Apple’s Annual WWDC
At its annual World Wide Developers Conference held in the beginning of this month, Apple announced new features and designs for the operating systems that run on iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches and Apple TVs, in addition to a new computer.
After 18 years Apple is finally replacing iTunes. The app will be phased out and replaced with three separate apps; Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts. The iTunes store app, however, will remain on iOS as well as on Macs as an entry in the Finder’s sidebar. If that wasn’t dark enough for anyone who actually likes iTunes, iOS 13 is coming and with it, an optional dark mode. Many apps, like Mail, Notes, and Maps, are ‘glowing up’ with redesigns and new features. Apple Watch is also growing up, gaining new tools to help it run more independently from its iPhone counterpart.
The Mac Pro desktop is back, plus additional announcements regarding changes to iPad’s and Apple TV. To learn more about all of the details discussed during the WWDC, visit here.
Salesforce Acquires Tableau
In 2003, Tableau set out to pioneer self-service analytics with an intuitive analytics platform, built to empower people of any skill level to work with data. Customers grew with the company to form a strong analytics community.
Today, the mission to help people see and understand data continues to grow stronger, as Tableau announces they’ve entered into an agreement to be acquired by Salesforce. The acquisition will combine the #1 CRM with the #1 analytics platform, joining forces to accelerate the ability to accomplish the mission. The two companies share a commitment to empower their respective communities and continually enable people of all skill levels to transform their businesses, careers, and lives through technology.
To learn more about the acquisition, and to read the full letter Tableau President & CEO Adam Selipsky sent to his team, visit here.
Uber by Road or by Sky
Among shared ride services, Uber is one we all know and probably use. This summer, Uber is taking flight, literally. Beginning July 9th, Uber will be offering helicopter rides in NYC between JFK Airport and Lower Manhattan.
Similar to how you already use the app, customers can book a flight on demand, or up to five days in advance. Uber Copter, as the new service is called, will offer an eight minute flight with a typical price tag of $200 to $225 per person. Uber’s goal is to bring total transport time down to as little as a half hour, compared to the typical one hour commute, or two+ hours when traffic is heavy.
In order to take advantage of the new service, you’ll need to be a Platinum or Diamond member of Uber Rewards, the airlines-style reward program Uber launched last year. There will also be restrictions on the number of people per Copter as well as the amount of luggage per person. To learn more about the flight you’ll want to be taking all summer, visit here.