Morning there! Apple is introducing playlists powered by your friends' musical tastes, June's smart oven gets updated and discounted and Tokyo prepares for the 2020 Olympics with facial recognition tech.
Keep an eye out for more information from Magic Leap after a few tweets from the company and its CEO suggested a big announcement planned for today, August 8th. After some vaporous demos and teaser videos of its AR tech, it would be nice to see some hardware arrive as promised before fall rolls round.
In the blink of an eye, MoviePass went from being one of the hottest startups to a textbook example of how not to run a company. Its $9.95-a-month plan, which let you see one movie per day, launched last year with huge success. But the service was unsustainable from the get-go.
After Elon Musk tweeted he was considering "taking Tesla private at $420," it wasn't immediately clear if the CEO was serious. But after a stock price spike that eventually led to a halt in trading and a letter explaining his proposal, it's feeling pretty real. Musk claims short sellers are hurting the company, and going private could solve that with a structure similar to his other company, SpaceX. Tesla stock eventually climbed in price to $379, but any move to actually change its status would require approval from shareholders.
For workers reaching up all day, that motion can be especially hard on their shoulders. To help, Ford will be offering exoskeleton vests to folks in 15 assembly plants around the world. Ford has been testing the vest at two plants in the Dearborn, Michigan, area for the past 16 months. The EksoVests are built to enhance endurance, not strength, offering passive arm support from five to fifteen pounds.
As many as six people can play simple competitive titles that make use of your face. You just have to tap the star button and pick a game to let others know you'd like to play. Asteroids Attack asks you to steer a spaceship around obstacles with your nose, while Don't Smile is a version of the classic staring contest for the smartphone era.
Two years ago, June unveiled its first smart oven, complete with a quad-core NVIDIA processor, lots of sensors and a dose of artificial intelligence. Unfortunately, at $1,500, it was ridiculously expensive. Today, June is swapping it out for its second-generation oven. Not only does it cook faster, it's smarter and significantly cheaper.
The European Union has been trying for nearly a decade to get smartphone manufacturers to voluntarily agree to a common mobile-phone charger. That apparently hasn't worked out so well, so the EU Commission may now take more forcible action. "Given the unsatisfactory progress with this voluntary approach, the Commission will shortly launch an impact assessment study to evaluate costs and benefits of different other options," said EU competition Chief Margrethe Vestager.
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