Hey there, guys! Ready for our second Weekly Roundup? It’s time to catch up on the most important news of the tech world! The past few days were packed with News on Apple — ranging from a date glitch on specific devices to Samsung being ditched as partner –, YouTube and AWS making nice acquisitions, Dropbox’s starring as our Design Inspiration, and an interesting and fun app by Microsoft — available for iOS — as App of the Week.
Get yourself comfortable and enjoy the reading!
Apple Music now has more than 11 million subscribers
According to Apple’s execs — Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi — on John Gruber’s ‘The Talk Show’, Apple has more than 11 million paying Apple Music subscribers and 782 million iCloud users. All of these on over billion Apple devices. Read more on Apple’s numbers and news here.
YouTube acquired music startup BandPage
YouTube seems to be getting into music after acquiring BandPage — a startup that helps musicians connect with fans and promote their music — for $8 million. The acquisition was announced on BandPage’s company blog: “We are extremely excited about this because we believe YouTube truly shares our commitment to musicians.” Read more.
1 January 1970: the date glitch that bricks your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
A bug has been piquing Apple users’ curiosity and making many of them set manually their iDevices to 1 January 1970. Doing so causes the phones/tablets to get permanently stuck while trying to boot back if they’re switched off. The date bug affects iPhones, iPads and iPod touches with 64-bit processors running iOS 8 or 9. If you have any of these devices, don’t worry! Apple’s been reportedly working on a fix for it, as you can see here.
AWS acquired NICE to enhance the company’s offerings
Amazon Web Services (AWS) acquired NICE, a software and services company from Italy, in an attempt to improve its high performance computing offering. By acquiring NICE, AWS can count on a new set of tools and technologies, besides the international clientele, which should help AWS expand its market and also meet its news customer’s needs with high-end compute requirements. For more information on the companies and AWS’ acquisition, click here.
Apple may not be working with Samsung for the next iPhone chip
We know that Samsung and iPhone have been long-stablished competitors when it comes to smartphone market share, but they also partner up when it concerns chips. Well, that might change for the next iPhone. TSMC (the Taiwan Semiconducor Manufacturing Company) may be the only company manufacturing the A10 for the next iPhone, instead of having both TSMC and Samsung working on it — as it happened for the A9 chips in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Check here the reasons behind this decision.
Apple Watch price is dropping: can we expect Apple Watch 2 anytime soon?
Up to $100-discounts and different prices all over the Internet if you search for Apple Watches. But does that mean that an Apple Watch 2 is on the brink of being released? Chances are that, if Apple has its product financially viable for a larger share of the market, people will probably buy the current version of the Watch — becoming more eager to buy the following ones. This way, not only the company has the number of Apple Watch users increased, but also intensifies its brand loyalty, since Apple Watches work only with iPhones. Read more on Apple Watch prices and possibilities here.
Dropbox surprises us by showing that documentations don’t need to be boring. With lots of illustrations and a dynamic horizontal navigation with screen transitions, Dropbox created a very unusual — but super cool — documentation for its product.
App of the Week
If you’re a dog lover and want to have some fun, Microsoft’s
(I know, right?) new app ‘Fetch!’ is just for you! By using an AI technique, ‘Fetch!’ identifies the breed of your dog, or displays the percentage of the closet match, and it also can be used for — wait for it — people! Check the fun and technology behind this great app here.