Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC14) took place last night and while some of the predictions were a little wide of the mark, there were some announcements that came as little surprise.
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On 19th April this year, people all over the world were queuing up outside independent record shops from the early hours of the morning to get their hands on a variety of Vinyl, CDs and cassette tapes in aid of Record Store Day. If you haven’t heard of Record Store Day before, this annual global event sees bands and artists release limited edition recordings on physical media with the promise that they are exclusive and will not be released anywhere else. The idea is that by releasing these rare tracks, it will encourage people to shop in these little independent stores and help to boost their sales which have suffered at the hands of digital media.
When the Lightning connector was released by Apple back in 2012 there were many cynics, critical of the reasons for changing their uniform charging/transfer cable. After Apple boasted about the fact that all of their products were interconnected and standardised, they introduced the Lightning connector, discontinuing the previous 30 pin connector and dividing their product line. While this is something of an outdated issue, the real motives for altering their connection ports may finally be coming to light.
Forget smartphones and tablets – The next big tech battle will take place in the car. In-car technology is getting better and companies are vying to be at the forefront of the "infotainment" revolution.
What could you buy with $19 billion? Well, according to CNN, 12.6 billion hot dogs; 4 World Trade Centres; 198 million years’ worth of Netflix; or relief for the Philippines 3 times over. Few companies can afford to splash that amount of cash, however Facebook can count themselves in that small bracket. Instead of keeping Mark Zuckerberg in hot dogs for the next few millennia though, Facebook decided to spend it on WhatsApp. The $19 billion price tag shocked many, however there must be some reason that Facebook valued the app so highly.
We round up this month's game news, looking at the death of Flappy Bird, Pokemon crowd control and the soaring sales of the PlayStation 4.
The subject of conflict minerals is a big one for technology companies at present, as there are lots of ethical, financial and logistical issues surrounding the use of illegally sourced materials in the production of their hardware. There are four minerals in particular that are used to extract metals which are used by many high profile tech companies in certain devices such as phones and laptops. The 3TG minerals as they are known are so called as they produce tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. These have lots of uses when producing hardware, however, they are also surrounded in controversy.