Tech News Today

Oct 24th 2016

Tech News Today 1626

Not Your Grandmother's Watch

Sharp decline in shipments of smartwatches
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Guests: Alison Griswold
Category: News

Megan Morrone and Jason Howell discuss AT&T's bid to buy Time Warner in a half stock, half cash deal worth $85.4 billion dollars. The New York Times is buying The Wirecutter and Sweethome for more than $30 million dollars. Some Internet of Things companies are recalling devices after the major hack that took down prominent Internet sites in the United States last week. Apple released major updates to most of its platforms, including iOS 10.1 that brings the bokeh-flavored Portrait Mode to iPhone 7 Plus users. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued guidelines to automakers and technology companies to ensure that security is top of mind in the march to autonomous vehicles. The gig economy is beginning to make changes to keep its employees happy, including offering benefits and equity. Finally, IDC has a report that shows smartwatch shipments have dropped 51.6% for the third quarter of 2016 over last year.

  • Alison Griswold from Quartz discusses the many ways that gig economy companies like Uber failed at employee retention, and how new companies are improving those trends.

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