Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.
So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.
AR Pioneer: Metaverse Could Replace Reality
Louis Rosenberg, developer of the first functional augmented reality system for the Air Force, has concerns that what Facebook is developing could plunge us straight into a dystopia. He said his concerns stem from the powerful companies that will provide the platform, will also control the infrastructure for the project. How third-party companies will become involved in placing tags and ads over real-life information could lead to privacy concerns unlike anything tackled in the past.
iOS Beta Blurs Nude Images for Children
According to a report from MacRumors, the latest beta of Apple’s iOS includes a new safety feature in Messages. The feature is designed to shield children from sexually explicit material. The child will be warned about the image and told it’s ok not to view it. The feature is integrated into the Family Sharing system and also offers resources for children needing help.
Elon Musk Sells $5 billion Worth of Tesla Stock
Following a Twitter poll, Elon Musk is making good on his promise to sell 10% of his stake in Tesla. Some are speculating the move is to sell at record-high prices to cover his upcoming tax burden. Musk will receive tens of billions worth of stock options in the coming year, and the sale likely is to cover the tax from those options.
New Backpack Integrates Find My iPhone
CES has honored a product in advance of its 2022 show. The Targus Cypress Hero EcoSmart Backpack has built-in support for Apple’s Find My app. A small tracking module is in place, so there is no need to toss in an AirTag.