Apple CEO Tim Cook today announced that Apple is investing $850 million in a brand-new solar farm to power their California operations. The 1,300-acre facility is being built in Monterey County, California, and will produce enough electricity to power all of the new Apple Campus 2, as well as Apple's other offices and retail stores in California, as well as their Newark, CA, data center.
Anki Drive has long been one of our favorite connected toys, and the next generation — Anki Overdrive — is looking to literally make a huge jump. The highlight of the new Anki Overdrive, due out in September 2015, is a modular track that replaces the roll-out mat of the first edition. The individual segments of the track are held together by magnets embedded in the edges, and can even be assembled to build bridges that cross the track or have gaps that cars must jump.
AT&T's no-contract subsidiary Cricket Wireless will begin to offer unlimited talk to wireless and landline numbers in Mexico for customers on their $50 and $60 a month plans starting on Feb. 11. The plan changes also include unlimited text, video and picture messages to Mexico.
At a media event in Mumbai, Facebook announced that it is teaming up with Indian carrier Reliance in launching the Internet.org initiative in the country. The project, which aims to provide free access to basic internet services on mobile, will be available exclusively to Reliance subscribers in six Indian states, with more being added at a later stage.
Passengers flying with JetBlue will soon be able to pay for food, drink, on-board entertainment and even upgrade to premium seating using Apple Pay. The program will start next week on select JetBlue flights, making it that much easier to make payments at 35,000 feet, and support for Apple Watch will also be available when launched later this year. According to USA Today:
Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to speak at the White House cybersecurity summit, which is being held on Friday, February 13, at Stanford. The White House is expected to unveil a new cybersecurity "executive action" at the summit, with President Obama set to outline ways in which U.S. technology companies can cooperate better with government agencies when it comes to cybersecurity.
Accessibility, and the use of technology in helping people live better lives, has always been an important focus for Apple. A recent profile shows another amazing example of this at work: A toddler who was born deaf is learning how to talk by remotely connecting him to a speech therapist some three hours away via Facetime on an iPad. The initiative, fittingly called BabyTalk, is run as a partnership between Stanford University and the Weingarten Children's Center.
The launch of iOS 8 hasn't been without its hiccups, and it seems that Apple is putting a lot of work into ensuring that its successor — we'll call it iOS 9 (seems like a safe bet) — irons out those kinks. iOS 8 adoption has lagged behind previous major version numbers of iOS, though it's worth noting that it is still doing quite well in comparison to the competition.