Bytes: What’s new in tech
LinkedIn promotes video
LinkedIn “is betting big” on video being a key feature of your future résumé, said Matt Weinberger in BusinessInsider.com. The Microsoft- owned professional networking site is giving users the ability to record videos to add to their profile or upload ones they’ve already taken. The aim, executives say, is to highlight users’ work, like recently finished projects or product demonstrations, or to add personal touches to a professional profile. The site has been testing the feature for the past few months: A NASA employee recently added a video of a rocket launch, while HotelTonight’s CEO uploaded an advice video about the importance of team lunches. LinkedIn has been mum about future applications, but analysts believe the next step could be live video, with offerings related to professional mentoring and recruitment interviews.
Billionaires back ‘clean meat’
Billionaire Richard Branson and Microsoft founder Bill Gates have invested in a startup working to create meat that doesn’t involve killing animals, said Shruti Singh in Bloomberg.com. Memphis Meats makes synthetic beef, chicken, and duck “from self-producing animal cells,” citing the rising demand from consumers for organic protein that is “less reliant on feed, land, and water.” The products are not yet commercially available, but have attracted investments from big agricultural companies like Cargill. Branson predicts that in 30 years, “all meat will either be clean or plant-based.” Other agricultural companies that are investing in the “clean meat” movement include Tyson Foods, which has invested in Beyond Meat, another synthetic meat company.
Samsung’s next act
Samsung is working hard to put the debacle of its exploding smartphone behind it, said Brian X. Chen in The New York Times. The South Korean company’s newest device, the Galaxy Note 8, was unveiled last week and comes with “many improvements consumers expect to see in smartphones, like more speed and a better camera.” It’s also unlikely to catch fire, the company insists, having gone through a battery of safety tests—including, for the first time, a series of checks by an independent product safety consultant. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was recalled last year after dozens of the phones overheated and exploded. The new Note 8 is also water- and dust-resistant, and includes a digital stylus that has “better pressure sensitivity and a finer tip.” ■