Tech Facts June 2014

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

Apple

Apple announced the latest version of OS X – “Yosemite”, at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). Yosemite will add a modern look to the desktop and server operating system. The company also announced the new version of its mobile operation system, IOS 8 that includes interactive notifications, predictive keyboard and a new programming language, Swift, which Apple hopes will replace Objective-C over time.

Google

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google plans to spend more than $1 billion on building satellites that will offer Internet access from space. The project will start by building 180 satellites, weighing less than 250 pounds each. “Internet connectivity significantly improves people’s lives. Yet two thirds of the world have no access at all”, declared a Google spokesperson.

Android

Google revealed the new version of Android, codenamed Android L, at this year’s I/O conference. The new operating system makes its debut with a total visual reboot, including enhancements at the notifications bar, multi-tasking, security, battery life and performance. Running the new version, mobile devices will be able to integrate with vehicles supporting Android Auto, another system announced at the event.

Google Glass

Google glass will be banned from most movie theatres in UK. The decision was made by the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association, a trade group that says it represents 90 percent of UK theatre operators. “Customers will be requested not to wear these into cinema auditoriums,” Phil Clapp, the CEA’s chief executive, tells The Independent, “whether the film is playing or not.”

Made with Code

Google announced a new program, “Made with Code” which aims to get more females involved in computer science. The program includes coding projects, partnerships with youth organisations and $50 million in funding. “Nowadays, coding isn’t just a skill useful for working at a tech company; engineering isn’t just for engineers. Interior design. Medicine. Architecture. Music. No matter what a girl dreams of doing, learning how to code will help her get there,” wrote YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki. “Things you love are Made with Code.”

Uber

Uber, the startup company that makes mobile apps that connect passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services, closed a $17 billion financing deal with leading investors in the world, taking $1.2 billion of primary capital. Facebook is the only startup to raise money at a higher valuation before going public.

Tax laws

The European Commission launched an investigation to examine tax arrangements made by authorities in Ireland, The Netherlands and Luxemburg, with Apple, Starbucks, Fiat Finance and Trade. The investigation will ascertain whether the tax arrangements comply with the EU rules on state aid.

Starbucks

Within the next year, Starbucks plans to install wireless phone chargers at its coffee stores across the US. Powermat’s wireless charging stations – small circles implanted in tables and counters – will make their way initially on the west code, and expanded across the country in 2015.

Powermat

Amazon

Amazon launched Prime Music, a free streaming music service for its Prime members, to rival with other streaming services. The new feature, will give subscribers access to thousands of songs for free and without interruptions from advertising, but it will omit most new releases, and will not include the catalogue of the Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company.

Microsoft

Microsoft released a promotion offering up to $650 when MacBook Air owners trade in their laptops for a new Surface Pro 3 between June 20th and July 31st. During the product press event, the company compared both products, and believes its model can replace a laptop, and it’s positioned directly with Apple’s product.