The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Tuesday, June 2
- 02 June, 2015 21:14
The Computex show in Taipei goes on this week.
New Apple music streaming service expected at WWDC
Look for Apple to finally come out with a rival to the Spotify streaming music service at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week, the Wall Street Journal says. Apple will likely offer unlimited on-demand streaming for $10 a month. And in an acknowledgement that the algorithm isn't always king of finding you what you didn't know you wanted, it's expected to add Internet radio channels that are programmed by human DJs.
Intel shows first Skylake tablet at Computex
Computex attendees in Taipei got a glimpse of the first tablet using a chip built on Intel's eagerly anticipated new Skylake architecture on Tuesday. Tablets based on Skylake will be computing powerhouses that will manage high-resolution displays, an Intel executive said; one showed during the keynote has 3840 by 2160 pixel resolution. Devices featuring the chips are on track to reach the market in the second half of this year.
ARM might bolster IoT security with an acquisition
There may be no bigger cybersecurity problem than the one posed by the looming Internet of Things, and as ARM positions itself in the foundation of that huge market, it appears to be looking to bolster its security credentials. It's reported to be in talks to acquire Israeli startup Sansa Security, which has an embedded subsystem that handles all the security-related features on the chipset it's integrated with.
Pao plans to appeal sex discrimination case
The losing plaintiff in a sex discrimination case that shed light on the boys-club culture of Silicon Valley venture capitalists is planning to appeal the court's decision. Ellen Pao, who is now Reddit's interim CEO, filed notice that she intends to appeal the verdict that favored her former employer, Kleiner Perkins, but didn't say on what grounds she would do so.
Pure makes a long-term flash play with enterprise array that lasts a decade
Enterprise storage vendor Pure is betting that customers will be drawn to its all-flash arrays if it promises that they can keep the same system for a decade -- and save the expense and bother of migrating huge data stores along the way. It's now pitching its plan to let users gain better performance by upgrading various components as improved versions come out but never having to migrate the data from an older array to a new one.
Microsoft said to buy startup behind Wunderlist to-do app
Microsoft isn't commenting, but reports are that it's acquired 6Wunderkinder, the Berlin startup behind the popular Wunderlist app. The deal is the latest in a string of acquisitions aimed at bolstering Microsoft's cross-platform offerings in the mobile productivity arena; the Wall Street Journal pegged the sale price at between $100 million and $200 million.
App maker complains to EC after Google pulls it from Play store
The maker of an Android app that shields users from being tracked is complaining to the European Commission after Google pulled its app from the Play Store, the Wall Street Journal reports. Disconnect says that Google is abusing its market position. Google, which profits by selling ads based on what it learns about users by tracking them, says that the Disconnect app violates its terms because it interferes with other apps.
Microsoft aims to capture lots of current PCs with its Windows 10 system reqs
Want to run Windows 10 on an existing machine when it comes out on July 29? Here's what your system will need, and what you'll gain -- and lose -- when you start the install.
Now there's a phone for the dedicated self-portraitist: at Computex, Asus showed the ZenPhone Selfie, which puts more sophisticated camera and lighting functions on the front of the device.
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