Now in Tech: 1/22/2018
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Apple's HomePod nearing launch
Apple's homePod speaker just received FCC approval and is close to official launch. After the release was pushed back from last December, this Siri-powered speaker will finally ready to make a claim in the smart speaker market that has been predominantly Amazon and Google's turf in recent years.
Amazon Go store opens to public on Jan 22
Amazon confirmed the Amazon Go store, the check-out free store attached to the company's new Seattle headquarters, will start business to non-employees on Jan 22. The launch is delayed by more than a year. Customers will need to scan a smartphone app to sign in before a computer vision AI system let them take items off the shelf and walk outside the shop check-out free.
Grab add bike-sharing to its app
Grab, Uber's main competitor in Southeast Asia, is rumored to add bike-sharing to the existing ride-hailing services. The news leaked as a curious Singaporean resident spotted Grab-Cycle bikes being loaded onto a lorry and later shared the pictures on the Internet. Grab has declined to comment on the news.
Selfie App Snow scooped $50 million new investment
According to Techcrunch, Snow that was once an Asian Snapchat, raised $50 million from Softbank and Sequoia China. The app stripped from its previous resemblance to Snapchat and evolved into a selfie app that focused on localized filters, stickers and features. The new investment will be used to develop AR features and facial recognition technologies.