Each week our intranet news channel editors provide a round up for Capgemini colleagues of the business IT news that drives and inspires us. We publish the highlights here:
The dynamic world of technology is always in a state of flux. In a week, lots of things can happen, like the announcement of the first bionic Olympics in 2016, in Switzerland, Google Glass journalism classes in California, and Facebook buying virtual reality firm Oculus Rift.
Microsoft acquisition delayed
Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia is delayed a few more weeks because of a short hold-up in the regulatory approval process. The Nokia acquisition is expected to accelerate Microsoft's “mobile-first, cloud-first imperatives." The delay in the deal, however, means it will be a few more weeks — at least — before Nokia executive Stephen Elop takes over the reins for the Xbox division.
Apple appeals for more emojis
Apple pledges to make the emojis (emoticons) used in messages more ethnically diverse. When it comes to ethnic diversification of emoticons, Apple feels the choices are limited, so the tech giant has pledged to issue a new set of more diverse emoji in addition to the 12 different flags, 13 different hearts, 58 different smileys, and 63 different animals currently in use.
Facebook acquires Oculus VR
The social network has just announced that it has acquired Oculus VR, makers of the upcoming Oculus Rift head-mounted virtual-reality display, for US$2 billion (€1.45 billion). That includes US$400 million (€290 million) in cash as well as 23.1 million shares in Facebook stock with a current value of US$1.6 billion (€1.16 billion). Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg feels that virtual reality is “the most social platform ever.” The Oculus Rift is one of the most high-profile devices for accomplishing virtual-reality vision. Players strap the device to their heads, and all they can see is the Rift’s 3D display. The unit then tracks the players’ motion and orientation to render a virtual world. It is compatible with PCs and anyone can make and release software for it.
Bionic Olympics to be hosted in 2016
The first Cybathlon, an Olympics for bionic athletes, will take place in Switzerland in October 2016. The event will include a race where competitors control an avatar via a brain interface. There will also be races for competitors wearing prosthetic limbs and exo-skeletons. Hosted by the Swiss National Competence Center of Research, it is hoped the competition will spur interest in human performance-enhancing technology.
Have you ever wondered about Microsoft’s MS-DOS Source Code?
Older tech fans might remember the good old days of Microsoft MS-DOS, the company's first operating system from the 1980s. Now, with the help of the Computer History Museum, Microsoft is making the source code for DOS available to the public for the first time ever. The Computer History Museum is making MS DOS 1.1, 2.0 and Word 1.1a available to help fans and technologists better understand the history of computing.
University of South California offers Google Glass course for journalism
"Glass Journalism," a new course slated for the fall/autumn semester at the University of Southern California, where students will be tasked with thinking up new ways for journalists to tell stories using augmented reality and Google Glass. According to the syllabus, students will create apps for Google Glass that help enhance both storytelling and story consumption on the platform.
LG's Smart Bulb can connect with your smartphone
LG has launched the Smart Bulb in Korea, a light bulb that connects with Android and iOS devices, providing several interesting features. The 10W LED bulb will let you control lighting in the house with a smartphone, and it can also flash-alert when you get a phone call. Other features include a security mode which makes it look like you're at home when you're away, as well as pulsating to the tune of music (but only on Android devices).
The highlights from our Weekly Techno Briefs above do not necessarily represent the view of Capgemini Group.