Hello DawentsIT Readers!, but especially to whatever Apple employee coined the phrase “Dynamic Island,” a term I haven’t stopped thinking about since it was first uttered yesterday.
Online, the Dynamic Island has been equally berated as a ridiculous bit of Apple jargon and heralded as an exciting innovation. Either way, it felt like one of the biggest reveals of Apple’s event yesterday.
I’m your host, DawentsIT, so let’s get started:
ALL THINGS TECHNOLOGY NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
1.Apple just unveiled new products and gadgets. At its “Far Out” event yesterday, Apple pulled the wraps off the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, a fresh lineup of Apple Watches, and next-gen AirPods.
–Much of the event was focused on new safety features, including Crash Detection, which can sense if you’ve been in a car wreck and call emergency services and alert your emergency contacts.
–The new iPhones will also come with Emergency SOS via satellites, which will help connect you with emergency services if you find yourself stranded in an area without cell service. Here are some other stand-out new features.
–As expected, Apple released a hardy new watch for athletes: the Apple Watch Ultra. Just shy of $800, the watch comes with a slew of features and hardware made to withstand extreme sports. Get a look at the Apple Watch Ultra.
–Finally, the widely hated “notch” has been replaced by a pill-shaped cutout that Apple is calling the “Dynamic Island,” where information and notifications will be sleekly displayed.
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2.Tim Cook’s solution to Android green text bubbles? “Buy your mom an iPhone.” During the Code 2022 event, the Apple CEO was asked about ending the green text bubbles that appear when iPhone users text a person with an Android — and he dismissed the issue.
3.Snap launched a secretive project to save Snapchat from falling engagement. Dubbed “Project Sunshine,” the project is working to figure out how to get views and engagement of its core Story product back to peak levels.
4.For Disney+ Day, new content is coming to the streamer. For the streamer’s third anniversary, Disney+ is releasing a handful of new movies and shows, as well as offering discounts and deals.
5.Elon Musk took another loss in his battle against Twitter. A judge once again denied Musk’s request to delay the trial, but said he can include last month’s whistleblower allegations to his countersuit.
6.Why does Silicon Valley keep forking over millions to screw-ups? Researchers have been studying what kinds of pitches work and who gets the most money. Senior correspondent Adam Rogers read the literature to find out what science says about the best investor pitches — and it ain’t pretty.
7.Elizabeth Holmes wants a new trial. One of the government’s star witnesses allegedly showed up at Holmes’ house last month, saying he was losing sleep over his testimony that helped convict her. Now, she’s requesting a new trial.
8.Google is reportedly cracking down on employee travel. The firm plans to limit travel only to “business critical” trips, meaning fewer team offsites and social functions — RIP, happy hour.
9.Kim Kardashian is launching a private-equity firm. Kardashian is teaming up with a former Carlyle Group partner to launch SKKY Partners, and is aiming for controlling and minority stakes in companies focused on consumer products, luxury, digital commerce, and media.
10.Y Combinator founders share what made their applications stand out. We spoke with five founders from this year’s cohort, who said concision and practicing for interviews helped them put together a successful application.
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