Happy Friday, tech watchers! Here are some of the stories you should know about today:
Why might Musical.ly be worth $1 billion and, oh yeah, what’s Musical.ly?
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the makers of Musical.ly, a popular app among teens for lip syncing and other kinds of short music videos on a social network. The China-based app launched three years ago and could be acquired by Beijing Bytedance Technology Co., according to the WSJ. The company has about 60 million users, but its growth may be slowing, suggests Recode.
Good thing your iPhone X is in Texas
The iPhone X has a gorgeous OLED screen, but it may not be the best phone screen for cold weather. Some users are reporting that the screen on the new flagship phone becomes unresponsive in cold weather. For its part, Apple says its working on a software fix that should address the issue. The problems are said to be happening even in temperatures above freezing.
Uber ruled against in England
A London employment tribunal has rejected an argument from Uber that its drivers are self-employed. The decision upholds an earlier ruling that drivers in England must be given minimum wage and time off. It’s still unclear if Uber will be able to continue to operate in London; for now, it can continue until a final ruling is in place on its status there.
EA snaps up ‘Titanfall’ studio
Electronic Arts, the game maker with a sizable presence in Austin, has acquired Respawn Entertainment, the maker of the highly regarded “Titanfall” series of mecha-shooter games. This comes not long after EA shuttered Visceral Games, the studio behind “Dead Space.” The deal is said to be worth about $455 million. Respawn is currently working on a new “Star Wars” game and is likely plotting out a “Titanfall 3” title.
And now, an iPhone X strength test...
Maybe the iPhone X isn’t so great in cold weather, but how does it stand up against a muscular man? Not great! Skip ahead to the 15-minute mark if you want to see the carnage.
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