1. Life-Saving Apple
Apple released an iPhone feature that allows you to share your location with first responders when calling 911. “When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said. Apple also stated that this feature will only be available during an emergency. This life-saving location share feature will become available only to users in the U.S. when the iOS 12 launches later this year.
2. Luminar Partners with Volvo
As a 23-year-old, Austin Russell has big plans. His company, Luminar, makes laser-based systems that enable self-driving cars to “see” and has just partnered with Volvo. Russell started Luminar in 2012 but didn’t announce it until 2017 when he struck a partnership with Toyota. According to Russell, Luminar’s lasers are 40x more powerful, cheaper, and able to assemble in minutes rather than hours. So when are these flying cars going to be a thing? A recent crash in Arizona into a Waymo car may push back the date for now. Apparently not Waymo’s fault that it was involved in a five-car collision. However, they are testing to see how the situation can be avoided.
3. The Dating Game
Crown, a new dating app, allows you to play a dating game. With the slogan “less swiping, more fun,” it seems to be more about competition. While in the app, two different people will pop-up on your screen allowing you to “crown” the winner. Those winners can either chat with you or pass. According to Andy Chen, VP of dating app Match Group, “Research shows that the human brain can only track a set number of relationships…and technology has not helped us increase this limit.” The app is free as of now, so crown away.
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