Happy Friday, Austin! Hope you’ve enjoyed your first week (or half week) back at work after a restful holiday break. Didn’t get a holiday break? Time to call in sick! While you’re figuring that out, here are some of the tech stories we’re following this morning:
FCC chairman cancels appearance after death threats
The fight over net neutrality rules is getting uglier: FCC chairman Ajit Pai has canceled a scheduled talk at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show as death threats against him have intensified, according to Recode. This follows a bomb threat in mid-December that temporarily derailed a vote on the issue.
All the gadgets are coming
Speaking of CES, the website Engadget has your preview on what to expect come Jan. 9-12. As you’d expect, self-driving cars, more smart-home automation, virtual/augmented reality and big, big TVs are going to be attractions at the big consumer tech trade show.
Microsoft’s smart thermostat gets a price and date
Microsoft has announced a release timeframe and price for its Cortana-powered thermostat, GLAS, which it first teased last summer. The device, made in partnership with Johnson Controls, will cost $319 and is already available for pre-order with an expected ship date of March. It’s pricier than Google’s Nest and looks a lot more fragile. Will the delicate design appeal to smart-home nerds?
You will like this
You don’t need to know anything more about this video than: 85-year-old Italian grandmother learns to use Google Home. Delightful!
News on Open Source is free and unlimited. Access to the rest of 512tech.com comes with an American-Statesman digital subscription, which also includes myStatesman.com and the ePaper edition. Subscribe at statesman.com/subscribe.