#1 | Apple struggles to sell iPhones in China and India

Apple iPhone sales in China dropped 20 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2018 while sales for Huawei smartphones increased by 23 per cent. Consequently, Apple’s market share in the world’s second-largest economy is down to 11.5 per cent. A report by research firm IDC points out that users were not willing to change their phones at the increased price due to the lack of any major innovation in new models. Also, many consumers are turning to ever more innovative Chinese mobile brands. And as if this wasn’t enough, iPhone sales in India dropped to 1.7 million units in 2018 from 3.2 million a year before.…!Read more here: http://reut.rs/2E9NZTS   


#2 | SoftBank goes big on self-driving vehicles

The Vision Fund, a venture investment arm of the Japanese tech giant SoftBank, invested a whopping $940 million in the driverless delivery startup Nuro. The three-year-old company founded by ex-Google engineers is focusing on food delivery rather than transporting people. Its flagship product is R1 vehicle will soon take part in a pilot delivery service project run jointly with retail giant Kroger. Although the sector of self-driving vehicles is faced with concerns related to safety and real-world applications, both Nuro and SoftBank look confident that the industry can overcome these challenges. Read more here:  http://bit.ly/2SBm6x7    https://bit.ly/2BCFUWi


#3 | Amazon wants to self-regulate facial recognition tech

Amazon’s facial recognition software Rekognition has been mired in controversy for the past two years and the accusations of racial bias and errors made things go from bad to worse. Lawmakers and civil right groups call for the company to stop selling the product to law enforcement agencies. Some even suggest that Congress should introduce strict legislation on this matter. Amazon went on offensive and its VP of Global Public Policy Michael Punke penned a blog post describing ways in which facial recognition could be regulated. For instance, a real human being should always review the case before the police make an arrest based on Rekognition’s data. He argues that potential misuse is not an argument to ban new technology. It remains to be seen, however, whether the lawmakers will let Amazon regulate itself. Read more here:    http://bit.ly/2N8jCA7    http://bit.ly/2X1nW8R


#4 | LinkedIn to launch a live video streaming platform

LinkedIn is launching its live video streaming platform called LinkedIn Live in a bid to further increase user engagement and catch up with other social media companies like Twitter and Facebook that already offer the feature. The plan is to prompt users to live broadcast conferences, product announcements, earning calls, and other business-focused events. Besides this, video ads get around 30 per cent more comments and are much more popular among LinkedIn users than static ads. Although the company did not comment on monetization plans for live video, it’s evident that there’s the potential for significant profits. Read more here:   http://tcrn.ch/2TWeQbP    http://zd.net/2Edj61b


#5 | The dangers of sharing DNA data with ancestry companies

More than 26 million people have shared their DNA with ancestry companies in the past few years hoping to learn more about their background and health, or even find lost relatives. If the current trend continues, those companies will have DNA data of over 100 million Americans within just two years. This raises serious privacy concerns, especially having in mind some recent events. For instance, the four biggest ancestry companies said they will not share data with law enforcement agencies without a warrant. However, it didn’t take long for Family Tree DNA to change its policy and, without notifying users, let the FBI upload and compare DNA samples from crime scenes. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2GKTsm4http://cnb.cx/2TWgWZf