The Technology Podcast: Windows 10 devices; Don’t be evil; Amazon vs Apple; Parrot Hydrofoil
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Not wanting to be left out, now it’s Microsoft’s turn to pull the covers off a range of new devices. As ever, though, the predictable flurry of leaks and over-excitable speculation has left us with a pretty good idea of what to expect. I’m going to place my bets on us seeing some new Lumia phones, not to mention the long-awaited unveil of the Surface Pro 4 and the Microsoft Band 2 – if they live up to expectations, it’s going to be a very expensive couple of months. Want to catch up with all the developments as they happen? Then click here to look at our live feed and rumour round-up.
For many years, Google has proudly touted a code of conduct headlined by the most powerful statement: Don’t be evil. Now, with Google subsumed into the giant of Alphabet, just one company in a portfolio of many, that code has been reduced to one that references law, honour and respect. As Alphabet’s research divisions now embrace everything from AI to military robotics, we discuss whether evil is no longer something that the company can truly claim to avoid. Interested? Our own Thomas McMullan wrote a piece on the subject, here.
3. Amazon bans Chromecast and Apple TV from sale
Amazon has taken its ball and is going home. It’s not playing with Apple and Google any more. This week, seemingly in a jealous fit of pique, Amazon banned the sale of Apple TV and Chromecast devices. Amazon claim that this is because neither of the devices play nice with its own Instant Video streaming service, but is that the whole story? With an increasing number of devices only supporting a select number of streaming services, it’s going to be some time until we get the do-it-all device many of us have been waiting for.
Is it a boat? Is it a plane? Actually, it’s both. Parrot have designed a smartphone-controlled drone that transforms into a hydrofoil boat. Our intrepid writer, Alan Martin, ended up half-naked in a pond full of bemused swans during the course of his review, so this promises to be one of the most memorable Hot hardware of the week segments ever.
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