Texture is a digital magazine subscription service, launched in 2010 and rebranded in 2015. Users can pay $9.99 a month to access more than 200 magazine titles worldwide. Back in this March Texture has been acquired by Apple, Inc. And recently Texture suddenly announced to shut down its Windows app after June 30th.
There are many reports and rumors about Apple’s interest in AR hardware, but the company has always been tight-lipped and secretive about what they are working on. Now a confirmed acquisition reveals Apple’s efforts in developing AR hardware. According to TechCrunch report, Apple has acquired Vrvana, an AR headset startup from Montreal (Canada), and the acquisition deal was said to be around $30 million.
On this Monday Google officially announces that it plans to distrust Symantec security certificates from the release of Chrome 66 in 2018. The specific timeline plan was posted on the official Google Security blog, and it shows that Symantec-issued security certificate issued prior to1 June 2016 will no longer be accepted as valid and trustworthy, with the Chrome 66 which is expected to release on April 17, 2018.
Adobe recently introduces a new, free mobile app labeled Adobe Scan, to help iOS and Android users convert paper documents and forms into digital, editable PDF files. Powered by Adobe Sensei (the company’s A.I. and machine learning-based platform) and integrated with Adobe’s image processing techniques, Adobe Scan leverages Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to convert printed text to digital text that can then be searched, selected, copied or annotated in Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC.
After almost 6 months’ delay, Apple’s Beats X wireless earbuds were finally hit stores on February 10 for the premium price of $149.95. Aside from the white and black color options that Apple already announced, the company unveiled two other options : gray and blue. The delivery for the last two colors is expected to take 2-3 weeks.
On January 5 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced it new Connected Vehicle Platform, a set of services built on the Microsoft Azure cloud and designed to empower auto manufacturers to create custom connected driving experiences. The company said it is not an in-car operating system, but rather a living platform based on Azure cloud to help automakers (Microsoft’s partners) to address five core scenarios: predictive maintenance, improved in-car productivity, advanced navigation, customer insights and help building autonomous driving capabilities.
Typically, Apple rarely disclose the details of its acquisitions and even refuse to confirm the purchases, making it difficult for outsiders to track. Business Insider concluded a list of 9 startup companies Apple has bought this year and briefly introduced what they mainly do. The list is not exhaustive as some of its purchases may have never been revealed. As expected, artificial intelligent is the dominant category in Apple’s acquisitions. Security, educational tech, fitness and entertainment are also involved in this list. Now let’s take a brief look at what these 9 startups are.