| |1. Google Maps’ Satellite Images Covers More Than 98% Of The World’s Population15:34[−]
While there are many mapping applications around, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Google Maps has to be one of the most-used platforms around at the moment. So much so that even Apple had to concede that Google Maps did a better job than Apple Maps when it was launched, going as far as recommending that users use it while the company fixed its issues.
Google Maps has grown greatly over the years and with all the resources and technology at its disposal, it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that the company’s satellite images covers 36 million square miles and covers more than 98% of the entire population of the world, meaning that there is less than 2% of the world’s population that Google has yet to map out, which we imagine will eventually be covered.
This is according to a recent blog penned by Google in which they share additional details on how they go about mapping the world, whether it be through cars that drive around collecting photos and information for Street View, or providing high definition satellite images used as part of Google Earth.
|↑|2. Airport Facial Recognition Systems Fooled By Masks15:34[−]
In recent years with the rise in facial recognition systems, we’ve started to hear about how some governments are planning on introducing the technology to airports. This will be used for security purposes where suspects or wanted criminals can be spotted using these systems. It sounds good in theory, but maybe not so effective in real life.
According to a report from Fortune, it talks about how some airport facial recognition systems can be fooled by the person wearing nothing more than a mask. This was tested by AI company Kneron, where they visited various terminals and tricked these facial recognition systems into allowing them access to certain locations or even facilitating payments.
Kneron’s CEO Albert Liu told Fortune, “This shows the threat to the privacy of users with sub-par facial recognition that is masquerading as ‘AI’. The technology is available to fix these issues but firms have not upgraded it. They are taking shortcuts at the expense of security.” What’s interesting is that these are systems that should not be so easily beat.
|↑|3. YouTube Superstar PewDiePie Will Be ‘Quitting’ YouTube In 202013:51[−]
YouTube sensation PewDiePie is no stranger to controversy and has been on the platform for the longest time ever. However, it seems that come 2020, the YouTuber has announced that he will be taking a break. Exactly for how long remains to be seen, but either way, it seems that we might see less of him in the new year.
According to PewDiePie, it seems that this has something to do with YouTube’s new harassment and anti-bullying policy that was introduced. In a video posted on his channel, he was quoted as saying, “I am taking a break from YouTube next yea. I wanted to say it in advance because I made up my mind. I’m tired. I’m feeling very tired. I don’t know if you can tell. Just so you know, early next year I’ll be away for a little while. I’ll explain that later but I wanted to give a heads-up.”
The YouTuber seems to suggest that it’s not so much the policy that’s the issue, but how YouTube goes about enforcing it. This is not the first time that YouTube’s policies have raised eyebrows due to their vague wordings. For example, last month YouTube introduced a new terms of service that hinted that channels that are “no longer commercially viable” could be deleted.
|↑|4. The Glitter Bomb Porch Thief Deterrent Is Back With A Vengeance13:51[−]
Last year, NASA engineer Mark Rober created a device known as the “glitter bomb” which went viral. Basically, the device was to deter and punish porch thieves who steal delivery packages off the porches of unsuspecting home owners. While it was a pretty impressive invention, it did generate some controversy when it was discovered that the “victims” of the glitter bomb were actually friends.
That being said and controversy aside, we can’t deny that this was a very impressive creation and it looks like Rober is back with the Glitter Bomb Trap 2.0. However, instead of merely dousing victims with glitter, Rober decided to draw some inspiration from none other than the Home Alone movies by including a fart spray, where not only would glitter explode out of the package, but a fart smell would accompany it as well. The video even features Macaulay Culkin in which the glitter bomb was inspired by.
|↑|5. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Will Charge $20 To Show Kill-Death Ratios13:50[−]
When you play multiplayer games, one of the basic features of such games is that it will show you a win-lose/kill-death ratio. This lets you know how well you’re doing, how the rest of your team is doing, how much ahead the enemy is of you, and so on. This has been a basic feature since the good old days of Quake.
However, for whatever reason, the folks at Activision have decided that in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it seems that players who want to check their kill-death ratios in the game will have to unlock the feature for $20. This will come in the form of an in-game item called “Time to Die” which will be sold as part of the “Mother Russia” bundle that costs 2,000 COD Points, or $20.
Now, before you get up in arms over this decision, we should note that kill-death ratios for most modes in the game will still be shown. However, they will only be shown at the end of the round in a final scoreboard once the match has concluded, meaning that players will not be able to track their progress unless they purchase this item.
|↑|6. FDA Approves An Interoperable, Automated Insulin Pump12:44[−]
Managing diabetes can be tricky and painful, which is why companies like Apple are exploring ways of introducing glucose monitoring through non-invasive ways such as through the Apple Watch. While that has yet to become a reality, diabetics living in the US might want to take note of a new device by Tandem Diabetes Care.
Dubbed the t:slim X2, this is an insulin pump that has been approved by the FDA where it can now work together with glucose monitoring devices like the Dexcom G6 glucose monitor. What this means is that as the monitor checks on the user’s glucose levels and based on that, it can dynamically adjust the required insulin levels to keep users in the safe glucose range.
The t:slim X2 is also an automated pump which means that it can automatically dispense insulin when needed, and together with the Dexcom G6, it makes it a less painful way of monitoring your insulin levels, which typically requires users to prick their fingers to draw blood in order to feed it to a sensor that detects glucose levels.
|↑|7. Xbox Series X Could Be More Powerful Than The PS512:42[−]
Both Microsoft and Sony have confirmed the existence of their next-gen consoles, which means that the console wars are about to start anew. So, which platform will dominate this round? The previous round saw Sony lead the way by a considerable margin, but could Microsoft’s Xbox Series X take the lead this time?
According to Microsoft Xbox chief Phil Spencer, it seems that the company is banking on it and they are hoping to achieve this by making the most powerful console. Speaking to GameSpot, Spencer hinted that the next-gen Xbox could potentially be more powerful than Sony’s PS5. “Our goal has always been to build the most powerful console we can, and I think we’re there. We like leading in power and performance and I feel like we’re going to be there again.”
The company had previously suggested that the Xbox Series X will be eight times more powerful than the Xbox One and twice as powerful as the Xbox One X. As for Sony, the company has only confirmed the existence of the PS5 but stopped short of actually announcing any specs.
|↑|8. Google Maps Can Now List The Right EV Charging Stations For Your Car12:41[−]
Image credit – Android Police
One of the problems with electric cars is that they need to be charged, and unlike gas stations, EV charging stations still aren’t quite as ubiquitous just yet. To make matters worse, there still doesn’t seem to be a standard connector, meaning that depending on the car you drive, you may or may not be able to find an EV that supports it.
The good news is that if you’re a Google Maps user, it seems that Google has recently introduced a new feature in which you can list the type of connector that your electric car uses, and based on that, Google Maps will be able to find EV charging stations that offer up the correct plug for your car.
Google Maps already offers users the ability to look for EV charging stations, but like we said, due to different cars using different connectors, the nearest EV charging station to you might not be the right one. For example, Nissan’s EVs use the CHAdeMO connector, while BMW and Volkswagen use CCS, while Tesla has its own proprietary connector (although in their defense, they also have their own dedicated stations).
|↑|9. 4K Pixelbook Go Now Available For Purchase05:57[−]
Back in October, Google introduced their new Pixelbook Go laptop. The base model of the laptop is rather affordable at around $650, but Google also announced that there were plans to offer up a model that comes with a 4K display for those who might have need for a higher resolution.
The good news for those who have been holding out for such a laptop, the folks at Android Central have discovered that the 4K configuration is now available for purchase via the Google Store. This will be the most powerful configuration of the Pixelbook Go to date where it will offer up an Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in addition to its 4K display.
That being said, the only model being offered right now is the black model, and that if you wanted the pink version of the laptop, that is still not available at the moment but we imagine it should eventually make its way into the store. It will also not come cheap at an asking price of $1,400, making it one of the more (if not the most) expensive Chromebook to date.
|↑|10. BTS’ Lead Singer Has Lost 33 Pairs Of AirPods Worth $6,000 To Date05:56[−]
Apple’s AirPods headphones do not come cheap, but regardless, they still seem to be selling like hotcakes. One of the selling points of the headphones is its size, where they’re small and portable, but that is also their problem where due to their true wireless design, it would be pretty easy to lose them.
Replacements do not come cheap either and according to a recent Q&A stream, Kim Namjoon, the lead singer and rapper of the K-pop sensation band, BTS, he revealed that he has lost 33 pairs of the AirPods to date and is currently on his 34th pair. Given the price of the AirPods, it has been estimated that he would have lost $6,000 in AirPods so far, making it a very, very expensive process.
Given the hectic traveling schedule of BTS where they have toured the world, we suppose it’s not hard to imagine that somewhere along the way he would have lost his AirPods. However, that does highlight a problem with the headphones. Due to the fact that they are more or less impossible to repair, some have pointed out that this is an environmental concern.
|↑|11. A Fully-Electric Ferrari Won’t Be Coming Anytime Soon05:56[−]
In the early days of electric cars, these vehicles had terrible range and weren’t particularly powerful. All of that has changed now, where cars have considerably longer ranges and can achieve pretty incredible top speeds, but it seems that not all carmakers are ready to hop on board just yet.
Take for example supercar maker, Ferrari, who has recently revealed that a fully-electric Ferrari car will only arrive after 2025. To be fair, Ferrari has explored the idea of electric cars before when they unveiled their first production plug-in hybrid, but it seems that the company is only planning on committing to a fully-electric car much later on.
This is according to the company’s CEO Louis Camilleri who said that this was largely due to batteries in which they do not think it is quite where they would like it yet. Speaking to reporters, Camilleri was quoted as saying, “The battery technology is not where it should be yet. There are still significant issues in terms of autonomy, in terms of speed of recharging. So eventually we will come out with one. But it’s post-2025. Not in the short term.”
|↑|12. Volkswagen To Roll Out Autonomous Shuttle Buses In Doha03:55[−]
While it might be a while before we start seeing self-driving cars hit the roads and become more common, the self-driving revolution has already started with shuttle buses. In fact, over in Doha, Qatar, Volkswagen has announced that they will be working with the Qatar Investment Authority on a project known as “Project Qatar Mobility”.
The idea and goal behind the project is to introduce autonomous shuttle and bus services in Doha, where it would be used to ferry passengers in the Westbay area on semi-fixed routes. There are 35 autonomous ID Buzz vans that will be used to carry up to four people per trip, while Scania buses are expected to ferry larger groups.
These self-driving shuttles and buses are expected to hit the roads before 2022 while closed testing is expected to start in 2020, while larger scale trials should commence in 2021. According to Herbert Diess, Chairman of Volkswagen, “Project Qatar Mobility will play a very important role in our Strategy ‘Together 2025+‘. Addressing the economic growth, social development, and environmental management challenges identified as part of our vision, and underlines our commitment to investing in next generation mobility. We will be experiencing real-world learnings and use the project as a stepping stone – for generations to come.”
|↑|13. The Pirate Bay Is Testing Out A New Streaming Feature03:54[−]
For a brief moment in time, it felt like The Pirate Bay was in trouble when its servers were taken down. However, the website managed to claw its way back online, and if anything, it seems to be doubling down on their offerings where according to a report from TorrentFreak, it appears that the website is now offering a streaming option.
What this means is that users who would rather not download their videos can actually choose to stream it instead. Given the popularity of streaming these days, it’s not surprising that platforms like The Pirate Bay are looking to get into it, although the legality of the service is rather questionable.
That being said, it should be pointed out that this is actually not the first time that The Pirate Bay has tried to introduce a streaming option. Back in 2016, the website introduced a similar feature, but it looks like it is back again. The website is also not the first of its kind, where not too long ago, there was a platform known as Popcorn Time that was essentially billed as the Netflix for pirates.
|↑|14. Feds Take Down Illegal Streaming Service That Was Bigger Than Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu03:54[−]
There are many streaming services these days, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, and so on. However, the problem with all these services is that they all have different licensing deals with the studios, meaning that some shows are available on some platforms, while others are not.
It would not be realistic for customers to subscribe to multiple as it can get expensive, which is why a study from back in 2018 suggested that the rise of streaming services is actually leading to an increase in piracy. We also imagine that this is why illegal streaming service, iStreamItAll, was created, where it hosted over 100,000 TV episodes and over 10,000 movies.
This made it bigger than Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Vudu combined, but unfortunately for those who use its service, it seems that the feds have managed to take it down. Two men from Las Vegas have since pleaded guilty to running the website and are now facing charges related to money laundering and copyright infringement.
|↑|15. Apple’s 5G iPhone Might Not Be The Hit We Think It Is03:00[−]
According to the rumors, Apple is expected to launch a 5G iPhone in 2020. This is great news for iPhone customers who are hoping to hop on board the 5G bandwagon, but according to Loup Ventures managing partner, Gene Munster, he believes that the 5G iPhone might not be the hit device we think it is.
Munster believes that when the 5G iPhone does launch in 2020, the first year of its existence could be rather disappointing for investors. This is because Munster thinks that this is largely due to carriers who have yet to fully roll out 5G coverage, meaning that even if the 5G iPhone does launch, not everyone will be able to take advantage of it, and as such, they could be tempted to buy a different iPhone (there are rumors suggesting that there could be both 4G and 5G iPhone models).
However, this is a different opinion compared to a previous report which suggested that Apple is already cutting back on iPhone 11 production in anticipation of the iPhone 12, which the company apparently thinks will be a more popular model due to the inclusion of 5G. This doesn’t mean that Apple won’t move a truckton of iPhones in 2020, but maybe it might not necessarily be the runaway hit device we think it is.
|↑|16. Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is The Best-Selling Fighting Game In The US03:00[−]
Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. franchise is one of the more popular fighting games in gaming history. It has spawned multiple titles and variants over the years, and in more recent times, Nintendo released Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest title in the franchise that also possibly has its biggest roster ever.
In fact, according to the NPD, it has been revealed that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the best-selling fighting game in US history. That’s quite an impressive title to hold, especially when you consider the fact that there are a ton of other fighting games out there that are also pretty popular, like Street Fighter, Tekken, King of Fighters, and so on.
That being said, the party nature of the game that allows multiple players to play with each other on the same console probably helps. The nature of the game’s design also makes it easy for casual players to get into the game, and the free-for-all style also means that sometimes even newbies can get lucky shots in, making it fun for players who might not have much experience with it.
|↑|17. Apple’s AR Headset Could Use Holographic Imaging02:58[−]
The problem with wearable headsets is that it can be cumbersome, especially for those who already wear glasses. This means that the added weight of the frame and the glasses could make it too heavy to be used for extended periods of time. However, it seems that Apple could have a rather unique and novel solution to that problem: holographic imaging.
This is according to a recent patent discovered by AppleInsider, where it seems that Apple is exploring holographic imaging that could potentially be used to replace displays used in these types of wearables. It has been suggested that by using holographic imaging instead of more traditional displays, it could address certain functionality issues with such devices.
For example, AppleInsider points at how changes to optical components could affect the size, weight, and cost of the headset. Also, by using more traditional display components, it affects how the headset is designed where components need to be placed further away from the user, which could also apply more pressure to the user’s face, making it uncomfortable to be worn for extended periods of time.
|↑|18. How To Manage Startup Apps On MacСб, 14 дек[−]
Automatically launching certain apps on startup makes a lot of sense. This helps users save a lot of time opening apps individually, but the problem is that as your computer starts to age and as your hard drive starts to wear out, the boot time of your computer will eventually get slower.
This means that a startup time of 10 seconds could now take 20 seconds or longer. Short of buying a new computer, you can improve on the boot time of your device by managing the apps that are launched automatically. If you’re a Mac user looking to manage their startup apps, then check out these simple steps below.
How To Manage Startup Apps
- Click the Apple icon to the top left corner of your Mac’s screen
- Select System Preferences
- Click on Users & Groups
- In the window that opens, select your username from the panel on the left
- It will show you a list of apps that will automatically open when you login
- If you’d like to remove an app, select the app and click the “-” button
- If you’d like to add an app, click the “+” button
Alternative Ways Of Managing Startup Apps
The method we highlighted above provides you with an overview of the apps that will launch upon logging into your Mac. This is useful if you prefer looking at things from a macro perspective, but if you’d rather not go through all the steps, there are alternative ways to manage individual apps.
- From the list of apps located on your dock, right-click (or CMD + click) the app you want to manage
- Go to Options > Open at Login
- If there is a checkmark next to Open at Login, it means that the app will automatically open upon logging in
- If there isn’t, click on Open at Login to enable it
- Repeat the process above if you’d like to remove an app from automatically opening whenever you log into your computer
|↑|19. AT&T’s 5G Goes Live For 10 MarketsСб, 14 дек[−]
2019 is the year when 5G is supposed to start rolling out to consumers. As expected, given the launch of LTE, it will probably be a while before it becomes as ubiquitous. However, the good news for AT&T customers is that if you live in select markets, it seems that the carrier’s 5G service has officially gone live.
According to the carrier, 5G for markets such as Birmingham, Ala., Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Providence, R.I., Rochester, N.Y., San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. are now live. Granted this only represents a handful of markets in the US, but we suppose it’s still a good start.
Scott Mair, President of AT&T Technology Operations was quoted as saying, “We believe 5G technology will be game-changing, and we continue to help drive this next wave of innovation. We were the first in the U.S. to offer commercial mobile 5G, and this is the next step as we build to nationwide service in the first half of 2020.”
|↑|20. Philips Could Have Some New Outdoor Hue Lights In The WorksСб, 14 дек[−]
The Philips Hue smart bulb initially started as a humble bulb used for indoor lights. However, over the years, Philips expanded on the type of bulbs that would be available where we started seeing light strips as well, along with some outdoor lighting options. If you’re looking for more outdoor-based Hue lights, you might be in luck.
According to a report from HueBlog.de, they have stumbled across some information that has revealed that Philips could be working on a bunch of new outdoor Hue lighting options. We’re looking at lights such as outdoor spotlights and wall lanterns which will come in a variety of different shapes and designs.
However, all of them share one thing in common and that is they are Hue lights which means that they are smart bulbs that can be controlled using mobile devices and digital assistants. Presumably, given that they are Hue bulbs, they should also be compatible with Apple’s HomeKit platform.
|↑|21. It Turns Out That Apple’s Mac Pro Makes For A Very Poor Cheese GraterСб, 14 дек[−]
Ever since Apple’s Mac Pro was announced, many have made fun of the computer’s design, where due to the use of numerous holes, some have made comparisons to a cheese grater. Taking the joke and running with it are the good folks over at iFixit, where during their uncasing of the computer, they decided to see if the computer would make for a good cheese grater.
As it turns out, nope, it seems that the Mac Pro makes for a terrible cheese grater as you can see for yourself in the video above (it starts around the 13 minute 30 second mark). Jokes aside, initial reviews of the new Mac Pro seem to be largely positive, where the performance of the computer has been praised.
While the asking price of the computer does not come cheap, it should be noted that the Mac Pro is clearly not aimed at the average consumer who uses their computer to surf the web, play games, watch videos, and so on. This is a computer aimed at working professionals who might need the power to render graphics, videos, edit photos, record music, and so on.
|↑|22. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition Is Now AvailableПт, 13 дек[−]
Samsung recently announced a special Galaxy Note 10+ star wars edition.
Right before the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on December 20, the special star wars edition should be a good catch for fans who were planning to get a Galaxy Note10+.
This special edition device will be wrapped up in a specially designed case along with a metal badge as a collector’s item.
In addition to that, you will also find an S Pen and Galaxy Buds as accessories. The bundle also comes with exclusive Star Wars-themed wallpapers, shutdown animations, icons, and sounds.
So, it will be a total package for fans. You can take a look at the images in the slideshow/gallery below:
For now, the star wars edition will be available in selected markets. If you are in the United States, you can get the special edition for $1299.99.
You can just head to a Samsung Experience Store / Amazon / Microsoft store or visit Bestbuy.com, Microsoft.com, and Samsung.com in the United States to order one for yourself.
|↑|23. It Looks Like Apple Has Managed To Avoid iPhone TariffsПт, 13 дек[−]
According to a report from back in August, it was suggested that due to the ongoing trade war between the US and China, that Apple’s iPhones could be hit with 15% tariffs. As it turns out, it seems that Apple could have narrowly escaped that one, where due to US President Donald Trump signing a trade deal with China, Apple is now spared those tariffs.
It should be noted that the trade war is far from over and that this deal is only a part of a larger picture, but as far as Apple is concerned, they are safe. That being said, some had previously expressed their concern that the tariffs could lead to an increase in the prices of Apple products. However, it was later suggested that Apple could be absorbing those costs on their end to maintain their prices.
|↑|24. FTC Might Block Facebook From Merging Its Messaging AppsПт, 13 дек[−]
As many of you know, Facebook owns several prominent social media platforms and messaging apps, such as Instagram and WhatsApp. For the most part, they have all managed to stay separate and somewhat independent of each other. However, earlier this year it was reported that Facebook could actually be planning on unifying them.
How exactly they were planning on doing that remains to be seen, but a report from The Wall Street Journal (paywall) is now claiming that the Federal Trade Commission could be looking to block that from happening. The report claims that the FTC is worried that the more Facebook’s products get integrated into each other, the more difficult it will be for the FTC or any law enforcement agency to break the company up for future potential antitrust cases.
Neither the FTC nor Facebook has commented on the report, but it does make sense. Facebook had previously confirmed their plans to unify their apps where according to the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, he wanted to give their users a choice on how they want to reach their friends regardless of which platform they are using.
|↑|25. Xbox Series X Is Microsoft’s Next-Gen ConsoleПт, 13 дек[−]
So we know that Microsoft is working on their next-gen Xbox console which is also known internally as Project Scarlett. If you’re wondering what the actual console will be called, you’re in luck because Microsoft has recently officially announced their next-gen Xbox console, which the company is calling the Xbox Series X.
According to Microsoft, “Xbox Series X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, allowing you to bring your gaming legacy, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you.” The company is also boasting that it will be four times as powerful compared to the Xbox One X, and are also claiming how the console has been designed to support both horizontal and vertical orientations.
In addition to the new console, Microsoft has also announced a new Xbox Wireless Controller whose size and shape have been created with a wider range of gamers in mind. The new controller will also come with features like a new Share button and also a d-pad derived from the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller. Microsoft also notes that the controller will be compatible with the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
|↑|26. Apple’s Latest Acquisition Could Improve On Future iPhone PhotosПт, 13 дек[−]
As our smartphones are so slim and tiny, it is obvious that in terms of hardware, it would be hard to match the optics found in bigger, more dedicated cameras. As such, a lot of smartphones are turning to the use of software to help process images to try and bring them closer to what professional cameras can do.
Portrait Mode is a fine example of that, but obviously more work needs to be done. Apple seems to be working towards that as according to a report from Bloomberg, the Cupertino company is said to have acquired a company called Spectral, which it is believed that they could leverage the Spectral’s machine learning algorithms to help improve on the iPhone’s photos.
For those unfamiliar, Spectral’s tech involves taking both an infrared photo and a standard photo and merging it together, where it resulting image should have increased details and colors. If true, then this could indeed help to further improve on the iPhone’s camera capabilities and give Apple an edge over the competition from Samsung and Huawei.
|↑|27. iOS Bug Lets Kids Bypass Parental ControlsПт, 13 дек[−]
If you’re looking to keep an eye on your kids while they use their phones and tablets, as expected of most modern day smartphones, iOS comes with built-in parental controls. These parental controls are designed to help prevent children from overusing their devices, browsing content they’re not supposed to, and so on.
However, it seems that in the latest update to iOS, which is iOS 13.3, there is a bug within the update that might have rendered one of the new features useless. The new feature in question, called Communication Limits, is designed to help parents limit who their kids talk to, especially strangers who are not on their contacts list.
However, in a bug that was discovered, it seems that kids can potentially bypass the feature. This seems to have to do with iCloud, where you need to have your contacts stored to iCloud by default. If contacts are not stored, it was discovered that when an unknown number is sent to the phone, the child is given the option to add the number to their address book, which in turn bypasses Communication Limit and lets them call, FaceTime, and/or text that number.
|↑|28. Samsung Has Sold 1 Million Galaxy Fold Smartphones To Date (Update)Пт, 13 дек[−]
Update – Samsung has since told Yonhap News that they did not sell 1 million units of the phone. They claim that Sohn might have confused initial sales target for the actual sales.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold was launched not too long ago and it seems that it has already enjoyed some success. This is according to Samsung Electronics President Young Sohn, who during TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, revealed that the company has managed to sell as many as 1 million units of the smartphone to date.
Sohn also went on to explain Samsung’s process of releasing products to get feedback, feedback that they would never have gotten had they kept the phone in the lab. When asked by TechCrunch’s Matt Burns if the company felt comfortable selling what was essentially a beta device for $2,000, Sohn replied in the affirmative, pointing towards the sales numbers as justification.
To be fair, as with all new types of products and technology, there are bound to be issues with it. Samsung’s decision to release it to the public did definitely help highlight some of those issues, issues that might have not been picked up on had the company kept it in its lab as a prototype. Sure, some might argue it is unfair for the company to charge that much for a beta product, but at the end of the day, it’s up to customers if they want to spend their money on it.
|↑|29. Apple’s AirPods Are Expected To Bring In $4 Billion In Quarterly RevenueПт, 13 дек[−]
Apple’s AirPods were initially mocked when they were first launched. This was largely due to their design and price, but yet despite the initial mocking, they quickly went on to become incredibly popular. How popular, you ask? According to a recent research note by Asymco, it could be on its way to overtake iPod sales during its peak.
The report claims that based on the current trends and popularity of the device, AirPods could soon account for $4 billion in quarterly revenue, which was how much the iPod brought in for Apple during its peak back in 2007. Assuming this is true, then this is a huge coup for Apple, although it doesn’t really come as a surprise.
It was recently reported that Apple could have sold as many as 3 million units over the Thanksgiving weekend, presumably spurred on by Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. We had also heard back in November that the company was also looking to double the production of its AirPods Pro.
|↑|30. Outsight Raises its First Seed Round of $20MПт, 13 дек[−]
When we drive, we use our eyes to see what’s around us and that lets us know when to brake, when to move forwards, when to turn, and so on. However, since computers don’t have “eyes”, at least not in the traditional sense, they need to use cameras, but even then, cameras need to be taught to know what they’re looking at.
Now it looks like the self-driving car industry could soon get a boost in its development as French company, Outsight, have recently announced that they have managed to raise a whopping $20 million in funding to develop a commercial version of its 3D camera that could be used to power self-driving cars.
The company claims that its cameras have the ability to detect objects and also gives them context based on their broader surroundings, meaning that not only does it know what the object is, but it also knows what it is in relation to what’s around it. Outsight had officially launched in April earlier this year and demonstrated its camera tech in August, but with the funding, the company now expects that their cameras could be ready to be deployed in the early part of 2020.