US markets for now. The set-top boxes includes a 1TB DVR, voice-control and apps like Netflix and Pandora and soon Amazon Prime Video. T-Mobile plans an app for streaming to mobile devices in the home and eventually apps on connected-TV devices. The company is also prepping a separate wireless nationwide streaming service set to debut later this year. In related news, YouTube TV is raising its monthly price to $50 for all customers after signing a multiyear deal with Discovery, including the Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and MotorTrend. OWN will launch on YouTube TV by the end of 2019.||https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/t-mobile-tvision-home-amazon-prime-video-1203185613/|
|:41||tm||Oppo announced the Reno Standard edition, Reno 10x Zoom Edition and Reno 5G smartphones Wednesday. The 6.6-inch Reno 10X Zoom has a 93.1-percent screen-to-bpdy ratio for its AMOLED display, in-display fingerprint reader, fast charging and a 4,065mAh battery. There's a periscopic 10x zoom camera inside and pop-up camera wedge for selfies that Oppo says can handle 100 uses a day for 5 years. It also has fall detection to retract automatically. The 6.4-inch Reno Standard Edition also has the pop-up selfie camera. The Standard edition comes to China April 19, the 10 X Zoom mid-May. A European launch event is scheduled for April 24.||https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/10/oppo-reno-5g-10x-zoom-pop-up-camera-wedge/|
|:43||scott||Sony now lets anyone on its PlayStation Network change their user name, a feature launched in beta back in October. You get one free name change, after which it costs $9.99 each time to $4.99 if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber. You also keep your old name so you can revert to it for free. Keep in mind while most games released since April 1, 2018 will work with your new user name there are some known issues with older games.|
|:45||sl||Netflix is launching a comedy radio station to air on SiriusXM Radio Channel 93 beginning April 15. The channel will be called "Netflix is a Joke." It will feature excerpts from Netflix comedy specials which include the likes of performers like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jerry Seinfeld, among others. There will also be an original daily show “featuring celebrity guests and comedians discussing pop culture and hot topics of the day.”|
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|:48||Amazon exec tells employees that Go stores will start accepting cash to address ‘discrimination’ concerns|
|CNBC reports that according to a recording it obtained of an Amazon all-hands meeting last month, an employee asked how Amazon planned to address “discrimination and elitism” at the cashierless stores, which charge purchases using an app connected to a bank or credit card.|
Steve Kessel who runs physical stores for Amazon said the company plans “additional payment mechanisms” at its Go stores.
He pointed out a pilot program on Amazon.com that accepts US government-subsidized SNAP benefits (the former food stamps program)
And a new program called Amazon Cash which lets people add cash to their Amazon accounts by depositing it at convenience and drug stores.
Kessel said "We’re in earlier days but it’s an important focus for us and we’ll continue to extend those methods with our stores.”
Amazon confirmed the comments saying "We are working to accept cash at Amazon Go" and “you’ll check out, pay with cash, and then get your change.”
- 10 Amazon Go stores in existence
- Bloomberg reported Amazon aims to have 3,000 by 2021.
- Philadelphia, New Jersey and Massachusetts do not allow cashless stores and New York, San Francisco and Chicago are considering similar laws.
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|Scott on Roku- one can pick up a Roku for under $100 (or a refurb under $50) and get a superior app experience than even when their smart TV was new. And when the Roku becomes outdated, you just replace that instead of your entire TV. I can guarantee you your TV will continue to be perfectly good TV long after its outdated built-in smart apps become unusable, and Roku boxes allow you to still make use of your TV in the way it should've been all along: as just a dumb display panel without all the nonsense of "smart" apps and microphones and cameras and internet connections and spying on what you're watching.|
I bought my TV several years ago and have never used its built-in apps. Meanwhile, I've gone through 2 Rokus on it and when my current Roku is no longer sufficient, I'll just buy another Roku and continue to use my existing TV until it just completely dies.
|On episode 3504, Laura Shin made an offhand comment that she'd never have a smart speaker like an Amazon Echo in her home. She's not the only guest or co-host I recall sharing this sentiment, and the reasons cited almost always come down to privacy concerns.|
I know Tom uses a few smart speakers in his home (Amazon Echos if I remember correctly) and I'm curious if privacy is ever a concern for him. I'd also love Sarah and Roger to weigh in on the topic, smart speaker owner or not.
Jesse (a.k.a. hometownrival)
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