Google’s Fly on the Wall

Little Brother is Listening

A tech reviewer who owned an early release of Google Home Mini discovered his device was recording audio 24/7 and sending the recordings to Google. These smart speakers are only supposed to listen when you say a wake word like “Ok Google” or when  tapping a button on the top of the device. This particular device had a faulty button and kept reactivating itself even when not pressed. Google sent an employee to the tech reviewer’s home to personally pull the plug on the device and has issued a software patch to fix the issue. (Source: TechCrunch)

 

Apple’s Amazing Anthology

Apple is reviving Steven Spielberg’s anthology series, “Amazing Stories” as it expands into the world of original content and tries to compete with Netflix. The original “Amazing Stories,” which ran from 1985 to 1987, told scary, magical or horrific adventures (think modern day Twilight Zone), and won five Emmys. Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment production company will produce 10 episodes with a budget of $5 million per episode. This is Apple’s first big move in its plan to invest $1 billion in original content in the coming year. (Source: The Verge)

 

Ikea’s Digital Furniture Wonderland

Ikea is starting a pilot program sometime in 2018 to sell its products through third-party online retailers. More than 2.1 billion people visited Ikea’s website in 2016, but this move could help reach even more customers. An Ikea spokesperson said that they have not decided on which marketplaces to partner with yet. However, I have a dream that one day, I can have Ikea furniture and a side of Swedish meatballs delivered right to my door with Amazon Prime. (Source: CNET)

About the Author: Erik Qualman

Often called a Digital Dale Carnegie and The Tony Robbins of Tech, Erik Qualman is a #1 Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker that has spoken in 49 countries.

His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. Qualman is a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT's edX labs.

His latest book What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube is a Pulitzer Prize nominated work.
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