Friday March 7, 2014
In typical Apple fashion, the company has remained tight-lipped over its new technology until right before its release. Apple recently made an announcement about CarPlay, the long awaited in-dash technology that had been known to many for the last year as iOS in the Car. The company recently released a number of details of what CarPlay will do, and also announced that the first CarPlay enabled cars will be available to the public in a matter of weeks.
CarPlay confirms that the next big battle that Apple and Google will engage in will be over the car interface. While right now, that technology may only control media and make phone calls, car technology is on the verge of some major changes, and the interface will become very important. Here's a look at Apple's first major salvo in this battle in: What is Apple CarPlay?
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Thursday February 27, 2014
We live in our bubble of technology in the western world; many people don't realize that the majority of the global population has never had an Internet connection. Many of the frivolous uses of the internet may be far from essential, but the Internet can also serve as a channel for economic development. Knowledge and data traveling to people can empower them and offer opportunities for employment that were previously impossible.
Some of the largest tech companies in the world recognize the power held in this technology, and recently Mark Zuckerberg took some concrete steps to unleash this power by creating Internet.org. It is a group of companies with a very ambitious goal, and I underscore the importance of its mission in my article detailing: What is Internet.org?
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Thursday February 27, 2014
As we've seen with the massive success of the Nest Thermostat, there are a number of areas of our life where technology interfaces need improvement. Few are as integral to our everyday lives as car dashboards. While in-dash technology is developing, there are many who wish car companies would just let a company like Apple or Google worry about dashboard interfaces, so automakers could just focus on the car.
Well, it looks like this wish has been granted. Both Google and Apple have entered into projects aimed at integrating their technology more closely with cars. Google is taking a similar approach to their rollout of Android by forming the Open Automotive Alliance. Will the results be the same as that of iPhones vs Android phones? Time will tell.
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Tuesday February 25, 2014
I'd be remiss if I didn't at least mention Facebook's gigantic acquisition of WhatsApp. This was a move that had been rumored for some time, as my article in April attests. Big tech companies have a hard time staying on top. This seems particularly true of social networks: just ask MySpace and Friendster. Facebook seems to be employing a novel approach; rather than frantically innovating from within and hoping teens continue to find them relevant, Facebook has looked for would-be competitors, and acquired them before they got too big.
Facebook's acquisition strategy is very telling of the company's priorities, and for a company that's still relatively young, it's made a lot of acquisitions. I look in greater detail at what these acquisitions tell us in: Facebook Acquisitions.
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