[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 08/31
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Football and video, the strategy that Facebook hopes will win. The social network has launched into secondary markets to get an idea of its ability to mobilize its users.
Why this is important: In order to quickly attract users to its new Watch video platform, particularly in emerging countries, Facebook has decided to take a bet in football, a new step by the internet giants towards the purchase of major sports rights. Rather than attacking rights on European markets, the social network has embarked on secondary markets, which allow it to have an idea of its ability to mobilize its users. With Spanish La Liga in South Asia, and more mainly in India, and the Champions League, as well as the Europa League, in South America, Facebook can launch a phase of large-scale testing but at a lower cost.
TV, audio, “smart home”: Tech trends for the start of the school year at IFA. In Berlin, the first generation of 8K screens will be unveiled, containing four times more pixels than an already high-performance UHD screen.
Why this is important: The IFA, Europe’s largest electronics fair, kicked off in Berlin on Friday with its avalanche of new products. Several trends emerge. For example, At IFA is unveiled the first generation of 8K screens, containing four times more pixels than an already high-performance UHD screen. The catch: the first content won’t be available until 2020 and the Summer Olympics in Japan. The headphone, star of the decade, has already abandoned the jack plug two years ago and is slowly giving way to “earbuds”, these small in-ear and bluetooth headphones. With the growing craze for podcasts in 2018, headphones also focus on comfort and fit into soft bands that allow you to fall asleep with them.
At IFA, voice assistants are essential. Privileged showcases for these artificial intelligence software, more than 100 million connected speakers will be sold by the end of 2018.
Why this is important: Two years after their appearance in homes, voice assistants speak more languages and lead a host of devices to the wand, but have yet to win over a large audience. “Virtual assistants will reach the mainstream adoption phase within two to five years,” predicts Mike J. Walker, vice president of research at Gartner, at the IFA show in electronics in Berlin. For now, Gartner believes that this technology is going through a period of “wait or excitement”, generally followed by a slight fallout preceding true democratization.
To boost Amazon Pay in India, the company gets its hands on Tapzo for $ 40 million. Tapzo could be an ally in a market where Amazon Pay must also rely on the presence of many other players: Google Pay, Paytm, MobiKwik or still PhonePe.
Why this is important: The Indian economy continues to attract investment from tech and ecosystem giants. After Google, which enriched and renamed Tez, its local mobile payment application in Google Pay, or Warren Buffet who invested $ 360 million in Paytm, Amazon has acquired the Indian company Tapzo for around $ 40 million. according to information obtained by Techcrunch. Tapzo makes it possible to group together a certain number of applications, more than 35 according to his website, like Uber, Ola, finTech BillDesk or even foodTech Zomato, in a single application. Tapzo could therefore be a real ally in a market where Amazon Pay must also count on the presence of many other players: Google Pay, Paytm, MobiKwik or PhonePe.