Happy Friday, Austinites! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading today:
Zuck speaks up as Facebook says it’ll hand over Russian-ad info
Mark Zuckerberg took to his own social network for a live video message about Facebook’s recent troubles over ads purchased by Russian companies during the 2016 election season. While his company said in a post that it will cooperate with Congress and hand over info, Zuckerberg himself outlined the efforts the company has been making to address this and his own thoughts on the subject. Not everyone was impressed.
Uber loses on London license renewal
Citing the company’s business operations and saying it’s not “fit and proper” to operate in the city, London’s transportation authority has chosen not to renew Uber’s license. The company’s current license expires on Sept. 30, but Uber has 21 days to appeal the decision and can continue in London during the appeal process.
Apple TV 4K: it’s not all good news
When Apple announced a 4K version of its Apple TV product and the news seemed good: 4K movies wouldn’t cost any more than HD movies and the device would ship very soon. But now that reviewers are in, some flaws are becoming apparent: Apple won’t allow you to download 4K movies, only stream them, which will make it tough for those without very fast Internet to watch buffering-free 4K films. It’s also expensive at $179 compared to the competition, is missing support for YouTube 4K and Dolby Atmos at launch and, according to The Verge, makes some HD content look worse than it should. Buyer, be aware.
Will you accept this ‘Friend Request?’
The reviews are not too great for the latest tech-driven horror movie, “Friend Request,” but The Verge also has a fun take on the film that is far kinder, describing it as so goofy that it’s great. “... you can do worse than a movie that gives you plenty of opportunity to make loud interjections and laugh yourself silly.” That sounds worth a rental down the road at least, right?
Are you real? Is any of this? DUDE.
Is this real life? Are you even real? Is this 512tech post just a simulation of a simulation of your simulated life (geez, I hope not, I could have slept in). Anyhoo, here’s a video explaining the idea that everything we know is just a simulation. Enjoy these thoughts as you go into your weekend!
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