This week in tech keeps you informed by bringing you the most important news in the industry. Here’s what you need to know this week.
Apple achieves 1,000,000,000
Apple celebrated selling one billion of its smartphones last week. In a milestone announcement, Apple’s Tim Cook stated, “We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference.” iPhones began selling on the market in 2007. And in 2014, Apple announced it had sold 500 million iPhones. It is remarkable that two years later, the company doubled those sales.
Zuckerberg’s pride is Facebook’s Live Videos
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, recently boasted to market experts about the Live Video feature on Facebook that provides instant video access into someone else’s world. He said, "We see a world that's video-first, we've seen in Minnesota and Dallas how live (video) can shine a light on important moments as they happen." From this, it appears that Facebook is betting that Live Video will become even more widely-used and popular as more people download and use the Facebook app on their smartphones.
Google new home for Olympics coverage?
Google released new Olympic features on August 1 that will help Olympic fans stay on top of the latest Olympic scores. Details like event times, scores, participating athletes, and medal count will appear in any Olympic search result, along with an ability to sign up for automatic alerts. The update also includes 15 dedicated YouTube accounts with video footage, and Google Map updates to the city of Rio de Janeiro, highlighting several Olympic tourist destinations.
Launchpad offers convenience to crowdfunding
Amazon’s new page dedicated to crowdfunded projects, Launchpad, will be featuring over 300 different Kickstarter featured projects. Even better, Launchpad boasts 1000+ projects on any range of subjects. "Working with Kickstarter is a great way for us to hear directly from customers what products they care about. They truly hold the power to bring these products to life," stated Jim Adkins, Amazon Vice President. Amazon receives 188 million daily visitors, so Launchpad is sure to gain popularity quickly.
Pokemon Go Plus delayed two months
On July 27th, Nintendo Enterprises tweeted out the unfortunate news that the Pokemon Go plus wearable accessories would be released in September. This will be two months after its original debut date of late July. Because Nintendo manufactures the game Pokemon Go mobile game, they don’t have full rights ownership to make accessory products. Even with the delayed release of the Pokemon Go Plus, many are anticipating the release of the wearable. The Pokemon Go Plus wristbands are intended to alert the wearer of nearby Pokémon’s.
Pandora + Ticketfly = Concert convenience
Last year, Pandora bought an app service called Ticketfly. Since then, we’ve been waiting impatiently to find out what comes of that $450 million purchase. The resulting new Pandora app feature the best thing to happen to concerts in a hot minute. Pandora now displays a new notification system that recommends nearby concerts. If users want to go, they can immediately buy tickets through Pandora. Ticketfly’s Director of Project, Caren Park, remarked that this notification feature “means more eyes and ears than ever on your events, right when they’re announced and right when they go on sale.”
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