Google's YouTube will launch a music streaming service next week, it said Thursday, as it looks to use its popular internet video brand to tap the growing market for paid music streaming. YouTube Music, which will offer both ad-supported and $9.99-per-month versions, will compete directly with services from Spotify Technology SA, Pandora Media Inc, Apple Inc and Amazon.com YouTube Music will launch on May 22 and include features such as personalized playlists based on a user's YouTube history. The service is expected to eventually replace Google Play Music, the Alphabet Inc. unit's existing music streaming brand. The news sent stocks of music streaming companies Spotify and Pandora lower by about 2 percent on Thursday morning.
Biometrically controlled firearms in the United States are again a topic of conversation. A pair of stories this week, one by Reuters and the other by USA Today, took a look at a small group of companies developing biometrics-enabled weapons that can only be fired by people authorized by software to use them. On-gun sensors record and match fingerprint biometrics, palmprints and grips to block or enable a gun's firing pin. Some designs depend on RFID technology to accomplish the same thing. A Reuters reporter last week watched a third-generation 9mm smart gun made by LodeStar Works being test-fired on a gun range.
TL;DR: The Trova Go biometric storage box will help you keep your small valuables safe. As of Jan. 23, you can get it for $185, a 15% savings. There are some pretty high-tech ways to keep your valuables safe. The Trova Go biometric storage box, for example, connects to Bluetooth and can only be opened biometrically using the Trova app on your phone. The Trova app tracks your box and alerts you to its last known location, plus it lets you know how much battery is left and when it needs a charge.
If 2020 was the year that you realized all of the little details of your home that just weren't working for you anymore, then 2021 is the year you should make improvements. With this smart home fingerprint biometric lock, you can worry a little less about getting locked out. It's particularly good for people who live alone -- all you need is your fingerprint to open the door. But it also features other ways to unlock the door: You can use the fingerprint unlock, enter a password, use the IC card or key, unlock with the included remote, or unlock directly through an app. This smart home lock is compatible with the Tuya Smart and TT Lock apps. It even shares real-time security updates with you.
The number of live-streaming apps are starting to rival the number of cable news channels. YouTube has officially launched its own mobile streaming feature --though it will only be available for a select group of YouTubers for the time being. YouTube isn't new to the live-streaming game--it's been offering options to broadcast live on its platform since 2011, primarily from computer webcams. But with the popularity of Facebook Live and Periscope, the internet's favorite video sharing site couldn't help but get in on the action in mobile streaming. The new live-streaming feature added to the YouTube mobile app gives creators on the platform the ability to go live any time from any device.