Hello and welcome to the first ever new Week in Tech article (19th April 2015) here on TechnoTeamBlog! This week, we are bringing you the latest week’s news from tech companies such as Apple, Microsoft and more…
So, let’s get started with the Week in Tech article for 19th April 2015!
Apple WWDC Dates Announced
Probably one of the biggest tech headlines this week (for us Apple fans anyway) is the announcement of the dates for WWDC this year. Yes, Apple has officially announced the dates of WWDC (the Worldwide Developers Conference) as June 8th-12th. As always, the keynote from Apple CEO, Tim Cook, will take place on the first day of WWDC, which is of course June 8th.
It’s most likely that the keynote will mainly include software upgrades to iOS and Mac OS as it is a developers conference. However, in previous years, some hardware announcements have been made at the WWDC Keynote, such as the reveal of the Mac Pro last year.
We will of course be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest WWDC news and more in the Week in Tech articles to come.
So, what do you think will happen at WWDC this year? Share your thoughts in the comments section of this post. We enjoy reading everybody else’s expectations about the annual special event.
As you may know, Apple’s latest tech product, the Apple Watch, will be launched on April 24th. However, the April 24th date has now been changed to June on Apple’s website as 9to5 Mac reports. This means that only the lucky few who ordered the Apple Watch on Apple’s website before the date was changed will get the smartwatch sooner than everybody else.
Here’s a video from Apple about the new Apple Watch:
The Apple Watch comes in 3 different versions; the Apple Watch Sport, the Apple Watch and the Apple Watch Edition. My personal favourite is the Apple Edition, but that’s also the most expensive one (unfortunately).
The new Apple Watch requires a working iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 or later.
You can find out more and pre-order all of the Apple Watch versions here. In the UK, the Apple Watch starts at £299 directly from Apple online.
Whilst the pre-order drama is going on over the Apple Watch, Microsoft’s entry into the smartwatch side of the market has arrived as the Microsoft Band.
Here’s a short video about the Microsoft Band:
The Microsoft Band has features such as email previews, calendar alerts, built-in GPS and fitness features (such as “guided workouts” and heart rate tracking). The smartwatch from Microsoft also features their new voice assistant, Cortana, which first made an appearance on Windows Phone 8.1. You can also send and receive text messages and take calls using the Microsoft Band.
To accommodate different wrist sizes, the smartwatch from Microsoft is available in small, medium and large sizes.
You can find out more and order the Microsoft Band here. In the UK, the Microsoft Band is currently £169.99 and in the US, it’s $199.99. Please visit the Microsoft Store in your country for more pricing information.
Windows 10, which was announced earlier this year in a Microsoft conference, is Microsoft’s latest Windows operating system. It will be available free of charge to current Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users and Windows 10 for Windows Phone will also be available. In addition, the new OS, which is being described as the “everywhere OS”, will also be available for Xbox consoles.
The new OS includes features such as the return of the world-famous Start button (finally), an improved Command Prompt where you can copy-and-paste code (this is something I’ll personally find useful), an improved Windows File Explorer and “universal apps” that will work with all devices running Windows 10.
A version of Windows 10 will also be available for the Raspberry Pi 2. The Raspberry Pi 2 is a very small computer (the size of a credit card) that is used for basic coding and other computing tasks. It currently mainly runs the Linux operating system. You can find Microsoft’s official article about Windows 10 for the Raspberry Pi 2 here.
Windows 10 for the Raspberry Pi 2 is bound to have limitations but these are yet to be announced.
We’ll be keeping you updated on the latest Windows 10 news and rumours here on TechnoTeamBlog.
So, that’s this week’s Week in Tech article. Feel free to share your thoughts about this post in the comments section. We’re here to answer any questions you may have and listen to your thoughts.
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