This week in tech has been bustling with innovations, international diplomacy, and scandals. Here is a quick update about the latest advancements in the digital world:
Microsoft at it again
Microsoft Office 2016 was released earlier this week, and it is clear that the techgiant is looking to catch up with Google Drive. The new version generally has not changed much since the last release; however, it does allow for easy
sharing and collaboration abilities. Specifically, there is now real-time co-authoring, users can attach OneDrive files to emails in Outlook and various business tools, such as Skype and task management, have been integrated along with built in Bing search results to make it nearly impossible for users to leave the app.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Apple is working on an electric car project. According to their anonymous insider sources, they have been keeping this initiative on the DL and even code-named it “Titan.” If everything goes according to their plan, the Apple car should be on the market by 2019. The only question left to answer is: can I get this in rose gold?
The Volkswagen Scandal
This week, Martin Winterkorn resigned as Volkswagen’s CEO after the US Environmental Protection Agency charged that the company had deliberately fitted nearly half a million US diesel vehicles with software designed to circumvent federal air pollution controls. This software was installed in nearly 11 million cars, andallowed Volkswagen to win environmental gold stars it didn’t deserve. No surprise that the CEO decided to step down and a criminal investigation is underway. The negative publicity might also be the reason Volkswagen’s stock took a serious tumble. Talk about a rough week.
Xi Jinping (pronounced ‘she gin-ping’)
Chinese President Xi Jinping sat down with Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Satya Nadella of Microsoft and other US technology leaders this past week to talk about regulation and clean energy. Jinping promised to strengthen protections on intellectual property and clear obstacles to investment in China which would be a huge opportunity for technology companies to expand their influences. Speaking in Seattle he said, “Without reform, there will be no driving force; without opening up, there will be no progress.” Read more here.
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