Next week is my personal favorite week in the technology industry, with Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). But just because next week is debatably my favorite week of the year does not mean cool stuff did not happen this week. Shopping over Skype, WWDC 2011, family shared data plans, and a Windows 8 preview are all excellent things to read this weekend.
What do Skype and Calvin Klein have in common?
I must say this is my favorite article I found this week… it’s innovative and amusing. For a year now Hendricks Park has been offering personal shopping – for men only – via Skype. That’s right; men who fear malls, shopping for themselves and do not have time are set. It’s easy; you fill out an application and then you attend one Skype session for an hour or two with a Style Expert. After a pro analyzes your lifestyle, preferences, and body type, you are shipped your first set of clothing. After that base relationship, style and measurements are established you can Skype your Style Expert when you are in need of new items instead of braving a store.
WWDC 2011 place your best bet!
Next week is the WWDC 2011, did I mention that yet? With the conference so close you’d expect the Apple speculation to slow… but that is not the case. Patience is not a virtue in the technology world. There is talk of an iPhone 4S being released to bridge the gap between the iPhone 4 and iPhone5. However, with the white iPhone 4 being released not too long ago and the iPhone 5 being rumored to be released in early September, I doubt releasing an iPhone4S next week is on the table. We already know Lion will be released as well as the launching of iCloud (allowing iTunes users to listen to their music via other devices). Here are one person’s predictions for the WWDC 2011.
AT&T vs. Verizon rouuuunnndd … does anyone know what round they’re on?
The AT&T and Verizon battle continues; this week AT&T and Verizon have started hinting at family plans offering shared data. AT&T’s CEO Ralph de la Vega revealed that the mobile conglomerate is seriously considering the idea. This plan will be great to families and businesses that provide cellular devices to employees. However, many who are already grandfathered on with unlimited data plans with AT&T are less likely to make any switch. New AT&T customers will likely love the idea, or low data users might switch to this option. Verizon is “moving toward such plans,” and if it does current Verizon users are more likely to take advantage of this shift.
Windows 8 tiles things up.
Microsoft made a good PR move; it showed a preview of Windows 8 the week prior to Apple’s WWDC. The OS is designed to interface with touch screens and more traditional PC’s alike. The home screen will become a series of tiles; these tiles are previews of apps, such as weather, news, etc. With Apple’s announcement of Launchpad on its new OSX, Windows’ apps on desktop feels oddly familiar. The tile layout is unique to Windows, and there are new movement shortcuts that seem awesome. Windows 8 will stray away from the standard interface of how the operating system has appeared, veering more towards a user friendly system (also like Apple has been). Even with the Apple similarities, I must admit I am excited to try Windows 8.
Enjoy your weekend.