|These are the Daily Tech Headlines for Wednesday September 4, 2019 . I'm Tom Merritt|
|The US Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that it has fined Google over allegations that YouTube violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA. Google will pay $170 million in fines, $136 million to the FTC, its largest yet for COPPA violations, and $34 million to settle a complaint with the New York Attorney General's office. COPPA requires data collection of users aged 12 and younger to be done with parents consent along with several other restrictions. YouTube does not age gate videos and used data on viewers aged 2-12 in sales pitches to toy companies. At the same time Google claimed that it did not have users younger than 13 and did not need to comply with COPPA. In addition to the fine, YouTube must now let owners of channels identify child-directed content and YouTube must follow all COPPA guidelines.|
|Razer announced three 13.3-inch Blade Stealth laptops with Core i7 Ice Lake processors. Two models have the Nvidia GTX 1650 discrete GPU by default. The third model is an Ultrabook with a 25W TDP processor with integrated graphics. All three models have 16GB LPDDR4 3,733MHz dual-channel RAM and PCIe M.2 SSDs. The least expensive of the new Blade Stealth laptops starts at $1,500.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/4/20837517/razer-blade-stealth-2019-nvidia-gtx-1650-graphics-gaming-laptop-intel-ice-lake|
|The Light Company began shipping Light Phone 2 to crowdfunding backers. Light Phone 2 is designed to be a fully functioning simple phone adding to the limited features of the first Light Phone while trying to maintaining the promise of limiting distraction. The phone originally was supposed to ship in April but was delayed to improve the design. The Light Phone 2 will retail for $350 with a 2.84-inch e-ink touch display, Bluetooth, tethering and more.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/4/20847717/light-phone-2-minimalist-features-design-keyboard-crowdfunding|
|Android Q which is officially Android 10 and not Android Quite Sugary, is rolling out to Pixel phones now, with updates to other phones to follow. Android 10 adds gesture navigation, dark mode, and action buttons in the notification panel. It includes Google Play System Update which handles OS updates for components like OpenGL without needing a full system update. Android 10 also has a new option to give an app location info only if it's in the foreground.||https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/09/google-releases-android-10-for-all-pixel-phones/|
|Facebook announced Tuesday that the US Department of Homeland Security would be violating rules if its agents created fake profiles to monitor people seeking to enter the country. Facebook requires all users to use real names. Facebook says it will shut down accounts of anyone found to violate that policy, including undercover agents. DHS told the Associated Press that fake accounts make it easier to review visa, green card and citizenship applications. DHS does not allow agents to interact on Facebook but only passively review information.||https://www.apnews.com/d867020caa62462fad2aa3848ff06ec8|
|The USB implementers forum announced the completion of the technical spec for USB4, the successor to USB 3.2. |
That means companies can start building projects that use it-- devices with USB4 are expected to arrive late in 2020.
USB4 will be capable of speeds up to 40 Gigabits per second, partly by incorporating Intel's Thunderbolt 3.
USB4 devices are also required to include USB Power Delivery also called USB PD. That should help reduce the confusion over USB-C cables and devices.
And USB4 cables will be passive up to 0.8 meters though active cables will be an option.
USB4 will be backwards-compatible with older USB standards and it will use the USB-C style port.
|The New York Post reports Amazon is testing scanners that identify people by their hands to let them pay for purchases in stores. Sources told the Post the technology is called Orville and is being tested at vending machines at Amazon offices in New York. The machines use computer vision and depth-sensors to identify hand shape and size.||https://www.technologyreview.com/f/614257/amazon-is-apparently-testing-a-system-that-lets-you-pay-by-scanning-your-hand/|
|Roku announced the Smart Soundbar with the 4K Roku Ultra inside. It can connect to any TV using either the HDMI ARC port or optical audio and can connect to device over Bluetooth.. It supports Dolby Audio and advanced signal process to maintain sync. It also has new volume modes like a night mode that raises dialogue volume without raising the volume of explosions. Roku also annocuned the Wireless Subwoofer that connects to the Roku Smart Soundbar by WiFi. Both devices are available for preorder for $179.||https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/09/rokus-new-179-soundbar-doubles-as-a-streaming-device-works-with-most-tvs/|
|At IFA in Berlin, Acer announced four new Chromebook with screens from 11.6-inches up to 15, all with Google Assistant, starting at $249 up to the convertible Spin 311 model at $329. Acer also expanded its ConceptD pro-grade laptops, adding a budget 15-inch ConceptD 3 model and offering the NVIDIA's Quadro RTX graphics cards in the other three existing ConceptD models. They're available in November, with the ConceptD 3 starting at $1,000 and the upgraded models from $1,700. And Acer announced the $14,000 Predator Thronos Air gaming chair, which you may not understand is the cheap version fo the $20,000 Thronos Chair announced last year at IFA. This new cheaper one doesn't have a motorized arm. Available in Q4 in Europe and North America.|
|Asus showed off prototypes of laptop gaming displays with a 300Hz refresh rate and promised to ship a 1080p 300Hz display in the Zephyrus S GX701 in October and in an upcoming Predator gaming laptop. Asus also announced an upgraded ROG Phone II Ultimate Edition with a terabyte of storage and matte black finish. It also supports faster Cat 20 4G LTE all for €1,199 when it arrives in October. As a reminder the previously announced ROG Phone II with its 120HZ OLED Display ships this month for €899. And finally Asus expanded its Pro Art Line including the 17-inch Studio Book Pro X with ASUS Screeen Pad 2.0, the touchscreen trackpad that can be used as mini-display. It has NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 and up to Intel Xeon or 9th-gen Core i7 inside. No price but available by the end of the year.|
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