This week’s headline story: News from WWDC
Apple has announced a new version of its desktop operating system and its mobile platform. Yosemite/OS 10.10 and iOS 8 were unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week in San Francisco. The new OS update adds a variety of new features, many of which blur the lines between Mac OS with the company’s mobile iOS. For example, the update provides unified communications, where Mac users can answer iPhone calls from their desktops and notebooks. A new feature named iCloud Drive enables files and folders to be stored in Apple’s cloud and automatically accessed across Apple devices. Another new feature called Handoff lets Macs and iOS devices recognize one another when they are in the same proximity, to make moving tasks between devices easier. This allows someone to begin composing a document on an iOS device and complete it on a Mac because it knows what that person has been working on.The new iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite operating systems will also include a host of new enterprise-centric features that Apple hopes will boost its corporate market share.
Apple also announced a new programming language for OS X and iOS, named Swift which is intended to offer a faster, easier way to build software for Apple’s products than its existing programming language, Objective-C. Other announcements included a new platform for controlling smart homes, and a mobile app that collects health data in one place.
Apples new updates and Swift will hit the streets sometime this Fall.
Apple Seeks a Swift Way to Lure More Developers [TechnologyReview]
and elsewhere in Tech News.
- Intel Aims To Eliminate All PC Cables, Starting Next Year [NewsFactor]Intel has announced a new wireless data AND POWER initiative named Skylake. Once Skylake is released, data and power cables to any number of devices will disappear. With this technology, the personal computer could be free from the majority of cables within the next few years and wireless capabilities will then extend beyond desktops as more companies become involved.
- Cloud Could Triple Odds of $20M Data Breach [NewsFactor]The cloud provides all kinds of conveniences for data storage and access. However, it also makes data more vulnerable to theft. A recent study by Ponemon Institute and Netskope warns corporations that every 1 percent increase in the use of cloud services results in a 3 percent higher probability of a costly data breach.
- N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images [NYTimes]According to leaked documents from Edward Snowden, the NSA harvests millions of Internet images each day, which it then subjects to facial recognition analysis in efforts to build a ginormous database of individual’s faces.
and in Information Security news this week..
- Game Over for Lucrative Zeus BotnetThe U.S. Department of Justice has made public a multi-national effort to disrupt the GameOver Zeus botnet. GameOver is a global network of infected victim computers that cybercriminals were using to steal millions of dollars from businesses and consumers. Microsoft was instrumental in shutting down the botnet which thrived on Windows PCs.
and in Tech Industry news…
- How Google Could Disrupt Global Internet Delivery by Satellite [Technology Review]Google is reportedly planning to invest $1 billion in launching 180 communications satellites into orbit. The effort is the next phase of Google’s efforts to get high-speed Internet to under-served populations.
- Amazon Expected To Announce Smartphone June 18 [NewsFactor]Amazon has sent out invitations for a June 18th launch event. It is widely anticipated that the online shopping giant will be unveiling its long-awaited smartphone featuring a 3D display.
- Apple Sinks Its Teeth Into Bitcoin [Ecommerce Times]Apple has apparently changed its view regarding Bitcoin and other digital currencies in regards to iOS apps. The company has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories in which the app functions.
- In Jab at Google, Apple Switches to Bing for Default Search [NewsFactor]In what is interpreted as a jab at Google, Apple has announced that it will be switching to Microsoft Bing as its default search engine in its next version of OS X and iOS.
- Asus unveils 5-in-1 Android/Windows Transformer Book V tabfonetop [Extreme Tech]Asus has unveiled a new five-in-one devices named the Transformer Book V. This latest in the Transformer line, provides a Windows tablet with a snap-on keyboard to transform it into a Windows notebook, and an Android smartphone that snaps onto the tablet to transform it into an Android tablet, and an Android notebook. Confused? Me too.
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