Another juicy week in the tech news industry. We’ve voluntarily given up our privacy, why not up the ante by chipping ourselves. Epicenter, Yahoo/AOL/OATH, and Apple feature in this week’s stories on the Talk of the Mountains, First News 570, with Mark Starling. Make sure you listen in.
NOT CONTENT WITH HIRING NOSY RECEPTIONISTS EPICENTER CHIPS EMPLOYEES TO KEEP TABS ON THEM
Back-in-the-day, the nosy receptionist worked a side hustle by keeping tabs on employees as they came and left the office. That, “must have been an awesome lunch,” was code for you should get your ass back to work. Fast forward to the 90s and the first proxcards were used to know who coming in late and lying on their timesheet. New for the 21st century and straight out of Black Mirror, Swedish company, Epicenter is chipping employees and doing away with proxcards. 160 or their 2000 employees have agreed to have a near-field RFID chip implanted in the meat between their index finger and thumb. Epicenter employees will be able to pay for food at the cafe, exchange contacts, use RF activated door knobs, and of course fill out their timesheets. Of course this could lead to invasions of privacy. But, what’s privacy?
YAHOO CONTINUES IDENTITY CRISIS POST VERIZON BY HITCHING UP WITH AOL AND CALLING ITSELF OATH
Yep. AOL and Yahoo, two early Internet pioneers and behemoths in their hey day. Both companies have faced issues as social platforms and mobile were smaller, faster, and just plain cooler. OATH, is now saying that it will rule the digital world and deliver exciting and impactful content to Internet users. Yahoo for years faced an identity crisis across its apps and properties, AOL failed to innovate for its excited and marketable audience, and now we have the taking an OATH and teaming up. I’m not convinced. Oh, and Marissa Mayer will not be taking one.
APPLE MAKES COMPANIES AND BREAKS COMPANIES
Take it from me. Having a big ass company as a customer is good business. And take it from me, having a big ass company as a customer is bad for business. Imagination Technologies is experiencing that feeling right now. The graphics chip maker boasts Apple as one of it’s largest customers to the tune of accounting for 50% of its revenue. Well, Apple is now deciding to build their graphics technology for their next set of phones. Thereby, putting Imagination Technologies future prospects into question. IT for their part says that they don’t believe Apple will be rolling their own tech, but after watching the company make their own processors, I’m not convinced. And, this is coming on the heels of Apple’s mega deal with Samsung for the purchase of 70 million OLED screens for hopefully the iPhone8.