Tech News Today for September 6, 2016
Tech News for September 6, 2016
Intel's RealSense camera technology is about to get smarter or at least see better. The Wall Street Journal reports that Intel is buying Movidius, Irish mobile vision process company. Currently Movidius has been the "eyes" of robots, drones, VR headsets, and more. The acquisition also includes the algorithms tuned for deep learning, depth processing, navigation and mapping, and natural interactions. The Wall Street Journal says terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Irish times calls it a multimillion-Euro deal. Read more at wsj.com
We’ve emerged from the post-auction hangover that was the Yahoo sale, and that lasted a very long time. It turns out, we need another major tech company to follow as it seeks to put itself up for sale and that company, this time, could be Twitter. Kurt Wagner at Recode posted today that the company’s board of directors is meeting this Thursday to discuss the options for Twitter if it were to consider a sale. Read more at recode.net
Are you tired of hearing about iPhone 7 rumors? In less that 24 hours we'll know if everything we already think we know is true or not. KGI's Ming-chi Kuo dropped another rumor bomb over the weekend that includes color options. There will be five, and spoiler alert, one of them will not be blue. Rose gold, gold, and silver will remain, but space gray will be replaced by a "dark black" option and there will be a new glossy model called "piano black." Supply on the piano black might be limited at first. Kuo also says Apple will announce a new Bluetooth-like communication chip and launch fancy Bluetooth headphones. The earbuds have been called "AirPods" which makes some wonder if "Bluetooth-like" means they'll be using some version of Airplay. He called them "high-end," but did not mention pricing. The dual-lens camera system we've told you about will include a wide-angle camera and a telephoto camera, both with 12-megapixel sensors. We also think the phone will have IPX7 water resistance, like the Apple Watch, but like the Apple Watch they probably won't advertise it. Read more at theverge.com
TechCrunch had reported in May that Microsoft once wanted to purchase Slack for $8 billion before bailing on that plan to work on its own solution integrated with Skype. Skype Teams is to be Microsoft’s version of group messaging for teams. Read more at mspoweruser.com
ITT Tech has fallen victim to a federal crackdown on for-profit colleges. Last week, the US Department of Education banned the school from enrolling new students using federal financial aid funds, and now ITT Tech is officially shutting down. Students will have federal loan debt wiped and be given the option of restarting their education somewhere new. ITT Tech has been accused of fraud and deceptive practice, of charging outrageous sums for tuition and failing to provide valuable education to their often debt-ridden students. Read more at mashable.com.
Megan Morrone and Jason Howell are joined today by Vauhini Vara of Fast Company to talk about cultural diversity in the work place as it relates to the tech industry. Tech News Today streams live weekdays at 4PM Pacific, 7PM Eastern at twit.tv/live. Subscribe to the show and get it on-demand at twit.tv/tnt.