Apple Mixed Reality Headset Gets Continuity Feature; TikTok ‘Time Limit’ for Teens; DoorDash Gets Co-Branded Credit Card; Post Office Getting Ford EV Vans & Ford Patents Remote RePo SystemPosted: March 2, 2023 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
Apple plans to bring its Continuity features to their upcoming mixed reality headset. According to macrumors.com, that would allow seamless switching between the headset and other devices, much like Apple has already for its iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Watches. I use the Handoff feature, for example, to move these reports to one computer so I can read them while I record video on another. Airplay lets you start listening to a song, for example, on your iPhone, then ‘cast it to a HomePod so you can pop out the ear buds and hear the music fill the room. With the headset, you might read an email there, then have it appear on your Mac screen to make typing a reply easier. Apple plans a virtual keyboard for the headset where you would type on the keyboard you visualize in thin air, but it may take some time and effort to get the knack of that.
TikTok has instituted a time limit for teens…sort of. Mashable.com reports that there is an automatic 60 minute screen time limit for users under 18 years old. After an hours passcode has to be entered to keep using the app. How many kids do you think will come up with the passcode their parents have set, and just enter it and keep using the app? Yep, pretty much all of ‘em. TikTok has also added a prompt that alerts teens when they have used over 100 minutes…but it’s doubtful that will cut use any more than the passcode does. This seems like a ‘we’re trying’ move to keep authorities from trying to ban the app in the US and elsewhere. If bans on other things are an indication, a TikTok ban might make the app more popular with young people than ever!
DoorDash has partnered with Chase for its first every co-branded credit card. Techcrunch.com says it’s dubbed the DoorDash Rewards Mastercard, and will offer cash back on deliveries and other purchases made with the card. It’s 4% cash back on DoorDash and Caviar deliveries, 3% on dining, and 2% on groceries, 1% on other purchases. It comes with a free year of DashPass.
In addition to the 60,000 custom designed Next Generation EV delivery vans the post office is buying, the USPS has ordered 9250 Electric Ford vans. According to engadget.com, the post office will get the first Fords in December. Meanwhile, Ford has patented a remote repossession system. Dearborn says they don’t have plans to use it right now, but it uses GPS, and cameras and sensors to locate the car and see if it is not garaged. It can also disable the car so they can’t flee with it. Having had to pick up a car a kid voluntarily gave up years ago when he blew the transmission and didn’t want to pay anymore, I could have used that…the cameras would have shown the two huge German shepherds he had when we went to pick up the car!
I’m Clark Reid, and you’re ‘Technified’ for now.