Google is adding Find My Device and battery features to Fast Pair headphones

Introduced a few I/Os back, Fast Pair is Google’s attempt to make its own mark on the post-AirPod headphone landscape. Many of the features are similar to Apple’s offerings, but Google’s got a leg up in one key way: third-party hardware. Like Android, the company’s focused on bringing Fast Pair to as many manufacturers as possible.

That list now includes Libratone, Jaybird, JBL (four models), Cleer, LG (four models), Anker (one pair of headphones and speaker) and, of course, Google’s own Pixel Buds. This week, the company announced a number of key features coming to Fast Pair headphones.

New this time around is Find My Device functionality, aimed at helping owners locate missing headsets. The app will show the time and location they were last in use, and will send out a chime from buds that are still in Bluetooth range.

Also new is individual battery life for buds and case. Opening the case near a paired handset will pop up that information. All of the above features will arrive [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for July 20, 2019 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 20, 2019 is Siege of Berwick (1333).
The Siege of Berwick lasted four months in 1333, and resulted in the Scottish-held town of Berwick-upon-Tweed being captured by an English army commanded by King Edward III (r. 1327–1377). The year before, Edward Balliol had seized the Scottish Crown, surreptitiously supported by Edward III. After Balliol was expelled from the kingdom by a popular uprising, Edward III invaded Scotland. An advance force laid siege to the strategically important border town of Berwick in March; Edward III and the main English army joined it in May and pressed the attack. A large Scottish army advanced to relieve the town. After unsuccessfully manoeuvring for position and knowing that Berwick was on the verge of surrender, the Scots felt compelled to attack the English at Halidon Hill. They suffered a crushing defeat and Berwick surrendered the next [...]  read more

The Apple Watch Series 3 gets a price cut at Walmart’s ‘The Big Save’ sale

If you’re looking for a killer deal on an Apple Watch, then you’re in luck. Walmart’s ‘The Big Save’ summer sale is happening now and has the Apple Watch Series 3 down to $199. That’s an $80 discount and the lowest price we’ve found for the best-selling smartwatch. Walmart also has the Apple Watch 3 with Cellular on sale for $299.

The Series 3 Apple Watch is a health-focused smartwatch that also keeps you connected with the ability to send messages, make calls, and receive notifications. The Apple Watch helps you live a healthier life by tracking activity, workouts, calories burned, and offers continuous heart rate monitoring. The swim-proof smartwatch includes GPS technology and provides an impressive battery life of up to 18 hours.

The Apple Watch 4 currently retails for $349, which makes the $199 price tag on the [...]  read more

3 fattori da considerare quando l’aggiornamento di uno esistente innovazioneInnovazione

Andrea Parco Stampa |

Contrariamente alla credenza popolare, non tutte le innovazioni sono reso popolare e diffuso nello stesso modo, con una manciata di “early adopters” dando il via a un effetto domino esponenziale influenza.

Quando la previsione della popolarità e i tassi di adozione di un nuovo prodotto o innovazione, secondo la Harvard Business Review, ci sono differenze significative tra le nuove tecnologie e gli aggiornamenti o sostituzioni di tecnologie esistenti. Infatti, mentre la marca-nuove innovazioni di solito un costante aumento adopters per un bel po ‘ di tempo, la sostituzione innovazioni che invece vedono una rapida diffusione in un primo momento, seguito da un brusco rallentamento in adozione.

Qui ci sono tre meccanismi responsabili di tale rallentamento, per HBR, e che dovrebbero essere presi in considerazione quando si predire come un aggiornamento di un’innovazione sarà ricevuto.

1. Recency: Se l’originale innovazione è stata introdotta [...]  read more

Medallia stock up 76% following first day trading on the NYSE

Customer experience management platform Medallia (NYSE: MDLA) rose more than 70% in its New York Stock Exchange debut Friday.

The nearly two-decades-old business priced its shares at $21 apiece, the top of its proposed range, Thursday evening and traded as high as $39.54 the following morning. Medallia closed up roughly 76% at about $37 per share on Friday.

Medallia sold a total of 15.5 million shares in its IPO, raising $326 million at a $2.5 billion valuation in the process.

San Mateo-headquartered Medallia, led by chief executive officer Leslie Stretch, operates a platform meant to help businesses better provide for their customers. Its core product, the Medallia Experience Cloud, provides employees real-time data on customers collected from online review sites and social media. The service leverages that data to provide insights and tools to improve customer experiences.

The company is backed by four venture capital firms:  [...]  read more