EMPIST Tech News Roundup: Friday, December 7, 2018

Top tech news of the week: What tech law could drastically change things for businesses in Europe? Find out this and more with the latest on Hulu, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.  

Qualcomm Announces the Snapdragon 855 and Its New Under-Display Fingerprint Sensor 

TechCrunch | Tues Dec 4, 2018 — This year’s Snapdragon Summit is all about 5G. Though it will still be a while before a 5G tower is in your subdivision, it’s on the horizon. Additionally, Qualcomm is excited about the release of the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform. The launch of this platform is joined by the new ultrasonic fingerprint solution that sits under the 855 mobile display. Read the full story >> 

Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2019 Preview Is Available Now 

TechRepublic | Tues Dec 4, 2018 — Behold, Microsoft is ready to release the Visual Studio 2019 Preview. This program is used by developers worldwide to write code and deploy software. There are several notable features in the new program to help with auto-formatting and debugging. The star of the show appears to be the updates made to IntelliCode. Using IntelliCode on the new Visual Studio Preview makes working in JavaScript, TypeScript, and Python a breeze. Read the full story >> 

Hulu to Top 23 Million Subscribers by Year-End 

TechCrunch | Tues Dec 4, 2018 — If Hulu stays on track, they are looking at 23M subscribers by the second half of the year. In the future, Hulu is hoping to be in 40-60 million homes to take the company to the next level. There has been a major shift from movies to television. Industry experts agree that live tv is where the action is. Without contributions from their partners, Hulu’s product alone gained 500,000 subscribers in just one quarter. Read the full story >>  

Europe Won’t Give up on New Tech Taxes 

CNN | Tues Dec 3, 2018 — Will Facebook and Google be on the line for millions of dollars in payments? The plan for Europe’s new tech tax law will determine that. This law would potentially tax on digital advertisements. The original proposal was to tax companies at 3% for online advertising. If passed, this could hurt the larger tech companies substantially. Read the full story >>  

The Empire Strikes Back: Microsoft Returns to the Top of the World  

The Star | Mon Dec 3, 2018 — Guess who’s back, back again? It’s Microsoft! Microsoft recently beat out Apple in market value for the first time since 2010. The company’s cap weighed in at US$851.2B (RM3.55 T). So, what has brought Microsoft back to life? Sources say that the cloud computing platform Azure has been a big player in the success of Microsoft. Look out Apple! Read the full story >>  

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