THIS WEEK IN DIGITAL AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS | 19TH – 23RD MARCH
It’s been another busy week in the world of Digital and Technology. In case you missed it, here’s our round up of the bigger news stories that we’ve discussed on our social media channels over the past 5 days.
HOW MANY PEOPLE SHARE YOUR DAILY COMMUTE?
A new interactive tool has been launched by Sadiq Khan to show Londoners how many people share their daily commute. The tool was launched as part of the Mayor’s scheme to transform London into a “smart” city “at the forefront of innovation”. It’s aim is to encourage Londoners to share such data and see how it can be used to improve travel across the capital.
ASOS HAS A MISHAP
Ecommerce giant ASOS had a printing mishap, in which it unwittingly printed 17,000 shipping bags that said “onilne” rather than “Online”. However, for ASOS it seems honesty really is the best policy as instead of wasting the bags, they owned up to their mistakes and even joked it was a limited edition.
A new update has been added to Google Maps, providing an option for you to specify a wheelchair-accessible route. Transit riders in London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston and Sydney will now have the option to select “wheelchair accessible” in their route options in the same way they might opt to have fewer transfers or minimal walking.
Facebook and Cambridge Analytica – the analytics company that worked with Donald Trumps election team, have come under mounting pressure to explain a vast data breach that affected 50 million people. The profiles were harvested and used to build a system that may have influenced voters in the 2016 presidential campaign.
BATTLE OF THE DATING APPS
Tinder has filed a lawsuit against bumble for patent infringement, on the grounds of copying the copying the “swipe right/ swipe left” user interface, as well as copying two new features from the app. They state in their complaint that, “This case is simply about forcing Bumble to stop competing with Match and Tinder using Match’s own inventions, patented designs, trademarks, and trade secrets.”
SELF DRIVING CAR KILLS A PEDESTRIAN
An autonomous Uber car killed a woman in the street in Arizona, in what the first reported fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian in the US. The vehicle was moving in autonomous mode and did not appear to slow down or detect the woman even though she was visible in front of the car prior to the collision. Multiple experts have raised questions about Uber’s Lidar Technology that the autonomous cars use to “see” the world around them.
SNAPCHAT’S STOCK VALUE PLUMMETS
After new broke of Snapchats terrible choice in ads last week, Rihanna used Instagram to blast the app to her 61 million followers:
“…I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb! You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV [domestic violence] victims and made a joke of it!!! This isn’t about my personal feelings, cause I don’t have much of them…but all the women, children and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out yet…you let us down! Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away.”
The same day saw snapchats stock value market drop by 3.64%, the equivalent of $754 million.
In the 12 months since Nintendo’s latest gaming machine launched, it’s ended up in more American homes than any other console to date over the same period. Nintendo even said back in January that Switch was the fastest-selling console ever in the U.S. after 10 months, with 4.8 million units sold.
Googles new AI powered technology, Google Lens is now arriving on iOS. The feature is available within the Google Photos iOS application, where it can do things like identify objects, buildings, and landmarks, and tell you more information about them, including details like their address, or open hours. It can also identify things like books, paintings in museums, plants, and animals.
Big technology firms with significant online revenues, face paying more tax under plans announced by the European Commission. According to the Commission, top digital firms pay an average tax rate of just 9.5% in the EU – far less than the 23.3% paid by traditional companies.