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Google is closer than ever to having all the pieces for a wearables comeback, from a Pixel Watch to Glass 2.0. Here's how it could play out. (GOOG, GOOGL)

This week, Google announced it is acquiring North, the Canadian startup behind the Focals smart glasses. You might have missed it: Qualcomm also just announced a new chip that will power the next generation of Google's wearables. The pieces are in place for Google to get serious about wearable hardware – but it still needs to clinch the Fitbit deal. It's not guaranteed to succeed. Antitrust regulators are concerned that the Fitbit merger could harm the market.  Visit Business Insider's homepag...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Trends, Intel, Google Glass, North, Fitbit, Qualcomm, Niantic, Apple Facebook, Business Insider Google, Furthermore Google, Focals, Moor Insights and Strategy, Pixel Watch to Glass


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Facebook has banned hundreds of groups and accounts linked to the far-right boogaloo movement. The social media giant said it removed 220 Facebook accounts, 95 Instagram accounts, 28 pages, and 106 groups linked to the boogaloo network it identified from its platform. The Federal Communications Commission has designated the Chinese telecommunications firms Huawei and ZTE as national security threats. The New York Times report...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Tesla, New York Times, Federal Communications Commission, North, Huawei, Detroit, Sap, Alexa


AR 1.0 is dead: Here’s what it got wrong

The first wave of AR startups offering smart glasses is now over, with a few exceptions. Google acquired North this week for an undisclosed sum. The Canadian company had raised nearly $200 million, but the release of its Focals 2.0 smart glasses has been cancelled, a bittersweet end for its soft landing. Many AR startups before North made huge promises and raised huge amounts of capital before flaring out in a similarly dramatic fashion. The technology was almost there in a lot of cases, but the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Facebook, Wearables, Hardware, Developer, Tech, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, North, App-store, Magic Leap


Google Buys North Smart Glasses and North Then Kills Its Smart Glasses

Last Friday, it was reported that Canadian smart glasses startup North was on the verge of being snapped up by Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Today, it’s official.Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Ar, Augmented Reality, North, Smart Glasses, Alphabet Google, Focals By North


Google acquires smart glasses company North, whose Focals 2.0 won’t ship

Google confirmed today via blog post that it has acquired Canadian smart glasses company North, which began life as human interface hardware startup Thalmic Labs in 2012. The company didn’t reveal any details about the acquisition, which was first reported to be happening by The Globe and Mail, last week. The blog post is authored by Google’s SVP of Devices & Services Rick Osterloh, which cites North’s “strong technology foundation” as a key driver behind the deal. Osterloh also emphasizes Go...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Wearables, Hardware, Tech, Augmented Reality, North, Globe, Gesture Control, Exit, Myo, University of Waterloo, SVP, Kitchener Waterloo


Our focus on helpful devices: Google acquires North

Today we're announcing that Google has acquired North, a pioneer in human computer interfaces and smart glasses. They've built a strong technology foundation, and we're excited to have North join us in our broader efforts to build helpful devices and services.From 10 blue links on a PC, to Maps on your mobile phone, to Google Nest Hub sharing a recipe in the kitchen, Google has always strived to be helpful to people in their daily lives. We’re building towards a future where helpfulness is all a...
Tags: Google, North, Kitchener Waterloo, Rick Osterloh, Company announcements, Google Nest Hub, Kitchener Waterloo Canada


Google confirms it will buy smart glasses maker North, in a move that hints at higher ambition in augmented reality tech (GOOG)

Google is acquiring smart glasses maker North, the companies have confirmed. The price of the deal is unknown, although a previous report claimed Google was buying the company for $180 million "North's technical expertise will help as we continue to invest in our hardware efforts and ambient computing future," said Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Do you work at Google or North? You can contact this reporter securely using encrypted messa...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, North, Globe, Qualcomm, Kitchener Waterloo, Rick Osterloh, Amazon Join, Focals, Kitchener Waterloo Ontario, Osterloh North


Google's possible North acquisition could help revive its AR glasses ambitions

This story was delivered to Insider Intelligence Connectivity & Tech Briefing subscribers earlier this morning. Insider Intelligence publishes hundreds of insights, charts, and forecasts on the Connectivity & Tech industry with the Connectivity & Tech Briefing. You can learn more about subscribing here. Alphabet is reportedly in the final stages of acquiring AR smart glasses maker North in a deal worth around $180 million, according to Business Insider. North had been working toward launching...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Google Glass, North, Apple Facebook Amazon, Focals, Connectivity Tech, Insider Intelligence Connectivity Tech Briefing


Alphabet Reportedly Buying Smart Glasses Maker North

According to The Globe and Mail, Alphabet is rumored to be acquiring smart glasses maker North for $180 million. 9to5Google reports: This comes after North in December stopped selling Focals to focus on launching second-generation smart glasses sometime in 2020. "Focals 2.0" has been teased over the past several months with North claiming that they would be the "most significant product introduction to date in the category." A "lighter" and "sleeker" design would have a "10x display," while mini...
Tags: Toronto, Tech, Brooklyn, North, Globe, Focals


Google's parent Alphabet is reportedly in 'final stages' to buy smart glasses maker North, as the augmented reality race with Apple heats up (GOOG)

A new report claims Alphabet is in late-stage discussions to acquire smart glasses maker North. The deal, which is said to be priced at $180 million, would see North "stripped for parts." North reportedly struggled to sell much of its first product, which it took off the market within a year of launch. The company was preparing to launch an improved second-generation version. Do you work at Google or North? You can contact this reporter securely using encrypted messaging app Signal (+1 628-228...
Tags: Apple, Google, Toronto, Trends, North, Globe, Alphabet, Globe and Mail


Apple temporarily re-closes 14 more Florida stores as COVID-19 numbers surge

After closing stores across four states, this was no doubt a bit of an inevitable: Following reporting earlier today, Apple has confirmed that it will be shutting down an additional 14 stores in Florida, joining the two it closed last week. The company sent a statement to TechCrunch that is essentially identical to the one it gave us last week, reading, “Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas. We take this step...
Tags: Apple, Health, Ecommerce, Florida, Tech, Arizona, North, South Carolina, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Northwest RiverPartners Claims Hydropower is our Best Bet for Clean Energy Now

With debates over the best clean energy sources to combat climate change, Northwest RiverPartners reminds us that for residents in the rainy Pacific Northwest, the best source of carbon-free energy available in abundance today is still hydropower.The organization, which serves not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities in the Northwest, worked with Portland-based creative agency North to create their new campaign. Their challenge was confronting the fact that for some, the idea of using ...
Tags: Technology, Advertising, B Corp, Portland, North, Pacific Northwest, Northwest, Cara, Mark Ray, Mhairi, Kurt Miller, Northwest RiverPartners, Northwest RiverPartners Claims Hydropower, Bill Ballard, Daysha, Charlie Balch


Apple and Google's ambitious COVID-19 contact-tracing tech can help contain the pandemic only if used widely. But so far only 3 states have agreed — and none has started to use it. (AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)

In May, Apple and Google released their ambitious COVID-19 contact tracing technology, which lets government health agencies build smartphone apps to track the spread of the virus. But public health agencies in the US have been reluctant to adopt the technology. Business Insider contacted officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia; only three states confirmed they plan to use the technology from Apple and Google. Meanwhile, 16 states ruled out the possibility of building contact t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Utah, New York, Texas, California, Washington, Virginia, Singapore, US, Trends, Georgia, Indiana, United States, North Dakota, South Dakota


As Apple and Google begin to roll out their contact tracing tech, a new bill could enforce strict rules to protect user data (APPL, GOOG)

A new bipartisan bill could introduce strict rules around the way contact tracing apps handle users' private information. According to a new report by The Washington Post, the bill would target Apple and Google's exposure notification API, as well as other contact tracing apps. Apple and Google recently began rolling out their API around the world, but so far in the US, very few states have committed to using the technology. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Senate lawmakers...
Tags: Apple, Google, Post, Sweden, Senate, US, Trends, South Dakota, North, The Washington Post, US States, Google Apple, The Post, Sen Maria Cantwell D Wash


Belvo scores $10M from Founders Fund and Kaszek to scale its API for financial services

Belvo , a Latin American fintech startup which launched just 12 months ago, has already snagged funding from two of the biggest names in North and South American venture capital. The company is aiming to expand the reach of its service that connects mobile applications in Mexico and Colombia to a customer’s banking information and now has some deep-pocketed investors to support its efforts.  If the business model sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Belvo is borrowing a page from the ...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Mexico, Finance, Tech, Barcelona, Banking, Economy, Engineer, Nasa, Companies, Colombia, United States, Mexico City, Venture Capital, Brazil


What is sail hitching, how to do it

When Cori Davidson’s bike was stolen in Los Angeles, she decided to hitch a ride. She’d cycled south from her hometown of Vancouver and, despite the hiccup, had no plans of stopping. The first step was hopping on a boat to Mexico as her time in the United States was running out. It would be the first of many boats she’d board over the next few months, yet this initial crossing was the only one that came with a receipt. Davidson disembarked in Ensenada, a port city on the coast of the Baja Cali...
Tags: Travel, Google, Dane, Australia, Mexico, Time, Los Angeles, Turkey, United States, San Diego, South America, Vancouver, North, Sailing, North Carolina, Pacific


Governments have to decide whether to scrap their own COVID-19 contact tracing apps in favor of tech built by Apple and Google. Here's what's at stake. (GOOG, AAPL)

Apple and Google are building contact tracing technology that uses Bluetooth in people's smartphones to track the spread of COVID-19 — and it's being embraced by a growing list of countries worldwide. A handful of European countries have announced they'll use tech from Apple and Google, but others like France, the UK, and several US states favor government-run contact tracing technology. Apple and Google's tech is meant to be integrated with government apps — but many governments' contact trac...
Tags: Apple, Google, Europe, Utah, UK, France, Germany, Singapore, US, Trends, Walmart, South Dakota, North, Costco, Reuters, Google Apple


Should GPS Also Be Used For Contact Tracing?

Reuters reports: Google and Apple have sought to build public trust by emphasizing that the changes they are making to Bluetooth to allow the tracing apps to work will not tap phones' GPS sensors, which privacy activists see as too intrusive. But the states pioneering the apps -- North and South Dakota, and Utah -- say allowing public health authorities to use GPS in tandem with Bluetooth is key to making the system viable... Apple and Google said on Friday that they still have not decided how...
Tags: Apple, Google, Utah, Tech, North Dakota, South Dakota, North, Reuters, Yahoo News, Doug Burgum, Burgum, Jared Allgood


Stripe adds card issuing, localized card networks and expanded approvals tool

At a time when more transactions than ever are happening online, payments behemoth Stripe is announcing three new features to continue expanding its reach. The company today announced that it will now offer card issuing services directly to businesses to let them in turn make credit cards for customers tailored to specific purposes. Alongside that, it’s going to expand the number of accepted local, large card networks to cut down some of the steps it takes to make transactions in international m...
Tags: Credit Cards, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, Enterprise, Cards, Finance, Tech, North, Payments, Andreessen Horowitz, Stripe, Zipcar, Alex Rampell, Collison, Latin America Southeast Asia


Washington Post Writer Calls 2019 'The Year of OK Boomer', Calls for Inter-Generational Kindness

"It was the year of 'OK boomer,' and the generations were at each other's throats," argues the national features writer for The Washington Post, starting with a quote from New York University's Michael North, who studies ageism in the workplace. "Age-based prejudice is the last acceptable form of prejudice. People are making age-based generalizations and stereotypes that you wouldn't be able to get away with about race or background..." People are getting away with it. This year, the baby boo...
Tags: Congress, Washington Post, Tech, North, New York University, AARP, Myrna Blyth, American Association of Retired Persons, Michael North


Where VCs are looking for voice startup investments

Led by Amazon’s Alexa, smart speakers’ install base is expected to reach 200 million units worldwide by 2020. over the age of 12 own a smart speaker, and the majority of those users have more than one device in their home. Moreover, Apple could sell 50 million of its Airpods this year (generating $8 billion in sales) as Bluetooth earpieces explode in popularity. For the market penetration of this hardware, the app ecosystem remains limited in terms of mainstream adoption. Podcast production ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Tech, Venture Capital, North, App Store, BetaWorks, Amazon Echo, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Alexa, Floodgate, Amazon Alexa, Lightspeed Venture, Alexa Fund, Google Home, Amazon Alexa Fund


Watch the Opening of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey with the Original, Unused Score

How does a movie become a "classic"? Explanations, never less than utterly subjective, will vary from cinephile to cinephile, but I would submit that classic-film status, as traditionally understood, requires that all elements of the production work in at least near-perfect harmony: the cinematography, the casting, the editing, the design, the setting, the score. Outside first-year film studies seminars and deliberately contrarian culture columns, the label of classic, once attained, goe...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Music, Film, College, New York City, Los Angeles, Earth, Beethoven, Stanley Kubrick, North, Kubrick, James Cameron, Virginia Woolf, Facebook Twitter


Things You Should Know Before Renting A Car & Driving In Morocco

Tips For Renting A Car In Morocco Morocco Driving Guide Renting a car in Morocco and driving yourself is a great way to experience this beautiful country. But there are a few things you should know before you embark on a road trip. When Anna and I were planning our first trip to Morocco together, we were initially hesitant about renting a car to explore the country by ourselves. Morocco has a bit of a reputation for crazy driving (and drivers!). But the more we researched, the more we reali...
Tags: Google, United States, Road Trips, Morocco, North, Road, Anna, Road Trip, Marrakech, Marrakesh, Fez, Don, Atlas Mountains, Sahara, CDW, Ouarzazate


The Google News Initiative, one year in

In the first year of the Google News Initiative, our efforts have centered around a spirit of experimentation, with programs focused on three pillars: working with the news industry to evolve their business models, raising up quality journalism and driving new thinking and approaches in newsrooms. There’s still much to be done, but we remain committed to collaborating with publishers to build a stronger future for journalism. Empowering sustainable business growth The business of journalism is u...
Tags: Google, Europe, Japan, UK, London, Indonesia, Australia, Youtube, India, Eu, Brazil, Argentina, Finland, Bulgaria, North, John Green


The US Cannot Crush Us, Says Huawei Founder

The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an interview with the BBC. From the report: Ren Zhengfei, founder and president of Huawei, described the arrest of his daughter Meng Wanzhou, the company's chief financial officer, as politically motivated. The US is pursuing criminal charges against Huawei and Ms Meng, including money laundering, bank fraud and stealing trade secrets. Huawei denies any wrongdoing. Mr Ren spoke to the BBC's Karishma Vaswani in hi...
Tags: US, America, Tech, Bbc, South America, North, Huawei, Ren, Karishma Vaswani, Ren Zhengfei, West The East, Meng Wanzhou, Ms Meng


Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asia

Google has launched its first clean energy project in Asia. The company announced today that it struck a long-term agreement to buy the output of a 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan, about 100 km south of its data center in the country. Google already has solar and wind projects across North and South America, as well as Europe. The agreement is a collaboration between Google, several Taiwanese energy companies, and the country’s government, which recently revised Taiwan’s Electr...
Tags: Google, TC, Asia, Europe, Singapore, Tech, Renewable Energy, Taiwan, Clean Energy, South America, North, Solar Panels, GreenTech, Tainan City Taiwan, Taiyen Green Energy J V Energy, Chuanghua County


Magic Leap and other AR startups have a rough 2019 ahead of them

Very rarely does an early technology garner such an air of inevitability like AR has in the past few years. 2018 was supposed to be a year where the foundational tech for augmented reality was built out a bit and the industry took a couple big leaps. Things started off well-enough, but momentum really doesn’t seem be on the side of some of the industry’s heaviest hitters heading into 2019, suggesting that life for earlier-stage startups may not be much easier. There are plenty of reasons to be l...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Tech, Intel, Harry Potter, North, Magic Leap, Niantic, Facebooks, Pokemon Go, Vuzix


'Everybody I talk to is puzzled': There are signs that Comcast may launch a streaming service, but it might be too late to the game

Comcast has publicly said it hasn't identified a business model that makes sense for a streaming service. There are signs that might soon change, with Comcast overbuilding in regional broadband territories and hints from NBCU President Steve Burke. But the timing could prove tricky now that AT&T and Disney plan to launch streaming services this year. In a world of increasingly available streaming options, Comcast remains an outlier. AT&T and Disney both pledged to launch streamin...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Fcc, Nbc, Time Warner, Abc, Washington, Disney, US, Sacramento, Trends, Netflix, Pennsylvania, Comcast, North, Espn


Could You Live Without Your Smartphone?

Three-quarters of Canadians own smartphones-- and 94% of 15- to 34-year-olds. But this week the Globe and Mail profiled "digital refuseniks" who are "deliberately logging off -- and they say it's done wonders for their imaginations and peace of mind." They are hidden among us, neither jobless nor friendless, and living quite happily. Cut off from Uber, yet somehow thriving. For example, Tony North does not live for his smartphone, because he's never had one. "I just didn't want to get into the...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, Tech, Atlantic, North, Globe, Tony North, Paris Ontario, Bethany March, John Moir


In the future, smartphone displays will be embedded in our eyewear

Probably for the first time, spectacle wearers may be at a strategic advantage as North acquired all of Intel’s Vault AR patents. The company aims to build and launch, in the near future, smart AR glasses that are incredibly light and indistinguishable from regular glasses. They’re stylish (and look nothing like the abomination that was Google Glass), and come with a module built into the side of the glasses (the stem) that projects an image on your spectacle lens and uses the glass of your ey...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Glasses, Design, Wearable, Intel, Smartphone, Eyewear, Hud, Ar, North, Display, Smart Glasses, Patent, Alexa, Product Design



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