It's late August. Kids are back in school, football kicks off soon and Apple rumors are ringing in our ears.
That last one picked up big-time Tuesday with Bloomberg's report that months of speculation on a bigger iPad could finally be coming true. The outlet reported Apple plans to start producing the 12.9-inch tablet in the first quarter of 2015. Full transcript >>
Amazon's never been shy about dropping big bucks to nab a company it thinks can broaden its reach. But its latest acquisition is a bit of an eyebrow-raiser. Amazon will purchase Twitch, a live-streaming service for video game players, according to Twitch's CEO, and The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is shelling out $1 billion to get its hands on the company. Google was rumored to be in talks to buy Twitch for the same amount earlier this year but those talks reportedly went cold. For all you non-gamers, Twitch is a service that allows people to stream themselves playing video games. Full transcript >>
It's the moment we've all been waiting for. According to the USB Implementers Forum, or USB-IF, we won't have to struggle with plugging in those pesky USB cables much longer. And that's because we're finally getting a reversible USB cable. Say hello to the USB 3.1 Type-C connector. The USB-IF says the finalized design is part of its "single cable solution." Along with transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps and 100W of power — enough for charging laptops — USB-IF hopes its new Type-C connector will be thin and sleek enough to become the standard cable for all our gadgets and gizmos. Full transcript >>
If there's one rumor that's consumed tech media for the past two years, it's this one. The iWatch has been the subject of several concept designs and countless speculations about size, features and release dates. And no, we can't stop the rumors just yet. But let's break down the most popular ones and build what we might see from Apple sometime ... maybe ... soon. Full transcript >>
When you think of Apple, books probably aren't one of the things that come to mind. Looks like the company might want to change that. Apple has acquired BookLamp, an analytics and recommendation engine most are calling "the Pandora of books." BookLamp offers up recommendations based on books you've read. Full transcript >>
A Florida State University professor has created a project that tracks your cat pictures and then figures out where that cat lives. Wait ... seriously? It's called I Know Where Your Cat Lives, and you can keep hitting the "Random Cat" button to find more real cats all over the world and their exact geographical locations. Full transcript >>
In continuing its "let's give our customers all the things" ideology, Amazon has launched "Kindle Unlimited." Amazon unveiled the service Wednesday in a promotional video. "Introducing Kindle Unlimited, the freedom to explore over 600,000 titles and thousands of audio books in the palm of your hand." The service will cost you $9.99 a month, and includes unlimited access to books and audio books galore. ... well, sort of. Full transcript >>
Ahead of its second-quarter earnings call on Tuesday, Microsoft is in the headlines for something other than its financial comings and goings. The New York Times reports Microsoft plans to "eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year." This round of layoffs greatly eclipses the company's last major round when, in 2009, Microsoft eliminated nearly 6,000 jobs. Full transcript >>
Apple has agreed to shell out $400 million to consumers in 33 U.S. states over an e-book price-fixing lawsuit. But the tech giant says it will only do so if it's not able to successfully appeal an antitrust ruling. Last year, the Department of Justice won a suit claiming Apple colluded with five major e-book publishers to hike up prices over the standard $9.99 Amazon had set for new titles. Apple, of course, appealed. Full transcript >>
Amazon is getting serious about its plans to fill the skies with delivery drones. The tech company just sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration requesting special permission to test its unmanned flying robots.
UK prime minister David Cameron yesterday unveiled emergency laws, to be bundled through parliament in days, designed to shore up the powers of spies, police and government agencies. But Cameron agreed to a "sunset clause" time-limiting the bill to 2016, a full-scale review of intercept laws, a new oversight board and restrictions on the number of public bodies that can make use of surveillance data. Full story >>
VOCABULARY Snooping is watching someone secretly in order to learn about their personal life or business. • The director of campaign group Liberty has said that new data laws are not just for 'snooping on suspects' but will be used on everyone.
Well, this is kind of obvious. Ok, really obvious. New research says teens are still spending too much time in front of screens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracked kids between the ages of 12 and 15 in nationwide studies and found 73 percent watched TV and used a computer for more than two hours a day — what health experts caution is excessive screen time. Full transcript >>
BACKGROUND Google Glass has gone on sale in the UK for the first time, priced at £1,000. Google Glass consists of a tiny screen in front of the right eye that appears equivalent in size to a 25-inch desktop display, a battery, a frame, a touch-sensitive panel and a camera. Voice commands allow the user to perform various functions with commands such as: “OK Glass - take a picture”. Read more >>
THE CARTOON In the cartoon by Banx, a wife complains to her husband: "You talk more to your Google Glass than you do to me". The humour, as often in Banx cartoons, comes from the incongruousness of the situation — the man is not the sort of person you would expect to see wearing Google Glass (and it is Glass not Glasses, by the way).
GRAMMAR Note the use of the auxiliary verb 'do' to avoid the repetition of the main verb. See here for more on this grammar point.