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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday Sept 20th, 2018. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|sl||Amazon annoucned a big pile of new gadgets and voice assistant features Thursday. We'll run through all the new Echos, including a clock and a microwave, a little later in the show.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/20/17882582/amazon-event-september-2018-echo-alexa-speaker-news|
|jry||Sony Interactive Entertainment SVP Hiroyuki Oda says the company will stop production of the PS Vita in Japan in 2019. Sony has no plans for a successor to the Vita. He did not mention other countrties but most markets sell Vitas made in Japan.||https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/20/sony-cease-ps-vita-production-japan-2019/|
|tm||GoPro announced its Hero 7 line of cameras going on sale September 27. The Hero 7 White is $199 and can do 1440p video at 60 fps. The Silver version is $299 with 4K at 30 fps plus GPS. The Hero 7 Black is $399, can do 4K at 60 fps, and adds super slo-mo and live streaming. It also introduced an improved image stabilization feature called Hypersmooth.||https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/9/20/17880400/gopro-hero-7-black-white-silver-specs-price|
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|:33||jry||John Hancock announced it will no longer underwrite traditional life insurance, instead selling interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices. Hancock introduced the interactive policies in 2015. It is an established product in Britain and South Africa and gaining popularity in the US. The policies can offer discounts for hitting exercise targets and gift cards for logging data.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-manulife-financi-john-hancock-lifeins/strap-on-the-fitbit-john-hancock-to-sell-only-interactive-life-insurance-idUSKCN1LZ1WL|
|:36||sl||Instagram announced users can now insert GIFs using Giphy into their Instagram Direct messages. Starting today, Instagram Direct will have a GIF button on the composition bar. When you click on it, you’ll get trending GIFs, or hit “random,” for whatever Giphy thinks you probably want. Instagram already offers this in its toolkit for Story Stickers.||https://thenextweb.com/apps/2018/09/20/instagram-now-lets-you-send-giphy-gifs-in-direct/|
|:39||tm||Facebook launched a test of its dating feature in its mobile app in Colombia. Facebook Dating uses what it knows about you to suggest matches from people who have chosen to be listed. The default does not show friends but users can choose to exclude friends of friends as well. Users can express interest in up to 100 people per day. There no plans to monetize it.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/20/how-facebook-dating-works/|
|:42||jry||Investigations by CBC news and the Toronoto Star claim Ticketmaster recruits professional scalpers to expand its resale business and optimize pricing. Automated purchasing of tickets is prohibited by the terms of service but a Ticketmaster sales rep is quoted as saying "I have brokers that have literally a couple of hundred accounts. It's not something that we look at or report." The source said the resale division of Ticketmaster does not report users to the abuse division.||https://www.cnet.com/news/ticketmaster-partners-with-scalpers-to-rip-you-off-two-undercover-reporters-say/|
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|:45||TM||NEW CLASSIC ECHOS|
Amazon announced hardware at an event Thursday. A new Echo Dot has fabric covers, softer edges, a 4-microphone array instead of seven, and Amazon says it has improved sound quality. The new Dot stays at $49.99 just like the old Dot and available next month.
A new version of the Echo Show with twice as big of a screen at 10 inches, real-time Dolby processing in the speaker and a fabric exterior. It will integrate Skype and Firefox as well. It still costs $229 with preorders now shipping next month.
The Echo Plus got an updated look with a fabric design and a temperature sensor. It also adds something called local voice control that lets you still control your smart home devices over the local network even if the internet is down. The Echo Plus is still $149 available today.
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The Echo Sub, has 100w bass sound that can pair with an Amazon Echo or with two Echos. The Sub can be preordered today for $129.99 shipping later this month. Amazon's also opening up it's multi-room music feature to all devices for free starting with the Polk Copmmand Bar later this year.
Along with the Bass is the Echo Link Amp and Echo Link. The Amp has a built-in 60w two-channel amplifier with digital and analog inputs and outputs. It's shipping later this year for $299. The Echo Link also delivers high quality audio but without the amp part shipping later this year for $199. Neither have mics but are controlled by other components or the app.
There's also the Echo Input which is the first Echo to have no speaker at all just line out and Bluetooth. Amazon will partner with Bose to ship them with speakers as a bundle. It's available in the UK, Germany and the US later this year for $34.99.
Fire TV Recast connects to an antenna and records live TV that you can watch over a Fire TV, Echo Show, Echo Spot or iOS and Android. The app for the device helps find the best location for the antenna. It can record two or four shows at once depending on the model. A new channel guide on Fire TV will combine your over the air Recast channels with any Prime Video Channels you subscribe to. Preorders start today for $229 for two tuners and 500 GB. The four tuner TB version sles for $279 both shipping before the holidays.
Amazon announced a smart plug that can turn power to a device on and off-- on a schedule or by voice -- It doesn't require a hub but it does cost $125 for preorder today, shipping next month.
The Ring Stick Up Cam can be mounted anywhere and comes in two versions, one that's battery powered and one that takes wired including power over internet. It comes in black or white for $179.99 available later this year.
There's also the Echo Wall Clock which can set alarms and show you the progress of timers as well as the current time. The Echo Wall Clock ships later this year for $30.
Amazon announced a 700W Amazon Home Basics Microwave that works with Amazon Voice Services, though you'll need an Echo or something to control it as it doesn't have the voice assistant built in. It does however have a Dash button built in meant to help you reorder microwave popcorn. The microwave is $60 Shipping November 14.
There's also WiFi Simple Setup that uses WiFi Lockers to store your wifi credentials and share them with compatible smart home devices. The feature will debut with TP-Link and Eero devices. The idea is you can plug in a device and it will set itself up in 30 seconds.
There's also a plug and play smart home kit called Alexa Connect Kit that includes a module with Bluetooth LE and WiFi that companies can put in devices to make them smart.
Echo Auto connects to a car through Bluetooth or an audio jack and uses your phone for connectivity and as a display. Invited users can get it for $29.99 shipping later this year, the rest of us will have to pay $49.99 eventually.
Amazon also introduced Guard mode for any voice-powered device. When in Guard mode if it detects the sound of breaking glass or a Fire or CO2 alarm it will record a clip of sound and send it to your phone. It can also push the alert to security companies starting with Ring and ADT. It can also randomize lights going on and off to simulate someone being at home.
And the voice assistant gets something called Hunches that uses neural networks to understand your behavior and predict your needs. Examples are "Hey, I think you left the porch light on, would you like me to turn it off?"
The FreeTime service on voice-powered devices now supports routines, like "it's bedtime". The voice assistant can also whisper back when you whisper to it.
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|SL||- Ryan the DJ suggested OmniCharge for frequent travelers who need their gear charged:|
The first model included a 20,000mAh battery with 2 USB ports and regular wall plug for charging laptops and small appliances. The next version included USB-C for more contemporary laptops. The current model is in its IndieGogo campaign, which features a 40,000mAh battery which can be swapped out on the fly so you don’t have to keep recharging the power pack out in the field when it dies. I took the type-C version to a conference with me in July and was able to get through long conference days with my Surface Book 2, iPhone 7Plus, hotspot, and the mobile powerpack, and didn’t have to bring a single power supply with me to the conference center.
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