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Diving into the New Year; Choose Your Adventure; The Power of Twitch; Motion Control


January 2 · Issue #129 · View online
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Diving into the New Year; Choose Your Adventure; The Power of Twitch; Motion Control

Welcome Back! Happy New Year to all my subscribers. I hope the Holiday Season was bright. Now, after weeks of looking back at the wild year that was, it’s time to turn our attention to the days ahead. 2019 is a blank slate, so let’s get to writing.
Branching Out. I don’t know about you, but I spent a lot of my downtime time binge-watching on Netflix and Amazon. I finished up series I started (The Body Guard and Mrs. Maisel) and checked out some very buzz-worthy titles on Netflix, including the tense Bird Box and the cutting edge Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, a fascinating choose-your-own-adventure tale. That’s right, Netflix is now producing interactive movies for adults. I tried it out with my family over the break and found Bandersnatch may be something you’ll want to experience – and re-experience – alone.
The Unbearable Stress of Watching Bandersnatch with Family
Twitching. Lots of kids, teens and some adults got console gaming systems this holiday season, but you don’t have to play games or even own a console to enjoy video games. Watching other people game is now more popular than watching traditional sports. Most people watch gamers on the video game streaming platform Twitch (owned by Amazon). One Twitch gamer, Blue-haired Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, was just named 2018’s most-viewed Twitch Channel. He was even featured on the cover of ESPN Magazine. Guess gaming really is a sport.
Fortnite's Ninja was 2018's most viewed Twitch Channel, hands down | Fox News
With a wave. Four years after we first learned of Google’s Project Soli, the gesture-based watch-control technology took an important step closer to reality. Earlier this week, the FCC gave its approval to the higher frequencies necessary to run Project Soli’s radar-based motion-capture system. This means that devices running Project Soli technology would be approved to run virtually anywhere other FCC-approved devices can be used. On the other hand, I have a hard time believing doppler-based wearables would be okay for use in airplanes.
Google wins FCC approval to keep developing radar-based hand sensor
High end. Smartphone sales are slowing down, but there is a bright spot for handset manufacturers: premium handsets. More consumers are spending more money for their digital companions and no company is doing better in this space than the premium smartphone king: Apple. Apple won’t be reporting exact numbers for iPhone sales, but even if it does sell fewer iPhones, Apple could still report record sales numbers because each iPhone is more expensive.
Apple's iPhone continues its domination of the premium smartphone market
CES 2019: Next week I head out to Las Vegas for another huge Consumer Electronics Show. It’ll be full of autonomous car technology, health tech, robotics, computers, wearables, and really big TVs. I’ll be reporting live from the keynotes and the show floor.
Here's all the major tech we're expecting at CES 2019, the biggest tech convention of the year
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