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Facebook's new strategy, and Apple adds robotics to supply chain | TECH(feed)

Computerworld | Mar 12, 2019

Tesla flip-flopped its strategy to shutter retail stores, Apple is increasingly using robots to manufacture products and Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a vision to pivot Facebook to a privacy-focused platform.

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hey everyone, welcome back to tech feed i’m juliet beauchamp. today’s we’re diving deep into facebook’s new strategy… and we’ll also look at tesla’s new plan to save money… and how robots are making their way into the supply chain. stick around.

tesla reversed its plan to shutter most of its retail stores in favor of a new strategy: a global 3 percent increase on most of its car prices. tesla has been cutting costs recently, and its original plan to close most of its stores and transition to online sales was portrayed as a move to pass along savings to customers, according to the company’s blog. ten percent of stores have already been closed, and another 20 percent are reportedly under review. now, however, tesla’s plan is to raise prices on its more expensive models: the model s, model x and premium model 3 versions. the base model of tesla’s model 3 will not change in price.

apple is increasingly using robots in its supply chain, according to a new report. the company’s annual supplier responsibility report revealed that apple has hundreds of supplier employees working with industrial robotics applications. on a larger scale, robotics are becoming more and more commonplace in the supply chain. self-learning robots can be integrated into a manufacturing line for as little as 60 thousand dollars each, and apple’s biggest manufacturing partner, foxconn, said last year it plans to invest 4 billion dollars in robotics and automation. so don’t be surprised if you hear more and more about your phones or computers being built mostly by machines.

okay, this next story is a long one, so settle in. facebook is shifting its strategy to focus on to private, intimate messaging according to a blog post published by mark zuckerberg. zuckerberg detailed the company’s plan to foster more private connections across its platforms--and it goes beyond secure, encrypted messaging. he visualizes a platform that allows users to make calls, video chat, send payments and share stories with friends. zuckerberg is also taking a cue from another social giant, snapchat, and aiming to make these interactions temporary: messages, photos and anything else shared can disappear within a pre-determined time frame. he also focused on making facebook’s current messaging offerings--instagram, whatsapp and messenger, integrated with each other to make cross-platform communication easier. and zuckerberg said this will all be secure, private and encrypted. this is of course a big goal that will take years to accomplish. facebook relies on public sharing to gather data and sell targeted ads, so it’s important to consider how this change may affect the company’s business model. but it’s not without precedent. wechat, a chinese social app, is one of these “all in one” apps--millions of people use it to communicate with each other, order food and even pay their bills. while this plan is pretty vague and without a clear deadline, we’ll keep you updated as we learn more about facebook’s potential strategy shift.

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