Google to buy Fitbit in $2.1 billion deal

November 2, 2019

New York (CNN)Google announced plans on Friday to acquire Fitbit, the world’s leading maker of wearable fitness activity trackers. The wearable fitness tracker company also said it never sells personal information and that its health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads. The acquisition deal is expected to be finalized in 2020. Earlier this year, Fitbit (FIT) lowered the price on some of its devices and launched…

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Jeff Bezos says Amazon is developing facial recognition regulations

September 29, 2019

(CNN)Amazon is crafting a set of proposed regulations to govern the use of facial recognition technology, company CEO Jeff Bezos said on Wednesday. Calls to regulate facial recognition have grown as privacy and civil liberties advocates have raised alarm bells over how the technology could be abused. Last year, Microsoft said unregulated facial recognition could harm society by leading to mass surveillance or by reinforcing discrimination and bias. Those concerns…

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The Apple Watch’s secret weapon is its new price

September 13, 2019

Cupertino, California (CNN Business)Almost exactly five years ago, Apple unveiled its smartwatch. It was the company’s first new hardware product after Steve Jobs’ death. People were quick to call it a flop. Smartwatches typically start in the $300 or higher range, with the exception of Fitbit ($169), the second most popular wearable brand behind Apple. “Apple does loosely base its pricing on the cost of producing a device, but it…

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An iPhone 11 Pro? What to expect at Apple’s big event

September 8, 2019

New York (CNN Business)Apple (AAPL) will likely unveil new iPhones during a closely watched media event on Tuesday but don’t expect anything foldable, 5G capable or radically different from the year before. The decline came as the company grappled with consumers waiting longer to upgrade their smartphones and a trade war denting demand in China, once one of Apple’s most promising markets. If the rumors ahead of this year’s event…

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Virtual assistants, VR headsets and app stores. How tech is changing cars

June 15, 2019

Shanghai (CNN Business)It was all about autos at one of China’s top tech conferences this week. Mobvoi, a Beijing-based AI startup that produces wearables and vehicle tech, is one of them. The billion-dollar company, which is backed by big namessuch as Volkswagen (VLKAF) and Google (GOOG), has high hopes for its line of Ticwatches, said Yili Lin, vice president of sales and marketing. “In China nowadays, you don’t usually use…

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This smart collar is like a ‘Fitbit’ for your dog

April 22, 2019

The Fitbit Inspire HR can do a lot for a relatively low price.Image: Zlata Ivleva / Mashable Fitbit Inspire HR $99.95 The Good Impressive feature lineup for the price • Easy setup • comfortable to wear • Mobile app integration works seamlessly ⚡ Mashable Score 3.5 📘Learning Curve 2.5 💵 Bang for the Buck 4.5

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Is Apple about to drop AirPower? Here’s the evidence.

March 24, 2019

AirPower was announced in 2017 but still hasn't launched.Image: AFP/Getty Images Apple made some unusual plays this week. Ahead of Monday’s “it’s show time” event, where the iPhone maker is expected to announce subscription-based video and news services, it hastily unveiled a new iPad mini and iPad Air, iMacs with faster performance, and updated AirPods. Not a bad way to start spring! But there’s an elephant in the room: Where…

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With Tech on the Defensive, SXSW Takes an Introspective Turn

March 16, 2019

The first five days or so of SXSW in Austin are always heavily weighted toward the interactive portion of the conference. The city’s downtown streets swell with lanyard-laden “entrepreneurs” and “founders” wearing that familiar uniform of T-shirts screen-printed with their company’s clever logo, an outfit made professional by throwing a blazer over the ensemble. They bounce from panel to panel and branded “house” to branded “house” (this year, on scooters,…

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7 takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard discussion about Facebook

February 22, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg's got some high-tech plans for Facebook's future.Image: chesnot/Getty Images Mark Zuckerberg has a lot on his mind, and he’s ready to go off-script… sort of. The Facebook CEO returned to his alma mater Wednesday to discuss Facebook and the numerous issues facing the platform. Zuckerberg joined the head of Harvard Law’s Berkman Klein Center for internet and society, Jonathan Zittrain, for the chat.  The talk was the first…

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