Tech Facts July 2014

By 4th August 2014December 14th, 2017Technology & Business Intelligence

These are the tech news that caught our attention the past month. Read on to learn about Kindle’s new service, IBM (heart) Apple, Project Zero and more…

Police technology

British police started to test NEC’s NeoFace, a facial recognition software designed to automatically identify criminals from digital images. Police officers in Leicestershire will be the first ones to test the software which is capable of matching faces against 90,000 photos in seconds.

Kindle

After users spotted the premature promotional banners for the unannounced service on Amazon’s website, they officially announced Kindle Unlimited. The service provides ”…unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month”

European Commission

After a request of the European Commission, that announced a series of guidelines that it would like developers and app stores to comply with, Google has said that by the end of September, it will cease to advertise games as “free” when they include in-app purchases and that it will also require payment verification before each purchase.

IBM & Apple

Apple and IBM team up. In an interview with Recode, Tim Cook admitted that the landmark partnership is focused on the enterprise costumer. “We’re good at building a simple experience and in building devices,” he said. “The kind of deep industry expertise you would need to really transform the enterprise isn’t in our DNA. But it is in IBM’s.” IPad sales over the last quarter had a 16 percent drop, and the partnership means for Apple a new customer base, while for IBM it will ensure that the company remains the predominant service provider for enterprise clients, in the mobile business.

Google

In the latest effort to improve its internal security, Google announced “Project Zero”, a team of dedicated security engineers tasked with reducing the number of flaws in software and services that haven’t yet been fixed, allowing hackers to readily exploit them, which was the case with the Heartbleed bug. Chris Evans a Google security engineer, wrote on Google’s online security blog: “We’re not placing any particular bounds on this project and will work to improve the security of any software depended upon by large numbers of people.”

Net Neutrality

FCC received over a million comments on its Open Internet proposal, or “net neutrality”. The goal of the proposal is to have all data flowing over the internet treated equally, regardless of what that data is, who it comes from, or who it’s going to. The new proposal, however, would allow some parties to create so-called “internet fast lanes,” which could disadvantage parties that are unable to pay for them.

Samsung

Citing “changes in market demand”, Samsung says it will end production of plasma display panels by the end of this year, leaving the market to LG alone. The company told CNET it will now focus entirely on 4K technology and their curved HDTV.

Russia

Members of the Russian parliament passed a new law that requires internet companies to store Russian user’s personal data inside the country’s borders. The law is defended by the parliament as a measure to protect internet users against foreign spying, but the move could make it easier for the government to track Russian citizens. Companies, like twitter, will have to open data centres inside the country by 2016 or face being blocked.