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This week -Amazon AMAZES this week with a raft of new Gizmo’s

This week -Amazon AMAZES this week with a raft of new Gizmo’s, Instagram has a bad press week and Machine Learning, known as AI – could reframe EVERYTHING and I’m Steven Rosenbaum,
I’m Gene DeRose and this is Future Forward… let’s launch


AMAZON ANNOUNCEMENTS (MANY!)

Echo HomePod? Amazon wants you to build your own

Echo HomePod? Amazon wants you to build your own

Everything you need to know about the Amazon Echo
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/amazon-echo-alexa-everything-you-need-to-know/

Amazon’s Echo event seems to have lost an iPhone X notch
https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/9/20/17884470/amazon-echo-event-iphone-x-notch-photoshop

Seven Amazon Echo speakers – which is right for you?
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/08/28/seven-amazon-echo-speakers-which-right-you/1105311002/

Amazon’s microwave works with Alexa, automatically reorders popcorn
https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-to-make-alexa-powered-microwave/

What’s up with Instagram:

Instagram is testing a native resharing feature for the feed
https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/20/17884170/instagram-regram-native-reposting-sharing-feed-test

Instagram’s new TV service recommended videos of potential child abuse
https://www.businessinsider.com/instagram-tv-service-igtv-recommended-potential-child-abuse-2018-9?op=13

This week in Machine Learning:

Amazon launches Scout, a machine learning-powered visual shopping tool

Amazon launches Scout, a machine learning-powered visual shopping tool

Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room
https://www.quantamagazine.org/machine-learning-confronts-the-elephant-in-the-room-20180920/

Apple’s Latest Silicon Doubles Down on Machine Learning
https://www.electronicdesign.com/embedded-revolution/apples-latest-silicon-doubles-down-machine-learning

Future of Photography – Future Forward, Special Edition.

Taking, editing and sharing photos has never been more fun, useful, and untethered — so why does managing digital collections have to be such a confusing and unsatisfying pain in the butt? We’re all over that, with a special Future of Photography edition of our show today. But first, some report cards have come in for how social networks are grappling with fake news. Then we’ll zoom in to picture the future, including the new iPhone XS; Apps and cloud services for photos; and some scary news about what IBM and the NYPD have been up to for the past ten years. Get focused, and stand in the light — you’ve arrived at the latest edition of Future Forward! I’m Steve Rosenbaum. And I’m Gene DeRose. Let’s launch!

Gene: Taking, editng and sharing photos has never been more fun, useful, and untethered — so why does managing digital collections have to be such a confusing and unsatisfying pain in the butt?

Steve: We’re all over that, with a special Future of Photography edition of our show today. But first, some report cards have come in for how social networks are grappling with fake news.

Gene: Then we’ll zoom in to picture the future, including the new iPhone XS; Apps and cloud services for photos; and some scary news about what IBM and the NYPD have been up to for the past ten years.

Steve: Get focused, and stand in the light — you’ve arrived at the latest edition of Future Forward! I’m Steve Rosenbaum.

Gene: And I’m Gene DeRose. Let’s launch!

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INTRO / LOVING-HATING
LOVING… Prisma
HATING… Apple’s Family Sharing

1– SOCIAL NETWORKS’ FAKE NEWS REPORT CARD

2 new studies add to the debate about social media in the era of fake news…

Facebook beats Twitter at fighting fake news, a new study found
https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/15/17862198/facebook-fake-news-study-twitter-stanford-nyu

68% of Americans Get News from Social Media… Yet 60% Also Expect it to be “Largely Inaccurate”

News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2018

And Let’s Not Forget about Instagram
https://1851franchise.com/instagram-takes-measures-to-combat-fake-news-2707681

2— FUTURE OF PHOTOGRAPHY

a- SMARTPHONE CAMERAS KEEP GETTING BETTER

Video: New iPhone’s Extraordinary Photo Features
https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/business/technology/apple-shows-off-new-iphone-xs-camera-features/2018/09/12/4a987b38-b6b9-11e8-ae4f-2c1439c96d79_video.html?utm_term=.236ab9d60ffe
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Under the Hood: Apple’s Best AI is in its Camera.
https://qz.com/1390638/youll-find-apples-best-ai-in-its-camera/

Apple Raises the Ante in the Smartphone Camera Arms Race
https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/tech-gaming/could-the-new-iphone-xs-be-a-real-alternative-to-a-camera-37315518.html

b- PHOTO APPS KEEP COMING — AND GOING

Angel List: 1,146 Photo Sharing Startups / Average Valuation: $4.2m
https://angel.co/photo-sharing

Best of Breed of Current Batch: EMOJER, Out of Y-Combinator

Emojer – New HomePage

15 of the Best Photo Apps on Android and iOS
https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/buying-guides/best-photo-apps

c-MANAGING PHOTOS KEEPS SUCKING

OM: Some thoughts on Google Photos vs. Apple Photos

Some Thoughts on Google Photos vs Apple Photos

Best Cloud Storage Services for Photos
https://www.consumerreports.org/digital-cameras-photography/best-cloud-storage-services-for-photos/

From albums to phone cases, here’s how to bring your digital photos into the real world
https://www.popsci.com/digital-photos-into-real-world

Shutterfly ($1.2 billion annual revenue) Buys Lifetouch for $825m Cash — Jan 2018
http://www.startribune.com/shutterfly-to-buy-eden-prairie-based-lifetouch-in-825m-deal/471810094/

d- FACIAL RECOGNITION KEEPS GETTING SCARIER: IS THIS 2018— OR 1984?

First Google, then Amazon, now IBM and the NYPD are painting a scary, Orwellian picture of the future…
https://www.fastcompany.com/90237393/with-petition-protest-targets-ibm-over-nypd-surveillance-technology

INTERCEPT First Reported: From 2007 to 2016, NYPD and IBM Collaborated on Technology to Search Surveillance Footage by Skin Color
https://theintercept.com/2018/09/06/nypd-surveillance-camera-skin-tone-search/

Listen to 4 min Report Aired Thursday on NPR:
https://www.wnyc.org/story/nypd-video-was-used-develop-software-id-people-skin-color

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CODA / IF THERE IS TIME…

SPEAKING OF FAKE NEWS:

Does Apple’s Gushy Rhetoric at Product Announcements Make it the Trump of Tech?

The 7 most egregious fibs Apple told about the iPhone XS camera

SO MANY PHOTO APPS… FURTHER READING:

Chatbooks raises $11.5 million to put photo printing on autopilot

https://www.suite48a.com/monetization/

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/wjx95x/hipstamatic-instagram-what-happened-to-hipstamatic

https://www.visual1st.biz/program2018/

7 Photo Startups Destined For Greatness

https://www.theverge.com/2013/11/5/5039216/everpix-life-and-death-inside-the-worlds-best-photo-startup

https://www.theverge.com/2016/3/2/11140928/app-store-economy-apple-android-pixite-bankruptcy

https://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2014/11/18/shutterfly-acquires-groovebook/#24e328055bbe

Instagram Revenue and Usage Statistics (2018)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thestoryexchange/2018/04/18/meet-the-startup-thats-satisfying-social-medias-thirst-for-beautiful-photos/#10549f313091

https://www.axios.com/instagram-facebook-new-life-mark-zuckerberg-fe7adc49-1305-47d2-a576-a458181c9f92.html

Change at AOL, CBS, and Alibaba – The Fall Fallout? FuFWD

Big changes in Media and Tech this week. Changing of the Guard, or is it more? Then, the web fights back against extremist video And, Tech gets called to testify before Congress. it’s a busy week here at Future Forward. I’m Steve Rosenbaum And I’m Gene DeRose… Let’s Launch!