Hashtag Trending – Spotify may create physical products, Uber Canada forces drivers to take a break, Intel rolls out new Spectre fix

Spotify appears to be on its way towards its first physical products, Uber Canada drops a new feature that will force Canadian drivers to take a break, and Intel rolls out its latest Spectre fix.

Hashtag Trending on Amazon Alexa Subscribe to Hashtag Trending on Google Play Subscribe to Hashtag Trending on Apple iTunes

From Reddit – It looks like Spotify is gearing up for its first line of physical products according to a job listing found by the Guardian. Apparently there are three job postings for an operations manager, senior product manager: hardware production, and project manager: hardware production and engineering, and one post even says that ‘Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products’. While we don’t know if this means we’ll be seeing a Spotify smart speaker or iPod Nano-type device, we’ll definitely have to keep our eye out for any future Spotify moves.

From Google Trends – Uber Canada is taking a stance on drivers that are working for too long. The new feature, which Uber Canada GM Rob Khazzam called ‘common sense’, will force Uber drivers trying to work more than 12 hours straight to take a six-hour break before they can work again. This is being done in order to curb driver drowsiness and to make the platform safer, and will be enforced through the Uber app, which will block drivers from accepting customers if they pass the 12 hour limit. Uber is certainly focusing more on driver safety – in 2017 it began giving drivers access to data about their speeding and breaking habits, Khazzam said that people should expect more from Uber on this front.

And from Google Trends once more – Intel is rolling out another patch in order to address Spectre that will cover the company’s sixth, seventh, and eighth-generation Intel Core product lines. Updates for the X-series processor family and its Xeon Scalable and Intel Xeon D processors for the data centre are also included in this patch. This update replaces a recent patch that Intel had to tell users to stop deploying because it sometimes caused computers to spontaneously reboot. According to Intel, this patch has been extensively tested and will be issued through OEM firmware pushes. This update for Spectre comes nearly two months after the CPU flaw was revealed publically, and nearly nine months since it was first reported to Intel.

That’s what’s trending today. Hashtag Trending is produced by IT World Canada. Today’s episode is brought to you by SAS, the world leader in advanced analytics and Official Analytics Partner of the Canadian Olympic Team.

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Alex Radu
Alex Radu
is a Video Producer for IT World Canada. When not writing or making videos about the tech industry, you can find him reading, watching TV/movies, or watching the Lakers rebuild with one eye open.

Featured Articles

Empowering the hybrid workforce: how technology can build a better employee experience

Across the country, employees from organizations of all sizes expect flexibility...

What’s behind the best customer experience: How to make it real for your business

The best customer experience – the kind that builds businesses and...

Overcoming the obstacles to optimized operations

Network-driven optimization is a top priority for many Canadian business leaders...

Thriving amid Canada’s tech talent shortage

With today’s tight labour market, rising customer demands, fast-evolving cyber threats...

Staying protected and compliant in an evolving IT landscape

Canadian businesses have changed remarkably and quickly over the last few...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now