Tech Bites #16

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Happy New Year! Welcome back to the Can Factory Tech News blog. We’re approaching this year with a renewed focus and will be mixing in more specialised articles to feature alongside our recurring ‘Tech Bites‘ series. Is there anything that you would like to see more of? Likes/Dislikes? Get in touch with our media team through our Contact Us form.

That’s enough waffle! To start off the new year we are taking a look at rumours surrounding an Apple Car, the death of Parler and a complete visual overhaul of Microsoft apps.

Hyundai X Apple Car

Shares in Hyundai jumped 19% after the company revealed it was in talks with Apple over potentially working together to develop an electric car, CNBC reports. There has been speculation of Apple manufacturing a car for years, and now a Korean newspaper wagers the car could be released as early as 2027. Although this is all currently hearsay and speculation, shares in Hyundai and its subsidiaries, including Kia Motors, shot up by up to 20%. The Apple effect…

Microsoft Design

Microsoft

The Verge reports that a new Microsoft app, ‘One Outlook’, has leaked online. This is likely going to replace the Mail and Calendar apps currently on the platform. Although these are both functional, they are arguably less efficient and integrated than their Apple counterparts.

This news came in tandem with another report from The Verge that Microsoft is planning a complete “visual rejuvenation” of the Windows platform. The speculation stems from a recent job listing posted by Microsoft for a Senior Software Engineer on their website.

Microsoft is said to be planning to overhaul their built-in apps, file explorer and start menu to give a more consistent UI across the platform. The changes will not be specific to desktop users and will extend to both the tablet and mobile interfaces.

The Death of Parler

Social networking app, Parler, has had it’s servers removed by Amazon and has been ditched by a number of other vendors, including both Apple and Google.

In a letter to Parler, Amazon said:

AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we continue to respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow on its site. However, we cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others.

Parler

Parler have since filed a lawsuit against Amazon, citing antitrust allegations and that “AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus.” The suit also claims that as Twitter is a large AWS customer, and that as Parler is a threat to Twitter, that Amazon was motivated to protect its customer base in Twitter by removing Parler. This fallacious argument neglects to take in to account that Parler was also an AWS customer, making them capturing market share from Twitter much of a muchness for Amazon. Given the sheer weight of opposition to Parler, I wouldn’t hold out hope of the company existing in the same capacity in the future.

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