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Star Man Steals the Show, AR-Car Hunt, Convos with Alexa
 

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March 11 · Issue #9 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Star Man Steals the Show, AR-Car Hunt, Convos with Alexa

SXSW: More Fun in the Sun
Rocket Man. You’re not imaging things, one of the most tweeted brands at SXSW in the past couple of days has been HBO and its mostly because of the yeoman’s work they’ve done for the upcoming season of popular Sci-Fi series Westworld. First they delivered the most buzzed about activation at the Austin Conference and yesterday they delivered a star-studded panel. After an hour of talk with the stars and  husband and wife show runners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Nolan had a surprise for the audience: his friend and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Musk strode on stage, talked emotionally about building things that inspire humanity and then ran a video that recounted the recent historic Falcon Heavy mission, including its MoonMan Roadster launch. Yes, the soundtrack is David Bowie’s Starman. The crowd went wild.
Falcon Heavy & Starman - YouTube
Virtual shopping. Yesterday at the Capital One House, I gave Twitter a live demonstration of bank’s newest bit of mobile technology: Auto Navigator. To be fair, the mobile car-buying app is two years old, but this new feature – AR-based car shopping – is brand new. It lets you point your phone at any car built since 2007 and get instant make, model, local availability and personalized financing information. CapOne told me the feature arrives in a few months.
Lance Ulanoff on Twitter: "Its time for a live demo of Capital One’s new AR-powered Auto Navigator. #CapitalOneHouse #CapitalOnePartner https://t.co/iXHYM34CQa"
Clicks
In search of. Wondering why you woke up a little more tired than normal this morning? Blame Daylight Savings Time, which for most of the country, moved our clocks ahead one hour while we slept. The short answer to why we do this is to gain more sunlight during waking hours. The real history is, however, more fascinating than that. In short, blame the British.
Daylight Savings 2018: The Strange History Behind Changing Our Clocks
Home platform. A new study shows that Android users are probably going to be Android users for, if not life, a very long time. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners surveyed smartphone users and found that people have pretty much settled on their platform of choice, Android or iOS, with the former getting even more loyalty. Take this study result with a grain of salt. Surely iOS fans will find a survey that shows just as much (or more) loyalty on the Apple side. Certainly, Apple CEO Tim Cook is always ready to welcome all the switchers out there.
Android beats iOS in smartphone loyalty, study finds | TechCrunch
I have another question. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant just got a major intelligence boost, or at least the appearance of one. A new Follow-Up mode lets the Echo-based chat box keep listening for additional questions after the first “Alexa,…” launched one. This one question and then follow-up questions without the reset of saying, “Alexa” could make it seem a lot more conversational or creepy. At least Alexa’s stopped with the maniacal laughing.
Alexa's new Follow-Up Mode can handle back-to-back requests - CNET
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