Happy Hump Day, folks! If you are completely thrown off by working the day after a Tuesday holiday, you are not alone! Here’s some of the tech news we’re browsing today:
Of course Samsung is working on an Alexa competitor
Did you really think Samsung would fail to make its own version of a product that Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft are doing? Neither did we! Samsung is apparently working on its own smart speaker device powered by its own version of Alexa/Siri/Cortana called Bixby, according to the Wall Street Journal. The project is code named Vega, not to be confused with AMD’s graphics processor. Bixby, by the way, has been delayed in the U.S., so maybe this might take a little while.
McClure out at 500 Startups
On Monday, we wrote about the turmoil at incubator 500 Startups caused by sexual harassment incidents involving founder Dave McClure. The fallout continues as McClure has resigned (he previously had stepped aside as CEO) and another partner, Elizabeth Yin, has resigned due to lack of transparency about what was happening at the company. Another entrepreneur, Cheryl Yeoh, posted a detailed account of another unwanted advance from McClure on Monday.
Ticketmaster gets the signal on tickets
Ticketmaster has partnered with a company called Signl that creates data-over-audio signals, reports Venturebeat. It’s hoped that the technology, which would emit from your mobile phone, would take the place of having to carry paper tickets for events or other app-based scannable barcodes. You might recall that Ticketmaster bought Austin’s Front Gate Tickets two years ago.
iPhone face recognition instead of fingerprints?
That’s the rumor about Apple’s next iteration of the iPhone, which is also said to have an OLED screen. Instead of relying on your fingerprint to unlock the phone with Touch ID, the next iPhone is said to be able to do a 3-D scan of your face. Wonder how well that will work on Halloween. You can read about the facial recognition and more in this analyst list of 10 predictions for the new devices.
Nintendo’s Super NES: this year’s hot holiday gift?
Last year, the tiny Nintendo NES was a huge hit. The follow-up, the new Super NES may be just as hard to find. CNET discusses in the video below:
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