When we discuss wearables in a consumer sense we are talking about smartwatches. Sure, the wearable market actually includes other products, such as for health purposes or devices that a worn all over the body. However, in a consumer sense it is smartwatches and fitness bands that make up the wearable market, products that offer an array of features beyond their core function.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 will be released with the company in an unfamiliar place in an industry it helped to build. If Windows 8 was a leap into uncharted territory, its sequel is like Microsoft taking on heavyweight boxers with one hand tied behind its back. The heavyweights are of course Apple and Google, two companies that have changed the tech sphere far beyond anything we remember when Microsoft was in its pomp.
With 30 million songs, Apple Music matches Spotify for content out of the gate, plus you can bring in music you have gathered on iTunes for years. Siri is integrated into the app and is helpful, something Apple’s rivals cannot equal, while a fully realized radio station is a welcome addition, if a little gimmicky.
The tech world is rounding on Adobe Flash, fire torches and pitchforks in tow, internet giants want the plug-in out of town. In fact, Mozilla and Google have removed Adobe’s Flash from Firefox and Chrome entirely, effectively banning the plug-in on their services. The twenty year old software has recently been discovered to be carrying a number of major security flaws that means machines using the software can be easily hacked.
The two leading companies in the mobile platform market, Google and Apple, both announced their new operating systems for the next year recently. While neither Apple’s iOS 9 nor Google’s Android M have been released yet (both will land this fall), the companies did detail their new software at length. With that in mind we decided to tackle which looks to be the most comprehensive update and we will try to decide whether one of the OS’s is pulling away from the other in terms of quality.
Satoru Iwata, CEO of Nintendo and videogame legend sadly died last Saturday, 11 July 2015, from cancer, he was 55-years old. He had helmed the Japanese gaming giant since 2002 and had guided Nintendo through a resurgence of popularity that rivalled the company’s original boom in the early 1990’s. However, upon his death Iwata left behind a company with an uncertain path in the coming years, a company that had seen profits dwindle in recent years. A much loved figure in the industry, what is Iwata’s legacy and where does Nintendo go from here?