I've been tracking the various cancellations in the space over the past week or two and the number of companies backing out of the show just hit a critical mass.
One big consequence of this cancellation is that MWC gives Chinese phone makers their best shot at getting real and sustained attention from western media. It's going to be a real hit to their business, but we don't know yet how big. Obviously these phones will still be announced, but they'll have a much hard time getting attention. There may be more impactful consequences down the line for the mobile industry: who knows what deals might have been made, for example.
Now the question is how (or maybe even if) MWC will recover. More and more tech companies have been doing their own events instead of waiting for conferences. Now, because of this, many companies are going to be forced to do their own events.
They may find they like it better.
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┏ Microsoft's xCloud game streaming arrives on iOS with some Apple restrictions. Nobody needs to shed a tear for Microsoft or Google, but I still find myself at a loss to come up with uncynical explanations for Apple's App Store and iOS app policies. Apple has instituted many limitations in the name of security and privacy sincerely, but increasingly I am not willing to give the benefit of the doubt.
You probably know Occam's Razor, where the simplest explanation is usually the best one? It think it's time to start thinking about whether we need another one. Maybe Cook's Razor: if an Apple policy leads to protecting its services revenue, that's why it really exists.
Apple's policies, which Microsoft doesn't reveal or explain, mean that only a single title will work with iOS devices. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be available to the 10,000 testers whom Microsoft says it's inviting to the preview. The app is also limited to xCloud, and does not include the Xbox Game Streaming feature that streams games from an Xbox console.
The startup was founded by Android creator Andy Rubin. While that initially drew hype and investment, it quickly turned backward on the company after a New York Times report drew attention to accusations of sexual misconduct against Rubin that allegedly led to him leaving Google. ... Essential was in the process of developing another phone called "Project Gem" with an unusual design. Rubin first teased the project in October 2019, but the company now says it has "no clear path to deliver it to customers."
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┏ The FTC is cracking down on influencer marketing on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. I am very, very glad to hear the FTC is focusing on the companies, not creators. That's not to say I think it's okay for creators to obfuscate their sponsorships at all. In fact I think that the level of transparency and disclosure has only started to get to an acceptable level in the last year or so. Nevertheless, putting fear into the companies is the best enforcement mechanism and I hope it works.
Influencers and online personalities are often given products for free by companies hoping to get some exposure. While some reviewers will disclose that detail, it's often hard to tell when an endorsement is genuine, or if a review is coming from an undisclosed partnership. Now the FTC is cracking down, but the focus is on holding advertisers and companies accountable, not small influencers
While Twitch doesn't have a clapping function that works as a donation, YouTube is leaning heavily into what works for Twitch's streamer base. Donations are a big part of how Twitch streamers earn income (alongside subscriptions and ad revenue). YouTube is working on building a series of tools that operate as alternative monetization — something that benefits both creators and YouTube.
Regularly $349, the rose gold-colored variant of the Quiet Comfort 35 Series II wireless noise-canceling headphones are $220 at Amazon. They won't ship before Valentine's Day, unfortunately, but it's a great price on a model that doesn't often see this sharp of a price drop.
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┏ Why Samsung's 108-megapixel camera isn't just a gimmick. Sam Byford comes in with a very well written, clearly explained story from a camera person's perspective and language. He also includes examples from a current 108-megapixel phone, the Xioami Mi Note 10. If you want to know Samsung is doing with its camera, why, and what to look for as sample images start coming out, read this.
Sony's new SRS-LSR200 remote control isn't just elegantly named, it's also a portable speaker with a 13-hour battery. That way you can take your television audio to the kitchen, toilet, or wherever you'd like it without having to blast the TV's volume from across the house.
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