Shiny Shiny snippets: Spotify latest tech firm to cull staff

Swedish music-streaming giant Spotify says it will cut 6% of its about 10,000 employees, citing a need to improve efficiency. “In hindsight, I was too ambitious in investing ahead of our revenue growth,” boss Daniel Ek wrote on the company’s blog.  Spotify has never posted a full-year net profit, despite its popularity in the online music market. It follows last week’s announcements of losses at Microsoft and Alphabet. Alphabet, which owns Google, said it would shed 12,000 jobs, while Microsoft said up to 11,000 employees would lose their jobs. “I take full accountability for the moves that got us here today,” Mr Ek added. BBC 

Apple’s next-gen smartphones, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro series, are expected to debut much later in the year. While it’s still too early for renders and solid looks at the phones, a new leak has now offered insight into the design changes the phones will bring. As shared by typically reliable leaker ShrimpApplePro, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro phones will all arrive with curved edges. The leaker makes it a point to note that the phones will not sport curved displays—not like Android devices, but more of curved bezels instead of the completely flat design of recent iPhones. NotebookCheck

Shoppers hoping to charge their electric vehicles while doing their weekly grocery shop could be left frustrated as new research has found that more than two in five devices in supermarket car parks are not working. Analysis of public charging data found that 43 per cent of chargers located at major supermarket sites have connection issues or are completely out of order.  The study, conducted by car leasing comparison site LeaseLoco, found that half of chargers at the Tesco and Morrisons stores reviewed were not working, while two in five at Lidl were displayed as having a fault. ThisisMoney

Onyx Boox Tab X
The Boox Tab X full Android tablet with a 13.3-inch e-ink screen has been released. The new Android tablet comes with some impressive features apart from its e-ink display. The Boox Tab X comes with advanced e-ink capabilities with a decent 13.3-inch display. The Boox Tab X is a premium e-ink tablet that is designed for seamless note-taking and reading. The accompanying stylus of the Tab X can be used for handwriting and it can also be flipped and used as an eraser. The tablet can be paired with a Bluetooth keyboard for taking notes over typing. Gizmochina

Quordle, the word-solving game that emerged at the height of Wordle’s popularity, has been acquired by Merriam-Webster, as first reported by TechCrunch. The game now lives directly on Merriam-Webster’s website, rather than on its own. “I’m delighted to announce that Quordle was acquired by @MerriamWebster,” a post on Quorlde’s Twitter account reads. “I can’t think of a better home for this game. Lots of news features and fun to come, so stay tuned!” The Verge

We are just a few days away from the Galaxy Unpacked 2023 event scheduled for February 1, where Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S23 lineup. Just like in previous years, the Galaxy S23 series will consist of three phones: Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Almost all the information about the entire lineup is already out there on the internet. Even official designs and specifications have emerged online way ahead of the Galaxy S23 series launch. Now, tipster Evan Blass has shared the official pre-order posters of the Galaxy S23, the Galaxy S23+, and the Galaxy S23 Ultra. SamMobile 



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