Tech writing is often filled with buzzwords. You’ve likely heard Google, Kinect, and machine learning. We’ve all experienced those three. But the latest tidbit to jump in our highlight section this week has to be South Pointe, a pioneer in the “smart home,” which it’s now installed in every Starbucks. Coined, appropriately enough, by Washington Post correspondent Richard Bulliet. In this instance, a take aways is good enough for us, but it’s by no means the last thing you need to look into this weekend.
The One Where Google and Apple Meet Next
Another millimeter. Oh, and by the way, now that Snapchat’s new Spectacles have been released, we’re hearing rumors that Facebook might be getting in on the smart eyewear game too. Is Facebook going to make a Facebook Glass of its own?
Targeting Tech App Engagement
The rise of smart TVs and set-top boxes mean it’s getting easier for content providers to distribute content through a smartphone or tablet. Now, one major content provider is looking to the TV for better engagement with their audiences. It’s trying to give viewers with mobile devices one place to discover videos and events and become fans — not just scouring the same list of content provided to our television set. (Sounds as though Netflix is the prime candidate.)
How Much Time Are You Spending on the Internet?
This might be a good place to start. Currently, the average American spends 22 minutes each day on the Internet, according to a new report by Pew, and during the morning, we’re probably spending even more, 23 minutes. But that’s misleading, we have to compare that to what we’re actually doing on the Internet: We’re not browsing for Facebook, we’re actually browsing in Slack.
As you can imagine, these conversations will get a little bit more complex as you consider the times the average millennial spends on Twitch and other online gaming and racing sites (perhaps even the time spent on Reddit). And it’s not just Millennials; 60 percent of the people in this study were aged 18 to 30.
Those Guys With the Text-Gate Machine
How did you do in school? Turns out, we’re talking about academics. This academic quiz is a fun way to reconnect with the community after a long week — or maybe you’ve been sucked in by post-it notes to your keyboard — but the quiz is also just fun.