This week in Digital and Technology News | 2nd – 6th April
It’s been another busy week in the world of Digital and Technology. In case you missed it, here’s our round-up of the bigger news stories that we’ve discussed on our social media channels over the past 5 days.
Apple V Google
In the battle against Apple, Google announced on the 2nd of April that it will be expanding its Rolling Study Halls initiative. The initiative gives thousands of students access to Wi-Fi and Chromebook’s on their buses, giving them two opportunities daily to complete assignments or study for exams while on the bus. Google contributes mobile Wi-Fi routers, data plans, and Chromebook devices.
Apple V Google Part 2
Apple has hired John Giannandrea, previously Google’s head of AI and Search. Giannandrea will lead Apple’s Machine Learning and AI strategy and will be one of only 16 executives that report directly to CEO Tim Cook. The hire is particularly important as Apple has seemed to fall far behind its rivals in the race to build smarter software powered by artificial intelligence.
Spotify’s time on the stock market
Spotify, the music streaming service that’s over 12 years old, has joined the New York stock market. The shares opened at $165,90 and closed at $149.01, meaning the Swedish company worth about $26 Billion. This makes it one of the largest technology company public offerings in the history of the New York Stock Exchange.
The battle against Killer Robots
More than 50 Leading artificial intelligence experts from 30 countries have boycotted a South Korean university, over a partnership with a weapons manufacturer. The boycott comes ahead of a United Nations meeting to discuss killer robots. In response, the university announced it would not be developing “autonomous lethal weapons”
Skyscanner which offers booking for flights, hotels and car hire, has now expanded its offering with a new feature allowing to book train tickets. The UK-based travel search engine Skyscanner lets users of its iOS app book UK train journeys. The feature is scheduled to come to UK Android users shortly.
Snapchat’s new feature
Snapchat has followed in Instagram’s footsteps providing members of the app the ability to tag each other in stories by username. But that’s not all… They are also introducing an AWESOME new feature that enables up to 16 people to take part in a live chat together, using either video or just their voices
MailChimp bans ICO & Blockchain Marketing
Email distribution platform MailChimp will no longer facilitate marketing campaigns for initial coin offerings and Blockchain oriented content, especially cryptocurrency marketing from next month. The reason cited by the company is that cryptocurrency campaigns are usually linked with shady business practices and scams, frauds and phishing campaigns.
The aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal
A survey conducted by WPP-owned Syzygy and marketing intelligence platform Attest has found that while 93% of Brits were aware of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, only 5% have left Facebook and a further 6% say they intend to. Furthermore, 54% do not intend to delete any social platforms in the wake of the scandal, and 20% haven’t decided whether or not they will yet.
3D Printed Food
Open Meals, a Japanese based platform is using unique technology in order to create 3D printed foods that can be ‘teleported’ all over the world. The process involves measuring actual meals from every angle and digitising them as data. A collection of the world’s foods would then available on a digital platform and would be printed through the “Pixel Food Printer”
Thorpe Park goes Monsters Inc
Channelling Monsters Inc, Thorpe Park is about to launch the world’s first roller coaster that charges mobile phones by ‘harvesting riders screams’. Carriages on the ride have been fitted with high-tech devices that capture kinetic energy from passenger screams and vibrations. This is then converted into electrical energy, which is stored in a power unit and deposited into an on-park charging unit, where guests can charge their mobiles.