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Apple’s Biggest WWDC Announcements in Two Minutes or Less

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.
Source: Wired

Apple’s new 6K display costs $5,000 and can maintain 1,000 nits of brightness

Apple just unveiled its studio-grade Pro Display XDR monitor for creative professionals. Starting at $5,000, you’re getting a 6K resolution screen with excellent contrast, calibrated HDR support, and a bright and vivid panel.
Source: Digital trends

Apple Kills iTunes. Let's Pay Our Respects

Yes, iTunes was bloated and terrible. But it still deserves a proper sendoff.
Source: Wired

Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Aren't Married

Though the internet does like to ask if they’re a couple often.
Source: Wired

Antitrust Scrutiny of Google and Amazon Should Worry Silicon Valley

Reports say the federal government is considering antitrust probes of Google and Amazon. Big Tech could be a bogeyman for both sides in the 2020 election.
Source: Wired

Baidu Censors the Internet in China—So Do Microsoft and Apple

The 30th anniversary of the end of the Tiananmen uprising highlights how Chinese, and Western, companies filter what Chinese internet users can see.
Source: Wired

What a Bay Area Dispute Says About the Future of Bike Share

Lyft’s Motivate has exclusive bike-share contracts with several cities. San Francisco officials are debating what “exclusive” means.
Source: Wired

Oppo and Xiaomi tease under-screen selfie cameras for smartphones

The next innovation in mobile is peeking its head for all to see today after Chinese companies Oppo and Xiaomi both showed off under-screen cameras.

Apple’s notch set the ball rolling as a new way to pack a front-facing camera without compromising on the screen size, but it is already feeling date. The industry has since given us smartphone cameras that pop out, flip up and slide out, while the hole-punch condenses the notch further still, but the next stage is going under the screen for full invisibility.

The benefits are obvious. There’s no compromise on the front screen, which is now 100 percent screen, and removing moving parts means no concern for potential damage — but can it be done well enough?

Oppo VP Brian Shen teased his company’s early effort on Weibo. The video, which was later shared by Oppo’s Twitter account, doesn’t have a lot of detail but it does show a hidden camera that takes a photo of the ceiling.

We don’t get a chance to delve into the quality of the image and it isn’t clear what device it was taken on, but already Shen claims the technology is showing promise.

“At this stage, it’s difficult for under-display cameras to match the same results as normal cameras, there’s bound to be some loss in optical quality. But, no new technology jumps to perfection right away,” he said, according to Engadget.

You’d imagine that a number of Chinese smartphone makers are hard at work bringing this design to reality. Proof of that comes from Xiaomi’s very hasty response, which saw the company posts its own under-screen camera teaser right after Oppo’s.

This one comes courtesy of Xiaomi co-founder Bin Lin, and it also originated on Weibo before it made its way to Twitter.

The Xiaoki video appears to show a prototype Mi 9 with the hidden camera compared with a regular model. As with the Oppo tease, we don’t know when this technology will reach consumers but these tactical leaks certainly show that the wheels are in motion.


Source: TechCrunch

Elon Musk reveals Cuphead is coming to Tesla – Roadshow

The “sadistically difficult” cartoony shooter will be playable in the Model 3, Model S, and Model X while parked, Musk said.
Source: CNET

Amazon sellers to hit UK high streets in year-long pop-up pilot

Internet shopping has been blamed for boarding up high streets across the UK. So it looks politically judicious for Amazon, the original ecommerce behemoth, to now be attaching its brand name to a pilot project aimed at sparking a little commercial life in denuded UK towns and cities by parachuting online SMEs into pop-up shops around the country.

The year-long Amazon pop-up pilot program — which is couched as an exploration of “a new model to help up-and-coming online brands grow their high street presence” — will see more than 100 small online businesses selling on the UK high street for the first time via time-slots in ten pop-up shops which will each be open for between six and eight weeks.

The first pop-up opens today on St Mary’s Gate in central Manchester. Others will appear in high streets in Wales, which will get the second pop up in Cardiff; Scotland, the Midlands, Yorkshire and across the South East over the course of the pilot — before winking out of existence again.

We understand the project is being funded by Amazon and its partner organization for the program: Enterprise Nation — a local small business support network. Direct Line for Business and Square are also listed as partners for the pilot.

It is not clear how much they are spending to sustain the ten pop-ups for up to two months apiece.

Last year the UK government called for proposals for reinvigorating high streets, announcing a £675M Future High Streets Fund to help modernise high streets.

And while the pop-up pilot is not receiving any of this public funding, Amazon’s PR states that they have commissioned an external research consultant to produce “a detailed analysis of the impact of the pilot” — saying they plan to submit the findings to the government following its call for new ideas to inform the Future High Streets strategy.

“The Clicks and Mortar pop-up shops will provide customers with the opportunity to discover and buy directly from over 100 small businesses – everything from homeware and health and beauty products to food and drink and electronics,” Amazon writes. “The up-and-coming brands have all built successful online businesses and now want to explore physical retail for the first time.”

Among the online brands that will have their wares showcased on UK high streets via the pilot are a foldable kick-scooter brand for adults (Swifty Scooters); a maker of leather cases for electronics devices (Torro Cases); and a men’s skincare range (Altr for Men).

Participating small businesses will be selling directly to customers, with all payments made straight to them — Amazon confirmed it is not taking any sales commission for the pop-up shops.

Last year the UK chancellor announced a digital services tax that will be applied to tech giants operating search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces from April 2020 — after floating the idea of a platform tax to help level the playing field with traditional retailers and support high street regeneration.

The digital services tax will put a levy of 2% on revenues of tech giants that can be attributed to UK users.

Amazon’s UK corporation paid just £4.5M in tax in 2017, with revenues from its UK retail sales reported through a separate company in Luxembourg — meaning rising growth in online shopping on Amazon.co.uk has not translated into increased tax contributions to the UK.

This has meant a double whammy for the public purse because Internet shopping competitively squeezes high street businesses that do pay into public coffers. To the point of no return in the case of many traditional bricks and mortar sellers. Hence boarded up high streets are a visual reminder of the wider societal costs of Internet-enabled profit shifting. (Albeit, it’s harder to visualize the impact of shrinking public funds on vital areas such as education.)

Also today, Amazon has announced a £1M SME Apprenticeship Fund — which it is fully funding.

It says this will help create more than 150 full-time apprenticeships in roles including digital marketing, business administration and customer service practitioner at small online businesses.

The fund is open to apprentice applications from any brand-owning SME registered in England that currently sells on Amazon and has a turnover of less than £1M. Each apprenticeship will last between 15-18 months, with apprentices receiving a mix of in-work, online and classroom training.

“Amazon will also provide specialist training on how to build a successful e-commerce business, how participating SMEs can market and advertise their products to customers and how to sell their products to a global customer base,” it writes.

It also says it will be providing free digital training at Amazon Academy events held across the UK to offer additional support to small businesses to sell online — with a special focus on boosting export sales.


Source: TechCrunch

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