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What to Expect from Apple; SpaceX Nails Another; Bitcoin Worries; Face Rec
 

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September 10 · Issue #85 · View online
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What to Expect from Apple; SpaceX Nails Another; Bitcoin Worries; Face Rec

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The next iPhone. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that this is the week Apple unveils its next set of iPhones. The big event kicks off on Wednesday at 1 PM ET in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s new campus. Yes, I will be there, live-tweeting (and more) the whole thing. However, the best way to pre-game is to read my What to Expect story, wherein I outline the kinds of iPhones Apple CEO Tim Cook will launch and what other products, categories and surprises are in store.
Apple’s iPhone Event Signals a Design Inflection Point Apple’s iPhone Event Signals a Design Inflection Point
Nailed it. SpaceX’s run of perfect landings of its Falcon rocket landing continued this morning after the rocket launched a new Telstar 18 satellite into orbit. SpaceX is getting so good at this, it’s almost becoming routine, which is more than we can say for the behavior of CEO Elon Musk.
SpaceX nails another rocket landing on its droneship: Watch SpaceX nails another rocket landing on its droneship: Watch
Tarnished coins. Is that Bitcoin bubble bursting? Or is cryptocurrency getting a necessary reality check that will help strengthen it for use as the currency of tomorrow? Bitcoin, Ethereum and other Cryptocurrencies have been tumbling in value in recent weeks and now the SEC has halted trading on a pair of Bitcoin and Ethereum investment products (ones that track the value of these currencies). The halt is not permanent, and the value slide is not an all-out crash, so maybe this is a hiccup in the otherwise meteoric rise of Crypto.
SEC Suspends Trading in Bitcoin and Ethereum Investment Products SEC Suspends Trading in Bitcoin and Ethereum Investment Products
Face time. Few products shifted facial recognition technology to forefront of modern consciousness faster than the iPhone X, but as this article notes, Apple is far from the only company helping to make facial recognition technology a part of our everyday lives. And much of it is shrouded in controversy as we try to define what’s good and useful face rec and what’s intrusive and spooky. I think this story sums up the ongoing tension and where this technology might be headed next.
Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future | WIRED Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future | WIRED
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