Weekly Tech News – October 13

This week in Tech news:

Apple has been ordered to pay $234 million to the University of Wisconson after a jury found Apple had incorporated microchip technology into the iPhones and iPad without permission. The University of Wisconson has held the patent since 1998. Apple sought in the cast to limit its liability.

Match group the company behind Tinder, OKCupid & match.com is seeking to date investors as the date site/app has filed to US regulators for an initial public offering.

Alibaba has offered to buy China’s YouTube ‘Youku Tudou’. China’s YT has never been profitable however if Alibaba purchase the entirety of Youku the move will no doubt threaten Google and Netflix’s plans for China.

Steam link reviews are out as the box that promises to connect your existing PC games (& steam catalogue) from the PC to your living room. Steam Link is being sold for US $50 and will be available from Nov 10. Reviewers are loving the box so far but are saying the controllers are something less desirable. Valve are offering config options for steam titles that don’t support controllers.

University of Washington and Microsoft Research have created a hypercam that can be added to your smartphone for around $50 estimated. Hypercams are ‘Hyperspectral imaging’ that can literally pick up the veins in your hand. The team so far have used the cams to scan avacodos to see if they are ripe enough to eat.

And finally Microsoft Lumia specifically the 950XL are being touted as the best camera phones on the market. The rear facing camer has a 20MP sensor, Zeiss optics, 3 LED flashlights, 4K & a 5mp wide angle front facing camera. What are your thoughts?

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Charis McAwesome

Charis McAwesome is a social media client project manager to companies including Microsoft, Intel, Lenovo, Deloitte, banks and many more on behalf of Digivizer. By day, she provides digital strategy and big data analysis, by night she may provide news on the podcast & when she doesn't, makes up for it by writing articles instead.