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Bill Gates: mi mayor error fue no acabar con Android

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Bill Gates es sin duda uno de los personajes más influyentes de los últimos tiempos. Fundador de Microsoft, genio de la informática, maestro en emprendimiento y en el manejo de grandes negocios, filántropo. 

 

Alejado desde 2014 de la dirección del imperio que construyó, no tiene mayores inconvenientes en reconocer que, a la par de sus muchos éxitos, también ha tenido fracasos destacables. Es así como en una entrevista con The Verve, no ha tenido mayores problemas en reconocer que su mayor error fue no acabar con Android.


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Report: Europe could approve Fitbit purchase if Google pledges not to use data for ads

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Earlier this month, it emerged that Google’s Fitbit acquisition was facing deeper scrutiny from the EU. A new report today says that European regulators are willing to back off if Google formally pledges not to use Fitbit health data for advertising purposes.

According to Reuters, Google could avoid a four-month long antitrust investigation by “offering a binding pledge to EU competition enforcers.” The continent’s regulators want the company to formalize its November promise not to use Fitbit health and wellness data for ads.

At the time, hardware chief Rick Osterloh said Google would give existing Fitbit users the ability to review, move, or delete data.

But to get this right, privacy and security are paramount. When you use our products, you’re trusting Google with your information. We understand this is a big responsibility and we work hard to protect your information, put you in control and give you transparency about your data.

Google reportedly has until July 13 to offer that concession as Europe’s preliminary review into the deal is set to return a decision the week after.

European regulators have already surveyed competitors about whether the purchase will harm the marketplace, and how Fitbit could benefit Google’s up-and-coming Health division.

In a comment to Reuters, Google argues its acquisition will ultimately boost competition:

“The wearables space is highly crowded, and we believe the combination of Google’s and Fitbit’s hardware efforts will increase competition in the sector, benefiting consumers and making the next generation of devices better and more affordable,” a spokeswoman said.

Since the $2.1 billion deal is still up in the air, Google and Fitbit have yet to detail any joint plans. However, we’ve spotted signs that Fitbit is working on Google Assistant for its Versa 2 smartwatch. This would compliment Amazon Alexa, and be a fast way to mark the ownership transfer.

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Next generation Fossil Wear OS watches appear at Bluetooth SIG, likely not Snapdragon Wear 4100

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Five new Wear OS watches from Fossil have been listed with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), suggesting Gen 6 Fossil watches may be coming soon.

Tonight, two new listings from Fossil Technologies, Inc. were publicly posted to the Bluetooth SIG’s website, one containing two separate model numbers — DW11F1 and DW11F2 — and the other containing three — C1NF1, C1CF1, and C1EF1.

Looking at the first new set of model numbers, you’ll notice that they line up with the model numbers of the first two “Fossil Gen 5” watches — DW10F1 and DW10F2 — when they were spotted last year at the FCC. Based on this, we believe these will be premium Fossil branded — meaning not from a partner brand like Skagen or Diesel — Wear OS watches, possibly sold under the “Gen 6” moniker.

Meanwhile the other set of model numbers is a bit harder to interpret. Based on Fossil’s habit of making the final two letters/numbers of a model number indicate a brand, we believe all three — C1NF1, C1CF1, and C1EF1 — could also be Fossil-branded. For now, we’re not sure what will set these “C” series Wear OS watches apart from the “DW” series.

While Wear OS fans are no doubt looking forward to the improvements that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100, fans of Fossil’s hardware will likely still have some waiting to do. Based on our reading of the Bluetooth SIG listings, these new Gen 6 watches reference the exact same Bluetooth designs as Fossil’s Gen 5 watches, meaning the same chips are most likely used.

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Google confirms new Nest smart speaker with official photo and video

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Google has responded to the inadvertent reveal of a new Nest smart speaker through regulatory filings by, well, confirming its existence. The company just sent The Verge an official photo of the device, referring to it only as “what the Nest team is working on from home.”

The speaker looks somewhere between the pillowy Nest Mini and the larger Google Home Max, with a similar ability to stand vertically. The picture shows it wrapped in a blue fabric, while the photos from the filing depicted a more neutral grey design.

Google also shared a brief teaser video that shows the speaker being used in the background, including a pink-ish color variant.

Google’s hardware products are notorious for leaking early, so as with the Pixel 4, it’s helpful to see the company get ahead of that reality. No word on when this new Nest speaker will be revealed in full or released, though.

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