Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Apple says it will release two new iPhone designs, one that comes in five colors and one that can read a fingerprint. The iPhone 5C has a 4-inch Retina display and is powered by Apple's A6 chip. It also has an 8-megapixel camera, live photo filters and a rear cover that lights up. And it comes in five colors — green, blue, yellow, pink and white. The iPhone 5S will run on a new chip, the A7, which Apple says is up to twice as fast as the A6. It comes with an upgraded camera and something called "Touch ID," which reads fingerprints -- so you just have to touch the home button to unlock the phone. Apple unveiled the new designs at an event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters. The move comes as rival phones from Samsung and other manufacturers are challenging Apple's hold on the smartphone market. Apple also announced that its next mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available as a free download on Sept 18. It can be downloaded on the iPhone 4 and later models, as well as on the tablets beginning with the iPad 2.
A federal appeals court is affirming a judge's decision that Google overstepped its bounds by enabling its vehicles to collect emails, Internet passwords and Web surfing behavior while photographing neighborhoods for the search giant's popular "Street View" mapping feature. The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said in a report Tuesday that the Google cars with cameras mounted on their roofs went far beyond listening to accessible radio communication. A Google spokeperson says attorneys for the Internet giant are disappointed in the 9th Circuit's decision and are considering our next steps." Google has apologized for the snooping, promised to stop collecting the data, and said what it did was inadvertent but not illegal.
Twitter says it is buying MoPub, a mobile-focused advertising company, as it works to expand its advertising reach ahead of an expected initial public offering that could come as soon as this year. San Francisco-based Twitter Inc. did not give a purchase price. MoPub says that Twitter will invest in its core business and the company plans to continue to build its tools and technology. Twitter says it plans to use MoPub's technology to build real-time bidding into its advertising platform. The process lets advertisers buy online ads in real time. Twitter says the technology will make it easier for its advertisers to automate their ad buying process. Research firm eMarketer estimates that Twitter will have $950 million in worldwide advertising revenue in 2014, up from $582.8 million this year.