Tech Was The Week That Was

As usual a selection of the tech stories from the week.

Apple thinking about creating a messages app for Android…

It is kind of unlikely that this would happen, it’s app’s like this that drives people to purchase Apple products but maybe a cut down version on Android would drive people to buy Apple instead but I’d say that this report that came from Consumerist is probably a wet dream rumor that is slopping around the cesspool of smugness called Silicon Valley.

Microsoft wants to be kings of game streaming…

Amazingly Microsoft thinks there is a future in live streaming of games Twitch style.  Let’s see if this really pan’s out.  They claim there will be no lag but we’ll have to wait and see.  More importantly will it be good enough to make gamers that use Twitch switch over.  I doubt that it will be enough,  better is not always the most popular.

Netflix CEO is not opposed to the merger of AT&T and Time Warner…

Reed Hastings has said that he is not opposed to the merger but only on the basis that Netflix gets equal treatment by AT&T.  That seems to be a pretty guarded statement, either they are getting a special deal or think that they should get that special deal themselves.  Who cares, Netflix is no longer desirable for many with their carousel of pulling shows and then a few months late adding them back on claiming they are totally new shows.  The selection of viewable shows is shrinking though and for cord cutters they tire of seeing the same shows over and over and over.

AT&T – Time Warner deal headed for FCC Review…

Yeah, it’s going to review, no surprises,  AT&T really wouldn’t like it to go that way but it is.

Twitter shrink their staff…

Talking of shrinking, Twitter are reducing the number of employee’s they have.  Guess they need to make their business look leaner and more attractive…

And talking of making the business more attractive…

Rumors are around that Twitter and Disney are in talks again for a purchase though why Disney would want Twitter remains a mystery to the world.  Though the culling of jobs is most definitely an indicator that maybe one of the conditions on the sale of Twitter could be that they cut their overheads.

Apple improves their “Get Support” functionality on their website…

One of the things that has always been a pain in the backside is dealing with the support of your devices.  Now it knows which products you own and allows you to select from those products and tells you what type of support you still have and any warranty left on the product you are requesting support for.  A small step for Apple and huge step for Apple users.

Apple created a TV guide App, now we wait…

Apple unveiled their TV guide but it won’t be available until December and limited to the USA for the time being.   It’s designed to interact but seemingly according to reports will not function with Netflix just with TV providers.

Which is faster…

As expected after Google’s Pixel went on Sale comparison’s are being made concerning which is faster, Google Pixel or iPhone 7,  Cult of Mac did a comparison between the iPhone 7 plus and the Google Pixel XL and as expected the iPhone 7 Plus outperformed.   This is something that will always happen when you have a device with everything from the processor to the OS designed and written by the same company, it works far far far better when it comes to many features such as handling memory and speeds.  I always think that these stories are really just to stroke their tiny tech journalist ego’s…

Google continue to separate themselves from the Android and Chrome branding’

Google have managed to totally erase the Chromecast branding, First they killed the Chrome name and renamed to GoogleCast and now have killed the Cast part of the app renaming GoogleCast to GoogleHome.

I am sure that they intend updating the app to allow control of Internet of Things devices. Pretty soon too.

Airpods, Apple delays their wireless earbuds…

Apple announced the day before the unveiling of their TV App and new Macbook Pro’s that they have decided that the launch of the Airpods will be delayed, that they feel they are not ready for launch.  I’m am sure that this is correct that they are ironing out a bug before they go to market or there is a production issue that has arisen and they don’t want people returning them due to a fault.  After all Apple is experience orientated.

Yes Apple did create a Macbook design with an ARM coprocessor…

Almost 8 weeks ago I said that Apple were launching a Macbook design with an ARM based co processor to handle security to start and for Apple to dip their toes into making ARM based Mac’s with no reliance on the faltering update cycle of Intel’s processors.

While others exclaimed surprise I just told them that I had predicted the fingerprint reader and the Arm Chip weeks ago and moved on.   Those guys should start thinking outside the Box, or in this case “Think Inside the Apple Crate”.

Finally a company makes an Edgeless display and it wasn’t Apple..

Everyone seems to think that Apple should be the one to innovate and are surprised when another company brings out tech they thought Apple would.  Apple though tends to play it safe and are rarely at the front of new designs, especially display tech.

Chinese Tech firm Xiaomi’s latest phone has a true edgeless display, expect others to adopt or this tech, maybe the next Samsung will do this they need to create a new cutting edge phone that doesn’t explode and this may be the feature that would make it desirable.

Android has a 9 year old Linux Kernel bug…

…that allows every version of Android to be rooted.   According to XDA Developers the exploit  the flaw has not been patched on almost every Android device.  We can thank this situation on the lousy updating done by Carriers and Manufacturers who would rather push customers to buy new devices by not updating the OS on phones perfectly capable of running updates and not implementing security fixes when they are needed.

Microsoft Launches all in one desktop…

To compliment their Surface book notebook Microsoft Launched a device that they claim is a comparable device to the iMac, it’s a large touch screen desktop  with the ability to bring the screen down flat.  I’m sure there are people out there that this is a desirable feature but I don’t like touch screens.  It’s fine on a tablet and fine for phones or small devices but large screens are just not fun to use touch on.

This is not a device that will entice me back to using Windows…

Google compensates buyers of Google Pixel for late deliveries…

Google has been sending out credits to the Google Play store to customers that ordered the Pixel phone and didn’t receive their devices within the delivery window they provided.

Does this indicate the supply of the devices are faltering or production is not keeping up with demand,  Google has been silent on this issue.

UBER wants flying cars…

…a month or two ago I joked about flying cars saying that Apple had created one and it was spotted flying alongside the Golden Gate Bridge.  UBER on the other hand are serious about their desire to have flying cars,  will they be autonomous? Possibly, though I am sure it’s purely a twinkle in the Uber founder’s eye.

Amazon missed on their earning estimate and the crowd goes wild…

Those crazy Tech journalists were so hopeful that they would get the magical $1000 share price like it is something special.

The rest of the world totally ignored them and moved along.

MAGSAFE is now MAGgone…

Yeah, the tech media is throwing their usual hissy fit over a change, the new Macbook’s don’t have it and they are crying like little children.  They should grow the bleep up, It’s just a connector and it’s time was gone a long time ago.

With that I bade you goodbye for now, as usual the best way of getting more information is to search the internet using a non-google web search product.   Thank you to my two regular readers and as usually will post my usual sarcasm commentary during the week. Toddle pip.

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