Envoc News Wrap-up #1

Envoc News Wrap-up #1

Written by Unknown on Jan 23, 2015

We love keeping up with the latest and greatest in tech and software. At Envoc, we can’t wait to share news and thoughts on the pieces with each other. We’d like to take that a step further and share them with you. Here are the important stories that we knew you’d love:

1Google's Getting Close to a $1 Billion Investment in SpaceX Internet

The Wall Street Journal reported that the search company we know and love is well on it’s way to finalizing a $1 billion investment in SpaceX Internet, an effort to offer internet service across the entire globe. The idea is to take 700 small satellites and provide internet to the entire world, focusing mainly on rural and developing areas.

 

2BlackBerry Introduces the Idea of “App Neutrality”

BlackBerry has taken a stance against Net Neutrality and pushed it to a new level they’ve called “App Neutrality.” They feel that iPhone and Android users are able to access more apps and content than customers using other devices. This leaves some underutilized platforms, like BlackBerry OS, left out.

 

3Brace Yourselves; Windows 10 is Coming—and Tons of New Features

Windows 10 is coming out with new additions all around. Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, will finally handle your tasks on PC. Their new browser, named Spartan, will come included and will bring with it a slew of new additions like webpage annotation and Reading Mode, which cuts out sidebars and ads to make webpages look more like a book.

 

Microsoft Debuts Windows Holographic with HoloLens, An Augmented Reality Headset

Microsoft just knocked it out of the park in terms of virtual reality headsets. Their latest innovation, called HoloLens, is “the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen.” Though it’s early in development, the company showed off tons of interactive hologram-y goodness, like Minecraft on your living room furniture, touring the surface of Mars, and a designer walking a client through their latest design.

 

Meet the Smart Office Desk That Tells You When It’s Time to Stand

Most of you are probably reading this while you’re seated at your desk. Some of you may be at a standing desk, as are many of our Envoceans. The Stir Kinetic Desk M1 calls itself a “smart desk.” It learns your daily routine and then lets you know when you should stand and when you should sit. It comes with a 1GHz CPU, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity, and a 5-inch touchscreen console. What’s the price? You’ll pay a pretty penny ($2,990) for this beaut; isn’t it worth it, though?

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