Daily Tech Headlines – March 1, 2018

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Daily Tech Headlines – March 1, 2018
Number 449
Broadcast Date MARCH 1, 2018
Episode Length 2:55
Hosts Tom Merritt

Uber launches Uber Health, Nintendo is not updating Switch hardware, Best Buy shuttering mobile stores.


Uber launched Uber Health to offer a ride-hailing platform to healthcare providers. So clinics, hospitals, rehab centers and the like can assign rides to patients - even if the patient doesn’t have the Uber app, or even a smartphone. It’s not unlike UberCENTRAL, which focuses on business customers who want to provide rides for their clients. Uber Health General Manager Chris Weber says that around 3.6 million Americans miss medical appointments due to lack of transportation.
Android Go launched on six new phones this week...the Nokia 1, Alcatel 1X, ZTE Tempo Go, Lava Z50, Micromax Bharat Go, and General Mobile GM 8 Go. Android Go is a version of Android for inexpensive devices with limited processing power, RAM, storage, and internet connectivity. Android Go’s install size is just over 3GB.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the next phase of the Nintendo Switch will not focus on an updated hardware model, but instead will focus on peripherals that use the Switch’s USB-C port. Specifically, Nintendo will focus on peripherals to keep sales high in its second year, such as the upcoming Nintendo Labo.
Best Buy is closing 250 small mobile phone stores in the U.S. The stores, which were largely in malls, were just over 1% of the company’s overall revenue and 1% of its overall square footage, and will be shuttered May 31st.
Dropbox announced it will partner with Google to bring native G Suite integration to Dropbox storage. The company says 50% of its users already have a G Suite account — which includes Gmail along with Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides.
Twitter said in a statement it’s looking for outside experts to measure the “health” of the company, and is seeking proposals to determine exactly how the company is fostering “healthy debate, conversations, and critical thinking” versus “abuse, spam, and manipulation.” CEO Jack Dorsey said in a series of tweets, “We aren’t proud of how people have taken advantage of our service, or our inability to address it fast enough.”
The European Commission has sent out expansive guidelines aimed at Facebook, Google, and other big tech companies to remove terrorist and other illegal content online. The commission outlined recommendations, including all forms of illegal content, including terrorist media, child sexual abuse, counterfeit products, copyright infringement, and material that incites hatred and violence. The new guidelines also demand that companies remove terrorist content within an hour after it gets referred, stating that such content is most harmful in the first few hours they appear online.


Preceded by:
"Daily Tech Headlines – February 28, 2018"
Daily Tech Headlines – March 1, 2018
Followed by:
"Daily Tech Headlines – March 2, 2018"