There's so much CES stuff, I'm going to put it into a 2nd section:
Kodak is getting in on the blockchain action, creating the KodakOne platform and KodakCoin cryptocurrency. KodakOne is an "encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers to register both new and archive work that they can then license within the platform". The KodakCoin allows photographers to "receive payment for licensing their work immediately upon sale". I want to laugh, but, it sounds useful. Now lets see if Kodak will actually release a product people can use via this, instead of just going ahead with the ICO on Jan 31 and then running away with investor money. Kodak's stock jumped 37% on the news.
Snapchat doesn't release much data about how its app is used and likes to keep all metrics on its use private. Weird for a publicly traded company worth billions, but anyways, some internal info on app usage has leaked and it's revealed some interesting stuff on how this incredibly popular platform is used. Basically everything in the app besides messages and stories are very underutilised. Only 21% of users view the Discover part of the app once a day and a megre 11% use the Maps feature. But users do send an average of 34 messages on Snapchat a day, so it's still popular - just nobody really wants the new stuff (or even know it exists, hence why Snapchat is urgently re-designing its app instead of pissing around with camera sunnies)
You may have heard that the federal government has a mobile phone coverage blackspot program. It hands out cash to telcos to fill in gaps in mobile phone networks around Australia, that otherwise, the telcos wouldn't bother with as spending their own money is unprofitable. The Victorian government is sick of the federal government's petty "well Victoria doesn't vote for us, so we won't give them any money" bullshit and is gonna give $11m of its own cash to Optus and Telstra (no Vodafone?) to build new phone towers around the state. I wish they'd do this with the NBN.
Apple is in hot water again over in the UK and France. In the UK, they handed over £136 million in additional taxes after the UK tax department did an audit and found Apple's payments a significantly light. Things look a little more serious in France, where there's a criminal investigation into Apple's decision to make iPhones with crap batteries slower, which depending on how you interpret it, comes under France's anti-planned obsolescence laws. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Wi-Fi Alliance will publish a draft spec of WPA3 soon, replacing the compromised (remember KRACK) WPA2 protocol. Part of the spec will include "protection against brute-force guessing of passwords through blocking logins after too many failed attempts". My favourite though, is encryption for open networks - so all those free wi-fi hotspots will not be a total security dumpster fire to use. Devices using WPA3 will appear before the end of 2018. Devices supporting WPA3 should start appearing by the end of 2018.
HomeKit fans might like to know that Officeworks is selling the D-Link DSH-C310 Omna security camera (still the only HomeKit camera I think?) for $174.30. The rest of today's bargains come from Light In The Box. To get the prices I mention, use the codes contained in the Ozbargain links! Xiaomi 70 Mai dashcam for $36.18, best dashcam under $100. An aluminium case for the Raspberry Pi 3 for $9.40. 64GB and 32GB Samsung Evo Plus for $24.21 and $13.45 respectively. High quality Nitecore D4 AA/AAA (and a bunch of LiPo cylinder cells) battery charger for $22.85.
That's it, see ya tomorrow!