Chroma’s top picks from today’s tech news

Chroma’s top picks from today’s tech news

Monday, May 13

Good morning readers! Here are Chroma’s top picks from today’s tech news. Enjoy the read and follow us for more on our LinkedIn page.

  1. eBay to open first British ‘concept store’ in a very unlikely city. The online giant eBay is to open its first ‘concept store’, offering small businesses the chance to sell and “showcase” their products. The pop-up store will be based in Wolverhampton for a month, with eBay saying it was aiming to help ‘reinvent’ traditional high street retailing.
  2. These are the top 25 people who will have the most influence in tech this year, according to a survey of over 30,000 developers. These top 25 results are based on 30,398 responses, and include CEOs and co-founders of tech giants, open source developers, and even politicians. The top response by far is Elon Musk, the bombastic CEO of Tesla — 30.2% of respondents wrote him in, followed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

  3. Google releases 53 gender-neutral emojis to challenge ‘man-centered culture’. Google is preparing to do its bit to tackle ‘man-centred culture’ with the introduction of 53 new genderless emojis. The tech giant is releasing the icons featuring characters who are neither men nor women later this year for its Pixel phones.
  4. Google’s Digital Wellbeing software might be slowing down Pixel phones. Google’s Digital Wellbeing software is meant to be a helpful, transparent tool for monitoring your smartphone usage habits and striking a healthier balance between tech and life. But over the last couple weeks, a number of Pixel owners have come to the conclusion that it has the unwanted side effect of slowing down their device.

  5. Amazon stops selling ‘toxic’ goods for children in US. Children’s jewellery and school supplies containing toxic levels of lead and cadmium will no longer be sold via Amazon in the US.