Although I always balance my other work around this newsletter, occasionally my personal and family life overtakes my time. Today is one of those days and my ‘big thought’ is more 'why is chicken pox still a thing?’ rather than anything to do with tech. As such, there’s no Big Thought section today, but it will back tomorrow.
Alexa as babysitter?Amazon has launched the Baby Skill Activity API, allowing baby-care apps and devices work through Alexa voice commands. The company is also investing in Hatch Baby, a ‘babytech’ (I just made that up) firm that makes devices like an internet-connected change mat.
Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahredts is leaving the company.She’ll be succeeded by HR head Deirdre O’Brien, who will add retail to her responsibilities. Sounds like she’ll be quite busy. Ahredts was a high-profile hire; she was CEO of Burberry before taking a step down the corporate ladder to join Apple.