Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
1. Apple’s iOS 11 is out in public beta, and entails a massive update for the iPad. That includes a new file management app and multitasking features.
2. Google is reportedly about to be given a massive fine by EU regulators for promoting its shopping search service above rivals. The fine is expected to top Google’s previous $US1.2 billion (£942 million) record, according to Bloomberg.
3. Apple has acquired a German eye-tracking firm called SensoMotoric, according to MacRumours. SensoMetric develops eye-tracking hardware and software for virtual and augmented reality, and it seems Apple bought the firm through a shell company called Vineyard Capital Corporation.
4. Nintendo is releasing a miniature version of its classic Super Nintendo console, called the SNES Classic. The new system comes with 21 games, including “Star Fox 2”, a game which was completed in the 1990s but never released to the public.
5. Apple and Alphabet have separately teamed up with two car rental firms, Hertz and Avis respectively, to help with their self-driving vehicle efforts. Apple is leasing six Lexus SUVs for its tests, while Avis will store and service Alphabet’s fleet of self-driving cars.
6. Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube have formed an alliance to help prevent terrorist and hate speech appearing on their platforms. The four will jointly work on technical solutions, fund research, and work with governments and civil groups.
7. Google Talk, or Gchat, is officially dead. Google has retired its chat service in favour of the feature-rich Hangouts messaging service.
8. Apple is hiring Siri engineers right in its rival Amazon’s backyard. The company is hiring two engineers to its “advanced” Siri team in Seattle, where Amazon is headquartered.
9. UK supermarket Tesco is launching a one-hour delivery service that competes with Amazon Prime Now. “Tesco Now”, as it’s called, will let customers order from 1,000 items for delivery, in partnership with London startup Quiquip.
10. Russia has threatened to block messaging app Telegram, saying the service was used by terrorists to carry out a suicide bombing on Russian soil. The app is under pressure from the local communications regulator to hand over data on its users.
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