[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 05/02
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Facebook F8: what are the main news? Facebook is launching in particular on the market of dating applications…
Why this is important: After his hearings around the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Mark Zuckerberg spoke again on Tuesday evening, but this time he was able to focus on his business at the annual developer conference, F8. That Facebook is also used to meet people is not new, but users will now be able to do so with a dedicated interface. Facebook also announced the upcoming launch of the Clear History feature. It will allow to have a clear view of the sites and applications that send information to Facebook, to delete this history if desired and to deactivate the ability of the social network to store them in the future. Augmented reality arrives via Messenger and virtual reality with the marketing of the Oculus Go headset.
Station is raising $ 3.25 million to create a browser tailored to employee needs. Ultimately, the start-up aims to build a real operating system.
Why this is important: With its solution, Station is positioned as an alternative to traditional browsers, such as Google Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox, which are not always suitable for professional use. The start-up intends to offer a new working environment to employees. To date, the start-up claims more than 12,000 active users. With this round table, Station plans to accelerate its development to add new features and integrate new applications on the browser. More than 500 applications are already integrated.
eSanté: Nokia in negotiations to resell Withings to one of its founders. Nokia had acquired the French nugget Withings for 170 million euros in 2016.
Why this is important: It’s official, Nokia has published a press release to announce that it is in “exclusive negotiations” to resell Nokia Health (ex-Withings) to its co-founder and former president, Eric Carreel. The transaction is expected to close towards the end of the second quarter of 2018. At the time, with this takeover, Nokia wanted to find its place in the e-health market. But an internal note revealed by The Verge in February 2018 revealed that the Finnish company was disappointed with the results of its Digital Health activity.
iFollow raises 1.2 million euros to optimize order preparation in warehouses. The start-up plans to industrialize its production to reach 100 robots put into circulation by the end of 2018.
Why this is important: iFollow first set about improving the consumer experience in the supermarket by creating an autonomous trolley, called “iRetail”, capable of following customers in-store, so as to reduce the arduousness of shopping. After focusing on the customer, the company is now looking to support the teams in the warehouses. In this sense, iFollow has developed an autonomous robot to assist order pickers in warehouses at negative temperatures. For the young Parisian shoot, the transformation of the preparation of food orders thus involves cobotics, an approach favoring collaboration between humans and robots.
Apple’s services generate $ 9 billion in quarterly revenue. Apple’s quarterly results reassured investors, also thanks to the good resistance of the iPhone, whose turnover grew by 14%.
Why this is important: Apple continues to thwart analysts’ expectations, with an iPhone that offers good resistance to increased competition and market saturation. The Cupertino company has thus announced for the second quarter of its staggered 2017/2018 financial year, which ended on March 31, indicators which demonstrate the vitality of its activity. The turnover amounted to 61.1 billion over the period, against 60.9 billion dollars expected, a jump of 16.1% compared to the same quarter of the previous year.