In this issue of recap in tech – Google Doctor Feature, Netflix Increasing Membership Cost, GT Advanced Technologies Cutting Jobs, and Apple sets date for special announcement.
Google Doctor Feature
Google is reportedly working on a new feature that connects users directly with a doctor when googling an ailment. This feature is HIPAA-compliant and ensures that doctors don’t need to worry about the security of patient information. So, how does it work? If you Google a search term such as ‘upset stomach,’ Google will then offer to have you talk with a doctor now through a video chat. This doctor feature is only in the preliminary stages and being tested with certain users.
Netflix Increasing Membership Cost
Netflix is increasing their membership charges for members to view shows in the Ultra HD format to $11.99. Members who purchase the Ultra HD format membership will be able to stream their shows on up to four different screens. Not all content on Netflix is available for Ultra HD streaming.
GT Advanced Technologies Cutting Jobs
GT Advanced Technologies, the company contracted to provide Apple with sapphire displays for the Apple Watch, has announced that it will cut 890 positions. GT cites the need to cut back operations from the fact that they are spending $1 million per day. GT is filing for bankruptcy in order to re-focus its ability to return to its core business of selling products such as sapphire furnaces.
Apple Sets Date for Special Announcement
Apple, Inc. sets date of October 16 for a special announcement that many anticipate to include Apple’s release of new iPad models, the release of OS X Yosemite, and the highly anticipated Apple Pay feature for iOS. Apple has not released many details about the event other than to say that “it’s been way too long,” which was on the event invitation. Stay tuned to MacSources.com for a live blogging event.