Mobile Weekly Recap: Build 2016, Apple's 40th Birthday, and Apple-FBI Comes to a Close

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Build 2016: Helping the Blind See

Earlier this week, Microsoft held its biggest conference of the year for developers: Build 2016. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella opened the floor, proclaiming the “rich mobile-first, cloud-first [Microsoft] is building” in reference to the Azure-heavy sessions that would be offered during day 2 of the conference. He also described Windows as a developer’s “ultimate dev box,” allowing developers to create all apps for Windows on their PCs. Nadella also highlighted some major areas of focus for Microsoft in this upcoming year: Windows 10, AI (artificial intelligence), and more.

Among the updates from the Microsoft team were some of their most innovative initiatives around HoloLens, Microsoft’s holographic headset that provides users a mixed or an Augmented Reality (AR) to allow them to see, hear, and interact with holograms in real world. Microsoft also boasted of Continuum, where users are able to use their phone as a primary device and then connect it to any screen or laptop to complete a task. Microsoft ended the showcase of some of their finest innovation with this video, demonstrating the Microsoft Cognitive Services app, allowing visually impaired or blind people to better understand people and things that are around them.

The Apple-FBI Case Comes to a Close

The FBI has solicited an unnamed third party to help them unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, meaning that they will no longer need Apple’s help. Though the showdown is over, industry experts are concerned about the vulnerabilities of iOS devices. Wired claims though the legal battle is over, the “crypto wars have just begun.”

Apple Celebrates Its 40th Birthday

Apple is over the hill as they celebrate their 40th anniversary Friday, April 1. Apple waved a pirate flag, an ode to something Steve Jobs had once said, “It’s better to be a pirate than join the navy.” The company also released a tribute video during their March 21 Special Event, “40 Years in 40 Seconds.”

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