10 things in tech you need to know today

Wilhelm RovioRovioWilhelm Taht, Executive Vice President of Games at Rovio.

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Friday.

1. IKEA has acquired TaskRabbit, a startup that lets users hire temporary workers to deliver purchases, clean homes, and assemble furniture. IKEA said that once the acquisition is complete, the home-goods store will offer TaskRabbit’s services as its own to better compete with Amazon.

2. Google is reportedly working on an Amazon Echo Show competitor. The Google Assistant-equipped device, codenamed “Manhattan,” would offer a screen and launch either by the end of the year or some time in early 2018.

3. GoPro has announced its new pocketable camera, the Hero6. It can record 4K video at 60 frames-per-second (fps), 2.7K resolution at 120fps, or 1080p at 240fps, and is already available for $US499 (£372).

4. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai urged Apple to turn on the FM radio on its iPhones to help after natural disasters. The company, however, said that the iPhone isn’t designed with a FM radio built in, and that it instead uses other solutions to respond to emergencies.

5. Roku shares finished trading up nearly 70% from its IPO price. There was a massive, 67.86% jump from the initial share price of $US13 (£9.70), which now sets the company’s value at around $US2.2 billion (£1.65 billion).

6. Amazon announced that Alexa-enabled devices will soon get “Routines.” Routines are essentially multiple commands built into one voice action, like turning off the lights, locking the door, and turning off the television with a single “Alexa, good night.”

7. Google is changing the rules about linking to external sites on YouTube. Content creators will now need to be official YouTube Partners if they want to link out to external pages (like Patreon) in their videos.

8. “Angry Birds” creator Rovio has set the price of its shares at €11.50 (£10) in its IPO. This values the company at $US1 billion (£740 million), and trading will begin on Friday on Nasdaq Helsinki.

9. Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick apparently angered Transport for London (TfL) long before the company lost its licence. Back in 2014, Kalanick visited the UK capital to announce the new UberPOOL sharing tool, but didn’t notify TfL of the news.

10. Ride-hailing service Lyft is reportedly getting closer to filing for its IPO. The decision would come as a timely move as Uber, its biggest competitor, is still recovering from a range of scandals.

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