10 things in tech you need to know today

Microsoft CEO Satya NadellaJustin Sullivan/Getty ImagesMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. Apple ditched Microsoft for Google to power Siri. Search results on Siri, iOS, and Spotlight on Mac will now default to Google’s search engine, as opposed to Bing.

2. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi apologised in an open letter to Londoners following Transport for London (TfL)’s decision not to renew the company’s licence. He remarked that the company will fight TfL’s decision, but acknowledged Uber’s past mistakes.

3. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was against the company’s decision to buy Nokia. The acquisition, worth $US7.6 billion (£5.6 billion), was later written off almost entirely, resulting in thousands of people being laid off.

4. Microsoft is planning to release a quantum computing programming language. It will feature full Visual Studio integration and come with a quantum computer simulator some time before the end of the year.

5. Microsoft unveiled a new package for teachers and students called Microsoft 365 Education. The bundle will offer Windows 365 for Education, Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and “Minecraft: Education Edition.”

6. Microsoft is replacing Skype for Business with its new Microsoft Teams service. The move is an attempt to put bigger pressure on the platform’s main competitor, Slack.

7. Microsoft is starting to integrate LinkedIn inside Office 365. LinkedIn’s social graph will now appear inside the products of Office 365’s portfolio, like Word and PowerPoint, showing contact information from LinkedIn.

8. China has blocked messaging service WhatsApp almost entirely. Now Chinese users won’t be able to send WhatsApp messages, following this summer’s crackdown on multimedia messages and video chats.

9. Google has launched its $US350 (£260) Project Jacquard jacket in collaboration with Levi’s. Its smart sleeves contain sensors woven inside the fabric that allow the user to perform certain actions — pre-set via an app — just by touching it.

10. Amazon is dropping the price of 4K movies and TV shows, now ranging from $US5 to $US19 (£3.5-14), down from a maximum of $US30 (£22). The move comes as a response to Apple’s launch of its new Apple TV 4K.

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