What’s Hot in Tech News… The September Edition

October 1, 2018 The TNS Group

Don’t have time to keep up with the tech headlines of the month? Don’t worry TNS has you covered! Here is the top tech news from September.

The FCC is Calling for Google, Facebook and Twitter to be More Transparent

Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai is recommending the need for new “obligations” to make giant tech companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook more transparent about their online services. This announcement comes after the FCC decision to overturn net neutrality. Pai believes that since internet companies have a huge influence over the economy they should reveal more to the public.

Amazon Patent Caused Outrage

An Amazon patent from 2016 resurfaced this month and sent the internet into a frenzy. The patent is a cage meant to transport warehouse workers, and is designed to keep them safe from robots. Senior VP of Operations, Dave Clark, responded to the report stating “even bad idea get submitted” and the cage is not intended for use.

Apple Announced its New Line of iPhones

Apple released the new iPhones this month, which featured Apple’s largest iPhone to date. The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch OLED “Super Retina” display, which is much larger than the 5.5-inch display on the iPhone 8 Plus. The new screen runs at 120Hz and the iPhone XS Max has the largest battery of any iPhone.

Nintendo is going to begin charging online players

Nintendo was the last major console that allowed users to play online multiplayer games like “Marion Kart 8 Deluxe” on their Switch console for free. That is about to change with the launch of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service. The service will charge users $20/year with options for monthly and yearly payments. The subscription is cheaper than that of competitors PlayStation and Xbox, however the service is offering less access to online games.

Renault-Nissan is Teaming up with Google to Install Android Apps in their Car Dashboards

Google is teaming up with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to add Android’s operating system to car dashboards. Drivers will be able to access featured apps such as Google Maps, Waze and the hands-free Google Assistant without having to connect their smartphone to Bluetooth. The decision to go with Google’s Android system for their automobiles is huge because Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is one of the world’s top-selling automakers.

Amazon is Proposing Opening 3,000 Cashierless Stores by 2021

Amazon is considering a plan to open 3,000 AmazonGo stores in the next few years. CEO Jeff Bezos is still deciding on the format of stores, but with the recent purchase of Whole Foods, Amazon is looking to expand on stores in the food market. The stores will be similar to 7-Eleven stores with a small selection of prepared foods and produce in a convenience store set up.

The White House is Considering Launching an Antitrust Investigation into ‘online platform bias’ at Google and Facebook

A leaked proposed executive order from President Trump asks federal law enforcement to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted to violation of the antitrust laws,” to “protect competition among inline platforms and address online platform bias.” Trump has previously expressed his distrust of Social Media platforms stating that, “Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices.”

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