As the U.S. presidential elections heat up and campaigns for both leading nominees of political parties are ongoing, 13 companies of the tech industry in the U.S. are pushing for a Technology Sector Presidential Platform, which includes policy recommendations on strengthening cybersecurity, enhancing data privacy, pursuing an active trade agenda, among others.
According to Tech Times, the group sent an open letter to both presidential candidates last May 4, which outlined several policy recommendations that covered issues regarding the development of American skill and talent pool in the 21st century, fostering a business climate that "rewards risk" and "promotes innovation," creating a "fair and open global market for goods and services" and continuing to provide cutting-edge infrastructure that's entreprenuer-friendly.
The letter was signed by representatives of the 13 companies that include: BSA/The Software Alliance, the Consumer Technology Association, the Information Technology Industry Council, Allied for Startups, Internet Association, Computer & Communications Industry Association, Computing Technology Industry Association, Semiconductor Industry Association, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Software & Information Industry Association, Technology CEO Council, Telecommunications Industry Association and TechNet. more >>
In a matter of four months, tech reviewers, analysts and pundits will be flocking over at Germany's biggest tech show – the IFA 2016. Also known as the "Berlin Radio Show," IFA or "Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin" is considered as one of the earliest industrial exhibitions held in Europe and has now become the world's premiere trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances.
The event takes place in Berlin and for one week, products from big tech companies will be exhibited. In 2015, the IFA was dominated by wearable technologies like smart watches from manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola and Huawei. Smartphones were also a staple.
This year, there are a lot of speculations that the show will be featuring yet another array of innovative products in the field of entertainment as well as in home improvement. more >>
All good things must come to an end and this is the case with Microsoft's offer for a free upgrade to its latest version of its operating system, Windows 10. The end in sight is July 29, 2016 which the company confirmed through their official Windows blog last May 5. Through the blog, the company's Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Windows and Device Group said that the company offering its latest version of the OS for free was a first for the company and this allowed many people to get their copy of the latest software on their devices. He also said that the time for such offer is already "running out."
According to him, if users fail to upgrade before the July 29 deadline, they will only be able to get Windows 10 on a new device or if they purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home which set one back by $119. Windows 10 Pro on the other hand will cost $199. This means that those who are using the pro versions of Windows 7 and 8.1 will lose their free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro if they do it past the deadline.
The free upgrade offer was made available for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who have existing devices. Notably, the end of the free upgrade also means that users will no longer be bothered with "Get Window 10" notifications that pop up on their devices. According to a report in The Verge, Microsoft is set to disable the app that sends out these notifications and eventually remove it from devices worldwide after July 29. more >>
It has barely been a year since Apple launched its latest iPhones, the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus, but rumors are already rife about the company already working on its next flagship smartphone, the iPhone 7. The latest leak according to a report in Forbes comes courtesy of Japanese blog Macokatara, which claims that the next iPhone will not have the "Smart Connector" feature that is Apple's most recent innovation among its devices.
Macokatara referred to a leaked image of an iPhone 7 prototype, which showed the absence of said feature. The Smart Connector feature was earlier introduced with the new iPad Pro tablet range, which allowed accessories such as a Smart Keyboard to be connected to the tablet via the Lightning port for both data transfer and power. Aside from Apple's own Smart Keyboard, this new innovation also brought about third party keyboards that no longer need batteries or need to be charged.
This feature was initially expected on the iPhone 7 but this recent leak adds on to earlier leaks indicating that the next iPhone 7 will be "missing" some features that the older models have. more >>
Facebook confirmed that it will continue its support for the GOP Convention of the Republican Party in July 2016 despite open criticisms from liberal and progressive groups and even their own CEO Mark Zuckerberg's "veiled" criticism of Donald Trump's anti-migration stance. According to a report in The Guardian, the company will provide "financial and other support" to the Republican convention, the same way that it will provide support for the Democratic convention.
Facebook vice president of public policy said that the support that the company will provide for both conventions will help "facilitate an open dialogue among voters, candidates and elected officials during the conventions, just as it has during other critical moments in the U.S. elections and in elections around the world.
According to another report in The Verge, among the services that Facebook will provide to the conventions is a lounge, as well as exposure and tie-ins on the website and its apps. The company continued to insist their neutrality in the political debate, but like in any election in any part of the world, their website is able to keep its users informed and updated about the latest election news. Like Google, who is also supporting the convention through their live streaming services, Facebook is in a unique position to continue what it does best for its users – to provide a platform for sharing and exchanging news and information. more >>
When you put the new Huawei P9 smartphone beside an Apple iPhone 6s, you'll see for yourself that there is little difference between the two, at least in the aesthetics. The Chinese phone manufacturer is notorious for copying phone designs from leading counterparts, particularly Apple, but it certainly looks like they raised the bar this time.
According to Wired, the latest flagship phone from Huawei even has the same proprietary star-shaped security screw to that of the iPhone. Well, not only that, the same screw is situated in the exact same spot where the iPhone's screw is placed. The finish, design, and even the antenna bands are literally the same, the tech blog states.
Specs wise, everyone knows that the iPhone is built and designed by some of the best in the industry, so everyone else really is a step behind. But judging by the latest teardown from iFixit, it really is difficult to deny that the P9, which by the way sports a dual-camera feature at the back, nailed it when it comes to equaling the fanciness of its American counterpart. Both devices received a 7/10 repairability score, which should be deemed by Apple engineers as a threat to their dominance. more >>