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Amazon Employee Speaks Out; Surface Pro 6 Review; What Apple Watch Heard; Google Pixel 3 Review
 

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October 17 · Issue #101 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Amazon Employee Speaks Out; Surface Pro 6 Review; What Apple Watch Heard; Google Pixel 3 Review

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Prime Amazon Surveillance. Here are the facts; Amazon sells its facial recognition software, Rekognition, to law enforcement. Studies have shown that it can misidentify people roughly 5% of the time. Bezos has gone on record saying he’s not prepared to stop selling it to law enforcement and that he’s also OK with partnering up with the Pentagon. However, not all of the Amazonians – no, that’s not the right word – Amazon employees, are onboard with Bezos’s seemingly laissez-faire attitude toward the police state. Apparently, one such employee shared his thoughts on Medium. The next staff meeting is gonna be tense.
 Amazon employees reportedly demanding Amazon stop selling facial recognition software to police - Business Insider
Amazon employees reportedly demanding Amazon stop selling facial recognition software to police - Business Insider
How good is Google Pixel 3. I spent last week testing Google’s latest handsets, the 6.3-inch Google Pixel 3 XL and 5.5-inch Google Pixel 3. They’re both good Android 9 Pie devices, but I have a special place in my heart for the big-OLED-screen Pixel 3 XL. It’s light, fun, fast, and looks good. Yes, like the iPhone Xs, it has a notch and, sure, the notch is a wee-bit too big and the screen is not iPhone- or Samsung Galaxy vibrant, but you do play a little less and you get a very pure Android/Google experience. And did I talk about the cameras? Some great photography chops in these Pixel 3 phones.
Google Pixel 3 XL is the best of Android, Google Style Google Pixel 3 XL is the best of Android, Google Style
Surface Pro 6 Summation. Perhaps you remember how, a few weeks ago, Microsoft unveiled its first Surface Headphones. It was big, surprising news. Oh, and there were other product updates at that event, too, like a new Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2, and the Surface Pro 6. Now the reviews are in. No, not for the headphones. Instead, we’re seeing the first reviews for the newly quad-core Surface 6. As I wrote, Microsoft didn’t redesign its lap-friendly convertible, but it did, remarkably, stuff a lot more performance in the product without sacrificing battery life, Here’s a typical review.
Surface Pro 6 review: Racing ahead of last year's model - CNET Surface Pro 6 review: Racing ahead of last year's model - CNET
Tragedy and complexity. The tragic fate of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has transfixed the media world. Here was an outspoken critic of the Saudi Arabian regime who walked into a Saudi Consulate in Turkey and never walked out. I read with interest early reports that perhaps his apparent murder was captured surreptitiously on mobile technology. But when I dug a little deeper, it became clear that, based on everything we know about the location and current Apple Watch and iPhone technology, this is probably not the case at all.
Technology Won’t Unravel the Mystery of Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance Technology Won’t Unravel the Mystery of Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance
As local as local gets. I spent a few fascinating hours at the Paley Center for Media this week, learning all about the changing landscape local TV news coverage. Even as local newspapers disappear (one study finds 13,00 communities lack local news coverage) and local TV audiences (mostly 35-to-54-year-olds) shrink, the coverage is getting richer, deeper and extending out into new platforms like social media, and streaming platforms on OTT systems. To prove that, one speaker conducted his lightning talk via Facebook Social VR. It didn’t’ always go smoothly, but also felt like the future of TV journalism
The Paley Center for Media - The State of Local TV News: Innovation & Investigative Journalism | Facebook
P.S. RIP Paul Allen, here’s to your crazy rocket dreams.
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