Happy Tuesday, everyone! We promise you can make it through this week. Think hot cocoa. Here are some of the top tech items we’re keeping an eye on today:
Uber losses mount
Bloomberg reports that Uber is having “eye-popping” losses for its first nine months of 2016 and could be on track for a $3 billion loss for the year, not including costs associated with exiting the China market. For the third quarter, it lost $800 million on bookings of $5.4 billion.
New Apple desktops on the way?
Apple hasn’t released significant updates to its Mac Pro or iMac line of desktop computers, focusing instead on mobile and laptop releases. But CEO Tim Cook assured employees in an internal message that “Great desktops” are en route, reports TechCrunch, as the company lags in some technologies associated with desktop PCs. Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that internally, the company’s Mac team has far less clout than it once did and isn’t getting the kind of attention that teams working on iPhone or other products are.
An Amazon Echo shortage
Joining the ranks of Hatchimals and the Nintendo Classic Edition, one of this year’s hard-to-find tech gifts is the original Amazon Echo, which has been on sale for $140, but is currently out of stock, reports Recode. Target, Best Buy and Home Depot also sell the smart speaker, but it appears to be unavailable through those sites as well. Target in particular has been promoting the item, but doesn’t appear to even have it on its website currently.
Mark Zuckerberg is hands-on with home automation
In a Fast Company story, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook shows off a project he’s been working on at home in between taking care of a new baby: using the company’s AI tools to deploy smart-home features in his home, such as tools that can turn on lights, make toast and wake up his daughter with Mandarin lessons. He calls it “Jarvis,” after the AI from “Iron Man.”
Drone + human snowboarder = flight
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.