Tech News Roundup: April 21
Philip Ellison 21 April, 2017 at 05:04
In an attempt to add momentum to the development of autonomous vehicles, Baidu is opening up its platform to the motor industry. This will start with Baidu sharing its technology for restricted environments first, with plans to roll out its full stack by 2020.
At this week’s F8 developer conference, it was announced that Facebook is building its future plans around augmented reality, with AR glasses in the works. One speaker even went so far as to speculate that in 20 or 30 years, the ubiquitous smartphone will have been completely replaced by a stylish pair of AR specs.
Ecommerce behemoth Amazon has been granted a patent which it believes will lead to greater efficiency in the apparel manufacturing process. While the company has yet to reveal specific plans, this technology could enable Amazon to respond rapidly to new trends and quell “fast fashion” competitor brands.
Verily, owned by Google parent company Alphabet, is launching a massive medical study. “Project Baseline” will collect blood samples, environmental and genetic data, and a series of medical images in an effort to expand our understanding of human health.
The popular mobile and desktop web browser will reportedly be updated in the coming weeks to include ad-blockers. With the majority of Google’s revenue coming from online advertising, it seems fair to say that these blockers will focus on ads that actively interrupt or aggravate the user experience.
It’s official; despite being in existence for less than a year, Instagram Stories have surpassed Snapchat with around 200 million daily users. It was probably inevitable, considering the Instagram platform had a 600 million user base to begin with. The popularity of Stories only looks set to grow, with the introduction of more visually playful features.