TechNews Daily 2017.01.10

10 Jan

Mini-apps are WeChat’s strategy to connect to the offline world: HuosuMobi Zhao Jiuzhou
“No mini-app stores, no entry point in WeChat, limited push notifications, no sharing in WeChat Moments.” This description from Zhang Xiaolong, Tencent senior vice president and the “Father of WeChat,” on mini-apps has shaken public predictions about WeChat’s product structure. From what we can tell so far, Tencent has been strikingly restrained in integrating mini-apps into WeChat ecosystem.

Baidu shows off their AI on popular mental athletics show, The Brain
Last Friday, Baidu pitted their artificial intelligence against China’s best minds in the Season 4 premiere of Zui Qiang Danao (最强大脑 or The Brain in English), a popular weekly show featuring contestants performing feats of mental agility.

The iPhone turns 10: a visual history of Apple’s most important product
The Verge
Ten years ago today Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPhone. He described it as three devices in one: “A widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device.” But since its first unveiling, the iPhone has become much more than that. It’s a symbol of the tech industry, of the modern era as a whole, and has made Apple the largest company in the world in terms of market capitalization, with some even speculating it’s the most profitable product ever. A decade on, and it’s still making headlines. Let’s take a look at how the iPhone has changed over the years.

Are ‘smart’ high heels brilliant or terrible?
The Verge
A French company named Zhor-Tech was showing off two pairs of “smart” high heels at CES last week, adding to the list of tech companies that are trying to appeal to women with a variety of Bluetooth-connected, traditionally femme products.

Yahoo says Marissa Mayer will leave board after Verizon deal closes, will operate under new name Altaba
Venture Beat
Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer will be resigning from the board after her company completes its acquisition by Verizon. She is not the only one to depart from the combined company, as cofounder David Filo, Eddy Hartenstein, Richard Hill, Jane Shaw, and Maynard Webb will be leaving. Eric Brandt will become the chairman of the board.