These are the tech news that caught our attention the past month. Read on to learn about Microsoft, Google, Apple and why Steve Ballmer is going nuts!
The $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics by Apple announced in May is now complete. Both companies have published statements on their respective websites. Apple wrote “Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook welcomed Beats on his Twitter as well. With that, all Beats products have started to be sold through the Apple Store.
Apple has published their contributions to the European economy as a whole. The European Commission is currently investigate whether Ireland’s assessment of Apple’s incoming revenues grants “a selective advantage” to the company. The company mentions that “the App Store has created hundreds of thousands of jobs that previously did not existed in the European economy, enabling developers to launch new companies and earn $6.5 billion from App Store sales worldwide.”
Apple launched a battery replacement program for iPhone 5 devices sold between September 2012 and January 2013 that “suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” The company is also offering refunds for people who have paid to have their battery replaced.
Houston Police Department obtained a search warrant and arrested a man for possession of child pornography after a tip from Google. Google actively scan the images that pass through Gmail to see if they match with known images of child pornography. “It is important to remember that we only use this technology to identify child sexual abuse imagery — not other email content that could be associated with criminal activity.” a Google spokesperson said.
Microsoft announced that January the 12th, 2016 is the dead line for its users to update their Windows 7 and 8 versions. If users don’t update they will not receive technical support and security updates. “Running a modern browser is more important than ever for the fastest, most secure experience on the latest web sites and services, connecting any time, anywhere, on any device.”, explains Microsoft’s Roger Capriotti.
Microsoft’s MSN Messenger, or Windows Live Messenger, will shut down October the 31st, 15 year after it was launched. The company decided in 2012 to retire the service in favour of Skype which they acquired in 2011. Microsoft will however keep MSN running in China.
The NBA announced that Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the team has been finalised, after former owner Donald Sterling was permanently banned from the NBA after his racist remarks. The former Microsoft CEO, who also stepped down as member of the company’s board, said he has “a big, bold dream for the Clippers.” Naturally a huge part of that dream is reaching the pinnacle of professional basketball and winning the NBA championship.” Ballmer has long tried to bring more pro sport teams to his hometown of Seattle, but has pledged to keep the Clippers in Los Angeles, where he unsurprisingly now plans to spend a “considerable” amount of time. Needless to say, Ballmer is really excited to own Clippers…
Amazon has agreed to buy Twitch, the popular video game streaming website, in a deal worth around $970 million. The announcement came as a surprise after reports suggested that YouTube and Twitch had already reached a $1 billion buyout agreement. “We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster,” Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said in a statement. “We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.” “Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month,” said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. “Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.”