Tile, a company best known for its keychain-style lost item trackers aimed at consumers, is expanding its location-tracking technology to new devices besides its own. The company today announced it has partnered with a number of BLE chip companies to integrate its tracking technology directly onto their chips. Tile’s new partners on this front include Qualcomm, Dialog, Silicon Labs and Toshiba, the company says. These companies will produce BLE chips that feature Tile’s location-tracking technology. This, in turn, will allow manufacturers to build devices that work with Tile right out of the box. Those that do so will be able to promote their products as “Find with Tile” enabled. For some of Tile’s partner manufacturers – like Bose and Skullcandy, for example – this sort of integration allows them to better compete with Apple, whose own “Find My iPhone” technology is now able to track down all sorts of Apple products, … [Read more...] about Tile partners with BLE chip makers to bring its location-tracking technology to more products
Apple is reportedly planning to release three new iPhones later this year. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple will introduce a successor to the iPhone XR with an LCD display, alongside two other handsets. The high-end 2019 iPhone, presumably the largest of the three, is also rumored to include a triple-camera system at the rear, in an effort that’s clearly designed to compete with the latest crop of Android handsets that include multiple cameras. Renders of a triple-camera iPhone leaked last week, with OnLeaks claiming Apple will introduce such a system later this year. It’s not clear what an additional camera at the rear of an iPhone will enable, but the rumors have emerged after reports that Sony is boosting its 3D camera output for chips that will power rear-facing 3D cameras on smartphones in 2019. Back from September 2019, I bring you the very 1st and very early glimpse at which I guess #Apple will unveil as #iPhoneXI!!! Yes, time has already come to meet the … [Read more...] about Apple reportedly planning three iPhones for 2019, one with new triple-camera system
A group of U.S. tech giants, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, have collectively denounced the new so-called “anti-encryption” law passed by the Australian parliament last week. The bill was passed less than a day after the ruling coalition government secured the votes from opposition Labor lawmakers, despite strong objection from tech companies and telcos. “The new Australian law is deeply flawed, overly broad, and lacking in adequate independent oversight over the new authorities,” said the Reform Government Surveillance coalition in a statement. The tech companies added that the law would “undermine the cybersecurity, human rights, or the right to privacy of our users.” It’s the latest rebuke since the bill’s passing, following an extensive lobbying effort by Silicon Valley to push back on the anti-encryption proposals. The law allows Australian police and the intelligence agencies wide-reaching powers to issue “technical … [Read more...] about US tech giants decry Australia’s ‘deeply flawed’ new anti-encryption law
Uber’s board of directors met Sunday to mull over how to reverse the ride-hail company’s slow-motion implosion. Board members voted to unanimously adopt all the recommendations from a recent investigation into Uber’s culture of pervasive sexism and harassment. They also discussed the fate of two of the company’s top executives, CEO Travis Kalanick and senior vice president of business Emil Michael, in light of recent reports about the handling of the medical records of a woman in India who was raped by an Uber driver. (Michael is now leaving the company, while Kalanick is reportedly taking a leave of absence.) By all accounts, Uber is in turmoil. No major investments have been announced since 2016, when Saudi Arabia said it would provide an historic $3.5 billion cash infusion. Morale within the company is at its nadir. Drivers are growing increasingly dissatisfied with their treatment. And a lawsuit from Waymo (neé Google) alleging the theft of its … [Read more...] about Uber is imploding, but does anyone really care?
The London Podcast Festival attracts a very specific type of nerd. That was the verdict on social media in 2017, when the gathering was still new and Londoners were still new to the unexpected joys of being surrounded by fellow podcast obsessives.Three years after its 2016 launch, the festival has grown from a three-day event to a two-weekend spectacular. It returns to King's Place in London this Friday, bringing some of Britain's most beloved podcasts to the venue's three rooms, along with popular US shows."Really, all people mean when they say nerdy is that people are really passionate and enthusiastic about something. And I certainly feel that same way about podcasting," says Zoë Jeyes, producer and programmer of the festival.Though podcasting is still a niche interest, the medium is growing in popularity. Ofcom found that 18.7% of people in the UK listened to a podcast every week in 2018. And if you're prepared to go and see your favorite podcast recorded live? Well, you … [Read more...] about The London Podcast Festival wants to push you out of your comfort zone