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This Week In Tech: Streaming TV Wars, Tesla and EMCWorld

EMCWorld takes over Las Vegas

The world of streaming content got a lot more interesting this week, following the revelation that Google has been plotting a web TV service since 2012, and now is scheduled to launch it in 2017. According to Bloomberg Technology, “YouTube is working on a paid subscription service called Unplugged that would offer customers a bundle of cable TV channels streamed over the Internet”. Not to be outdone, Hulu is planning to begin live streaming shows next year, including live sports, news and events, to viewers who don’t necessarily have a cable TV subscription.

Tesla Motors

One year after Tesla Motors unveiled its revolutionary Powerwall home solar systems to an adoring public, the company has begun its first wave of residential installations in the United States. In a letter to shareholders this week, the company revealed that it had delivered more than 2500 pre-ordered Powerwalls and 100 Powerpacks in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

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In other Tesla-related news, the company’s stock price jumped overnight on news that it expected to produce half a million cars annually, two years ahead of schedule. Clearly, the issues of delivery have been addressed by Elon Musk and the Tesla team.

Pressure Cooker

Apple CEO Tim Cook found himself in the unusual position of having to reassure investors, following a few weeks where the quarterly results disappointed. Apple revealed that sales of the iPhone were down for the first time in 13 years, and billionaire investor Carl Icahn sold his stake in the company due to fears over Apple’s growth in China. But Cook hit back hard, and was bullish about both the Apple Watch and the upcoming iPhone 7, telling Jim Cramer on CNBC’s Mad Money that “We are going to give you things that you can’t live without, that you just don’t even know you need today. You will look back and wonder: ‘How did I live without this?’”

Global Titans

The EMC World conference has been the focal point of global tech titans this week as the industry converges to collaborate around issues of modernization, automation and transformation. Keynote speakers included Michael Dell of Dell Computers, Joe Tucci, the CEO of EMC Corportation and Nina Tandon, co-founder and CEO of Epibone, not to mention instructor-led vLabs, a World Solutions Expo and a performance from timeless rock band, Duran Duran.

Finally, a 10-year old boy in Finland was awarded US$10 000 from Facebook after he discovered a security-threatening bug in the code of the photo-sharing app, Instagram, which was purchased by Facebook for a billion dollars in 2012. The kid told the Guardian newspaper that “tested whether the comments section of Instagram can handle harmful code. Turns out it can’t. I noticed that I can delete other people’s comments from there. I could have deleted anyone’s – like Justin Bieber’s for example – comments.

The unnamed child hasn’t let the money go to his head though, his big plan is to use the cash to buy a bike.

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By Jeremy Daniel

Jeremy Daniel

Jeremy Daniel is an author, online marketing strategist and a firm believer in the transformative power of mobile technology for emerging markets. Jeremy has written across various media platforms since 2001, from television to advertising to print, and spends most of his time in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa.

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