Google just debuted Datally -- a new app that “gives users control over the mobile data they consume and also helps them find public Wi-Fi sources,” Factor Daily reports. “The app, which went live on the Play Store today, lets you view the amount of data consumed by other apps on the phone and also lets you turn on or off data usage within those apps.”
The Food and Drug Administration just cleared the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch, TechCrunch reports. The lucky accessory is AliveCor’s Kardiaband, which can detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AFib). “Europe has been able to use a version of the Kardiaband for Apple Watch for some time now,” TC notes.
Google is reportedly considering bringing Nest Labs into its hardware team -- and thus “reversing one element of Google’s split two years ago into various businesses under holding company Alphabet,” The Wall Street Journal writes. “Pulling Nest closer would allow Google to more tightly integrate its services with Nest products as they take on Amazon,” The Journal reasons.
Amazon is rolling out a series of new Internet of Things services, including a new operating system for devices that run on microcontroller units, ZDNet reports. “Along with the new OS, called Amazon FreeRTOS, AWS on Wednesday announced a service called IoT one-click to easily create Lambda triggers, AWS IoT Device Management, AWS IoT Device Defender, AWS IoT Analytics, as well as AWS Greengress ML Inference.”
Facebook is reportedly testing a new kind of captcha to verify whether users are real human beings. As such, the network will soon ask users to “upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face,” Wired reports. In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said the test is intended to “help us catch suspicious activity at various points of interaction on the site.”
Google’s popular navigation app Waze is improving its hands-free “OK Waze” voice command feature -- “letting you request info or change your destination without taking your hands off the wheel,” The Verge reports. The app is also adding “a mode designed specifically for motorcycle riders that provides recommendations for the best route based on data pulled in from fellow motorcyclists,” according to The Verge.
Sources tell The Information that Andy Rubin left Google in 2014 after it was determined he had an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. In addition, “Mr. Rubin has taken a leave of absence from his new smartphone startup, Essential, for personal reasons, the firm’s employees were told on Monday,” according to The Information.
Facebook will no long take a 5% cut of donations made through its platform, TechCrunch reports. Additionally, “It’s setting up a $50 million per year Facebook Donations Fund to match giving on its app to causes like natural disaster relief,” TC writes. “Facebook is expanding charitable giving tools to 13 countries in Europe plus Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.”
Google’s “YouTube Go” app is moving out of beta, Android Police reports. With the “super-lightweight” version of the YouTube app tailored for developing countries, “You can download videos in varying qualities, and then send the local copies to nearby friends over Bluetooth,” it writes. “In areas where a working (let alone fast) data connection can be hard to come by, these are welcome features.”
For the first time ever, the number of VR headsets shipped globally surpassed 1 million units during the third quarter of the year, according to Canalys. “There are a number of manufacturers making all sorts of VR headsets, but Sony is by far the biggest player,” Business Insider notes, citing Canalys’s findings. “Its PlayStation VR headset alone got into the hands of 490,000 new customers, which means 49% of Q3's entire pie.”