March is exiting with plenty of buzz and excitement from the tech world and no, not just because of Apple Watch. This week, people fell in love with Twitters latest app, while Pebble celebrated its Time in the spotlight. The Woz also made some news, as did Tim Cook, like he often does.
Here are the 10 biggest technology stories of the week:
Calls to dismantle the USA Patriot Act
Washington sold the USA Patriot Act as a tool to protect U.S. citizens from future terrorist attacks. Instead, the 2001 law has become a far-reaching surveillance tool with U.S. technology companies such as Apple as unwilling partners.
This week, Apple, along with 9 other technology companies, asked the White House and U.S. Congress not to renew the USA Patriot Act in its present form. Specifically, then wantto see the end of the bulk collection of communications metadata, which a key component of the law. These are the logs that determine how and when people contact each other.
Unless it is reauthorized, the USA Patriot Act will expire on June 1.
Periscope or Meerkat?
One is the newest app from Twitter, the other is named after a smallcarnivoranbelonging to themongoosefamily. Both live-video sharing apps are the talk of the digital world.
This fall, the NFL is taking part in “an interesting experiment.” Aweek seven football game pitting the Buffalo Bills against the Jacksonville Jaguars will be live streamed on the Internet — and only on the Internet. The test will help the league determine whether it’s feasible to live stream its gamesaround the world.
AsJeff Byrnesnotes,the game is scheduled to be played in London onOct. 25 at 9:30 a.m. EDT. This unusual kickoff time means the matchwill be on during prime time viewing hours in China, where the league expects to broadcast the game.
Applewants us to forget about “Steve Jobs”
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs enlisted Walter Isaacson to write his official biography leading up to his 2011 death. That book never sat well with Apple executives, including CEO Tim Cook who called the book a “tremendous disservice to Jobs.
This week, anew unauthorized biography, Becoming Steve Jobs, arrived. The new book, written by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, has been heavily endorsed by a number of the Apple brass.
The company’s chief of software and Internet services, Eddy Cue, for example, said the book is theBest portrayal is about to be released Becoming Steve Jobs (book). Well done and first to get it right. Apples iBooks account also came out on Twitter in support of the new book, explainingBecoming Steve Jobs is the only book about Steve recommended by the people who knew him best.
Apple Watch apps arrive, one month ahead of time
Apple Watch doesn’t arrive until April 24. Thathasn’t stopped somedevelopers from releasing app updates that add Apple Watch support.Some of the more notable updates include to-do appThings, weather appDark Sky, astronomy appSky Guide, and retail giantTarget.
Also this week, the folks behind the popular cross-platform task management service Wunderlist detailed their new Apple Watch app.
Cook comes out against Indiana law
Apple is open for everyone. We are deeply disappointed in Indiana’s new law and calling on Arkansas Gov. to veto the similar #HB1228.
Indiana calls it the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Others, including Tim Cook, call the new law in the Hoosier state discriminatory. By this weekend, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he would support legislation to clarify the intent of the new law.
Steve Wozniak believes that Appleshould build an electric car. The Apple co-founderis a huge fan of Palo Altoautomaker Tesla Motors, believing the Model S P85D electric car isone of the finest pieces of technology he has ever owned.
I dont know if Apples doing that, or if theyre just working on their CarPlay apps for the dashboard of your car, but it seems like they might be hiring a lot of people who could really build a vehicle.
Who can argue with the Woz, right?
Apple TV awesomeness
Cupertino is expected to unveil a fourth-generation Apple TV in June. Unlike previous versions, Apple TV 4.0 is expected to feature a TV video streaming service that is similar to Sling TV.
Pebble has concluded the largest Kickstarter campaign in the history of the crowdsourcing site. The Pebble Time project collected $20.3 million in donations. This suggests that the smartwatch market is alive and well, and not just because of Apple Watch.
Age of unlimited data arrives
Amazon hasintroducedtwo new online storage packages. The Unlimited Photos package is $11.99 per year and comes with 5GB for videos. The Unlimited Everything package is $59.99 per year, and allows you to store all of your photos, videos, and documents.
Amazons Unlimited Everything package is agame changer.
Dropboxcurrently offers 1TB of storage for $9.99 per month, or $99 per year.Google Driveoffers the same limit for $120 per year.Microsoft OneDriveoffers 1TB for $6.99 per month, which includes Office 365.