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 announces updates
Apple introduced some major changes Monday afternoon at their 2016 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). Many of the announcements centered around operating system updates, including a new watchOS, a renamed macOS, and the inevitable iOS 10. Each update offers more organization and unity within their devices. WatchOS allows users to switch easily between clock face designs, even offering a Minnie Mouse clock face – which can be color coordinated between green, yellow, and red.
Apple also announced the next-best thing to their own paid TV service through a partnership with Sling TV. Sling TV will give users the ability to watch live TV from television channels like ESPN, HBO, and AMC, all through their Apple TV. Sling TV costs $20 a month, like most streaming services. And with the announcement of the Sling/Apple partnership, Apple has cut the cost of their Apple TV device to an affordable $89.
Another great update is that you can now use Apple Pay to purchase items online. Apple Pay was only available through iPhone devices and apps up until now. But after today, Apple Pay will be available through many consumer websites, making the buying process less clunky for users because you won’t have to type in all your payment and shipping details with each purchase.
Interested in artificial intelligence? Soon, your Apple photos soon will incorporate artificial intelligence technology. This means that Apple can “automatically tag, organize, and assemble stored images” with face recognition software. This new tool is similar to Google’s photo recognition technology, except this software pulls from information directly on your device, so it’s more private.
Some of the biggest waves were made when Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced that apps like Siri and Apple Maps will be opened up to developers everywhere. Over the past few years, apps like Siri have lagged in development, becoming inferior to other personal assistant apps on the market. This open development announcement could cause a ripple of changes along all of Apple’s patented apps.
The market shifts
Speaking of smartphone apps, it looks like the market is shifting it’s focus from multi-million-dollar-making software to multi-million-dollar-making apps.The business intelligence firm App Annie’s business forecast has predicted that the app market will be worth $120 billion by the year 2020. That’s less than four years away, and a little less than double its current worth. Invest in apps, ladies and gentlemen.
Savor or Devour?
Netflix can now rate how fast you "Netflix and chill." With their new binge scale, Netflix can now determine if you like to “savor” or “devour" a show. After analyzing over a hundred television shows from around the world, this scale is specific enough to state that “Walking Dead” is more of a binger type, while “House of Cards” is enjoyed at a slower pace. Go ahead, see if you agree with the Binge Scale.
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