DawentsIT: All Things Technology news you need to know this Tuesday-
1.Amazon wants to provide you internet (from space). By the end of 2022, the company will launch two prototype satellites as part of Project Kuiper, a broadband service that will beam internet down from space.
Amazon is a few steps behind Elon Musk’s Starlink, which has already launched about 2,000 satellites and garnered thousands of beta testers. It’s just the latest in the ongoing space race between Musk and Amazon’s former CEO Jeff Bezos.
Satellite-internet providers could eventually bring high-speed internet to people without reliable access, making it especially valuable for people living in remote areas. For example: After moving to rural Vermont, one of our writers tested out Starlink, and found it was a game changer.
2.Apple is planning a feature that auto-dials 911 after car accidents. “Crash detection,” which would measure sudden spikes in gravity to detect a car wreck, is slated to debut on iPhones and Apple Watches next year.
3.Digital end-of-life services are booming. The death-tech industry — filled with apps that make posthumous videos of loved ones, chatbots that let you “talk” with dead relatives, and companies that clean up online presences after death — is surging. But not everybody says that’s a good thing, and experts are questioning the ethics of deathcare companies.
4.Elon Musk said he’d donate $6 billion if the UN can prove it’d solve a hunger crisis. The UN said the donation could save 42 million people from famine. If it can prove that, Musk said he’d sell Tesla stocks and donate the proceeds. It’s not the first time Musk has tried to fix a humanitarian disaster.
5.These Salesforce leaders are helping build the cloud giant’s product strategy. Each of Salesforce’s products are overseen by a general manager who acts as a CEO of their unit, and helps the company take on industry rivals like Microsoft and Oracle.
6.Apple’s iPhone privacy upgrade cost Big Tech nearly $10 billion in ad revenue. The change requires apps to ask users’ permission to track them for advertising purposes, and has cost platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Snap billions of dollars, The Financial Times reports.
7.Amazon is reshuffling its Prime leadership to focus on international growth. The marketplace giant has moved its Prime team under Russell Grandinetti, Amazon’s SVP of international business, as the US market has become saturated.
8.A former SpaceX vice president told us what it’s like to work with Elon Musk. Hans Koenigsmann, an aerospace engineer and former VP, described Musk’s “unique perspective” and said the billionaire CEO “expects a lot, and that’s a challenge.”
9.A Reddit user found a mysterious “black hole” on Google Maps. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… secret portal? Reddit users have been debating about a black spot found in the middle of the ocean on Google Maps, coming up with theories from a Maps malfunction to a secretive military base.
10.Peloton and Delta are teaming up. Delta’s seat-back screens will now offer passengers five stretching and meditation classes from fitness giant Peloton.
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