Recap in Tech News, April 26, 2015:
In this issue – Google launches Person Finder, Apple fans can expect more blockbuster launches, Google discontinues its Nexus 7, and Apple plans second quarter earnings call.
Google Launches Person Finder in Wake of Earthquake
With the devastating earthquake and resulting landslide in Nepal this past week, Google has launched a Person Finder to aid people in finding their loved ones. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake has a reported death toll of over 1,500 and more than 1,700 missing. Person Finder is a web based tool that can offer information about people who might have been affected by the earthquake. You can search using entire names or even just parts of names. In case a particular name in not found in the Google database, a new missing person profile can be created. On the reporting page, Google’s Person Finder tool gathers information about a person’s status. Users can also attach photographs or provide additional information.
A project supported by Google.org, the Person Finder tool has been used in the past for Japan’s Earthquake victims in 2011, Uttrakhand Floods in 2013 and for many other tragedies. For more information or to use Google Person Finder visit, https://google.org/personfinder/global/home.html.
Apple Fans Can Still Expect Blockbuster Launches
As we reported earlier this week, Apple had a subdued launch for the Apple Watch due in part to the low supply of the new product. In a video meant for Apple employees eyes only, Apple executive, Angela Ahrendts stated that, “we all love those blockbuster Apple product launch days — and there will be many more to come,” so we can all safely assume that this ‘soft’ launch of the Apple Watch isn’t par for the course for future product launches. At MacSources, we breathed a sigh of relief when we heard this because we are always the first in line at our local Verizon store for iPhone launches and we wouldn’t miss that for anything.
Google Discontinues Nexus 7
Late this past week, Google made the decision to discontinue its 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7. It is no longer available for sale thought the Google Store and it appears that the technology company is turning its attention to the Nexus 9. A big part of this transition appears to be due to the size of smartphones. As ‘phablets’ close in on the size of the smaller tablets, we are less likely to see those sizes enter the market.
Apple Second Quarter Results Call April 27
Apple announced this past week that it plans to hold its second quarter financial results call this coming Monday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. PDT. All the details of the call are included below.
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Monday, April 27, 2015, 2:00 p.m. PDT/5:00 p.m. EDT
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