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The Week That Was: Consumer Technology (01/02/19)

1st February 2019

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“Alexa, what shall I wear today?”

It was every 90s girls’ dream and it seems as though Cher Horowitz’s tech enabled wardrobe in Clueless may finally be a reality for some, as Amazon as filed a patent regarding an augmented reality shopping app. The app would allow customers to try on outfits with a virtual mannequin created from their social media posts – “As If!”

iSpy

Apple made the group functionality on its FaceTime application temporarily unavailable this week, as it rushed to fix a glitch that allowed users to listen in on the people they were calling, even when they didn’t pick up the call. Under certain circumstances, the glitch also allowed callers to see video of the person they were calling before they picked up. Ironic following Apple’s 13-floor billboard over CES in Las Vegas stating, “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone”…

Is your fitness tracker lying to you?

According to a new study, popular fitness trackers are overestimating the number of calories burned by more than 50 per cent. Researchers found that the trackers were inaccurate during walking and running tests. It’s not so surprising that fitness trackers aren’t the be all and end all when it comes to monitoring how many calories you’re burning, as a lot of the time the companies themselves say the information they offer is only based on estimations.

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