Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.
1. Apple reportedly scaled back its car project as the company was unsure what exactly an “Apple Car” should be. The team is now reportedly working to test its self-driving technology on existing vehicles.
2. Popular weather app AccuWeather reportedly sent its users’ location data to a monetisation firm. The app seemingly continued to gather information even when permission to access a user’s location was denied.
3. Popular Chinese drone maker DJI will soon roll out a mandatory update to maximise flight safety of its Spark drone. The company announced that users unwilling to update the device will have their Spark grounded.
4. Google is reportedly working on a pair of Bluetooth headphones. The headphones, codenamed “Bisto,” should come integrated with the company’s digital helper, Google Assistant, which would be triggered with a dedicated physical button.
5. Uber is adding a series of new features that will help drivers better work on their own terms. Drivers will be able to set an arrival time to better calculate how much time they have to drive people around before heading off elsewhere.
6. Microsoft is discontinuing GigJam, a work-sharing app it first announced two years ago. The app never became officially, fully available, but the company is shutting down the preview version it released.
7. Facebook is losing teenagers to both Instagram and Snapchat. A study by eMarketer showed how, with people aged between 12 and 17, Facebook is experiencing an accelerated decline in user growth, whereas both Instagram and Snapchat are growing their userbase at an increasingly faster pace.
8. Nintendo’s mini SNES sold out its pre-orders on both Amazon and Best Buy within minutes. The company’s new edition of the classic Super Nintendo, coming out September 29, will cost just $US80 (£62), and also be available from GameStop, Toys R’ Us, and Walmart.
9. A promotional video from Intel seemingly showed what seems to be a Surface Book in black. Microsoft doesn’t offer the device in any colour other than silver, so the one seen in the video could either be just a render, or a peek at a refreshed model, expected to be unveiled later this year.
10. The solar eclipse caused a 10% drop in Netflix viewing. The company announced the news itself on Twitter, where it said: “Really, there was a 10% drop in plays during the eclipse today. Well played, Moon.”
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