Apple’s New Digs | Crunch Report


It’s Thursday, May 19 and this is Crunch Report.
For the first time ever, Uber has confirmed that it’s testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. Specifically, Uber is using Ford’s hybrid Fusion cars to collect mapping
data and test its self-driving capabilities. Uber picked Pittsburgh to test the cars because
of its harsh road conditions. Depending on the time of the year, the cars will have to
navigate through rain and snow. They’ll also have to do that despite outdated infrastructure
and on narrow and/or hilly streets. Uber’s tech is still in its early stages and the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to draft legislation for self-driving
cars. So, it’s still going to be a while before we see Uber’s self-driving cars picking up
and dropping off passengers. My bet is we’ll see Google’s self-driving cars fully operating
on the road before we see Uber’s…given that Google has been testing its cars since 2009. Speaking of Google…there’s some more news
out of Google’s I/O developers conference today. Google is bringing its Android Play
Store to Chrome OS, which means you’ll soon be able to install and run just about any
Android app on your Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. Although Google made the announcement today,
Play Store support in Chrome OS won’t roll out to users right away, but will be available
to Chrome OS developers in June. Outside of I/O, Google’s YouTube teased a
virtual reality-centered design that will be available on Daydream-enabled phones. In
case you’re like, what the EFF is Daydream…Daydream is Google’s new mobile platform for VR. Google
will also be working with content partners including the NBA, BuzzFeed and Tastemade
to explore cool new ways of VR storytelling. Google co-founder Larry Page was in court
today defending Google’s use of Java APIs in the development of Android’s mobile operating
system. Oracle sued Google in 2010, claiming that Android developers copied sections of
proprietary code from Java. But Google has maintained that the code in question was open
source…meaning that it’s free for engineers to use. Google has also argued that the way
Android implemented the Java code was transformative enough to be considered fair use. Closing
arguments are expected to begin on Monday in San Francisco. Also in San Francisco, Apple showed off its
new digs in Union Square, featuring new design elements like huge front doors that are 20ft
high and 40ft wide. It has also rebranded the Genius Bar as Genius Grove, and has new
areas like The Avenue, where Creative Pros will offer consultations on certain topics
and The Forum, where there’s a huge, 6K video wall that is home to an Apple Store programming
schedule called “Today at Apple.” The store is also 100% powered by renewable energy.
I don’t about you, but I’m pumped to check it out when it opens to the public this Saturday. That’s the report for today. I’m Megan
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3 thoughts on “Apple’s New Digs | Crunch Report

  1. Portland has a very similar Apple Store. It is all glass and powered by renewable energy. But it is always super crowded 🙃

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