Wednesday in CE: The Amazon, Google Feud May Be Getting Uglier
Shaping up to be something of an internet Cold War, Amazon and Google are in a spat. Google has pulled access to YouTube on the Echo Show quoting that the Echo Show feature "violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience," Amazon says "there is no technical reason for that decision."
Google announced it was removing its app from the e-retail giant's touchscreen-packing Echo earlier this month, with plans to extend the ban to the Fire TV on January 1st. That same day, Amazon filed two trademarks requests with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for something dubbed "Amazontube," and another called "Opentube," as spotted by TV Answer Man.
The patent describes Amazontube/Opentube as providers of "non-downloadable pre-recorded audio, visual and audiovisual works via wireless networks." It adds that the services would "enable users to share content, photos videos, text, data, images and other electronic works," and goes on to list topics, ranging from gaming to dance, fashion and tech.
It's a dicey move, but it seems that a lot of pieces are in motion including Amazon registering AlexaOpenTube.com, AmazonAlexaTube.com, and AmazonOpenTube.com.
Six years and $1.9 Billion Later, Here is Magic Leaps Smart Glasses
Magic Leap updated its website on Wednesday morning, revealing its highly anticipated augmented-reality smart glasses for the first time.
Billed as the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, the smart glasses feature an array of sensors on the front, connected via a wire to a battery and computing pack designed to be worn on the belt, matching the details first reported by Business Insider earlier this year. A wireless controller is used as input.
Magic Leap's glasses will integrate computer graphics into the real world, a technology often called "augmented reality" by other companies. Magic Leap calls its technology "mixed reality."
Magic Leap's site lists several use cases for the headset, including web browsing and shopping, opening up multiple virtual monitors and telepresence. That's in addition to the entertainment and gaming applications that Magic Leap has discussed in the past. "Here are some of the experiences we’ve been exploring, but they are just a jumping-off point," according to the company's site.
The Best of the Rest of the Net
- Barney Harford, the former chief executive officer of online travel site Orbitz, has been named chief operating officer at Uber Technologies Inc., making him the second-highest ranking executive at the ride-hailing company.
- Apple HomePod likely a no-show at CES, but it could win anyway. The company delayed the release of its smart speaker, missing holiday shopping and potentially CES. Yet, it’s still hard to count out Apple.