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Amazon Prime Day Is Now Under Way
"Amazon Prime Day is now underway after being pushed back to October last year because of the pandemic. Prime Day is now back in its normal early summer time slot. There's end gadgets commerce editor Valentina Palladino. This is a chance for Amazon to drum up a lot of sales during a time that doesn't really have a lot of other shopping focused holidays. Prime day sales can end abruptly, Which is why, Palladino says it's important to get organized before you start shopping, making a list ahead of time Using the wish list function on Amazon is a really great way to kind of keep track of the things that You will want to buy during prime date. She also says Amazon's own products are expected to see a lot of discounts Things like Echo speakers, Amazon fire tablets and fire TV devices and even things like kindles, however, to score these deals, you will have to be a subscriber to Amazon Prime Prime Day runs through the end of
Amazon's Prime Day Begins Today
"Prime day begins today. If amazon annual online sales event for prime subscribers and yes it actually lasts for two days this year. The shopping holiday has taken on a lot of significance for not just amazon but also for its competitors so here with a primer on prime day is our amazon reporter sebastian herrera. Hey sebastian thanks for being here. Thanks for having me. So how did this event come to be. And what sort of business purpose for amazon was started in two thousand fifteen as a way for amazon to boost sales because typically there's a period during the summer were sales slowed down a bid after the peak holiday season and they saw it as a way to kind of that slower period right before back to school shopping stars as well and basically created their own shopping holiday and they were quite successful and every year they've built on it and increasingly bigger sales and they've introduced concerts and exclusive promotions with celebrities. So it's kind of become a much bigger version than than i think they even imagined from the
New iPhone Bug Breaks Your WiFi
"Iphone bug can permanently break wifi simply by connecting to a rogue hotspot researcher. Carl shoe discovered defendability ability when connecting to his own personal wifi whose idea included a percent sign as every second character on connecting his iphones wifi would then be disabled and only a full reset of its network. Settings would allow restoration shoe and other independent security researchers speculate that the floor could be caused by a parsing issue in the wifi settings in which apple ios misinterprets the letters following the percent sign as string format specifiers instead of considering it as part of the name of the specific hotspot. This kind of bug he says could have a severe impact in a real attack scenario. That sees a threat. Actors setting up an open rogue wifi hotspot in a crowded area such as a hotel or a
Amazon Prime Day 2021 Shopping Tips
"Is back to kick off the summer season. Here's a B CS Michelle Franzen. Like most of everything else last year, Amazon Prime Day had to adapt to the pandemic. The annual online shopping event was pushed to October this year. It's back for 48 hours, summer run in gadgets. Valentina Palladino says. The E commerce giant has made some tweaks to its bargain hunts, including early lead sales that are already going Amazon has these sales called lightning deals that usually show you how long on the product page the deal. The deal is going to last. Just like with holiday shopping. It's good to make a list and a budget using Amazon's tools to your advantage can really help you. Michelle Franzen, ABC News
Facebook to Begin Testing Ads Inside Oculus Virtual Reality Headsets
"Facebook ads coming to virtual reality near you earlier this week. Facebook announced that it will begin testing advertisements that will appear within the company's oculus. Virtual reality headsets. The acuras headset. Ads will first appear in the shooter game blasting from resolution games and will begin appearing in other oculus apps and coming weeks facebook which derives more than ninety seven percent of its overall revenue from advertisements. Said these ads could provide new ways for software developers to generate revenue. The ads will follow facebook's advertising principles giving users the same controls they have an facebook including the ability to hide specific ads or hide those from specific advertisers. Facebook added that the advertisements will not be based on any data that stored locally on user
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), a Look Back
"So the electronic entertainment expo or e three big virtual online video game convention is a rap. But that doesn't mean we're done talking about it yet. I with brent ticket a few well-earned days off. I have just the guy here to help me out mark saltzman. Welcome to the podcast and thanks for taking time to join me you know. I think we likely met for the first time in in the real world. Agony three or maybe a yes I've been more than twenty of them. I think you have to hopefully next year. We'll get see you there in person but nice to see on zoom today. Yeah likewise yeah my i. D three was ninety seven in atlanta. So that's probably about right because you brought me onto usa today to write for the publication in The fall of ninety eight so we probably met around that cool. Well thank you again all. Yeah thanks for all you've done for us and folks you know you can always get marks Regular contributions on tech that usa today dot com and at the bottom of each of the stories. There's ways to see what other stuff has worked in But today we're talking about three in markham interested. What did you think of this year. Virtual e three. I liked it. I wasn't sure going in with an all digital show. Obviously i figured it would be better than not know me three at all. Which is what unfortunately happened last year at the pandemic but enjoy kicking the tires on the new games And actually getting my hands on them. But i was actually really impressed with everything you know i it off youtube lot in a bit twitch and i you know four pack days of announcements and panels and fireside chats and and some of the hosts analysis of it all. I was actually impressed. I think it was a really good job. And i think it sets the stage to what will likely in the future which is a bit of a hybrid. I mean i think we're going to go back to l. a. or somewhere else and we're gonna see some of these games but i think the advantages are also for those. You don't have the industry anybody can attend. It was completely free. And if you missed some of the live events you could just watch it on demand later. I mean it's a win win. i think so. I liked this year. E three including the lineup of games that were
Featured Routines for Getting a Snack
"Hey there, Terry here with your flash, briefing for Friday. And today, I want to tell you about another featured routine. We talked a little bit about one of these earlier this week, but again, I routine is something that you can say to a gypsy or trigger with a certain time and then Lexie goes through a whole series of commands. So it makes things really simple. If you go into your Lexi app and you click on the bottom right icon more and then go to routine page, you'll see the top of that screen. You then have the option to click on feature and the one. I tell you the one I want to tell you about today is the I'm getting a snack one and you can enable that by clicking on it and then clicking enable what it does is exact causes your Fire TV and turns on your smart light. So basically you can you know, enter up taking it. Take an intermission from your TV watching it pauses it you set up the smart light to go on and then go grab a snack and then it's got a second routine that says I'm back. And what that does is you get you grab your snack, you sit down. And you say Lexi, I'm back and it turns off at smart line and resumes the Fire Dog. Be. So using those two simple commands, you're all set, take a break, grab your snacks, it back down and Away you go.
What's New With IOS 15
"I thought we'd start off this week. Show by looking at some of the new things coming to iowa west fifteen and how it may be able help individuals with disabilities and maybe really all of us in some way shape or form as we all know. Iowa's fifteen was announced here lately by apple and we'll be coming out sometime this fall but i thought maybe we just touch on some of the things that were announced now in this will only kind of touch on the accessibility features as we'll dig into that. A little bit deeper as time goes on. But i just wanted to talk about some of the new features being added taio as fifteen i is. They're making some changes to facetime. So facetime will now allow for spatial sounds so the folks will sound like they're coming from wherever they're actually located on your screen portrait mode allow callers to blur their backgrounds and have the focus on them and you'll also be able to use share play to listen to music and watch programs together over facetime even if you're thousands of miles away from each other. I'm really excited about something. Called focus tools so focuses a new feature that will allow you to filter your notifications and apps based on what you want to focus on. You can say your iphone to create custom focus which will use built in to suggest which people in apps can notify you at a certain time or place when you set it on one device it will translate onto all your devices that you have logged into. You can even have your home screen chains to relevant apps for better focus. Would it blocks. Incoming notifications will automatically display this to others in messages so that they will know that you will not see their notification at this time the making lots of to apple maps including increasing availability to get walking directions using reality. It will also give you prompts of when to disembark when you're using public transportation which can be really beneficial to individuals with low vision or who happened to be blind or really anyone who gets distracted and forgets to get off their stop. Which i'm not gonna lie. I have done more than once.
The Voicefluencer Show With Steve Keller
"So let's get to today's interview, I am really excited to welcome, Steve Keller, he is the Sonic strategy director for Studio resume an ex SX em media. Fascinating areas of research that Steve is doing. He is looking at a couple different things that we get into in this podcast. He talks about Sonic, diverse City. So the sound of diversity. What does it sound like to have a diverse sounding voice? And we also talked about the ability of voice and sound too. Meant know, manipulated in the right word to wage affect, you altered the way that we experience other senses. So can sound alter the way that you taste something or smell something? And we talked about Sonic strategy, Sonic branding, so much great stuff in this interview. So this is a recording of the live episode of The Voice will answer show that I did with Steve. And Steve is one of these guys that I met on clubhouse and I'm so thankful that I was on that platform to be able to meet people like Steve so long. Any further Ado, let's get right to this interview. I want to welcome Steve Keller on to the podcast. Thanks very happy to be here chatting with you and everybody else. That's listening. Thanks for the introduction page. And yeah, I like this idea of my superpower being the power of Sonic transformation that that speaks to, who I am and what I do, I love that, I love it. So along those lines, I'd love for you to give an introduction to who you are, what you do. And maybe I'll get you to tie in a little bit of that Sonic transformation Concept in your introduction. Sure. And Sure. So I'm sending strategy director for Studio resonate which is an in-house creative consultancy for sxm media. And XM media is our kind of a generic brand where we work with brand clients on the SiriusXM platform Pandora platform, Stitcher platform and we also represent the North American advertising for SoundCloud.
What's Next for Nintendo Switch?
"Three starting to wind down brett one of the last presentations was from nintendo and folks were hoping to hear about a new switch. That didn't happen. And if you remember we suggested that wasn't likely in our pre three coverage that's because the switch is still in high demand and with the computer chip shortage caused by the pandemic still affecting production of electronics. And lots of other things. I mean why would you want to launch a new console. Well exactly but on the bright side. We're gonna have a lot of new games to be playing on. our current. Nintendo switch is this year and beyond one of the highlights was another glimpse of the much anticipated sequel to the legend of zelda breath of the wild which is coming next year. It looks gorgeous. It looks like a very huge universe that players are going to explore if you're a big fan of breath of the while basically it looks like you can expect that. Just a lot bigger In the meantime while we wait for that a remastered version of the legend of zelda skyward sword which was which was originally released for the nintendo. We is out for nintendo switch on july sixteenth and you can get special joy con controllers themed after the master sword and hilly and shield which also launched on the same day and perhaps one of the biggest surprises was a new metro game called metro. Dread it's a sequel to two thousand two's metro fusion game with this the first two d metro game starring bounty hunters salmon's aaron with the new story in one thousand nine years. What we saw were some cinematic story. Sequences that lead to some cool side scrolling levels. Sam is fighting what looks to be some new super robots. They're called the emi. That sam has to get pretty creative to get away from that game is coming october. Eighth also nintendo said metro-wide prime four which they announced in two thousand seventeen is still in development. So we're gonna have to wait a little longer for that
OnePlus Will Reportedly Release a Super Cheap 5G Smartphone
"The. Uk's competition and markets authority announced an official investigation into the mobile device ecosystem looking into the dominance of ios and android and the control that both have over at marketplace's results of the investigation are expected to be published within a year. The previously announced an investigation into whether apple unfair unfairly favored itself in the app store. The us supreme court has overruled a twenty nine. Nine hundred ninth. Us circuit court of appeals decision. That had barred lincoln from preventing heike labs from harvesting personal data from public profiles. If you're not following it. The decision was heike. Labs can harvest the details from lincoln and the supreme court said no. We're thrown out. That decision the appeals court had ruled that the computer fraud and abuse act did not apply when no authorization was needed to access public user data. In other words. It's just there on the web The ruling was sent back to the ninth circuit by the supreme court to reconsider in light of the supreme court's own june fourth ruling on the computer fraud and abuse act which did find that someone could not be found guilty under the law for misusing information on a system. They have permission to access so it could end up with the same decision. It just needs a different legal justification. One plus announced the nord en a two hundred five g for two hundred forty dollars going on sale in the us to t mobile and metro customers. June twenty-fifth it will also come to canada or three hundred twenty canadian dollars. The in twenty five g has a six point. Four nine inch. Hd ninety hurts. Display qualcomm snapdragon. Four eighty chipset. So this is a budget phone with four gigs of ram and sixty four gigs of expandable storage. The end two hundred has three three rear lenses with a thirteen megapixel main sensor sixteen megapixel front cam. Five thousand million battery is returnable using an eighteen. Watt fast charger
U.S. Fight Against Chinese 5G Efforts Goes Global
"As next generation five g networks or rolled out the. Us government has been ramping up restrictions on chinese made telecom equipment from companies like alway z. T. and it's been working to convince other countries to follow suit and now washington is rolling out various incentives to try and get more governments on board for more on this. I'm joined by reporter stu wu. He's been following things. Hey do things for being here. Thanks for having me. So let's just bring listeners up to speed here why the. Us been so focused on getting countries to cut chinese telecom gear out of their systems and what if their tactics look like so far so a few years ago. A chinese company that a lot of people haven't heard of called hallway became the biggest maker of the cellular equipment in the world. That's a staff you need to make your cell phones work. Connect to the internet to make calls and they were worried that this company was behold into the chinese government. If the chinese government asked him to spy or conduct a cyber attack the us government and said why would have no choice but these are now always says are independent of beijing. The us government didn't believe that so about three years ago what washington started to do was they went to allies like the u k like germany like india. And they said. Don't use away if you do so your cellular networks are going to be prone to spying by the chinese government or other bad actors. There's going to be risk for your national security. There's risks for your military forces. The issue was the. Us can do anything except say. Don't do this. this is bad for your cybersecurity and the only forgotten. Use the stick and care analogy the only thing they had were sticks and they said. Hey germany hey. Uk if you allow hallway into your country. We're not going to share military intelligence with you and that was the only tool they really
Verizon Wants You Vaccinated
"Verizon bryozoans she vaccinated. So here's one hundred and eighty dollars. Airpods pro and other accessory discounts. So rice's joining several states offering financial incentives to get covid nineteen vaccine. Customers have gotten at least one dose can get a ten percent discount accessory some either. It's online physical stores to sweeten the deal. Even more rises leading customer stack that discount on top sales prices which can be used to get some pretty solid deals. It's unclear if or how you have to prove your vaccination status for example rising as airpods pro on sale until the june twentieth and the ten percent discount brings him down to one hundred and eighty dollars from the normal price to fifty. If you're a fan of headphones you can snag. And a discount you'll be able to pick up sony's delightfully named w. h. one thousand. Xm force for two seventy. The offer could also be a way to get a nice discount on lower priced item even considering so excessive rates. I don't think you can get this with the phones. But the also ballot first responders nurses teachers and military members and the customers eligible half from june fifteenth to july. Thirty first bill of questionnaire and received their promo code which can be deemed until august fifteenth so Briza says yet for whatever reason accessories whose prices and with the point nine seven can't get the discount so there you
Apple Plans Faster Watch, Future Temperature and Glucose Sensors
"A mark gurman and debbie. Woo apple scoop monday. Their sources say apple is planning to launch a faster. Watch with improve connectivity and screen later this year which okay. That's probably to be expected. There always improving things like connectivity and screens but also what if we got new model types say an entry level and extreme sports model beginning next year quoting bloomberg the cupertino california-based tech giant is planning to refresh the line this year with a model likely dubbed the apple. Watch series seven. By adding a faster processor improved wireless connectivity an updated screen. According to people with knowledge of the plans next year the company plans to update the main apple watch alongside a successor for the lower end apple watch s e and a new version targeting extreme sports athletes apple had previously aim to put a body temperature sensor in this year's model. But that is now more likely to be included in the update. The blood sugar sensor which would help diabetics monitor their glucose levels is unlikely to be ready for commercial launch for several more years for this year's model apple has tested thinner display borders and a new lamb technique that brings the display closer to the front cover. The new watch is likely to be slightly thicker overall but not in a way. That's noticeable to the user. The model will include updated ultra wideband functionality. The same underlying technology in the apple airtags item finder at its developer conference in early. June apple previewed the upcoming watch. Os eight software update. That will the device unlock door and hotel rooms. The extreme sports model described by some inside apple as either explorer or adventure addition was in development for release as early as this year but is now more likely to launch in two thousand twenty two that new model would help apple compete with rugged offerings from players like garmin and casio computer and quote.
Xbox Is Coming to Your TV Without a Console
"There's been a lot of video game news lately but some the caught my years was that microsoft is looking to bring its xbox game pass service directly to television. That's correct the xbox game pass ultimate subscription service which you can of like microsoft's answer to video games as what net is to movies and tv. It costs fourteen ninety nine a month and currently gets you more than one hundred games on. Pc's and android tablets and phones all without an xbox console now microsoft says it wants to make the service available on more screens including working with tv's and the company is working with tv makers to embed an xbox experience to internet connected devices so basically if you have a tv and a good internet connection you can bypass the three hundred to five hundred dollars. You might spend on a console and have all your games stored in the cloud. This would certainly seem a great way to expand the xbox audience brett. I mean not. Everyone wants a console and right now not everybody can get the new console. They want because they just aren't enough out there. By the way cloud gaming could be the future games as google and amazon. Both app services running now and playstation has playstation. Now service that lets you stream games on. Pc's in addition to its game consoles amazon. Let you stream on. Pc's max amazon fire tv and on smartphones and google stadia streams games two. Tv's it uses google chromecast but it also streams games to various tablets and devices so. It's not a giant leap for a tv to have an app or a bit of software bill inside to do this. Yeah absolutely and it's interesting too because they're gonna also introduced a couple other ways you can Play xbox games. Microsoft said it's also building devices to connect just for streaming game so almost feels like a roku or chromecast but just for your xbox and it's also going to have browser gaming so you can play games on google chrome safari microsoft edge in the next few weeks. We're likely get more news from and xbox before e three in the summer game fester over because there's an xbox in but does the showcase coming up so keep listening in the days ahead as we'll break that down for you
Archer Aviation Unveils Electric Air Taxi for Launch in 2024
"Investing millions of dollars into a company that makes electric flying essentially helicopters and we're going to add Ed Corey right now at the Bloomberg business is going to tell us more about a California company. How they're showing off their flying taxi. Good morning, Ed. Yeah, That's right. Archer Aviation, unveiling its electric flying taxi Thursday. They say it will have a 60 mile range Sand flight 150 miles an hour. I think it will enter commercial service in 2024, the S and P closed at a record
Should State-Issued IDs Be Stored on Our iPhones?
"Privacy advocates are warning about a apple feature that allows an iphone to copy and store state driver's licenses as npr's bobby allen reports apple says it's about convenience but experts worry about misuse apple. Wants to disrupt the wallet. It's working with states and the transportation security administration to allow digital id's on iphones to be accepted as official proof of identity. Privacy experts worry about this being used for unwanted tracking and the possibility of apple one day selling licensed to advertisers arum sinnreich at american university says he's also concerned about the ideas being exposed in a hack. They are all good reasons. Why we should give pause before seating. Some of the functions of our state government to private corporation apple says the id's will be encrypted and secure but critics say the tech giant's real end goal is to make iphones
Samsung's New 50-MP Image Sensor Boasts the Smallest Photo Pixels Yet
"Samsung has unveiled a fifty megapixel sensor with pixels just point six four micrometres in size the smallest in the industry which samsung says can be used in ultra wide or telephoto modules. Going the verge the isocell jay and one is a fifty megapixel sensor with a relatively tiny one by two point seven six inch format meaning. It's pixels are just point. Six four micrometres in size for comparison samsung already broke records in two thousand nineteen with the slightly larger isocell slim g. H one another fifty megapixel sensor with point seven micrometer pixels conventional camera wisdom says that smaller pixels usually result in worse image quality with higher noise. So why is samsung doing this. According to the company it's about form factor versatility. The sensors smaller size means it can be used in wide or telephoto camera modules which are challenging to design when sizes at a premium or as a way to reduce the height of the primary camera bump as with other high resolution camera sensors. The jan will make use of pixel binning technology that combines multiple pixels into one for higher light sensitivity. In this case samsung says the sensor will capture twelve point five megapixel photos with the equivalent of one point two eight micrometer pixels and the company is also claiming a sixteen percent boost to light sensitivity with its isocell two point zero tech and quote the jam one is apparently already in mass production. So expect to see this showing up in smartphones in three two
Amazon Sidewalk Is Live, What Should You Do About It?
"Sidewalk is an ambitious program to create east smart neighborhood by borrowing thais liver of your bandwidth the powered echo devices. Now us live what you do about it. On roger chang industry daily charge joining us to talk about all things. Sidewalk is our smart home expert at at editor right chris. Welcome i roger beer. So i what is amazon sidewalk. So what amazon sidewalk is basically trying to do is help devices outside. The home connect with amazon servers. So it's using your echo in ring devices as sort of like a relay if there's a device that's like a neighbor's light or someone lost a tile tracker in the vicinity of your home where it's in bluetooth range of that echo device and you have sidewalk turned on in so do today that device from another person can send data to amazon servers to get to the tile rivers or to get to whatever servers needs to get to save at. The light needs to come on that. The tracker is missing. And it's passing that data through your echo devices. It's using bluetooth. The send the data to the echo device. And then you're passing that along through your network up to amazon servers. So the scary part of that is that it's using a little bit of your home's bandwidth and it's letting other people potentially have s in a sort of anonymous in unseen way to your home's
Apple Still Has a Lot of New Stuff Coming
"Apple had their keynote. I believe that was yesterday. And it's been a pretty chill dc. At least from i out side observation of like from the smattering of conversation. I've seen on twitter And like in work chats and steph. It feels like this one. It's it's not the not the fireworks show as it were right. Yeah i would agree with that. I feel like and this is true. I think for microsoft is true for google ceo lake. Not there weren't great announcements and there weren't things that people are excited about but this it's almost like we've had like last year there was a lot of maybe part of it was allowances because we've been in the pandemic that point for just a couple of months and things have been built up and and this year it just feels like know. It's fine but there hasn't been anything that's being like. Oh my god like it's like last year you know the in one mack was obviously going to be massive regardless right it took on an even bigger kind of prescience with everything that was happening in the world. Now is just kind of like okay. There's some cool stuff coming but nothing. That's going to you know like revolutionize everything no i really agree with that christina last year with the move to 'em one i mean this was that was like the the nuclear weapon of w. d. c. keynotes 'cause every apple developers. How is this going to work. Where am i going to be able to get hardware. What's going to be compatible. How oh my god am. I am i. I mean that was last year's keynote. So anything into that is is going to be low key and i also. I think it's worth saying that like a lot of my fears. From last year's keynote largely did not come to fruition. It's been very smooth transition
The Aftermath of That Global Internet Outage
"Listeners. Mike schneider here i'm brett. Molina and welcome back to talking tech. If you were up early tuesday morning than likely noticed. Several big websites like amazon read it twitch even usa. Today were down as part of a massive global internet outage the roughly hour-long disruption has been linked back to the cloud content company. Fastly saying it was caused by service configuration. That they've since disabled. That's right bread so most of us have not heard of fastly. But it's a san francisco based content delivery network or cdn now. Other big cd ends are amazon. Miami cloud fair and what they do companies such just the new york times. Usa today get hub. Pinterest and others is a thousands of computer servers around the us and around the globe where they cash or store content so when you click and want to read a story or page or watch a video. It's faster than if you had to go to new york or wherever the online site is in the physical world now. It's likely interruptions like this. What happened again and again. Because so much of what we do now involves cloud computing with everything from the software with which we communicate with our coworkers to our entertainment systems to on online delivery. And all these things we do on our phones now redundancy of networks having backup systems probably prevent outages from happening more often in the experts. I talked to about the situation suggest. That's a lesson we should all take personally for instance. If you only have important files on your computer or they're stored in the cloud you might want to add. Another layer of redundancy. So maybe a second computer holds copies of the files and they're encrypted or perhaps you store them on an external hard drive or usb memory stick and keep them somewhere not at your
Jef Bezos Is Going to Space
"Well here's a little bit of interesting news for you this. Ceo of amazon. Of course makes lexie has just announced that he is going to go to space now. This is interesting because he reportedly is going to be the most wealthy person and the first person to ride his own rocket to space the The launch is gonna take place on july twentieth and this is about two weeks after he will have step down as the ceo of amazon. He's actually invited his brother mark to be among the The crew members who are going to be taking this first flight. They've done fifteen flights of blue origin with out people without human beings on board. But this is going to be the first flight with humans on board. And i thought this is just really interesting news. I wanted to share it with you. Of course basis is the ceo of the company. That has brought us lexi. So my question to you is what do you think do you think he's going to have a lexi device on board or will the rock voice controlled. I don't know but Interesting news anyway. I'll be curious to see how that lodge
Here's What's New With iOS 15
"On monday. Apple kicked off its worldwide developers conference with a virtual keynote detailing the changes coming soon to iowa's fifteen the mobile operating system that powers the iphone now fifteen launch fall. We don't have the exact date yet. And it's time to the release of a brand new iphone. It's typically unveiled by apple in september. So what are some of the most notable changes coming to iowa's fifteen this fall. Let's start here with face time which seems to be getting the biggest facelift too. No pun intended Of all the features that are coming. Ios the biggest one. Though is you can soon use facetime on android and windows but not in the way that you think. The company is adding facetime links for sharing scheduled call so kind of works like zoom where he scheduled a call. You get a link to the actual video chat itself and you click on that so users can get to this either through the iphone app or via any web browser so it's not exactly a facetime app for android or for windows but at least if you're on a web browser on android phone you can still get. Their facetime is also going to introduce a grid view to see everyone on a call and the ability to take calls in portrait mode. So you can hold your phone horizontally and it'll actually blur out the background automatically so that you stand out facetime also add spatial audio and voice isolation so call sam more natural and allow you to cut back on the background noise. The app is also going to add. Share play which is probably one of those interesting features they revealed and it. Lets you enjoy entertainment. Such as music tv shows. While you're on a video call few might start video call minimize the window and then go to another app like say apple tv plus or some third party apps disney plus and you start playing a Tv show or a movie and it automatically start playing on the other person's call and then you can start watching together.
How Your Amazon Device Can Say Your Name Correctly
"Hey tare here with your flash briefing now. I want to be a tip today about what to do. If lexie is not pronouncing your name correctly. And i actually think back. I believe this was a question from one of our community members. A little while back. And here's what you do. There is no way to actually get lexi to pronounce a phonetically correct by asking you to do that. You have to kind of use us little hack and basically what you do. Is you go into your amazon profile. The profile that's connected to your lexi account and where your name is in that profile. You change it so that you spell your name phonetically and when you do that now when lexi says your name she will use that. Fanatical is that a word fanatical phonetically correct spelling and she should be able to pronounce it correctly. So i hope that's helpful for particularly have one of those names. That's just a little bit more difficult to
Dell Sued Over Alienware Laptop’s ‘Unprecedented Upgradeability’ Claims
"Has been sued over alienware laptops unprecedented. A great ability claims customers claimed dell's marketing campaign was false and misleading. And tell them that they'd be able to update the alienware area area. Fifty one m are one laptop but there was never any upgrade components available largely because until didn't do upgrade for that particular chip series and there is no option to do that but yet dell had announced that that laptop as expensive as it was would be able to be upgraded. Lear saving people money and that did not happen. People are upset and starting a lawsuit
Facebook Delays Taking a Cut on Paid Events and Fan Subscriptions Till 2023
"Facebook. Ceo mark zuckerberg announced that the company will continue to not charge fees for it's paid online events fan subscriptions and badges through twenty twenty three and will include upcoming news products in that no fee policy as well no word on what the rate will be after twenty twenty three. But if there's any question why. Facebook is doing. This zack. said when we introduce a revenue share. It will be less than the thirty percent that apple and others take zingy. Singapore based flex the world's third-biggest largest chip manufacturer expects chip shortages to continue flexes chief procurement and supply chain officer. Lynn terrell says would such strong demand. The expectation is mid to late. Twenty twenty two. Depending on the commodity. Some are expected in two twenty twenty. Three chipmakers continued to invest in new production capacity but new facilities are not yet complete the california public utilities commission issued a permit to gm's autonomous vehicle subsidiary crews allowing the company to shuttle passengers in its test vehicles without a human safety operator. Cruise is the first company to get the permit in the state and cannot charge affairs for rides in test. A vis nine companies including crews have previously obtained driverless test permits from the california dmv. That's different from the public. Utilities commission although neuro remains the only company to have obtained a commercial deployment permit from the dmv youtube shorts still in beta and previously available in the us and india is now expanding to the u k canada and latin america users will now be able to use music from youtube wider catalog add captions and overlays on shorts color. Correct and sample audio from other shorts. Sounds familiar And google settlement with francis competition authority over charges that had abused its dominant online at position by favouring its own advertising services to the detriment of rivals. The company agreed to pay a two hundred twenty million euro fine and pledged to improve interoperability between its ad manager and third party ad servers. The changes stem between nineteen. Complaint filed by news newscorp and the french newspaper le figaro
FaceTime Is Breaking Out of iOS, Sort Of
"Facetime is breaking out of ios. Sort of right talk about this. Yeah i feel like it's a it's a half measure of breaking out so what they're doing is that they are making it so that i can join facetime video chat if i'm not an iphone or ipad owner and the way that it works. Is that an iphone or ipad or mak owner has to create a link and then make it available to me so i guess text message or email or whatever and then i go to a website which then is able to access my camera and have me be in a facetime call so i can't originate facetime calls. I can't set up an message account. If i don't an iphone ipad or mak but it's an interesting kind of first step and and it does make it a two people in a way. That wasn't before. yeah. I think that's what you call a half-measure which i agree it's definitely half-measure. It's definitely like a lockdown. It's very apple way of opening themselves up. But you're right this does Open the possibility of more folks actually jumping on facetime and that's kind of what they need right now. Working in fact. I think we kinda to zoom really wish. This feature was available last year when we were all really really locked down and totally depended on video conferencing
Taiwan's Top Chip Tester, King Yuan, Shuts Down Two Plants
"Nikkei ran a piece over the weekend covering yet. Another disruption in the global supply chain due to covid nineteen according to that qingyuan electrtonics taiwan identified by nikkei as the world's leading chip testing service provider shutdown. Two of its plans over the weekend. You may wonder why shutting down testing site of which most of us have never heard leads to a disruption. I found an unrelated news release from samsung. That explains the packaging and testing process for semiconductors according to that release some conductor packaging involves enclosing integrated circuits and a form factor that can fit into a specific device. Those squares uc with fourteen or m one etched on them. That would be the package. If i'm reading. The release correctly wants the packaging. Process is complete. Samsung says the company has to determine if the package works properly. So it's time to move to the last stage. The package test in which the package semiconductor goes through the final quality assurance procedures. Now of internet sleuthing leads to understand that that is what king you electron. Ix does and what it had to stop doing it to. Its plans over the weekend. Who can't take a weekend off king. Un electrtonics it seems not when the globe is running short on semiconductors. According to the nikkei piece qingyuan electronics production suspension could aggravate the global chip shortage. Which is already hit a swath of players from automobile makers to consumer electronics giants media attack. The world's leading mobile app developer and rival of qualcomm set on friday evening that the temporary suspension at king. Un will affect the company's revenue and june adding that it is in close communication with testing supplier in hopes of minimizing. The
Apple Updates AirTags Over Stalking Concerns
"Hither listeners. It's brett molina. And i'm mike schneider and welcome back to talking tech apple just released its new. Bluetooth trackers called airtags and it looks like the company has already made. Its first big update. So apple has updated airtags to improve on privacy measures after concerns were raised that the bluetooth trackers could easily enable stalking apple said it's going to shorten the period after which airtags separated from its owner will play sound moved. So here's how it works on my test these out a while back but basically what it is. Airtags has a feature called unwanted tracking. And if there is a foreign air tag that you're not familiar with its in your possession. You will get an alert now. If you have an iphone you'll get an alert right on your phone will tell you. But in the event that you don't it will basically after a certain period of time. The air tag itself will beep to alert you that it's in your possession. Originally time period for that was three days. You could go several days with the air. Tech's separated from its own before beeps. They've changed that now to shorten it. So now the sound will pop in anytime between eight and twenty four hours after the trackers been separated from its owner apple. Said it's also going to roll out an android app later this year that will detect an airtags tag or other apple device. That's connected through. It's fine my service and that's separated from its owner and traveling with another user. So what was the big reason for this change breath
Amazon Sidewalk Launching in the US
"Today. I wanna tell you about a new feature. And i'm going to be straight up front with you right now. This feature is not coming to canada. Initially it's being launched in the united states but it is quite a controversial feature for lexi and it is creating a lot of buzz around the internet. And so i do. I wanna just mention it to you. This is the feature or the the product or the service amazon sidewalk and the best way to describe. This is for those of you that have like a wifi mesh network at home where you have multiple Individual routers multiple devices around the home which basically crew blankets. Your home in a stronger wifi signal amazon is doing not to a greater degree with neighborhoods by using your actual devices as those devices that put out the signal. No it's not. It's not a wifi signal. It's a different type of signal but the idea. Is that if you have an echo device or you have a are ring camera or doorbell These devices can theoretically communicate with each other and blanket neighborhoods with a signal that then allows others in the area to us. Four things such as Beacons so i'll give you a use case because it'll probably make things a little more concrete. Let's say you have a pet and you choose to put this device on your pet. Nath your pet is walking around the neighborhood and these devices that use amazon sidewalk are active throughout the neighborhood. They have a wave communicating with that beacon. And telling you where it is. It's kind of like the apple app like find. Find my phone right where you can see where your phone is the differences with amazon sidewalk. It is using the technology to communicate with devices that are native to amazon now. There's a lot of controversy about this is a good thing. It's a bad thing. One of the things that has come up is that by default it is on so you do. Have the option trinidad off. It is not available in canada right now but it is such a hot topic that i wanted just mentioned it to
Spatial and Lossless Audio Popping up in Apple Music
"Obviously a few weeks ago apple just came out on monday morning and they're just like here have free lossless apple music. You know. we're not gonna charge you extra for it. Later that day amazon said the same thing. They're gonna upgrade amazon music unlimited customers to lossless for free even though they currently have like an extra paid tier for that right now and spotify earlier. This year said that it would also offer a hi-fi tier for its customers though it specify whether it would be free but i imagine now it's going to have to apple also announced during that same press. Release that it would be expanding. Its spatial audio feature dolby. Atmos essentially Into its apple music t right now. It's available in some Some film like some shows and movies on on an apple. Tv but not so much on the music side. So i wanted to get you on here to talk just about the space in general As somebody who reviews a lot of headphones or used to has a lot of audio equipment. What's your thoughts on it. And just in general like whether it's going to make a difference because losses has been this. It's sort of like this obelisk in the different in the distance. All audio files. Kind of a try to achieve whether they do it through ripping their own. Cd's and storing them in lossless flat files or paying for title or cuba's or one of the other deserve hi-fi. Whatever
Apple Readies New iPad Pro and iPad Mini
"55 will. Apple is reportedly planning on releasing a new iPad pro and iPad mini. Bloomberg says the main design change for the iPad Pro is wireless charging in a glass enclosure rather than the current aluminum one and the iPad Mini will have tapered screen borders and no home button. Both products will probably be
We Test out Google's New Pixel Buds
"Recently as you heard. I tried out. Amazon's echo buds. Now it looks like mike. You've gotten your hands on another set of new wireless headphones right. That's right. I just tried. Google new pixel buds a-series earbuds which are available for preorder now due out june seventeenth. This google's third iteration of the pixel buds and it seems as if the buds get better along the way and a big selling point. The prices continued to go down. These new earbuds cost ninety nine dollars while they won't have some of the premium features. You find on the higher. Priced earbuds wireless. You're just apple's airpods and samsung's galaxy buds pro. They might be right for some listeners. Because those pro earbuds cost of more get into the two hundred dollars or more range but these are half that price. The main pitcher. You'll you won't get as active noise. Cancellation which basically touched a block out your environment. She can have a pure listening experience however the new pixel buds do have an adaptive sound setting which adjusts the volume to match your environment. So for instance. When i was walking around outside. I could still kind of here. A little of the ambient noise like Buses cars going by. But i. If i understand what the what it does and i didn't. I can't guarantee you that what this is doing. When i'm walking around but it's here's a loud voice. It could earn a loud noise. It continues for a bit. It will try to give you a little bit more sound. For instance like a cargo by real quickly car. Honk won't be affected. When i was walking outside. I will say though. I could still hear the constant home of cicadas which have until traded our part of the country. So you know an active noise cancellation. Earbud would probably do a better job than that. But you know when i was walking around and miss alison podcast music. I didn't find it at a problem at all. I thought it was really a really a worthwhile. You know a good product. That's either for the price
Prime Day 2021 Dates Announced
"That the days for prime day have been announced and those are june twenty first and twenty second so just a little over two weeks away for those. That are not prime day. Is this annual event. That amazon puts on and they have incredible deals on hundreds of thousands of products. And it's sort of equivalent to boxing day type sailor that sort of thing and typically on prime days you can score some really really good deals on all the lexi devices all the echo devices And as well a lot of the Accessories or other piece of hardware that go or that work with lexi are typically on sale as well so smart lights and thermostats and all that sort of great stuff so prepare for prime day. Now keep in mind that you do have to be a prime member in order to be eligible for these deals If you want to sign up for prime you can go to voice and candidate dot ca slash prime. That's my
Amazon's Ring to Require Police Requests for User Videos to Be Public
"Request for doorbell, camera videos and information to help with investigations. Starting next week, police agencies will only be able to call for help through a public post category on the neighbors. APP. It's called request for assistance. Previously, police emailed users in a separate portal. The post will show up in the public feed as well as the agencies. Public profile New tonight at 11 in Auburn Police officer will stand trial for the