1. Uber’s First Self Driving Cars to Hit Pittsburgh this Month
Starting this month, Uber will release a fleet of self-driving cars to be hired through their mobile app in Pittsburgh. For now, the self-driving cars will be supervised by humans in the driver’s seat, and will be supplied by the Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicles which have dozens of sensors that use cameras, lasers, radar and GPS receivers. Uber and Volvo signed a deal earlier this year to spend $300 million to develop a fully autonomous car to hit the road by 2021.
Google, the leader of the self-driving car pack, has been driving its fleet for several years. Tesla Motors offers autopilot which functions like an advanced level of cruise control. And Ford has also made an announcement for autonomous ride-sharing. The next five years will be a race for who brings the first autonomous car to the market.
image source: Uber
2. Twitter Suspends 360,000 Accounts Related to Terrorism and ISIS
Twitter has reportedly suspended 235,000 accounts in addition to the 125,000 accounts suspended in February for a total of 360,000 accounts linked to terrorism and the terrorist group ISIS. The company continues to draw a line between free speech and hateful messages by shutting down communication by extremists. This comes a week after a judge dismissed a lawsuit against Twitter by Tamara Fields, whose husband was killed in Jordan last year at a police training center. She alleged that Twitter “knowingly let the militant group (ISIS) use its network to spread propaganda, raise money, and attract recruits.” The judge ruled that Twitter is protected from liability, but Twitter has still opted to close the accounts. During the second quarter earning, Jack Dorsey of Twitter stated that while Twitter is a place for “civil discourse,” abuse is not part of it.
3. Android has 86.2% of Global Market Share
According to Gartner, Android has boosted it share of the global market claiming 86.2% in Q2 of 2016 up from 82.2% in Q2 2015. Meanwhile, Apple lost nearly 2% YoY with 12.9% market share in Q2 2016 compared to 14.6% in Q2 2015. Windows is near extinction at 0.6% in Q2 2016 after dropping almost 2% YoY.
The emerging markets is driving Android growth, however, sales of premium smartphones powered by Android are also up 6.5 percent in Q2. Gartner mentions premium devices from Samsung like the Galaxy S7, as well as affordable devices from Huawei and Oppo, as helping the platform eat away at competing OSs.
4. T-Mobile Announces Unlimited Data for $70 Per Month
T-Mobile One was announced today offering a single wireless plan with unlimited data at $70 per month for the first line, $50 per month for the second line and $20 per month for each additional line. The plan includes unlimited talk, texting and 4G LTE smartphone data. T-Mobile’s shift to a single wireless plan offering unlimited data is something CEO John Legere does not believe rivals Verizon and AT&T can match.
5. CNN Announces new Drone News Operation called CNN Air
News industry leader CNN announced on their blog the launch of CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN Air). For the first time in history, CNN will have a designated Unmanned Aerial Systems unit to integrate aerial imagery and reporting. CNN has used drones in the past, including for the Flint water crisis, floods in Louisiana and also during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. This notes the first dedicated effort to utilize drones for ongoing reporting purposes. Domestically, CNN reaches more viewers on television than any other cable TV news organization in the United States.