The FDA says it has worked tirelessly with 23andMe (over a number of years) to resolve the situation: it's reportedly engaged in "14 face-to-face and teleconference meetings, hundreds of email exchanges, and dozens of written communications" with the company. But those discussions have apparently proven unsuccessful, and in the meantime, 23andMe has risen in popularity and ramped up marketing for DNA analysis — even airing ads on television for the first time. Now the company faces a major obstacle: it must satisfy the FDA's requirements or face punishments including injunction, product seizures, or major fines. … [Read more...] about FDA orders 23andMe to halt sales of DNA test kit
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As it stands, using the Tonal feels like paying to be a beta tester. That’s both good and bad: because Tonal is clearly young, growing, and learning, it’s extremely receptive to current user feedback. Employees are often personally engaging with users on dedicated Facebook groups and via emails; on one occasion where I skipped through a workout and rated it 3 out of 5 stars, someone from the team reached out to note what had happened and asked how the program could be improved. Additionally, the employee suggested other classes I might want to try that might better suit what I was looking for based on my specific reason for rating the class poorly. … [Read more...] about Training with Tonal, the ‘Peloton for weightlifting’
The downsizing reflects a shrinking market for DNA kits. Illumina, which makes genetic-sequencing technologies and counts 23andMe among its customers, reported that sales were down across the industry in an earnings call last summer. Genome-sequencing company Veritas Genetics also nixed its US operation last year and laid off around 50 employees after struggling to raise capital. … [Read more...] about 23andMe just laid off 100 employees
"We heard you on the issue of legacy products and modern products not being able to coexist in your home. We are working on a way to split your system so that modern products work together and get the latest features, while legacy products work together and remain in their current state," Spence wrote. … [Read more...] about Sonos CEO apologises but will not provide software updates for legacy products
So, does the reason hold water? Well, while the company's reasoning for the "Recycle Mode" effectively bricking devices was, to put it bluntly, embarrassing, this time around there may be some merit to pulling the plug on support for older hardware. Most of the hardware listed was released around 2007 and 2009, and that's a long time ago in tech terms. Tech becomes obsolete at a rate that can be quite astonishing, and while customers thought they were buying speakers, they were actually buying computers attached to speakers. … [Read more...] about Why is Sonos dropping support for older speakers, and does the reason hold up?