1. Twitter plans to get more people verified with blue checkmarks
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admits the current verification system at Twitter is problematic and being falsely used by neo-Nazis and white nationalists in America. Verification was originally given to celebrities as an approve of identity, but later expanded to other high-profile figures as a status symbol. Dorsey admits the current system is “broken” and biased comments are widespread. Twitter announced it will soon launch a new process for verification to ensure credibility, especially for political candidates in elections.
2. Amazon hopes to “humanize” the virtual assistant by adding new follow-up mode
Amazon’s virtual assistant “Alexa” has definitely gained some popularity since its born. But if you have a habit of bossing around Alexa with multiple questions and commands, you might find it daunting to keep saying “Alexa” again and again. With more competition coming from Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon is adding a new feature allowing “Alexa” to wait 5 seconds for your additional requests. With nobody locking down the market yet, competition over virtual assistant now become fiercer than ever.
3. Didi heads to the food delivery, Uber goes for healthcare
Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi recently launched a food delivery services to compete with one of the most profiting unicorn company Meituan-Dianping, who have dominated this field for more than 5 years. Meanwhile, its US counterpart Uber introduced a new service specifically designed for people with healthcare-related needs. Community Transport Association data shows that as many as 3.6 million Americans miss doctor appointments due to lack of reliable transportation. Uber and its new services will allow users to book for transportation right after their doctors’ appointments and as early as 30 days ahead.
4. Elon Musk to fly people on Mars next year
Elon Musk said Sunday during a Q&A at the SXSW festival that SpaceX will be ready to launch its Mars Rocket on 2019. The rocket, called by him as Big Falcon Rocket, expects to one day take people to leave Earth and take a tour on the mysterious maroon planet. Musk said that colonizing Mars will be a huge entrepreneurial opportunity and might save humankind from darkness future on earth. While many believe landing on Mars might be a solution with population boom and shrinking resources, how to carve up Mars might be a daunting task for governments and international organizations.
5. Forget Netflix! Third party planner can help you better organize your TV schedule
Netflix is now being criticized for not updating its users frequent enough. Many people log into their Netflix account, add their favorite TV on My List, but later forgot about the content they need to watch if the APP is off. Reelgood, a third-party device actually does a better job in helping you get organized with the TV programs you want to watch. The catalog not included all shows on Netflix, but Hulu, HBO, and many other popular TV channels. Each is sorted by week, so you have plenty time to plan your viewing.