It’s Sunday, so that means it’s time for Adi’s Week in Tech News. This is your roundup of the week’s technology news stories.
Apple has finally released the public beta for OSX Yosemite. The pre-release software will require to have OSX Mavericks already installed, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of hard drive space free.
Amazon has reported a loss of £74m in the second quarter .Amazon have forecast third quarter sales of between 11.6b pound and 12.7 billion pounds , which could mean sales growth of as little as 15% .Amazon has traditionally survived on thin profit margins, but investors have been reassured by strong sales growth later this year .
Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following “persistent disruptive editing”.The block comes after anonymous changes were made to entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination. The page of former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an “alien lizard”.
A lot of apps have already been developed for Google Glass(Google’s foray into the wearable computer market). However, eBay have decided to show their hand with an app called RedLaser(currently available on iOS, Android and now, Google Glass. The app will allow people to search for a product and buy it from a local store.
Here in Europe, the European Commission is forcing Apple and Google to stop advertising “free” apps with in-app purchases as free.
As a result, the following four things that Apple (in particular) needs to do:
1) Games advertised as “free” should not mislead consumers about the true costs involved;
2) Games should not contain direct exhortation to children to buy items in a game or to persuade an adult to buy items for them;
3) Consumers should be adequately informed about the payment arrangements for purchases and should not be debited through default settings without consumers’ explicit consent;
4) Traders should provide an email address so that consumers can contact them in case of queries or complaints.