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Trends With Benefits

Sep 23, 2016

Yahoo reveals a major hack, Apple looks to advance Project Titan by possibly purchasing McLaren and/or Lit Motors, Alexa is going everywhere, Google's Jigsaw would like to control trolls with AI monitors, Nintendo NX rumors and what they need to do, to be different.

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Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Jeffrey Van Camp, Caleb Denison, Holly Smith and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • Yahoo reveals a MAJOR hack: It's been uncovered that up to 500 million email accounts from Yahoo were hacked and being sold online by a hacker named "Peace". This is a huge security breach and we wonder what this means for Verizon's upcoming acquisition of Yahoo.

  • Apple shifts focus to McLaren & Lit Motors: Project Titan has been shrouded in mystery over the last few years, but it's been clear that Apple has plans to get into the automotive market. Now rumors are circulating that they are looking to jump start this by purchasing McLaren and possibly a bizarre motorcycle-like car.

  • Alexa pushes third-party development: Amazon has been encouraging third-party developers to create apps for it's platform for a while and it seems the market has responded. From adaptable watches, to push-notifications, to plans to have Alexa initiate conversation, we discuss where Amazon is heading and how it will compete with Siri and Google Now.

  • Google's Jigsaw looks to control trolls with AI: A branch of Google's parent company has developed a program called Conversation AI. It's touted as being able to accurately and quickly filter up to 92% of comments on sites that are deemed as offensive. Can this possibly control trolls?
  • Nintendo NX rumors: The new system from Nintendo is rumored to be some sort of a bridge between mobile and console gaming. What will they have to do, to stand out in a market dominated by Sony Playstation and XBox?

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