Listen: Huawei against the world (The 3:59, Ep. 564)
"The. Three fifty nine. I'm I as actor Ben FOX. Ruben today. We've got lots of news, ready. Yes. Do it. Thanks for joining, by the way, while always been in the news for a while. Let's break it down the companies the world's second-biggest more phone maker and was added to the US Commerce Department's entity list that bans Weiwei from buying tech and components without US government approval, the Commerce Department Commerce Department. Granted a temporary general license that lasts until August nineteenth. Now. Google said it will work with wa wait until that time after that always pretty much on its own the BBC, then reported on a memo that said that you K based arm must suspend its business with wow away. Now arm designs mobile chips, that are in tons of Android phones. Likewise, Ben, what do you think this is going to have what kind of impact, you think is going to have on the smartphone market at large? So as best as I can understand. Why is in they don't sell mobile phones in the United States. Is that right? That's correct. So the impact isn't really going to be significant here. But I'll be really interested to see if something goes on in y-. Europe if they really get hampered in their own market in China because if they are losing these major partners like arm as the BBC is reporting Google. How are they actually going to support themselves as a business, so we need to either design his own chips or chip maker outside of arm, and that's kind of pretty difficult to do? Then you've got to open source, Android, maybe as an option while saying that they would be there working on a plan b for Android. Do you think they could get that off the ground anytime soon? No, it's really difficult. I mean Samsung has been developing their own operating system, the road mobile operating system for a really long time, and they've had a really difficult time doing something like that. So as much as I would like to see more competition with versus Android. I think that coming up with something from Weiwei, just all of a sudden is, is would be very difficult. I also want to mention that this has been a very slow boil against while way for a law. Time if people remember their CFO was gonna get extradited to the United States. So the there they've just had compiling problems. Compounding problems. Excuse me, both next. Bloomberg's reporting Amazon's working on a wearable device, they can recognize human emotions. It would have microphones and were figure out how you are based on your voice. Bloomberg says that eventually the technology could be able to advise the where how to interact more effectively with others. Ben, do you think anyone's interesting interested in a device like that? Rightfully absolutely, what could possibly go wrong? -solutely duck. There's so much conversation that's going on about these major companies having too much information too much user data. How are they using it? How long are they storing it for does it really make sense to have a product that comes out that could actually register and understand human emotions? And then what are the Bloomberg story say that it's going to break amend or suggesting so then you can better communicate with other people more effectively? I mean, maybe it's a party device. Maybe it's this idea of, hey, we're gonna talk about something a cocktail party this thing. I as don't top religion politics, right? Yeah. Don't comment on you know this person looking tired. You know. Like do I really need a device that does that that's, that's highly suspicious? I don't know. There was crazy. Take pictures of you and give you ideas for outfits, but Amazon and lastly, there's a new entry into portable gaming. Say Hello to play date. It's made by panik. Accompany, better known for us and MAC software. Here's the pitch. It's a little. Oh, yellow GameBoy asked device with a black and white screen, a d pad two buttons and a hand crank from gaming gaming. I'm not making that up. The games are secret for now. But there are twelve and what panic calls season one you'd get one new game each week. It will cost one hundred and fifty bucks and panic says play date is shipping early twenty twenty Ben of got one question for you. Why what are you talking about? This is totally awesome idea panic when they were talking about this. We're saying, look, we're self-funded. We wanted to test out and try new and fun things. And here it is. And it really to me looks like a labor of love, and I really appreciate the fact that they are coming out with it. I think it's fun and retro that it's black and white, my central problem here is the one hundred and fifty dollar price tag in that. It's really not in the impulse buy category. I'm not trying to knock them for not coming up a fifty dollar device. I feel like that's probably like dirt cheap, but at the same time I know I'm probably not in the market to buy at that price. Get. Yeah. I don't quite get it at all hundred fifty bucks away. Too much fifty bucks one day. I bet for my play date if you want to read more about these stories, check them out at seeing that dot com. He's been FOX Ruben. He's is actor. Thanks for listening."