Hey there, DawentsIT Readers! I’m DawentsIT, and I’ll be writing to you from my desk for the foreseeable future. I’m a big fan of remote work. But I’ll also miss going into the office newsroom to chat with my brilliant coworkers and learn from them.
This Amazon worker similarly enjoys office life. But she likes it so much that she doesn’t think Amazon’s controversial return-to-office mandate is enough. She told Us how the policy was unappealing enough that she felt compelled to leave the company.
Let’s dive into today’s Tech:
All Things Technology News You Need To Know Today
1.Google blew its pandemic opportunity. Now, it’s playing catchup. The search giant is pretty dominant. But it failed to adapt quickly enough when the pandemic hit. Google Meet pales compared to Zoom. And Microsoft’s Office 365 services are way more ubiquitous.
*The company is currently also lagging in the AI space (thanks to the buzzy AI chatbot ChatGPT). Its own competitor chatbot, Bard, is still being tested internally. Google’s generative AI strategy has been all talk with no action.
*Until yesterday, that is, as the company announced that it’s integrating the tech into tools like Google Docs and Gmail — and the new strategy may give it an edge in a head-to-head race with Microsoft.
*My colleagues Rosalie Chan and Hugh Langley talked with 16 current/former employees about Google’s missed opportunities and its steep hill to climb.
In Other News:
2.A urologist wants to make penis implants as common as breast implants. But multiple patients said the surgery left them deformed and in excruciating pain.
3.AI productivity tools made work harder instead of easier. AI promised to make people more productive at work. So my colleague Aaron Mok tried four of them, including one tool that could attend meetings for him.
4.Using ChatGPT to teach high school science and math. Shannon Ahern was worried the tech would take her job, but she now uses it to prepare for class. She told Insider how ChatGPT is making her life easier.
5.Banking lessons from the Silicon Valley Bank nightmare. Using multiple banks and employing a CFO are just two of the top lessons from the digital bank run.
6.Mark Zuckerberg’s shrinking metaverse. The Meta CEO went from obsessed to over it within a year. Now, the company is going all in on AI instead.
7.Red flags that an employer doesn’t care about work-life balance. Instead of asking an employer about their approach, watch out for red flags like unclear goals and hobbyless employees.
8.Tesla owner accidentally unlocked and drove off in someone else’s car. This Tesla owner said his app unlocked a nearly identical Model 3 to his. An unfamiliar crack in the windshield and a missing phone charger started to raise his suspicions.
Odds And Ends:
9.Apple joins the penny-pinching trend. It remains the only Big Tech company to avoid widespread layoffs. But the iPhone maker is now delaying bonuses and tracking office attendance, per a Bloomberg report.
10.Top nine family cars. The Chevrolet Suburban and Hyundai Santa Fe made the cut based on interior space, quality, and features.
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