Americans are spending less time tapping and scrolling within social media apps, at least on Android phones, according to a recent report from SimilarWeb. From the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016, the average time Americans spent per day in the Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram apps actually declined. See our chart for the breakdown:
People are spending less time in social media apps, study finds
West Elm stores are getting Sonos listening rooms (and speakers, of course)
Sonos may have just opened its own flagship store in New York a few months ago, but their retail strategy doesn't stop there: Today, Sonos announced a partnership with West Elm that will see Sonos speakers and components sold in West Elm Stores, many of which will be outfitted with new "Listening Labs" that enable customers to hear the high-fidelity wireless sound systems for themselves.
The design-centric home retailer–which also offers interior design consultation and in-home installation services–is not just adding sound and music to its repertoire of products, but training its staff to help customers understand the role that sound plays in the design of one's home.
"This is not a product addition," West Elm president Jim Brett told Fast Company. "This is about the way that we see ourselves being involved in people's lives."
Uber adds another option to its marketing vehicle
Through a partnership with location data startup Yext, Uber will offer brands like Cole Haan or Guitar Center to add a "call me an Uber" button to their websites or emails. Click that button, and you can book a ride to the nearest store location. Uber's app will serve you ads relevant to your destination (i.e., a food menu for a restaurant) on the way. SK
Morning intel: Facebook at Work to launch October 10, hackers circle voter registration sites
• The FBI has detected hackers "poking around" voter registration sites in more than a dozen states, CNN reports. As with previous breaches to DNC servers and cell phones, the hackers are believed to be backed by the Russian government.
• Spotify, which just launched in Japan, is reportedly in talks to acquire SoundCloud, according to the Financial Times. If such a deal were to happen, it could give Spotify a huge boost in users compared to Apple Music.
• In keeping with earlier reports, TechCrunch says Facebook has sent out invites for an October 10 launch event in London to debut its Slack competitor, Facebook at Work.
• For its upcoming coworking spaces in Detroit, WeWork signed leases that include a profit-sharing component, to accommodate fluctuating real estate prices.
• The Lose It diet app can now identify what you're eating and its calorie count as you're eating it, with a new beta feature called "Snap It" that uses computer vision. Here's how it worked for us.
NYC’s famous Union Square Cafe will use Apple Watches to improve customer service
When New York's Union Square Cafe reopens next month, floor managers and sommeliers will be wearing Apple Watches as part of a new customer service initiative. When a VIP walks into the restaurant, owned by Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer, or "someone orders a bottle of wine, a new table is seated, a guest waits too long to order her or his drink, or a menu item runs out, every manager will get an alert via the tiny computer attached to their wrist," reports Eater. It's all part of a partnership with Resy, the reservation systems startup. MB
This diet app now lets you take photos of your meal and tells you what you should be eating
The popular diet app Lose It's new "Snap It" feature (in beta) automatically identifies what's in your lunch and tells you what you should be eating. After taking a picture with your smartphone, the app then analyzes a photo of the meal, and compares it against models from external databases as well as Lose It's internal database, providing "food suggestions based on what it sees," reports Fast Company's Neal Ungerleider.
Polls taken three days after the first presidential debate are pretty good at predicting the election
It's been three days since Monday's face-off between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and she's up about 3 points in the polls, according to Real Clear Politics. In the three previous elections, the candidate who ended up winning the election was also leading in the polls three days after that first debate. Even Obama was ahead of Romney after his disastrous first debate back in 2012.
Three days after first debate (RCP average):— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) September 29, 2016
2016—Clinton +3.0 pic.twitter.com/uXx2Y2tmZM
Mercedes just unveiled its all-electric SUV concept car, the Generation EQ
Mercedes-Benz introduced its all-electric SUV concept car, the Generation EQ, at the Paris Motor Show this morning. With a range of up to 310 miles and similarly priced to the GLC Crossover, it looks amazing but it won't hit showrooms for another three years, and the company expects to have four electric cars in production by 2020, says Mercedes car division head Dieter Zetsche, reports Business Insider.
Samsung: More than a million people around the world are using Galaxy Note 7s with safe batteries
In a statement on its Chinese website, Samsung said that more than a million people around the world are using Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with batteries "that are not vulnerable to overheating and catching fire," reports Reuters. Earlier this month, the company announced a recall of 2.5 million smartphones in 10 markets amid reports of batteries catching fire. The fiasco is not expected to have that much of an impact on Samsung's bottom line, with analysts expecting a one-off recall cost of about 1 trillion Korean won ($913 million) and reduced margins in the third quarter. MB
FBI says hackers “poking around” voter registration sites
FBI director James Comey said so during a Congressional hearing today on Capitol Hill. CNN sources later in the day said hackers targeted registration sites in more than a dozen states. Comey advised states to be diligent about security around the sites, and to be aware that hackers are "poking around."
"There have been a variety of scanning activities, which is a preamble for potential intrusion activities as well as some attempted intrusions at voter database registrations beyond those we knew about in July and August. We are urging the states just to make sure that their deadbolts are thrown and their locks are on and to get the best information they can from DHS just to make sure their systems are secure," Comey said.
The news marks a broadening of the FBI's investigation into suspected hacks around the U.S. presidential election. Hackers earlier this summer broke into Democratic National Committee servers, then broke into the servers of the Clinton campaign, and reports surfaced Tuesday of hack attempts against cell phones used by DNC officials. The FBI reportedly believes Russian government-backed hackers are behind all of it. MS
Facebook’s F8 developers conference set for April 18-19
Medtronic’s “artificial pancreas” for patients with diabetes gets a green light
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved medical device maker Medtronic's "artificial pancreas," which automatically delivers insulin to patients with type 1 diabetes when they need it. The system measures patients' glucose levels every five minutes.
Previously, many patients had to manually monitor their diabetes by making educated guesses about the right dose of insulin.
Some have pointed out that the approval came more quickly than expected, and point to the role of patient communities on Twitter and Facebook such as #WeAreNotWaiting.
The approval of 670G was incredibly fast. Even MDT was surprised. I wonder how #WeAreNotWaiting played into that.— Pete Schwamb (@ps2) September 28, 2016