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Remember the old days? When the App Store was new, and Ouya still seemed like it had a chance? Go ahead and reminisce for a bit before jumping into the present, where anyone in North America can put $2,500 down and order one of Elon Musk’s Model 3s.
Ten years ago (plus a day), Apple officially launched the iOS App Store and — for better or worse — it changed the world. The iPhone debuted about a year prior with only a handful of apps, but that was just the start. Then came the developers, and nothing was the same.
Tesla has opened its ordering system for the starter EV to everyone in North America, letting anyone walk through the process whether they’re ready to buy or just curious. Reservation holders are still first in line, so anyone looking for the $35,000 edition will have to keep waiting, since the lowest-priced configuration currently available starts at $49,000.
Six years ago yesterday, we stood on the precipice of an exciting gaming development. The Ouya console smashed through its $950,000 Kickstarter funding goal in under 12 hours. At the time, it was the biggest first day for a project in the crowdfunding site’s history. However, the console failed to make much of an impact once it actually got here. Let us tell the tale.
Google is rolling out an update that gives US users a new, simple interface for changing Assistant’s voice. It’s very colorful, to put it mildly: You just tap on a color associated with a given voice (Google told us it chose them at random) and listen to be sure they’re the dulcet tones you want to hear.
Several months after the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, it seems like the social network will finally have to pay up. The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fined Zuckerberg and Co. a preliminary amount of $664,000 (or 500,000 pounds) for lacking proper privacy protections and allowing the scandal to take place despite significant warning signs. The amount is the maximum allowed by law.
The ICO essentially puts blame for the scandal in Facebook’s hands, saying that the company allowed researcher Aleksandr Kogan to collect data about Facebook users via an app, and when discovered, did not inform its users in a sufficient manner.
Transport Security Administration (TSA) officials have intercepted a traveler at Miami International Airport who planned to illegally smuggle a snake en route to Barbados.
Google finally announced that the company is combining its Pay and Pay Send apps. Also, users can manage payment info on the web now.
Waze is widening a partnership with Esri to provide its live alerts for free to American cities and municipalities that are part of its Connected Citizens Program. For example, if many drivers report crashes at an intersection, that could lead to better signs or a change in the roads themselves.
But wait, there’s more…
- Former Google AI chief will lead Apple’s new machine-learning team
- Netflix makes it easier to manage downloaded shows on Android
- Elon Musk’s mini-sub was ‘not practical’ for Thailand cave rescue
- HBO’s new owner needs to learn that ‘more’ doesn’t mean ‘better’
- HTC’s blockchain ‘Exodus’ phone launches this fall
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