Apple's recent series of patent applications titled "Providing Verified Claims of User Identity" reveals the company is working on technology in which a device can be used to store, verify and transmit a user's personal identification, which in theory could make physical IDs such as passports and driver licenses obsolete. The system would work by verifying the user through biometric sensors on devices, such as an Apple Watch, and then securely transmitting the ID.
Lenovo has launched its Virtual Care service to help doctors manage chronically ill patients through home kits that include biometric devices to measure blood pressure and glucose levels and a Lenovo tablet programmed with "Rosie," a smart assistant that guides patients through their customized health plans. The monitoring service is intended to allow patients and doctors to communicate quickly and more efficiently, ultimately decreasing the number of in-person visits.
Google is rolling out its Seasonal Savings program free to all Nest thermostat users to help customers conserve money and energy during peak summer use. The program works by adjusting the thermostat's settings a fraction of a degree daily, which can cut a customer's energy use by 5%.
Retailers are getting stricter about enforcing mask-wearing rules, especially in cities where masks are now mandatory, and many are relying on signage to spread the message without putting employees at risk. "Given the incidents of violence we have seen when some customers object to wearing masks, retailers do not want to let disagreements escalate to the point of confrontations," the National Retail Federation's Craig Shearman wrote.
Apple is in position to take on headphone giants Sony and Bose by upgrading its AirPods Pro with spatial audio, a feature that uses gyroscopes and accelerometers to produce high-quality surround-sound. The upgrade will be compatible with all major video streaming apps that support multichannel audio, including Hulu, Netflix and Disney Plus.
Journalists are increasingly using TikTok to develop story ideas and expand their audiences. Robert Hernandez, of the School for Communication and Journalism at USC Annenberg, said, "What we're seeing is very much in line with Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter, which all started as something ephemeral, something fun…Then we realize that the platform is viable and complex and can take on serious topics."
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