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Tech News Today for June 22, 2017

Tech News for Thursday June 22, 2017

Time Magazine is reporting that hackers accessed and manipulated voter data at least once during the 2016 presidential campaign, including social security numbers. According to official sources, Time says some voter hacking was identified and rectified and there is no evidence that any of the data was accessed by Trump's campaign. The investigation will continue to probe this question and will seek testimony from Brad Parscale digital director of the Trump campaign. Read more at time.com.

Imagination Technologies, once riding high on the wave of producing graphics chips for Apple’s most popular devices starting with the iPod, saw its shares drop 70 percent when Apple announced in April that it would be producing its own chips in less than two years. Apple made up half of Imagination’s business, so when Apple signaled a move away from its chips, many wondered how the company would recover, and it looks like Imagination put itself up to be sold as a result. That announcement sent stock prices up 21 percent. Read more at reuters.com.

Apple and Spotify might have an unlikely competitor in the music streaming business soon. ReCode reports that Tesla is in talks with music labels to create its own service. Its not so strange considering how often we stream music in our cars and how seamlessly Tesla has been able to create its dashboard entertainment system. Sources say Tesla might license a proprietary music service that comes bundled with its cars, which already come with WiFi. Read more at recode.net.

Virtual Reality for cinematic purposes can be a challenge, with its 360 degree field of view that means the viewer must look at exactly the right place as the action happens around them. Google is launching a VR format called VR180 that will result in a series of new cameras designed to capture 180 degrees of action 3D video using two forward facing wide angle cameras. Lenovo, Yi and LG are working alongside the Daydream team to design VR180 certified cameras to launch sometime this winter. The output video can also be flattened for easy viewing outside of the confines of VR goggles. Read more at theverge.com.

Facebook wants to bring us close together, all of us, whether we like it or not. The company has announced a new mission statement: "To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together." This is slighly less vague than their last mission statement, "Making the world more open and connected." And according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Groups is the tool that will build this community and bring us all together. Read more at facebook.com.
 
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