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|This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday Jan 31st, 2018. From DTNS HQ in LA I'm Tom Merritt|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
|SL||Samsung had record Q4 profit of $14.15B driven by chip sales, which now gives it the distinction of world's largest chipmaker above Intel. Samsung cited strong demand for its memory chips that are used in data centers and smartphones. However, its mobile business saw a 3.2% YoY profit decline to ~$2.25B.||https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/30/samsung-earnings-semiconductor-business-outperformed-in-q4.html|
|sj||Xerox will merge with a joint venture it operates with Fujifilm in Asia essentially making Xerox a division of Fujifilm. Fujifilm will ultimately own 50.1 percent of the combined entity, which will ecompass all of Xerox’s operations.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-31/fujifilm-to-cut-10-000-jobs-at-fuji-xerox-amid-reorganization|
|tm||YouTube TV, YouTube's cable replacement service, has the exclusive rights to telecasts of the Los Angeles FC MLS games starting in March. 18 games will be available on an LA FC YouTube TV channel, geofenced to LA subscribers. YouTube won't charge subscribers an additional fee. ||http://variety.com/2018/digital/news/youtube-tv-soccer-rights-los-angeles-football-club-1202682004/|
|sl||Go Pro has added device replacement to its Plus subscription service which previously included cloud backup for photos and videos. You can replace any GoPro camera twice within a twelve month subscription.The service still costs $5 a month.||https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/31/gopro-plus-device-replacement/|
|:32||Now here are some more top stories|
|sj||Spotify released an Android app called Stations, which lets users stream Pandora-style curated music stations without having to pay for a Spotify Premium subscription. The app, which spotify desribes as an experiment, is only available in Australia for now.||http://variety.com/2018/digital/news/spotify-stations-app-1202682440/|
|tm||Google Flights will start telling you the reason for flight delays. It will also start using historical flight status data with machine learning to alert you if its 80% certain a flight will be delayed. Google Flights will also now tell you which amenities are not included in a basic economy fare, for example, having to pay extra for carry-on luggage or seat selection.||https://venturebeat.com/2018/01/31/google-flights-now-predicts-delays-and-shows-how-bad-basic-economy-fares-really-are/|
|sl||Amazon's launching a new messaging feature for Alexa devices in the U.S. that will allow you to send SMS messages to contacts using your voice. Depending on the contact, the assistant will decide how to route your message – using either the previously launched Alexa messaging system, or via SMS. The feature currently works only for sending SMS messages to Android phones, and doesn't currently work with 3rd party smart speakers. Amazon introduced free calls and messaging last year, but the feature only worked in between Echo devices.||techcrunch.com/2018/01/30/you-can-now-use-alexa-to-send-sms-messages-to-your-friends/|
|SARAH||Nintendo beat market expectations in its third quarter, and also increased the sales forecast for its Switch console. Revenue was 482.97 billion yen ($4.44 billion) which is more than than a 177% year-on-year rise, and also the highest quarterly revenue figure since Nintendo's quarter ending December 2009.||https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/31/nintendo-earnings-q3-2017.html|
|tm||Facebook reported adjusted earnings: |
- Earnings per share was $2.21 vs. an expected $1.95.
- Revenue came in at $12.97 billion vs. an expected $12.55 billion
Because of tax on overseas earnings, Facebook set aside $2.27 billion, decreasing diluted earnings by 77 cents per share for both the fourth quarter and all of last year. But CNBC reports that payment of that tax will free the company to bring back overseas cash at a lower tax rate.
- Facebook reports 1.4 billion daily active users vs. an expected 1.41 billion.
And monthly active users came in at 2.13 billion meeting expectations. up 3.39% from 2.06 billion in Q3 compared to 3.19% growth that quarter, so the monthly user growth sped up even as daily user growth slowed.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that “Already last quarter, we made changes to show fewer viral videos to make sure people’s time is well spent. In total, we made changes that reduced time spent on Facebook by roughly 50 million hours every day.”
|sl||Microsoft reported Q2 earnings per share of $0.96 Adj. vs. analysts expectations of $0.86. Q2 Revenues were $28.92B beating analyst expectations of. $28.39B |
Analysts expected big gains from its cloud business and Azure revenue grew 98% year-over-year
And Satya Nadella has said gaming will become one of its biggest businesses.
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|:45||Inside Joymode, a subscription service saving you from buying all of the things||https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/31/inside-joymode-a-subscription-service-saving-you-from-buying-all-of-the-things/?ncid=rss|
|Vehicle Subscription Services Emerge as New Car Ownership Model||http://www.jdpower.com/cars/articles/automotion-blog/vehicle-subscription-services-emerge-new-car-ownership-model|
|You Will No Longer Lease a Car. You Will Subscribe to It.||http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2017/12/car_subscriptions_ford_volvo_porsche_and_cadillac_offer_lease_alternative.html|
|Toy Rental Subscriptions: Play & Return!||https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/toy-subscription-delivered-monthly-spark-box-178583||thx Gadgetvirtuoso!|
|The Mr. and Ms. Collection||https://www.themrcollection.com/|
|Miele washing machine, Miele tumble dryer and Miele dishwasher in a subscription||https://www.bundles.nl/en/|
|Rent Legos, Lego Rental Service | Netbricks||https://netbricks.biz/||thx kjmurphy17|
|Rep the Squad||https://www.repthesquad.com/|
|Rent Your Maternity Clothes Through These New Sites | InStyle.com||http://www.instyle.com/news/maternity-wear-rental-sites|
|Why are these the new tech darlings? Do they make sense?|
|What ones do you use if any?|
Book By Cadillac. $1800/mo. everything but gas paid for.
Care by Volvo XC40 crossover SUV for $600 a month (mileage limits)
Hyundai Unlimited Plus for Ioniq Electric $275 a month.
Ford Canvas for pre-owned vehicles. (mileage limits, switch a car every month)
Fair (includes a downpayment but can switch vehicles)
|Andy Beach - I used ReachNow (bmw’s car sharing service) for most of last year because I was between cars. I saved probably $1500 in car payments and insurance. I would still have been doing it but my daughter started at a school further away and it ultimately made sense to have a cheap used car I could always use. But I do miss driving all those minis and electric bmws!||GuyfromTrinidad - I can only share a historical note from a developing country perspective. In 1962 the company telerentals started here and into the 70s they rented televisions to households. We had just one channel at the time but in the mid 70s we had an oil boom and telerentals slowly disappeared as our rapidly growing middle class moved to purchasing televisions. At the time it was filling a specific niche as it made more sense to rent than own one because of duties on imported good etc but when our oil dollars started flowing so did our level of consumption.|
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|:52||sl||Thing of the day:|
|This week Chris Christensen has an update on the tech of jet emissions||http://amateurtraveler.com/|
|tm||Let's check the mailbag Sarah|
|sl||your recent discussions on digital wallets and modern banking got me thinking: the banking technology situation in the USA is kind of perplexing. As far as I know banks and consumers there are reticent to use newer banking technologies.|
Here in South Africa chip and pin has been the norm for several years, and contactless is gaining popularity too.
In April 2017, MasterCard started a trial in partnership with 2 local retail shops to test the biometric cards they are planning to roll out. ts a chip card with a built-in fingerprint sensor for user authentication. As far as I know South Africa was one of the 1st markets to test this.
Most of the South African banks have full featured cell phone banking apps too. The bank I am with even allows the app to use the phone's NFC reader to make payments at all contactless enabled terminals. I recently had to use this feature when i was traveling with my wife's vehicle and had somehow left my wallet at home. The cashier at the filling station was sceptical, and then extremely surprised that it worked.
From sunny and sweltering Mbombela, South Africa
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