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I first started writing for MacNN and Electronista back in 2010, after seeing an ad in the banner of the site, looking to hire new writers. I was already gainfully employed in a good job, but I just love technology so much, and always had aspirations as a writer, that I thought I'd apply and see what happened. I was very fortunate to be chosen out of over a hundred applicants, and have thoroughly enjoyed the journey since then. For me, it has been nice to have a second income stream, but I've done this job because I've absolutely loved it, not because I've had to do it.
An Apple patent filed in December 2014, but only published on Thursday, could point to future display technology destined for a future Apple Watch. The patent is for a "conformable electronic device," which suggests that it could be fitted to an Apple Watch that could feature a display that curves or wraps around a wrist. Interestingly, the patent was awarded to Apple employees Andreas Bibl and Hsin-Hua Hu -- Andreas Bibl was previously the CEO of LuxVue, a company that specialized in micro-LED technology acquired by Apple in 2014.
Two of the largest food-delivery services in the US, Grubhub and its subsidiary Seamless, have updated their iOS apps to accept Apple Pay payments, widening the circle of merchants who accept Apple Pay online. Grubhub generated $2.4 billion in sales in 2015, and 60 percent of that came from online ordering through its mobile apps, so the addition of Apple Pay may help further spur adoption. As recently reported, Apple Pay is highly-regarded among users and banks, but merchants in the US have been slow to adopt the technology, since it generally requires a change in point-of-sale (POS) terminals.
Two weeks to get a handle on a technology isn't that long, if you think about it. It's been two weeks and two days since I started putting on the Apple Watch for every waking hour of every day. While I can't say that I've completely mastered the device, I can say that I have a much better feel for it -- and its somewhat-limited role in my life going forward.
Apple has hired two former uBeam engineers in the past four months, and over a dozen engineers over the past two years, all of whom specialize in wireless charging. The hires align with a report from Bloomberg earlier this year that Apple was working towards an introduction of the technology for the 2017 iPhone. Currently, the only product that supports a form of wireless charging is the Apple Watch, which uses a standard method of inductive charging to keep the device powered up. The rumored technology that Apple is working on for a future iPhone would allow wireless charging from a distance.
A wide array of technology companies, led by Intel, have started capitalizing on a new technology that promises to offer solid-state storage that is up to 1,000 times faster than conventional flash storage and with 50 percent lower latency. The new SSD standard, originally called NVMe for Non-Volatile Memory Express, along with a Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification (NVMHCI), has been re-branded "Optane" by Intel, and essentially re-writes previous AHCI controller technology to optimize systems for solid-state drives, which use non-volatile memory solid-state drives.
We've entered the second quarter of the year, and this is the tenth weekly slice of Apple history: we're taking the company's four decades, and seeing the growth and the similarities in the same weeks from 1976 to 2016. So far, it's been an eventful ride, and also a startling one -- as we've seen both Apple's hits and its misses repeatedly occurring in very similar ways. This week, it's as if the company and the technology industry got together to plan: with the start of Spring, people's minds turn to new ventures and new companies.
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This is it, surely. Week Four of our slicing through four decades of Apple history brings us to the moment when Steve Jobs launched the device he said was his most important one. It's also the week that Apple made a dent in the universe, and it's the week when new Apple technology was proclaimed as being the next killer product. These are three different things, though, and maybe none of them are what you'd expect.
There were intelligent assistants on iPhone before Siri, and there are now many of them on every phone, but Siri is the Hoover or Coca-Cola of them. It is the one you're talking about when you refer to speaking to your phone and getting sarky comments back. It's the one that has gone the further to making this Star Trek-like technology mainstream.