This week: Predictions about Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developer’s Conference, Visa’s new platform supports mobile banking, and Facebook’s move to secure dominance in the chat app space.
What to Expect from Apple at Its Worldwide Developer’s Conference
Experts predict the focus will be on operating systems at this year’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference. Rather than new “gadgetry,” Apple will talk about new developments in iOS, Mac OS, watchOS, and tvOS—for example, Siri advances and moving deeper into Apple’s operating systems and the possible launch of a free-standing intelligent home assistant device like Amazon Echo and Google Home.
Google’s Android Kill Switch Goes Beyond Remote Data Wipe
Another potential win in the battle against cyber criminals: Google has developed a kill switch that has the ability to remotely “brick” stolen Android devices. The kill switch secures the data and personal information on smartphone and tablets beyond the traditional remote data wipe, allowing users to prevent someone from booting up their device and adding an extra layer of protection.
Read more about Google’s Android kill switch at InformationWeek.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Talks about AI, Space, and Donald Trump
An interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last week was so thoughtful and interesting that it left veteran journalist Walt Mossberg “teeming with ideas.” Although Bezos is not perfect and has had his battles, he has great ideas, encourages his employees to brainstorm, and is “stubborn on the vision, but flexible on the details.” In the interview, he discussed everything from artificial intelligence as being the next big innovation in technology to his plans for his private space company, Blue Origin.
Read more of Walt Mossberg’s interview with Jeff Bezos at The Verge.
Visa Strengthens Mobile Payments Position with Support for Bank Apps
Visa’s new Digital Commerce Platform offers financial institutions the ability to launch their own consumer-facing apps, strengthening its position in the mobile payment arena. The new platform, which already has more than 40 institutions using it, was designed to provide resourced needed by participating banks to create mobile offerings with card management services.
Facebook Makes Moves to Secure Position of Dominance in Messaging Apps
In an effort to secure its dominance in the chat app space, Facebook is disabling messaging capabilities on its mobile website. The goal of this move is to push users to the standalone Messenger app, which they could previously access through other channels. Competing chat apps like WeChat have been unable to gain much ground due to Facebook’s reach.