#453 March 28, 2016 – Less is More with Apple’s new iPhone and iPad

This week’s headline story: Less is More with New iPhone and iPad!

Apple’s New iDevices Say: Small Is Beautiful, Too [NewsFactor]
Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 11.51.14 AMApple unveiled new smaller devices. A 4″ iPhone, and a 9.7 inch iPad Pro. Powerful mobile devices in smaller sizes. The company is hoping they’ll appeal to first-time buyers and those who have shied away from the bigger-screen models Apple has sold in recent years. At a time when overall smartphone sales are slowing, Apple is touting its four-inch iPhone SE as the “most affordable” new phone the company has offered. While it comes with an upgraded camera, faster processor and other features, the SE has a starting price of $400, or $50 less than the older iPhone 5S that it’s replacing.

In other news:

  • Gender Pay Gap Widest Among Computer Programmers [NewsFactor]
    New research from Glassdoor reveales a huge gender pay gap among those in the computer industry. The results based on 534,000 anonymously shared employee salaries, found that the largest pay gap — adjusted for experience, education, position, location, and industry — existed among certain types of computer programmers, with men making on average 28.3% more than their female counterparts.
  • Microsoft apologizes for offensive tirade by its ‘chatbot’ [Reuters]
    Microsoft is “deeply sorry” for the racist and sexist Twitter messages generated by the chatbot it launched last week, a company official wrote, after the artificial intelligence program went on an embarrassing tirade. The bot, known as Tay, was designed to become “smarter” as more users interacted with it. Instead, it quickly learned to parrot a slew of anti-Semitic and other hateful invective that human Twitter users started feeding the program, forcing Microsoft Corp to shut it down. Following the setback, Microsoft said in a blog post it would revive Tay only if its engineers could find a way to prevent Web users from influencing the chatbot in ways that undermine the company’s principles and values.

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and in Tech Industry news…

  • Apple Pay Reportedly Coming Soon to Web Sites [newsFactor]
    Apple has been telling retailers that it will be expanding Apple Pay to online payments before the 2016 holiday shopping season. Apple Pay lets shoppers complete purchases on mobile apps or in Safari with just their fingerprints instead of by entering credit card details.

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