⏱A Google car?
New vaccine locations, and FaceID with masks
Good morning everyone and welcome to the second day of the second month. That’s gotta be lucky, right?
0:05- “Hey Google, turn left”
Ford announced yesterday that it was switching over its vehicle operating systems to Android OS beginning in 2023. This means that Google Assistant, Google Maps, and all of Google’s automotive apps will be available in Ford vehicles once the change occurs. In addition, vehicles will be able to receive over-the-air updates to fix maintenance issues or add features. Don’t despair if you’re an Apple fan though — Ford will still provide compatibility with both Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa.
0:25- Shots and groceries
Over the course of the next month, vaccines will begin to appear in retail pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and Kroger, who all claim to be ready to distribute tens of millions of shots a month. Although this is great news, it’ll take a very coordinated effort. For example, Walgreens needs to hire 25k people in order to handle the influx of demand. In response to this anticipated development in the distribution of the vaccine, President Biden also mentioned that he might actually raise his goal of 100M vaccine in the first 100 days to 150M. To date, the US has vaccinated 27.9M people since his inauguration.
0:54- There’s only one response to this: “Finally”
Apple released the iOS 14.5 developer beta today, and it shipped with a much anticipated feature: the ability to unlock your phone with FaceID while wearing a mask. Unfortunately, the major drawback is the requirement that you must be wearing an Apple Watch. That’s worth $279 though, right?
1:07- It turns out that making video games is hard
Only days after a story broke about Amazon’s woes in the gaming industry, Google announced that it was shuttering its internal Stadia development division to focus exclusively on cloud computing instead. This announcement means that countless games under development are now cancelled, and more than 150 developers are now without work.
1:21- Elon Musk in the Club(house)
Who knew Elon Musk was popular? Last night he hosted a chat in the audio app “Clubhouse” that was so popular it broke the audience limit for the first time in the app’s existence. He talked about space, cryptocurrencies, AI, vaccines, and then he actually started interviewing the Robinhood CEO who was in the audience, and asked him directly if anything “shady” had gone on last week.
Have a great rest of your day, and we’ll see you tomorrow bright and early!
-The 90 Second News Team
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