Tech Talk 3/28

This week in tech has been bustling with hacks, innovations, and big announcements. Here is a quick update about the latest advancements in the digital world.

Taylor Swift is no longer Spotify’s biggest battle

Apple recently announced that they will be working with the headphone maker Beats to launch a new subscription-based music service after their recent acquisition for $3 billion. This new service will include “curated playlists and a more vivid visual appeal” combeats-applepared to the current Beats Music streaming service. However, unlike Spotify, Apple’s new streaming service will not have a free component. This project is a collaboration between Trent Reznor, the Nine Inch Nails frontman and former Beats exec, and several other Apple and Beats employees.

What is all this talk about drones and lasers?

Goggles that plug into virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and now drones that beam lasers with web access. Aquila, known in Greek mythology as the eagle caring Jupiter’s thunderbolts skyward, is the codename for Facebook’s new venture: a high Facebook-laser-dronesflying, solar-powered drone that beams Internet access to areas where they have little to no access available. Facebook’s mission with this project is to bring Web access to underserved countries through its initiative. “We want to serve every person in the world” with high-speed Internet signals, said Yael Maguire, head of Facebook’s Connectivity Lab. Test flights are to begin this summer, though full commercial deployment may take years.

Update: Google Fiber is making its way to Salt Lake City, Utah

google-fiberWhat exactly is Google Fiber? It’s a service that delivers Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, almost 100 times faster than most current high-speed Internet networks. To put things in perspective, you can essentially download an entire music album in under six seconds and a feature-length movie in 38 seconds with Google Fiber. This service is currently available in Kansas City and Austin and will be coming to Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; and both Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina. These cities have benefited tremendously with this new service, creating vibrant zones for tech startups.

Contributor: Ricky Rajani

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