Bradley Tusk, founder of Tusk Ventures who was an advisor to Uber, remembers the first time he met Travis Kalanick more than six years ago. Since Uber's inception in 2009, venture capitalists have poured money to stake a claim in Kalanick's vision of the future, making it the most valuable startup in the world worth nearly $70 billion. Uber's next CEO must be equal parts innovator and mediator, a leader that can address the company's cultural troubles while also maintaining the focus and vision that lead Kalanick's company to upend the taxi industry. "[But] the person who can actually think about how to make flying cars happen, there aren't a lot of those."
Apple CEO Tim Cook has for the first time confirmed that the company is working on autonomous driving technology, Bloomberg reports. When asked about the tech giant's intentions in the automotive field during a recent Bloomberg Television interview, Cook said that the company is "focusing on autonomous systems." Cook hinted that there are applications for Apple's technology besides powering self-driving cars: "Clearly one purpose of autonomous systems is self-driving cars," he said. But late last year, Bloomberg reported that the company switched its focus to the underlying technology that powers self-driving cars, rather than building its own vehicle from scratch.
When Apple unveiled its Siri-powered HomePod speaker on Monday, it was widely seen as a response to similar devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. After all, all three gadgets have voice-activated assistants, all play music, and all can deliver news headlines, weather reports and control smart home devices. But Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp says there are big differences between Apple's HomePod and Amazon's Echo devices. Limp added that he doesn't view the relationship between the Echo, the Google Home and Apple's HomePod as a platform war akin to the battle between Android devices and iPhones.
In iOS 11, iPhone owners will be getting a new Venmo-style option for sending money to friends via Apple Pay, a redesigned control center, a refreshed Apple Music app with more social features, a new Siri with a natural-sounding voice, and an improved Do Not Disturb feature designed to prevent distracted driving, among other additions. Both tablets are also getting a new A10X Fusion processor that the company says makes them 30% faster than older iPads running on the previous A9X chip. Apple's iOS 11 will bring new features that could make iPad Pro tablets function much better as a laptop replacement, such as a new app for managing files, a customizable on-screen dock, faster multitasking, and drag-and-drop capabilities. The Apple Watch will soon be getting an update that brings new watch faces, additional fitness features, and other changes.
After months of speculation, Apple has finally unveiled its answer to the Amazon Echo: the Siri-powered HomePod. Apple is emphasizing the HomePod's audio capabilities as a key factor separating it from more affordable rivals like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. It's similar to the way Siri can answer questions about movies and TV shows on the Apple TV. The speaker only sends information to Apple when it detects the"Hey Siri" trigger phrase, much like Amazon and Google only transfer audio snippets when their respective wake words have been said.
The new update will include noteworthy changes to Apple Pay, Messages, Siri, Photos, and other Apple software. Among the bigger updates: Apple is adding a new feature to Apple Pay letting users send money to one another directly in text messaging threads. Apple is also making it easier for users to share the DJ role at parties and events by adding a new "Shared up next" feature to Apple Music. Apple Music members will also be able to see what their friends are listening to, and Apple is letting developers access Apple Music to incorporate it into their apps.
Apple on Monday unveiled a new software update for the Apple Watch that brings new watch faces, additional fitness features, and more. One new watch face powered by Siri will automatically surface relevant information at different times of the day. In the evening, for example, the Siri watch face might pull up smart home controls you frequently use at night. The Apple Watch will be able to exchange information with gym equipment to ensure that it's gathering the most accurate information.
Thousands of software developers, tech reporters and Apple fans are flocking to the San Jose Convention Center this week for WWDC, the iPhone maker's annual event during which it makes big announcements about the future of its products and services. The headlining event is the keynote address, which begins Monday at 1 p.m. How can you watch Apple's WWDC 2017? Alternatively, visit Apple.com in the Safari web browser, or watch on Apple TV.
Speaking broadly, we can expect big updates for devices like the iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac. It's nearly a sure bet that Apple will unveil new software for the iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac and Apple TV during the conference. Given the big focus Apple placed on Siri in iOS 10, such as announcing the ability for developers to plug their apps into the virtual assistant, it seems likely we'll see more improvements this year. Apple could announce a smart speaker powered by its Siri virtual assistant at this year's WWDC, Bloomberg reports.
"I thought it was crazy that Anheuser-Busch needed a sophomore to help them with hiring mechanical engineering students for their full time jobs," she says. Wessel is the CEO and cofounder of WayUp, an online platform connecting college students and recent graduates with potential employers. To join, a student or recent graduate starts by filling out a profile with personal information, work experience, hobbies, and fun facts about themselves. "Students are starting to define their own career identities thematically rather than along the more rigid lines that previous generations might have," says Pulin Sanghvi, executive director of Princeton University's Office of Career Services.