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Last month, news reports began to leak that tech giant Apple was quietly putting together a team of crack engineers and automotive experts to begin work on the smartphone manufacturer’s first foray into the automotive world. The past several years have seen a hiring blitz take place, with Apple looking to poach top workers from potential competitors like Tesla and from related technology manufacturers, like A123 Systems which makes batteries for electric cars. It’s become the hottest news item of the year in the automotive world and shows no signs of slowing down. All signs point to a singular focus on the development of an electric self-driving car. However, one glaring questions remains.
Social media is one of the most widely discussed topics today. From news reports targeted at concerned parents to tech blogs that cater to the titans of Silicon Valley, social media has become one of the 21st Century’s hot-button topics. With all of the buzz surrounding the monetization of social media and its supposed detrimental effects on social interaction, these discussions often ignore the most basic ideas of social media in order to discuss and analyze its secondary effects. As such, very few people ever seem to discuss the original concept behind social media: finding new ways to bring people closer. However, Facebook’s latest app is designed to bring the social network back to basics, at least for a select few.
Take a moment and think back to 2005. For many people, it may seem as though only days have passed since the year ended and revelers in Times Square cheered in 2006. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that the past 9 years have been some of the most formative in recent history.
Over the course of the past two decades, Google has rapidly become the most ubiquitous and recognizable player in the tech world. First through its gorgeously minimalist search engine, then through its innovative email platform and on to its brilliant GPS Maps service and its acquisition of social video sharing site YouTube, Google has developed a unique dominance over the world of information technology. On June 10, Google announced the latest addition to its kingdom: Skybox Imaging, a California-based satellite imagery provider.
Mirroring the recent redesigns of Twitter and Google+, LinkedIn has announced that it will debut an aesthetically revamped profile to its premium users in the coming weeks, focusing on dominant cover photos reminiscent of those first debuted by Facebook in 2011.
On May 27, Google unveiled its latest futuristic technology: the self-driving car. Once the domain of science fiction writers and more adventurous engineers, the self-driving car unveiled by the California software giant is very real and is set to undergo a rigorous series of tests over the coming months to ensure its viability for national distribution.