Happy Tuesday, Austin! Here’s some tech new we’re following today:
Alexa, but with faces calling you
Just two weeks after Amazon debuted a device for closet fashion selfies powered by its Echo/Alexa voice technology called Look, reports are circulating that the company will also release a version of its popular Echo product with a touch screen capable of video calls. The Wall Street Journal says the device, which would make Internet phone calls, could be unveiled as soon as today and would likely ship over the summer. Update: the product, Amazon Echo Show, is now live and for sale at $229.
Uber probe expands
In case you missed it yesterday online or in today’s newspaper, Phil Jankowski reports that a federal probe into Uber’s business practices has now extended to include its operations in Austin while it was offering rides in town. The criminal investigation is focused on the company’s controversial Greyball software.
Silk Road: the book
Nick Bilton, formerly of the New York Times and now a Vanity Fair correspondent, has written a book about Silk Road mastermind and Austin native Ross Ulbricht called “American Kingpin.” The Verge has a review of the book, which it describes as a suspenseful retelling of the Silk Road story worth of a Coen Brothers movie adaptation.
More Snapdragon from Qualcomm
Chip maker Qualcomm is introducing two new mid-range products for mobile devices, the Snapdragon 660 and 630, both of which are said to offer improved LTE performance, better imaging, faster charging and better overall CPU and GPU performance.
‘Blade Runner’ is back
And for sci-fi movie geeks, yesterday was a good day: the first official trailer for “Blade Runner,” starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, made its debut. Take a look!
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