Weekly Tech News Roundup - May 13 2016
News on Xbox 360 Production, 2017 iPhone, Apple watch apps, Microsoft's cloud services, Snapchat new feauture and microsoft & Google's reconciliation.
Microsoft to End Xbox 360 Production
It's a day that Xbox fans knew was coming: Xbox 360s will stop rolling off the production line after a little more than 10 years on sale, Microsoft announced. Existing inventory will be sold until it's depleted.
Microsoft plans to support current Xbox 360 owners, who will continue to be able to access Xbox Live, play Xbox 360 games, and receive support for their console hardware via the Xbox support site.
Ending Xbox 360 production won't have much of an impact on the console's more than 4,000 game titles. They'll continue to be sold at retail.
2017 iPhone May Be a Glass Act
Apple has been developing a glass casing for a new iPhone with an AMOLED display to be unveiled in 2017, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, reportedly said this week in a note to investors.
That would mark a return to the design of the iPhone 4 and 4s, both of which had glass casings.
The use of the AMOLED screen will offset the heavier weight of a glass back for the device, Kuo reportedly said.
No more than 40 percent of iPhones will be made with aluminum bodies once the glass device is launched, he predicted.
Apple has lots of experience with using glass in the iPhone 4 line, Kuo pointed out, dismissing concerns about the glass casing being damaged when dropped.
The new iPhone will have curved panels on the front and rear and a 5.8-inch screen. The glass casing will provide a point of differentiation from the competition, Kuo reportedly said.
Apple requiring all new Watch apps to be native by June
All new Apple Watch apps will have to run natively on the Watch as of June 1st. Apple announced the mandate to developers last night, indicating that it would reject Watch apps from the App Store if they didn't comply.
WILL THIS MAKE THE ECOSYSTEM STRONGER?
Developers have been able to publish native Watch apps since September, when Apple launched watchOS 2. Prior to that, all Apple Watch apps actually ran on the iPhone that the Watch was connected to.
Microsoft is on a quest to move more of its cloud services to Azure
Microsoft is looking to move more -- and maybe even 'all' -- of its first-party services, like Office 365, Bing and Xbox Live to Azure. Here's why and what this may mean for the company.
On any Microsoft earnings day, Wall Street analysts are focused almost entirely on the Microsoft's cloud. Hence, it's a good time to attempt to define again what Microsoft means when it says "cloud."
On the company's quarterly earnings calls, Microsoft officials talk a lot about "the intelligent cloud." In that bucket, Microsoft includes revenues from Azure (public cloud), private and hybrid server products and services. This bucket is largely products and services under the Cloud & Enterprise domain, many of which aren't technically cloud at all, like Windows Server, SQL Server, System Center, Azure, and Enterprise Services.
Snapchat now lets you face swap with pictures from your camera roll
Snapchat's "face swap" feature, which lets users swap faces with someone (or something) else in real time, is so popular (and unsettling) that it has become something of a meme. Now a new update that was pushed to both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store adds a whole new layer to the feature, allowing people to swap faces with images stored on their phone's camera roll.
The new camera roll face swap feature can be found in the row of lenses, which you access by tapping and holding on your face when you're in selfie mode.
Microsoft and Google agree to end all regulatory complaints against each other
Microsoft and Google have reached an agreement to end all regulatory complaints against each other around the world, and have agreed to work together to settle any future issues themselves before filing official complaints.
In a statement to Recode, Google and Microsoft said the companies should be competing on products instead of focusing on legal proceedings. "Our companies compete vigorously, but we want to do so on the merits of our products, not in legal proceedings." Google told Recode.