Tech Hangover: The Monday Edition
I seriously hate Mondays.
We get it, you have a life. There’s no way you can read all of the day’s news in one single shot, let alone visit every web page, which is why we’re here to help. Well, sort of.
There’s a ton of tech news we weren’t able to cover throughout the day (hey, give us a break, we’re a small independent outfit), so to help you stay up to speed with everything we didn’t get to, we rounded up some of the biggest stories, which should help you keep up to date. Hence the tech hangover.
Here’s some tech news you probably missed out on today (and when we say you, we mean us, but also…you).
If Apple wants to be taken seriously in the smart home space, they need to branch out to other tech products. To do this, they need to completely revamp the whole division. This is what Apple is doing to get there.
The company is seeking engineers to work in its Cupertino, California, headquarters and in San Diego as part of a group revamping Apple’s smart-home platform. The overhaul is designed to spur more outside accessory and appliance makers to connect smart-home products such as lights and garage doors with the iPhone and Apple’s voice-activated digital assistant, Siri. The team also is exploring the possibility of building new home devices beyond the HomePod speaker. – Bloomberg
Fitbit has something Google needs: A successful wearable product. Google wants some of that action so they’re making a play to buy the company.
Google may be looking to seriously bolster the fitness-tracking capabilities of any upcoming wearable devices that it’s working on. According to a new report from Reuters, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has made an offer to acquire Fitbit. – Reuters
What in the actual fuck…
Algorithms meant to help patients in need of extra medical care are more likely to recommend relatively healthy white patients over sicker black patients, according to new research set to be published in the journal Science. – OneZero
Hmmm, Facebook is usually in the business of creating tech that can identify people in pictures (facial recognition), but this latest development from the company has them blocking people from it.
Facebook AI Research says it’s created a machine learning system for de-identification of individuals in video. Startups like D-ID and a number of previous works have made de-identification technology for still images, but this is the first one that works on video. In initial tests, the method was able to thwart state-of-the-art facial recognition systems. – VentureBeat
If this is passed, this will surely be a sad day for boners in Australia.
Lawmakers in Australia (like their counterparts in the United Kingdom) are looking for an effective way to limit kids’ access to online pornography. Australia’s Department of Home Affairs has a possible solution: face-recognition technology. – ArsTechnica
As someone who works remotely, I imagine remote workers are considerably more productive. This post seems to agree too.
Study after study after study into remote work has made one thing clear: Remote workers are more productive than their office-bound counterparts. What’s not entirely clear is why. Yes, people gain back time (and sanity) by avoiding rush hour commutes. They avoid the distractions of the office. They regain a sense of control over their workdays. They have more time to dedicate to family, friends, and hobbies. But apart from the commute, all of those benefits aren’t necessarily the result of location independence, but rather the byproduct of asynchronous communication — giving employees control over when they communicate with their teammates. – Doist
And in just case you missed some of our tech stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:
- Xbox All Access plans are back and ready for the upcoming Project Scarlett
- Review: Soundboks – 35lbs of kick-ass Bluetooth speaker
- Virtual Mate, the immersive crank-off experience, introduces SPA-Skin
- 12 of the best wireless headphones money can buy right now
- Apple’s AirPods Pro have officially been announced – Here are all the new features
- 10 of the best mechanical keyboards you can buy right now
- Apple says you should really update your iPhone 5
- New leak shows the DJI Mavic Mini in all its tiny glory
- A 3-year subscription to the Netflix of documentaries is down to just $45 right now
- Tesla is now rolling out the third version of its innovative Solar Roof
- Apparently, AirPods Pro could be fully unveiled as early as this week
- Top off your PlayStation Plus membership with another year for $39
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