Twitter's public earnings call on Wednesday revealed the unthinkable: growth.
The company added 9 million monthly active users in the most recent quarter, shattering Wall Street expectations. What caused the uptick and can the company, under CEO Jack Dorsey, continue the momentum?
Tech Editor Pete Pachal, Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff, Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong, and Assistant Tech Editor Louise Matsakis discuss on this week's MashTalk podcast.
Joining us to talk Twitter is Business Reporter Kerry Flynn. One big theory as to why Twitter saw a surge in active users might be none other than Donald Trump. More than any other U.S. president, Trump is vocal on Twitter and what he tweets is instant news fodder, regardless of the subject matter. Did Trump single-handedly give Twitter the boost it's needed? It's highly possible.
Next, the crew dives into Amazon's new Echo Look, an Alexa-powered camera designed to help you take photos of your outfits. Is this the end to mirror #OOTD selfies as we know it?
More interesting (and concerning) is the Echo Look's AI-driven "Style Check" which lets you submit two outfit photos and the Alexa app will tell you which one is more stylish. It seems like a innocent enough idea, but how is Amazon judging you through the Look's 5-megapixel camera and exactly what does it look at to analyze (body? weight? height?) your style?
Furthermore, is this Amazon dipping its toes into augmented reality? It's not hard to imagine an Echo Look that lets you try on digital clothes, and lets you see it in 360, then purchase it from Amazon.
Lastly, Apps Reporter Karissa Bell phones in from San Francisco to talk about the ominous-sounding Kairos Society, which held three-day summit bringing together promising young entrepreneurs, executives, government leaders, and investors with the intention of finding "world-changers." Just as mysterious as its name sounds, members can only be 26 years old or under, making it quite exclusive.
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