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5 THINGS YOU
MISSED IN TECH
Image credit: Google.
Google Fiber eyes new cities
Alphabet’s Google is considering bringing its high-peed Internet service to
Jacksonville, Tampa and Oklahoma City. The company said in a blog post that
the cities were chosen because their “growing tech-hubs have a strong
entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to small business growth.” Google Fiber
is currently available in three cities and coming to six more. The service
experienced one of its first major outages recently, in Kansas City.
Apple’s sales in China
The company reported its fourth quarter fiscal 2015 results recently, and China
was a major bright spot. For the full fiscal year, sales spiked 84% and operating
margins jumped to 39% in the Greater China region — up from 35% in fiscal
2014. Operating income also improved in the region to $23 billion for the fiscal
year. Much of the growth comes from China’s iPhone demand, and next year
the company plans to increase Apple Store locations in the country from 25 to
Image credit: Apple.
IBM buys The Weather
Company’s digital assets
IBM said it will purchase the digital assets of The Weather Company (owner of
The Weather Channel), including weather data, mobile apps and websites. As
a result, The Weather Channel will license weather data from IBM, though the
TV channel will operate as its own business. IBM hopes to pair weather data
with its Watson computer system and predict weather information for
Image credit: IBM.
Verizon announced it will set up a separate 4G LTE network for small Internet of
Things devices that need to transmit limited amounts of data. Verizon wants to
bring down the cost of connecting Internet of Things devices to a network, and
says some devices running on the new network won’t have a monthly charge.
The carrier expects the new network to be up and running by March 2016.
Image credit: Verizon.
Verizon creates an Internet
of Things network
Twitter wants to generate
money from logged-out users
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the company is testing a system that shows
ads to logged-out users, whether they have a Twitter account or not. The
company is trying to find new ways to make money off of people who visit its
website, especially since the company only added 4 million new users in its
recent third quarter. Twitter says it currently has 500 million logged-out users.
Image credit: Twitter.
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