>TC250_02/06/2017

In the last fortnight:

  • Google held it’s annual developer conference, Google I/O. Key news from the Keynote: Android now has 2bn monthly active devices, Google is to introduce machine vision to it’s assistant application – Lens means your phone can understand what it sees around you, Google is releasing a pared down version of Android (Go) for emerging markets.
  • Bitcoin flew through the $2000 barrier for the first time, hittting a $2449 high.
  • Android inventor Andy Rubin showed off his new project: the Essential Phone. More to come on this.
  • Elon Musk pulled out of Trump’s advisory council and Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein issued his first ever tweet (of condemnation) after Trump pulled the US out of the Paris climate deal.
  • Uber fired controversial autonomous-driving exec Anthony Levandowski after a court order was issued requiring the company to compel him to reveal whether trade secrets was stolen from waymo (Google owned self driving company). Levandowski left Google to set up OTTO – an autonomous trucking startup which uber bought in 2016. Google documents accuse Levandowski and uber of stealing trade secrets – this will likely go to court.

Coming up:

  • Apple’s developer conference, WWDC, starts on June 5th. The conference marks 10 years since the release of the original iPhone. Apple doesn’t tend to release hardware news here, but people are expecting an Alexa-like speaker and software news – updates etc.