1. Google To Undercut Uber with Cheaper Fares With New Ride-Share Service Based off Waze App.
Google is testing the waters in San Francisco with a ride-sharing service based off carpools rather than taxis drivers. In the new model, fellow commuters will join with drivers in-route to lower fares and push forward what is already a fiercely competitive market. The program will open up to San Francisco Waze users as soon as this fall with transportation costing below 54 cents per mile. For now, no fees will be paid to Google, striking an even more competitive price for commuters.
2. Android 7.0 Nougat Rolls Out with new UI, Multi-window, and Picture-in-Picture but delayed for devices between 2013-2014
Android 7.0 Nuggat rolled out last week but is only available on supported devices causing a rift in Android smartphone owners from the late 2013-2014 era due to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 801. For those of you who have a more recent model of Android, here are 3 features you have to look forward to:
- Improved User Interface: The notification menu has control toggles when you swipe down from the top of the screen to activate Wi-FI, Bluetooth and more. Notifications are also more space efficient.
- Quick Switch and Multi-Window: This new feature allows you to switch to your last app by double tapping the Recent button and there is now a Clear All button.
- Picture-in-Picture: Android TV users can now watch video in a window in the corner of the screen.
(image source: Android 7.0 Nougat)
3. Dropbox Hack: New Details from 2012 show over 60 Million Users were Compromised including email addresses and passwords
New details were released regarding the 2012 Dropbox hack revealing over 60 million users had been affected. Although the hack was previously disclosed it did not detail to what extent. Almost half of the accounts had strong hashing function bycrypt, which means it is unlikely the hackers are able to obtain many of the actual passwords. The other half of the accounts are hashed with SHA-1, an aging algorithm. Since 2012, Dropbox has changed its password hashing many times. Dropbox joins sites such as LinkedIN, MySpace, Tumblr and VK.com.
4. SpaceX Destroys Facebook’s First Satellite Built to Deliver Internet to Sub-Saharan Africa.
During a prelaunch test on Thursday, SpaceX had a major explosion and destroyed Facebook’s first satellite which was built to deliver internet to Sub-Saharan Africa in the developing world. Both Mark Zuckerberg and SpaceX have confirmed the accident on social media. The destroyed satellite is worth $200 million in what is a major set back for the Internet.org project.
(image source: Facebook)
5. Apple CEO Tim Cook Promises to Repatriate Billions of Dollars Next Year Denouncing the European Commission’s Ruling that Apple Dodged $14.5 Billion in Taxes.
Ireland has “clawed back” tax money from Apple in a ruling that claims the company dodged $14.5 billion in taxes. In response, Apple has stated it would begin to move its profits back to the U.S. Apple holds $215 billion in cash and liquid investments offshore.