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.
Amazon Biometric Palm Reader Debuts at Red Rocks Amphitheater
Amazon is taking a deeper dive into biometrics with the launch of Amazon One. Amazon One is the company’s palm reader technology. Once a person signs up, a simple wave of the hand is all it takes to purchase items. At Red Rocks, it will be used to allow entry into the facility and users will have a dedicated, faster entry line. Fans will simply hover their hand over the device, giving their unique palm signature, and then gain entry.
Intuit Purchases Mailchimp for $12 Billion
Intuit stepped outside of the box this week to make a major move toward making email marketing a massive sector of its business. The TurboTax and QuickBooks maker has purchased email giant Mailchimp for the tidy sum of $12 billion. This is Intuit’s largest acquisition since its 2020 purchase of Credit Karma for $7 billion. The move also includes $500 million in restricted stock for Mailchimp employees.
Study: Social Media is Making Polarization Worse
A report released by the NYU Stern Center for Business claims that social media’s lack of regulation has led to the increased polarization of the nation. The report argues that tech companies failed to self-regulate sufficiently and it’s time for government intervention. It also states there should be an investigation into how technology was used to incite the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol Building.
Sony PS5 Update Coming Wednesday with M.2 SSD Support
A major update to the PS5 from Sony drops tomorrow, and users can expect several new features — chief being the ability to use the M.2 SSD slot. Starting tomorrow users will also be able to take advantage of its 3D audio capability through their television’s built-in speakers. Users will also be able to customize the layout of the Control Center.