Google Maps Get Local and Dirty; Apple Joins the Home Assistant Race; More in Five for Wednesday


  1. Sensors on Google’s experimental StreetView cars in Oakland are capable of producing street-by-street air-quality data.
  2. Apple’s just-announced HomePod looks like it’s positioned to compete with Sonos and other WiFi speaker makers, as well as with every other company (Amazon, Google) that makes a voice-controlled home assistant. How Siri matures is going to be a large part of its success (or failure).
  3. Renewable energy is now capable of powering half of Western Europe.
  4. Upcoming changes to Chrome and Safari will substantially change your experience of the web, combatting videos that play automatically and blocking “egregious ads”. Let’s make this happen yesterday.
  5. Police in Wales have used facial recognition technology to make an arrest for the first time. While that’s an important tech story, so is this: facial recognition technology has been used on about 1/2 of American adults (about 117 million of us).

Joseph Sullivan

Joe Sullivan is a User Experience Designer for the Center for REALTOR® Technology.

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