Tech News Today for September 28, 2017
Tech News for Thursday September 28, 2017
Swedish furniture giant Ikea just bought TaskRabbit, the San Francisco-based on-demand company that finds you someone to help you do stuff, like for example, assemble your Ikea furniture. According to a press release, TaskRabbit will continue to work as an independent company. TaskRabbit operates in the US and in London and has been around for nearly a decade. Read more at recode.net.
YouTube is making some changes that affect creators on the Patreon crowd funding platform. Going forward, those creators are being asked to join YouTube’s Partners Program in an effort to battle abusive and inappropriate content on the video site. However, many of these creators aren’t very happy with the new request because YouTube’s policy states that creators can’t apply until they reach 10,000 public channel views, which might not harm creators who already have a healthy following, but will make it hard for up and comers to gain traction by linking out externally to their own Patreon destinations. Read more at polygon.com.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pi says Apple should filp the switch on the iPhone's FM radio, especially if the company cares about people's safety in natural disasters. The Federal Communications Commission says the radios, that are already present in iPhones, could have helped millions of people access lifesaving radio information in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma. Samsung, LG, Motorola, and HTC all sell smartphones with unlocked radios, but critics of Apple's choice say they don't unlock theirs because they don't want people to have free access to the radio, so that we'll pay for services like Apple Music. Read more at a axios.com.
If you’ve been holding out for a hero till the end of the night, then GoPro has you covered with the next generation Hero6 action camera. It looks largely similar to its predecessor but offers big improvements on the inside including 60 frames per second 4K video recording, 120 frames per second at 2.7K resolution, and 240 frames per second at 1080p resolution, double the previous iteration. Touch-zoom is also implemented for zooming in quickly on an object. Read more at techcrunch.com.