It appears that, just like a teenager, Alexa has hosted her first house party, without the owner’s consent. Whether by accident, exploit or design, with more ‘smart’ devices being connected to the internet, events like this will become a more common occurrence going forwards, and as consumers we are faced with serious questions about support from OEMs.
Since most devices connect via Wi-Fi, it’s important to have coverage in the right places. This week a study has proved a liberal application of tin foil can do wonders (something my wife laughed about, when I tried it). Still at least we can now dispense with a security camera, since the Wi-Fi can do that job too. The best thing it can do though, is make significant revenue, when deployed at altitude. In other tracking news, it’s now official, the way you type is identifiable.
Away from tin foil hats, it seems that wearables are not in fashion, as Snapchat wrote off $40M in Glasses.
Following it’s $26Bn acquisition of Linked In last year, Microsoft has now integrated the Platform with Word, via the new Resume Assistant and a sign that finally there is some synergy between the two companies.
The website Musical.ly sold this week, after only three years in existence, for a mere $800M. Most notable for being a Chinese based social app, which achieved significant success in the U.S.
A word of warning for those who want tech for Christmas (in the week that all the major TV ads have now been released); Amazon are warning of late delivery on their Echo Spot alarm clock. For those wanting an iPhone X, here’s how it was made.
Spotify launches multi-million dollar collaboration to allow fans to shop beauty looks of their favorite pop stars through the music app. Oh, and more music listeners are listening to more artists on more devices; it can be hard to get heard in the music industry.