I hope you had a Happy Halloween!
Yesterday, I dressed as an angelic cherub, a servant of goodness, but no one bought it. No one really thinks I’m an angel despite all the goodness and caring I spread through out the world. And in that spirit, I’ll be sharing these tech stories with you and the crew at First News 570 with Mark Starling. If it’s Thursday, it’s time for tech talk with Mark. Listen LIVE.
IN SIGN O’ THE TIMES, APPLE RELEASES DRUNK EMOJI
Sometimes, I can’t believe I’m reporting on a story. Last week, I truly, truly didn’t want to report on President Donald Trump’s unsecured iPhone. This week, I don’t want to, but have to report on…Woozy Face. Technically known as, Face With Uneven Eyes and Wavy Mouth, Woozy Face is the 5th newest emoji to be released in Apple’s iOS 12.1 update. This is the emoji of the drunk uncle. He’ll pick you up at 2am in the morning, but you’ll have to drive yourself back home, because he’s drunk.
NEW ATTACKS ON US INTERNET COMPANIES WITH TAX WEAPONS
The UK government is considering new tax plans that seek to collect 2% of revenues from sales made by large Internet companies. Similar to the EU’s 3% tax on Internet companies with global revenues greater than 750 euros, the UK plan is squarely aimed at collecting some form of revenue back from US internet companies. Economists are against these plans because they basically function as a tariff, but admittedly it’s understandable how European countries feel stung because US companies dominate the space. I’d to say it, but we did invent the Internet. We are just good at it.
APPLE ANNOUNCES NEW EXPENSIVE STUFFS IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
This past Tuesday Apple announced a new iPad Pro with specs approaching a console gaming rig and a new MacBook Air. The new iPad Pro is 5.9mm thick, which is 15% thinner than the previous version and comes in an 11inch and 12.9 inch versions. It also has a display with resolutions approaching an Xbox. The MacBook Air weighs in at just 2.75 points but is 200$ more expensive. In about time moment, Apple also has release a new Mac Mini with a quad core processor just in time for Christmas. All of this gear is ridiculous priced, the MacBook Pro I spec’d topped out at $3,200. I just can’t.