Weekly Tech Roundup: October 20
Staff Writeron 20 October, 2017 at 10:10
A new video of one of Apple’s “Project Titan” autonomous vehicles has been posted to Twitter. The car is fitted with third party sensors, radar units and cameras, and is affectionately referred to as “The Thing” by Voyage co-founder MacCallister Higgins, who capturd and uploaded the video.
Nielsen has finally decided that Netflix counts as TV. The organisation is launching a new service, Nielsen Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) Content Ratings, which will measure streaming services in a similar way to broadcast television. In addition to the number of people streaming a show, the service will also track other factors such as viewer age.
In just one month, Gabriel Wyner’s language-learning app Fluent Forever has become the most funded app ever on Kickstarter. The campaign launched on September 19th, and has since garnered over 3,600 backers and more than $495,000 in funding, smashing its target of $250,000.
Casey Neistat, one of YouTube’s most influential vloggers, has publicly stated his concern that YouTube is demonetising videos by popular creators without adequately explaining why. The level of unrest among the platform’s creative community poses an “existential threat to YouTube’s entire business,” says Neistat.
TBH, the anonymous app teens are using to answer questions about themselves and their friends, has been bought by Facebook. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we can expect TBH to be the “next big thing”; it’s just as likely that Facebook purchased the company (which has just five employees) as a test, with the potential for some of its features to be brought into the main Facebook app.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is apparently near a deal to add Lord & Taylor to its website, part of a broader effort by the retail giant to build an online shopping destination that can compete with Amazon.com Inc.