Tech News Today for May 31, 2017
Tech News for Wednesday May 31, 2017
Nest has been rather quiet on the new product front this past year, but they now have something to show off called the Nest Cam IQ — a high def security camera with a 4K HDR sensor, infrared LEDs for night vision, and a speaker with three mic array for noise and echo reduction. The IQ in its name refers to the integration of Google’s deep learning smarts for object recognition, and tracking if a threat is determined. The onboard mics can translate sounds into alerts if, for example, a window is heard being smashed. The Cam IQ is available for pre-order now in the US, and costs $299 for one, or $498 for a pair. Read more at theverge.com.
Mary Meeker's annual internet trends report is out and the bots are winning. In addition to other notable stats of 2016 from the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers exec, internet traffic from bots surpassed human-generated traffic. This isn't the first time bots have outnumbered humans and dogs on the internet — the same thing happened in 2012 and 2013. They just seem meaner now. Another gem gleaned from the report released at Re/Code's Code conference: 85% of online advertising dollars now go to Google and Facebook. Data breaches that exposed more than 10 million of our identities. We used our voice to make 20 percent of mobile search queries, and accuracy for those queries now hovers around 95%. And there are 2.6 billion gamers today compared to just 100 million in 1995. Read more at recode.net.
It’s looking more and more likely that Apple might have a Siri Speaker up its sleeve to show off at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Mark Gurman and Alex Webb at Bloomberg say that manufacturing for the smart speaker has begun, and though the device might be shown off on stage next week, it likely won’t be ready to ship until later in the year. Apple reportedly plans to differentiate it by including virtual surround sound tech, along with deeply integrated functionality with other Apple products, as Apple loves to do. Read more at bloomberg.com.
The Blackberry KEYone goes on sale today. Its an Android phone with a physical hardware keyboard made by BlackBerry and TCL. The $550 device is available for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon customers, and will be available for Sprint customers later this summer. Blackberry traditionalists who've had a chance to try the KEYone are fans of the hardware and the performance. The device has a 4.5-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 625 processor, 12MP camera, 32GB storage plus microSD expansion and a USB Type-C port. You can pick one up for yourself at BlackBerry's website, Amazon, and Best Buy online, or at select Best Buy stores. Read more at techcrunch.com.
Samsung was very excited about Bixby, its proprietary voice assistant that debuted on the Samsung Galaxy S8 a few months ago, so much so that it integrated a dedicated button for it into the phone. But its most impressive voice assistant functions still aren’t available on the device two months after launch, and the feature still isn’t ready to hit US users. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the updated Bixby likely won’t roll out until late June at the earliest, due to complications in parsing English queries effectively. Read more at wsj.com.
Megan Morrone and Jason Howell are joined today by Consumer Protection Lawyer Joel Winston to talk about his concerns over the terms of service for Ancestry.com. Tech News Today streams live weekdays at 4PM Pacific, 7PM Eastern at twit.tv/live. You can subscribe to the show and watch it on-demand at twit.tv/tnt.