Daily Tech Headlines – January 25, 2018

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Daily Tech Headlines – January 25, 2018
Number 424
Broadcast Date JANUARY 25, 2018
Episode Length 3:23
Hosts Tom Merritt

Miitomo closing down, Apple changing iBooks and Samsung sets a date for the 9.


Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports his sources say Apple is working on a redesign of its iBooks application for iOS after hiring an executive from Amazon. The new app will supposedly have a simpler design and the book store section would resemble the iOS app store. The app will also supposedly be called Books instead of iBooks.
Nintendo announced it will close its Miitomo social app May 9. The app was launched in March 2016 and lets friends learn about each other through questions and answers.
LG reported a profit of 2.47 trillion won for the year, its most annually since 2009. Operating income for its home entertainment division rose 134 percent. LG's Mobile division lost 213.2 billion won in Q4 which was a smaller loss than Q3.
Chrome 64 launched Wednesday. The pop-up blocker now prevents abusive experiences like transparent overlays or website's disguised as media controls like a play button. It also includes an option to mute audio on websites.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Wednesday preventing the state from contracting with ISPs that do not follow net neutrality principles. ISPs would lose state contracts if they "block, throttle, or prioritize Internet content or applications or require that end users pay different or higher rates to access specific types of content or applications."
Reddit has launched two-factor authentication for all users. The second-factor can be accessed from Google Authenticator or Authy.
Bloomberg's sources report Twitter is working on a snapchat-style tool for posting videos. A working demo of a camera-centered app has been made but design and launch timing have not been settled. Also in a blog post Wednesday Twitter described its use of neural networks to show the most interesting parts of a photo in its image previews.
This year’s Google I/O developer conference is set for May 8th - 10th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
Samsung sent invitations for an announcement on 12 Eastern February 25th the day before Mobile World Congress begins. The invite reads, "The Camera. Reimagined." with the number 9, presumably a camera-focused Samsung Galaxy S 9.
Research firms Canalys and Counterpoint both estimate Xiaomi took over the top spot in smartphone sales in India, bumping Samsung to number two. Xiaomi and Samsung both make up around 25% of the market followed by Lenovo, Vivo and Oppo.
Alphabet is spinning a cybersecurity company out of its X research and development group. The new company called Chronicle will offer a security intelligence and analytics platform for enterprises, and VirusTotal, an online malware and virus scanner.


Preceded by:
"Daily Tech Headlines – January 24, 2018"
Daily Tech Headlines – January 25, 2018
Followed by:
"Daily Tech Headlines – January 26, 2018"