“To break up a company, to break up private property would be very far reaching and you would need to have a very strong case that it would produce better results for consumers in the marketplace than what you could do with more mainstream tools,” she warned this weekend, speaking in a SXSW interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher.Businesses that are built and invested in and become successful because of their innovation.”Vestager has built a reputation for being feared by tech giants, thanks to a number of major (and often expensive) interventions since she took up the Commission antitrust brief in 2014, with still one big outstanding investigation hanging over Google.“What we do now, we do the antitrust cases, misuse of dominant position, the tying of products, the self-promotion, the demotion of others, to see if that approach will correct and change the marketplace to make it a fair place where there’s no misuse of dominant position but where smaller competitors can have a fair go.Because they may be the next big one, the next one with the greatest idea for consumers.”She also pointed to an agreement last month, between key European political institutions on regulating online platform transparency, as an example of the kind of fairness-focused intervention she believes can work to counter market imbalance.
Then check out the Speeder, a new jet-powered motorcycle from Jetpack Aviation (JPA).This sci-fi-inspired vehicle no comic book dream.The Speeder is designed and built by the same company that created the JB-10 jetpack and recently launched the world’s first jetpack racing league.JPA is currently taking pre-orders on the self-stabilizing, jet-powered bike.The company has expertise in jet turbines and a decade of experience developing jetpack technology.The flying bike uses four turbojet engines that can be powered by kerosene, JetA fuel or diesel.
An angel and a demon team up to stop a reluctant Antichrist from ending the world in the latest trailer for Good Omens, Amazon Prime's hotly anticipated adaptation of the 1990 novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.It's glorious good fun and is bound to stoke enthusiasm among fans for the show's debut in late May.(Mild spoilers for the book below.)Good Omens tells the story of angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and demon Crowley (David Tennant) who gradually become friends over the millennia and team up to avert Armageddon.They've come to be rather fond of the Earth and all its humans, you see—not to mention the perks that come with it, like sleek electronics and quaint little restaurants where they know you.The supernatural pair doesn't really want the Antichrist to bring an end to all of that.
Very often on the internet, you see videos where you want to laugh, but know you shouldn’t.Or you suddenly do laugh, and then feel immediately guilty afterward.I saw a video a few days ago (tweeted by @unclehxlmes) of a guy throwing cheese on a baby’s head along with “just cheesed my lil brother.” But it turns out the video was originally posted on one Charles Amara’s Facebook, where @unclehxlmes found it.Eight million views later, @unclehxlmes admitted his fraud in a tweet, apologized to the family, and took down his tweet.just to let you all know, that cheese tweet isnt my lil brother and ive deleted it didnt expect it to get THAT viral lmaoooo— yungholmes VE (@unclehxlmes) March 1, 2019
Whole Foods may not be enough to sate Amazon’s appetite, with the online retailer reportedly planning to open a new chain of grocery stores in the US.Amazon acquired Whole Foods in mid-2017, and promptly set about integrating services like Amazon Prime into the grocery company.That has included features like exclusive deals only for Amazon Prime subscribers, as well as much-publicized cuts in the pricing of Whole Foods staples.At the same time, Amazon has trialed its cashier-free Amazon Go stores, which use a camera-based shopper tracking system to monitor what customers put into their basket and then automatically charge those items to their Amazon account.Now, though, the retailer is believed to be weighing another chain.Amazon is believed to be in talks with, or have already signed leases with, a number of shopping centers across the US, the WSJ reports, including in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
In the company's S-1 filing on Friday, Lyft co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer wrote that the "Y" in Lyft actually stands for "why.""The why in what Lyft is doing is most important to us, as well as the cities and communities we serve, and it will always be our company's North Star," the co-founders wrote.The company's mission, they wrote, is to "improve people's lives with the world's best transportation."Lyft has long tried to differentiate itself from its much larger competitor, Uber, by offering a more "down-to-Earth" and ridesharing app with a friendlier face.In the company's S-1 filing on Friday, co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer wrote that the "Y" in Lyft actually stands for "why."And according to the co-founders, "The why in what Lyft is doing is most important to us, as well as the cities and communities we serve, and it will always be our company's North Star."
Why spend money and resources on creating a new design for a 5G phone when you can just use a pre-existing one?That’s what Huawei asked itself and answered this past weekend with the 5G version of the existing Huawei Mate 20 X, reported by TechCrunch.Huawei CEO Richard Yu announced the 5G variant of the Mate 20 X near the end of the company’s MWC 2019 press conference.We reached out to Huawei for confirmation, with the company only re-iterating Yu’s comments on stage and saying little else.The announcement takes place at the 1:43:48 mark in the video below.That said, it’s likely that the updated Mate 20 X includes Huawei’s Balong 5000.
High-definition mapping is but one part of the very large equation being worked through as the auto industry prepares for autonomy.But creating those kinds of maps for every road in the world, as one might expect, takes a lot of work.Thankfully, Toyota and Carmera think they have a solution.Toyota Research Institute and Carmera, a company focused on HD mapping, announced on Thursday that the two are developing a proof of concept of TRI's Automated Mapping Platform, which takes data from participating cars and turns that into HD maps that could be used to help autonomous vehicles navigate.As it turns out, TRI and Carmera have a novel solution to making mapping easier -- you and me.Most modern safety systems in vehicles contain at least one forward-facing camera, and the two companies believe these cameras can provide the data necessary to help create HD maps, instead of developing and building sophisticated mapping vehicles that are somehow expected to traverse and map the entire globe.
As part of Black History Month, Adweek is celebrating some of the most important figures of color in the media and marketing industries.For this story, we spoke to several African-American TV news personalities, each of whom had important stories to tell about working in overwhelmingly white TV newsrooms.Here are excerpts from our interviews with CNN Tonight anchor Don Lemon, ABC News’ Nightline co-anchor Byron Pitts, Fox News Channel Outnumbered Overtime anchor Harris Faulkner, PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, MSNBC correspondent Trymaine Lee, CBS News’ CBS This Morning: Saturday co-anchor Michelle Miller and NBC News correspondent Morgan Radford.They all told us that while there has indeed been progress in how the African-American experience is leveraged in newsrooms, there is still much work to be done.Bryon Pitts: Sometimes I’ve been on the wrong side of low expectations.People call it “the talking dog phenomenon.” I had a vice president tell me once years ago that one of the things they liked most about me was that I was so articulate.
The whizz-kids at Daimler Research Group have done something that’s equal parts silly and ingenious: they’ve adapted a version of Mario Kart to work on the MBUX infotainment system of a Mercedes-Benz CLA.It plays the game on the screen to the right of the driver, who can control it with the car’s steering wheel and pedals.The interior lighting system activates in sync with the starting signals in the game, the seatbelt tightens anytime you crash in the game, and the air conditioning blows cool air at you with an intensity matched to your speed in the game.The game’s frame rate isn’t perfect, and by the time I got to Daimler’s MWC booth, the seatbelt integration wasn’t working, but what I saw felt so obviously great that I question why it’s not been done before.Let me throw one more caveat in there: maybe I was also reacting to the luxurious feel of the Mercedes-Benz I’d just sat in for the first time.But whatever, I’m now walking around the MWC show floor with a stupid grin on my face.
As noticed by Android Police, Google has begun widely rolling out the web version of its Google Duo video chat service.Duo is already available on Android, iOS, and Chromebooks, but expanded support for the web will make it easier for users of the service to chat with friends and family members on many different devices.To get started with Duo on the web, just head to https://duo.google.com.If you’ve already got a Duo account and are signed in, you’ll see a search box with a list of your Duo-using contacts beneath it.Duo’s web client worked in Chrome (no surprise there), Safari, and Firefox in my tests — but Microsoft’s Edge browser on Windows isn’t supported.You can place both video and voice calls with it — but the person on the other end must be registered with Duo to receive a call.
HTC has announced that consumers will soon be able to purchase its blockchain-based smartphone Exodus 1 in U.S. dollars and other non-crypto “Fiat” currencies around the world.Starting some time in March, anyone will be able to buy the Exodus 1 for $699 or their local currency equivalent.By way of a quick recap, Project Exodus is HTC’s attempt to create a smartphone that is built for the decentralized web — it hopes that by embracing the blockchain, it can appeal to the security-conscious through offering better data protection and safer mobile transactions.The Taiwanese tech company announced the early-access version of its blockchain phone back in October, however the big catch was that you could only buy it with Bitcoin or Ethereum, costing at the time 0.15 BTC or 4.78 ETH respectively (roughly the equivalent of $960 back then).The device didn’t actually start shipping until mid-January, however.HTC later expanded to accept Litecoin too, and alongside today’s news the company revealed it will also soon accept Binanace Coin (BNB).
Consumer-focused private-equity firm L Catterton has invested in some of the biggest names in fitness, including Peloton, ClassPass, and Equinox.You're at home, on your Peloton bike, and logged into a live class that's taking place miles away in a studio in New York when the instructor calls out your name with some words of encouragement based on what he or she sees on the leaderboard.For a moment, you might feel like you're in the room, but that's about as personal as the home fitness experience gets.Read more: A leading investor in Peloton and Equinox reveals how his firm predicts the big trends in home fitness — and what he thinks will be nextFarello pointed to startup Tonal as a good example of this kind of innovation.The company has created a digital weight machine that uses artificial-intelligence technology to coach users through a session and make recommendations and adjustments to their workout.
We are already living through a new sexual revolution, thanks to technologies that have transformed the way we relate to each other in our intimate relationships.But we believe a second wave of sexual technologies is now starting to appear, and these are transforming how some people view their very sexual identity.The first, broader sense is to describe the use of advanced technologies in sex and relationships.We text each other, we use Snapchat and Skype, and we go on social apps like Tinder and Bumble to meet new people.Not surprisingly, in our research we can already see people displaying different attachment styles in their use of technology.There is a second, narrower sense, in which we use the term digisexuals for people whose sexual identity is shaped by what we call second-wave sexual technologies.
Apple is on the cusp of launching a major new product: A TV viewing experience that is dizzying in scope, and unlike anything on the market.It will be a competitor to — and in some cases a partner of — existing streaming services.While no one can say for sure what Apple will or won’t launch, the following is a description of what we believe is Apple’s long-term strategy when it comes to TV.It’s based largely on the contents of a 113-page patent issued to Apple under the title “TV Side Bar User Interface” that was published on February 5, 2019.Nonetheless, the level of detail in that patent is remarkable, and much of it feels logical, if not wholly practical.Were it to launch a me-too service, with a mix of licensed and original content, it might take a small bite out of the other companies’ profits, but it would face an uphill battle.
Adweek hosted its inaugural Brandweek: Challenger Brands summit in early February featuring some of the fastest rising brand marketers.Keynotes included Bethenny Frankel explaining how she built her Skinnygirl empire, Hulu CMO Kelly Campbell detailing the results of the brand’s “Better Ruins Everything” campaign, Papa & Barkley CMO Kimberly Dillon revealing how its first six-figure lead came via Instagram and so much more.Brandweek returns Nov. 3-6 in Palm Springs, Calif with an unbeatable lineup of speakers.
Google is partnering with government departments and pharmacies to help tackle the U.S. opioid crisis by showing drug disposal locations directly inside Google Maps.The initiative is an extension of a project Google announced last April to mark National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, when it created a locator tool to help people find places to get rid of their leftover prescription medications.The National Take Back program occurs twice a year, while the ongoing opioid epidemic is obviously a year-round problem, which is why Google is expanding the program to make it a permanent feature inside Google Maps.The opioid crisis, a term that refers to an increase in the use of opioid drugs across North America over the past couple of decades, was declared a public health emergency in 2017 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).Between 1999 and 2017, more than 700,000 people died from a drug overdose in the U.S., more than half of which resulted from prescription and non-prescription opioids.For extra context, deaths from opioids increased sixfold during that 18-year period, with 130 Americans now dying each day from an opioid overdose.
With seemingly every actor in Hollywood lining up to be in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, it makes sense Warner Bros. would finally line up a release date.Dune will be in cinemas November 20, 2020 in both IMAX and 3D.It’s currently the only other film scheduled for release that weekend.The cast, as we mentioned, is impressive and growing, but it’s headlined by Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides, the young leader of a family fighting to take back control of the planet Arrakis and its valuable spice trade.The film is based on a classic 1965 Frank Herbert novel which David Lynch turned into a cult favourite 1984 film.Read about just some of the insane casting in the linked articles.
Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, has created a breakthrough new form of graphitic material that's conductive, easy to apply and offers greater control over performance than graphene.GraphON can also be manufactured cheaper and easier, with more flexibility and less hazardous waste than comparable products.CSIRO's Dr John Tsanaktsidis said "GraphON has the potential to offer industries like aerospace and defence an innovative new way to conduct heat or electricity through a surface coating or composite structure."A patented CSIRO technology, GraphON is produced by taking the well-known, mass produced polymer polyaniline dinonylnaphthalenesulfonic acid, PANI.DNNSA, and heating it to temperatures as low as 650 C.As CSIRO's form of this polyaniline is able to be dissolved in common organic solvents it can easily blended with other polymers and paints.In addition by coating PANI.DNNSA directly onto an object, then heating it, you're left with a conductive graphitic coating, GraphON, without the need for additional processing steps.