Morning Beat: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Alphabet Inc (GOOGL), and Apple Inc. (AAPL)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is developing SIM cards that it intends to use on Windows 10 powered devices. The idea behind the SIM cards is that devices will be able to connect with cellular data without having to sign contracts with carriers.
The software giant has already developed Cellular data, an app that the Verge says will allow users to connect with and pay for mobile data. If successful, the company plans to do away with the need of having to sign long term contract or commitments with mobile network operators.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has yet to issue an official confirmation on when the new SIM cards will be available and how much they will cost.
Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has inked an agreement with Lenovo for the development of the first Project Tango phone. The two have already teased a smaller device that uses a 3D scanning camera to take measurements of distant objects.
The phone is going to cost less than $500 and should be ready for market later in the summer. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) doesn’t have the final design of the handset but says it will be under 6.5 inches. It is also unclear whether Lenovo will be the tech giant’s exclusive partner when it comes to developing devices featuring Project Tango technology.
Emotient is Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s latest acquisition whose proprietary technology could soon find its way in iPhones. The technology company comes with a facial-recognition technology that it says can read people’s emotions. The startup says its technology can detect the slightest changes in facial expressions to determine whether one is angry, disgusted, or surprised.
The technology has a wide array of applications having been used to test people’s reactions to ads. There have been reports Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is working on an augmented reality headset, which could benefit a great deal from the technology at hand.
The acquisition adds to the likes of Faceshift and Perceptio all that the iPhone maker is hoping to use to bolster its augmented reality prospects.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has just filed a patent detailing a system in which two cameras will be able to capture two different objects in the same direction. By Fitting separate camera modules behind the lens, users should be able to switch between two different focal lengths.
Even with two shots taken at a time, the device should be able to display both photos while switching between them. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) also describes several ways in which a device could use both camera modules. The patent filling does not cover phones alone but computers, tablets, and cameras as well. The patent should continue to fuel talk of the next iPhone coming with two rear facing cameras going forward.
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