This month we’ll start to release monthly posts about tech facts that got our attention in the previous month. Here is our list for November:
- BlackBerry Ltd abandoned plans to sell its company, saying it would continue as a public company, and announced a US$1-billion investment deal with Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. and a consortium of other investors.
- Apple released a report showing the number of governments requests about its customers. The most common account requests involved crimes and missing person cases. The request responses usually involves providing a name and an address.
- According to various sources, in the near-future Apple Stores will start to offer replacement services for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c parts, eliminating the need to fully replace a damaged unit. Customers whose device is protected by an AppleCare warranty will receive part replacements free of charge. Otherwise, fees will be based on individual parts.
- Mobile messaging startup Snapchat rejected a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook, which would have been Facebook’s largest acquisition ever. The offer came out days after Mark Zuckerberg’s multibillion-dollar company admitted young people are losing interest in the social network, in a gradual exodus to messaging apps.
- Apple’s proposed project for a new campus got a final approval from the Cupertino City Council, where it will be based. The new Apple’s headquarters, that looks like a ‘Spaceship’, and is expected to open mid-2016, will include a 2.8 million square foot, glass-sheathed oval main building, an underground parking lot that can hold 2,400 vehicles and a 100,000 square foot fitness center.
- The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced new rules to allow certain electronic devices to be used during take-off and landing, and is also considering the Cellphone use on planes. Since 1991, the use of cellphones is prohibited due to concerns that they could interfere with wireless networks on the ground. The FAA said recently that cellphones pose no safety threat to aircraft.
- Microsoft continued to attack Google, with the campaign “Scroogled”, offering merchandise such as mugs, caps, T-shirts and hoodies, with an anti-Google message, on its online store.
- The new generation gaming consoles, Xbox One and PS4, were released, having both sold out online and in the shops around the world, and major suppliers won’t be able to deliver them until after Christmas.