How Convergence Led to the Smartphone – Amazon Rekognition, Android 11 Beta

Smartphone convergence, Android 11 Beta.

• Apple announced that they would be sunsetting iBooks Author and iTunes U, but the writing was on the wall.
• Amazon banned police use of its Rekognition facial recognition technology for one year while it waits for Congress to implement stronger regulations.
• Daniel Bader from Android Central details the new features of Android 11 Beta 1, and what consumers can get excited about when its officially released later this year.
• On CNET’s 25 year anniversary, Brian Cooley talks about how the smartphone revolution could easily have never happened if convergence wasn’t embraced early on.

Articles discussed within the episode:
The Skype Song:
Apple Announces iTunes U and iBooks Author Will Be Discontinued:
Amazon Bans Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology for One Year:
30,000 Unsuspecting Rose Bowl Attendees Were Scooped Up in a Facial Recognition Test:
Here’s Everything New in the Android 11 Beta:
Don’t Install Android 11 Beta if You Use Google Pay:
The Phones We Use Today Nearly Didn’t Happen:

Hosts: Jason Howell, Mikah Sargent
Guests: Daniel Bader, Brian Cooley
Tech News Weekly episode 137
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