Amazon has agreed to buy Eero, a San Francisco-based maker of home Wi-Fi gear. And that's making waves because Eero makes good devices, from hardware to software.
What you need to know:
How does this - and privacy concerns - all change now, with Amazon’s acquisition?
But prosumers aren’t happy:
📲 Another day, another new sub-brand: Vivo appears to launch “iQoo” (AA).
🆕 Speaking of: “Sub-brands are the new weapon in China’s smartphone war” (TechCrunch).
📨 Gmail’s right-click menu is actually going to be useful going forward (AA).
👽 The best Alienware laptops currently available (AA)
📶 Apple’s internal hardware team is working on modems now, likely to replace Intel (Ars Technica).
🗺 Direct from Google: how it's trying to figure out where you are, faster, via a visual positioning system, and directing you via AR (blog.google). Early days, given it doesn’t work at night when you're more like to be lost, just yet.
😎 Humans playing VR game Beat Saber move faster than what Steam thought was ‘humanly possible’ (The Verge).
🌟 Microsoft teases next-gen HoloLens ahead of February 24 reveal at MWC (Ars Technica).
🍎 What it’s like to work inside Apple’s ‘Black Site’ (Bloomberg). A hub for contract workers who verify that Apple Maps is "drawing roads in the right places," among other mundane tasks. Apple says it requires contracting firms to treat workers with “dignity and respect.”
📄 Google Docs gets an API for task automation (TechCrunch).
🌎 Wired co-founder Kevin Kelly has a long thinkpiece about ‘Mirrorworld’: a merging of our physical reality with the digital universe, and the next big tech platform (Wired).
🔴 Mars One, which offered one-way trips to Mars, is gone. The Mars colony startup was declared bankrupt by a Swiss court (Engadget).
🚀 Meanwhile, in related news, Elon Musk says moving to Mars will cost less than $500,000, 'maybe even below $100,000' (CNBC). Ol’ Musky says a lot of things, though.
🌳 Japanese bonsai owners urge thieves to water stolen 400-year-old tree worth $90k (CNN).
🎮 Apex Legends just tipped over 25 million players, as the new-and-free Battle Royale continues to grow in the vast shadow of Fortnite. Here’s a beginner’s guide from CNET.
🌌 What life-altering things should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives? (r/askreddit). (Seeing the night sky and band of the Milky Way properly is a great suggestion!)
With Google’s various apps and software including Android and the Play Store, hardware, and those hopeful moonshot plays, you might well believe that it doesn’t rely so heavily on advertising, these days.
You’d be right and wrong, as this chart of Alphabet/Google’s non-advertising revenue from Statista shows:
Cheers, Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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