The Weekly Techno Briefs help you keep pace with the fascinating and constantly changing world of technology. In this week’s edition we look into Yahoo’s latest acquisition, how flying cars are no longer just science fiction and how some of your favorite gadgets could soon become more affordable.
China and the United States of America have agreed to reduce tariffs on electronic goods under the terms of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). A White House statement explained that the pact would pave the way for the resumption and rapid conclusion of the first major agreement for slashing tariffs in the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 17 years. The tariff cut would also serve as a boost for technology exports to the US. The agreement is still to be signed by other countries involved in the negotiations on the ITA, which are taking place within the framework of the WTO and is expected to be approved within the next few weeks.
China and US agree on technology tariff cut
Yahoo acquires BrightRollYahoo is acquiring digital video advertising platform BrightRoll for US$640 million (£410 million) in the aim to establish the largest digital video advertising platform in the United States. Founded in 2006 and based in San Francisco, BrightRoll's programmatic video advertising platform and is designed for reaching audiences across web, mobile and connected TV. In a recent blog post Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer said that video, along with mobile, social, and native, is one of Yahoo's greatest growth opportunities. Marissa Mayer explained that acquiring BrightRoll will strengthen Yahoo’s video advertising platform making it the largest in the US.
China's online retail giant Alibaba says it has pulled in US$9.3bn (£5.9bn) in sales from its annual 'Singles' Day' shopping event. At the end of Tuesday, the firm stated sales had reached 57.1 billion yuan, and that it had shipped 278 million orders, 43% of which were placed on mobile devices. Last year, Alibaba recorded sales of US$5.75bn (£3.68 bn), shipping 150 million packages. "You're seeing the unleashing of the consumption power of the Chinese consumer," said Alibaba Group's executive vice chairman, Joe Tsai.
Alibaba sees record sales on Singles' Day
Singles' Day is the world's biggest online retail sales day. Singles' Day began as a day for single people - apparently a chance to celebrate for the singletons, symbolized by the four number ones in the date of 11 November - 11/11. It compares with "Cyber Monday" in the US, the Monday after Thanksgiving, which is also marketed as a big online shopping day.
Enterprises opt for multiple CloudsA recent survey from Equinix conducted by Dimensional Research reveals that companies are planning widespread deployment of Multi-Cloud IT Architectures in 2015. The trend is to adopt multiple clouds or service providers to access and host applications. The international survey of 659 IT decision makers found that the majority (77%) either already have or plan to implement multi-cloud architectures in the coming year.
Flying car approaches liftoffAfter smart cars, we now need to get ready for the advent of flying ones. According to The Guardian.com, a prototype of a fully-functional flying car was shown for the first time at a technology festival in Vienna. The six-meter-long AeroMobil 3.0 is made of steel and carbon and is said to have a flight range of 875 kilometers (544 miles) with a top ground speed of 200 kph (124 mph).
Link : theguardian.com
Watch the AeroMobil flying on YouTube
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