Week 5 of 2106 (Jan24-Jan30) could have ended a little more upbeat for the tech world. It was full of earning results that didn’t meet expectations, most of Twitter’s executive leadership jumping ship like it was the Titanic, Mark Zuckerberg leap frogging the Koch brothers for 6th most riches man in the world, and financial analysts predictions that frankly don’t look very optimistic for the coming year in mobile tech.
Apple and Amazon both reported lower earnings than a year previous. Apple announced the slowest growth in the iPhone since its inception, despite having a strong quarter. Samsung for once agreed with Apple that sales in smartphones will see a decline as the demand for lower price phones increases and mobile providers change how contracts work, passing more of the phone cost onto the consumer through monthly leasing and/or payments.
Then there was a whole of buzz on Artificial Intelligence.
1 Apple’s leaked iPhone Mini
(Source: Forbes) Rumor has it Apple is creating a “budget iphone” by bringing back the 4 inch screen. It will look the iPhone 4 but with rounded corners. More info in this Forbes article.
2 Brave web browser banishing ads
(Source: Mashable) Elegantly removes ads and blocks third-party data tracking, but it’s still very early in development and is lacking many features. An app to keep your eye on though.
3 Twitter Senior Leadership Jumping Ship
(Source: Wired) With the return of Jack Dorsey, much of the executive leadership over at Twitter has jumped shipped and Dorsey wasted no time finding replacements, naming Leslie Berland as Chief Marketing Officer.
4 The Return of the X-Files
(Source: Wired) Mulder and Scully are back in a Fox 6-part miniseries of the cult-show that made us believers.
5 Microsoft Open Sources Cortana
(Source: Wired) Probably the most surprising news is Microsoft open sourced its digital assistant Cortana.
6 Apple and Samsung being Debbie Downers about tech in 2016
(Source: FastCompany) These two rivals who are usually punching each other in court have actually came to agreement that 2016 is going to bring slower smartphone sales.
7 First pieces of smart clothing tackle body temperature
(Source: Arstechnica) Your socks can now tell you if you’re sweating and help moderate body temperature?
8 Apple Ends free iTunes Radio service
9 Nasa Rover celebrates 12 years on Mars, despite it’s 90-day expected life-span
10 “Internet of Things” security is hilariously broken and getting worse
Our Favorite Reviews for Week 5
2 Beginner’s guide to Pebble Health
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2 HomeBrite Smart LED bulbs
Control a few of your bedroom lights from your phone. No hub necessary.
3 Moov Now
More than a fitness tracking gadget, Moov Now also coaches you to reach your fitness goals.