Among other looming tech trends, The Wall Street Journal says to prepare for foldable phones, 5G, more automated retail experiences, and privacy legislation. As for whether or not the climate will warm for tech company, The Journal says it can’t be any cooler than 2018. Among other embarrassments, “It felt like every week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and friends were apologizing for some major privacy blunder or platform manipulation,” it writes.
Chinese app developers are flooding the Indian marketplace, TechCrunch reports -- citing a new report in Factory Daily, which found that 44 of the top 100 Android apps in India were developed by Chinese firms. “The list of top Chinese apps includes major names like ByteDance, the world’s highest-valued startup which offers TikTok and local language news app Helo.”
Some mental health experts and police officials are calling Facebook’s efforts to address suicidal users as potentially harmful. “Facebook’s calls to the police could also cause harm -- such as unintentionally precipitating suicide, compelling nonsuicidal people to undergo psychiatric evaluations, or prompting arrests or shootings,” The New York Times reports.
Netflix is about to name Spencer Neumann as its new CFO, sources tell Reuters. Neumann would be coming from Activision Blizzard, which appears to be fine with his loss. In a new regulatory finding, in fact, the video game holding company said was preparing to fire Neumann for unspecified reasons.
The European Union plans to fund a bug bounty programs for 14 open-source projects, ZDNet reports. As it writes, “The 14 projects are, in alphabetical order, 7-zip, Apache Kafka, Apache Tomcat, Digital Signature Services (DSS), Drupal, Filezilla, FLUX TL, the GNU C Library (glibc), KeePass, midPoint, Notepad++, PuTTY, the Symfony PHP framework, VLC Media Player, and WSO2.”
Facebook has apologized to evangelist Franklin Graham for briefly blocking his account last week. "A member of Facebook's content review team … had mistakenly decided [a post published by Graham’s account in 2016] violated Facebook’s policy that bans 'dehumanizing language' and excluding people based on sexual orientation, race and other factors," the Charlotte Observer writes.
2018 was a big year for facial-recognition technology in both commerce and security, as well as image generation in the art world, Engadget writes. “I’ve been really excited by all of the interactive web demos that people have started to turn these algorithms into,” says research scientist Janelle Shane the tech publisher.
As part of an ambitious effort to expand its two-hour Prime delivery service, Amazon is planning to build many more Whole Foods stores across the country. That’s according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. At the moment, Amazon’s Prime Now delivery service offers speedy delivery in about 60 cities from coast to coast.
The Snapdragon 855 will be the processor powering a majority of flagship Android smartphones next year. That's thanks to 5G support and built-in artificial intelligence. The Snapdragon 855, which is Qualcomm’s first chipset to be built on a 7-nanometer process, features Qualcomm’s new Kryo 485 CPU, which will reportedly deliver a 45% performance boost over previous-generation tech.
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