There is nothing as quick-evolving and fast-paced as technology. That’s why we’ll be rounding up the latest updates for you on a biweekly basis. Here’s what happened in the first half of July:
1. IBM and Apple Partnership
Apple is a renowned company known for many products such as the iPhone, iPad, and Macbook laptop product lines. These products, although popular, are mainly focused on the consumer rather than the enterprise. In the enterprise field, Microsoft dominates the industry. International Business Machines (IBM), an important company in this field, recently erected a partnership with Apple. Currently, it is not clear what this partnership is about. Although the two companies have had a rough past together, as they used to compete heavily in the Steve Job’s era of Apple, this partnership sheds light on the approach Apple is currently taking.
2. Google’s I/O Conference
Google’s annual conference for developers saw the introduction of many new Android-related products. The Android is the OS that is used in the flagship mobile products by Samsung, such as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S5. These products are Google’s attempt of expanding the Androd platform into new markets, such as the Andoid L (the new mobile OS), the Android Wear (to be used on the new smartwatch by Google called the Moto 360), the Android Auto (for cars), and the Android TV (for television). Notably missing from this conference were major announcements for Google’s other wearable device, the Google Glass.
3. Facial Recognition Technology and Aging
Advances in the field of facial recognition may answer the question on everyone’s mind: how long will I live? Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are developing a facial recognition software that will determine how long you will live depending on features on your face, such as wrinkles and saggy areas. These features, when inputed to a computer, may help medics calculate your life expectancy. Only time will tell as to how far this advancement might go.
4. Amazon Introduces the KindleUnlimited
Amazon released a new solution for the book industry. Similar to the streaming services offered by Netflix for TV shows and Spotify for music, Amazon expanded their Kindle services to allow for e-book renting. For a little under $10, you will be able to access all of the Kindle books. This service is not limited to the Kindle e-reader device by Amazon; anyone with access to the multi-platform Kindle application will also be able to enjoy this service.