Apple getting it’s Beats, Ferrari’s Siri affair, Evernote bumping security, Android maturing and Samsung buying Sharp shares.
According to reports from Reuters Apple’s top brass including CEO Tim Cook and Senior Vice President of Internet Services Eddy Cue met with the CEO of Beats Jimmy Iovine to discuss the much rumoured music streaming service that Apple will reportedly be looking to launch to compete with services like Rdio and Spotify. Iovine has already secured funding fromWarner Music to the tune of around $60 million to get their streaming service off the ground. Iovine spoke earlier this year about how Steve Jobs had turned down his offer to help create a streaming music service, my how times have changed.
Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero Di Montezemolo has said the the Italian supercar manufacturer is in talks with Apple to bring a much deeper integration with the Apple iOS line of devices. Starting with the four seater Ferrari FF which will have 2 iPad Mini’s in the rear seats for the rear passengers to enjoy some in car entertainment on.
Evernote is joining the long list of web service providers who have learned the hard way that 2 factor authentication is becoming more of a necessity than an option for securing user’s data. After their much publicised recent hacking Evernote is reportedly rushing to get the secure 2 factor authentication for their service sorted.
Android, unlike iOS, has ling been unable to push updates to their users because of the customisation that their OEMs apply to the base code. This usually leaves a large chunk of users on older versions of the OS. For the lingest time Android 2.3 better known as Gingerbread has been the largest chunk of the market for the longest time and while a single newer version of the OS hasn’t overtaken it the combined forces of Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean have finally relegated Gingerbread to number 2.
Samsung may be losing orders from Apple for components in both Mac and iOS products but Sharp is still one of the preferred suppliers to Cupertino. As of yesterday Samsung is a 3% owner in Sharp for a paltry $110 million investment in the ailing Japanese manufacturer and will continue to get Apple’s money available.