Welcome, everyone. It’s 15th July and we’re back with a fully loaded weekly tech news. This week’s news covers Pokemon Go’s European launch, Tesla’s new Model X Variant, Android Pay launching in Australia, Google’s new campus and Apple’s new reality TV Show.
Pokemon Go Expanding to Europe
Pokemon Go is certainly the most viral mobile game ever. With the daily active users topping the charts and a higher engagement count than Facebook, the game has already raised Nintendo’s value by $9 Billion, the game engine it’s built on top of, Unity has also seen a $1.5 Billion valuation after raising $181 Million. However the game isn’t quite global yet, the availability is restricted to Australia, New Zealand and the US. The game has already set foot on the European territory starting with Germany. Despite all the downtimes and the faulty Google authentication, the game is the biggest phenomenon in AR gaming, and is setting a benchmark for companies already. Though it would be worth noting that the app is gaining a lot of traction and Niantic is already scaling up it’s server to avoid downtimes as much as possible. It is clear that even Niantic was not able to anticipate the hype that game is surrounded by.
Tesla Announced an Affordable Model X : The Model X 60D
In an attempt to reduce the prices of its electric vehicles to get it into the hands of more people, the company announced The Model X 60D at a price tag of $64,500 compared to the original Model X’s $80,000 starting price. Not so affordable yet but it’s a step in the right direction. The 60S has a 200-mile range and can hit zero to 60 miles per hour in 6 seconds. With a top speed of 130 mph. The 60D is eligible for a software update that will increase its range by upto 20 percent.
Android Pay is Launching in Australia
Google launched Android Pay in 2015 and quite honestly it hasn’t gained much traction yet. But Google is still very invested in upgrading the way we pay at outlets and online, with the same mission in mind, Google is expanding Android Pay in the Asia Pacific regions. The mobile payments services went live in Australia on July 14th. The service first entered in Asia with a launch in Singapore. Android represents roughly 60 percent of smartphones in the Australian continent hence it’s a good sized market for Google to be tapping. The service has initial support of around 25 banks alongside Visarjan and MasterCard. With Apple arriving in the region just 3 months ago, it’s going to be a fresh battle ground for both the companies.
Google May Finally Get its New Campus After the Legal Feud with LinkedIn
Google has long been in plans for a new futuristic campus in the North Bayshore of Mountain View. The building looks something out of a futuristic science fiction fantasy. The design was created by the Danish architect Biarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick which described the campus as a utopian workspace which blurs the distinction between the buildings and nature. But the plans were ditched after LinkedIn paid $331 million to catch hold of the lucrative property. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, both companies have struck a deal according to which, LinkedIn will acquire Google’s Mountain View Campus along with 2 buildings in Sunnyvale, California, while Google will get LinkedIn’s building in North Bayshore along with the development property. This deal would allow LinkedIn to move closer to their operations in Sunnyvale.
Apple is Launching a Reality TV Show : Planet of the Apps
It was earlier announced this year that Apple is working on an unscripted reality show. Well on July 14th the show got its name “Planet of the Apps”. The show is looking for the world’s 100 top app creators to do a profile on them. The website for the show calls it “a launch pad and accelerator for exceptional developers”. Each contestant will be competing for mentorship from some of the world’s best experts in technology and entertainment. It’s worth noting that the AppStore has over 2 million app and it’s not that hard to get lost in that crowd. Considering this fact the show would allow developers to gain what’s necessary to get noticed in the AppStore. It’s unclear as to when the show airs but casting call requires that the contestants have a working beta of their app by the month of October.