Blake Hester / Polygon:
Former Microsoft employees and third-party developers reflect on the rise and fall of Microsoft Kinect, which was once billed as the future of Xbox — For a moment a decade ago, the game industry looked like a very different place — Illustrations by Cobysoft Joe for Polygon
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Facebook will now notify users via email and the Facebook App when their account is used to login into a third-party app or website — It´s pretty easy to forget where you use your Facebook credentials to log in, especially since using it is as easy as clicking a single button.
Michael Thomsen / Daily Mail:
Toyota launches Kinto in Europe, a package of four separate mobility programs including car sharing, car pooling, and subscription-based leasing — Toyota Kinto is a package of four separate services that will be available in Europe in 2020. The four programs are:
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Gartner: global Mac shipments in Q4 dropped by 3% YoY, to 5.26M units, as the overall PC market saw growth for the first time since 2011 — Apple´s worldwide Mac shipments were down in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to new PC shipping estimates shared this afternoon by Gartner.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
A look at tech catering to the needs of the elderly showcased at CES; US citizens over 50 are projected to spend $84B on tech products over the next decade — At CES 2020, tech´s biggest trade show, it was heartening to see that the tech industry is paying attention to the needs of the elderly …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Sources: Microsoft is slated to release a Windows update on Tuesday to fix a critical flaw in a crypto component present in all versions of Windows — Sources tell KrebsOnSecurity that Microsoft Corp. is slated to release a software update on Tuesday to fix an extraordinarily serious security vulnerability …
Steve Crowe / The Robot Report:
Hesai Technology, a China-based LiDAR manufacturer with customers like Bosch, Lyft, and TuSimple, raises $173M Series C co-led by the Bosch Group and Lightspeed — While LiDAR manufacturers are busy pumping out new sensors at CES 2020, a leading Chinese LiDAR maker closed one of largest financing rounds ever in the sector.
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
HP Spectre x360 13 (2019) review: an excellent high-end laptop with nice port selection, good performance, and great battery life, but its trackpad is narrow — There wasn´t a lot to fix, so HP added a few features to make this convertible even better. — There was a lot to love …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
epiFi, India-based neo-banking startup, raises $13.2M seed round at a $50M valuation led by Sequoia India and Ribbit Capital — Two co-founders of Google Pay in India are building a neo-banking platform in the country — and they have already secured backing from three top VC funds.
Steven Sinofsky / Learning By Shipping:
CES 2020 show notes: a look at 12 technologies/categories, the raw materials of the primordial soup of innovation that the show has become over the years — CES continues to be an event where you can see the raw materials of the next big thing far more often than you can see the next big thing.