Samsung's Delayed Foldable Phone Will Release Friday
Samsung said Wednesday night that the delayed $2,000 Galaxy Fold will go on sale in Korea on Friday and be available in the U.S. "in the coming weeks," Axios reports. Samsung and other phone makers are hoping foldable will usher in a new era for the smartphone market, but so far it has been a rocky start. CNet looks at what's new and different in the redesigned phone.
How Your Boss Will Use AI to Monitor You
When humans interact with robots and intelligent machines, it yields data that can be used to analyze workers’ performance, Fast Company reports. Those analyses, whether done by humans or software programs, may affect who is hired, fired, promoted and given raises—and unless significant changes are made to American workplace laws, such surveillance and privacy invasions will be perfectly legal.
State Attorneys General Target Google
More than half of the nation’s state attorneys general are readying an investigation into Google for potential antitrust violations, scheduled to be announced next week, the Washington Post reports. Meanwhile, Google will pay a record $170 million fine to settle allegations it illegally collected data about children younger than 13 who were watching toy videos and television shows on YouTube.
Android 10 Makes Its Official Debut
Tuesday marked the official debut of the first stable version of Android 10, the follow-up to 2018’s Android 9 Pie, Android Authority reports. With Android 10 come a number of firsts, including a new naming convention, new branding, and new features and upgrades to the operating system itself.
A Fantasy Football Startup Takes on Yahoo and ESPN
Sleeper, a San Francisco-based fantasy football startup aiming to beat ESPN and Yahoo by catering to women and casual fans, says it raised $5.3 million in venture capital, bringing its total funding to $7.3 million, Tech Startups reports. Sleeper has hired an all-female design team and many staffers who have never played fantasy sports before.
Apple Plans to Release a New Low-Cost iPhone
With its share of the smartphone market slipping, Apple plans to launch a lower-cost iPhone next spring to win customers in emerging markets and retake ground in China lost to Huawei Technologies and other rivals, sources tell the Nikkei Asian Review. Apple is due to announce its next iPhone at its annual September event next week, though it is expected to focus on its next high-end, flagship device, Business Insider reports.
A Chronicle of Uber’s Wrong Turns
"Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber," a new book by New York Times technology reporter Mike Isaac, chronicles Uber's pileup of scandals in rubbernecking detail. It’s an account of the company’s founding, its rapid rise, and the careening troubles that led to an investor-led putsch against Travis Kalanick, says Isaac in an interview with Slate.
Facebook’s Use of Facial Recognition Technology Expands
Facebook on Tuesday announced a new policy for gaining user consent to apply facial recognition to photos on the service, while also expanding its use of the technology, Axios reports. The feature was initially used only to help suggest possible friends to tag in a photo, but now, with users' permission, Facebook will also use it to help prevent people from using your photos fraudulently.
Instagram’s Latest Assault on Snapchat
Facebook is developing a new messaging app called Threads that is meant to promote constant, intimate sharing between users and their closest friends, The Verge reports. Threads, which is designed as a companion app to Instagram, represents another effort to chip away at rival Snapchat’s appeal.
No More Exploding Beer Cans
Electrolux is smartening its appliances with a variety of cameras and sensors, CNet reports. They include an oven with a camera on the handle so you can keep an eye on your food as it cooks, a fridge that will send you an alert before your drinks freeze (no more exploding beer cans), and Smarter Fridge Cams, so you can check on your groceries when you're at the store.