AWS today opened its re:Invent conference with a surprise announcement: the company is bringing the Mac mini to its cloud. The target audience here -- and the only one AWS is targeting for now -- is developers who want cloud-based build and testing environments for their Mac and iOS apps. Given the recent launch of the M1 Mac minis, it's worth pointing out that the hardware AWS is using -- at least for the time being -- are i7 machines with six physical and 12 logical cores and 32 GB of memory.
With the release of watchOS 7, Apple at last turned the Apple Watch into the GPS-based kid tracker parents have wanted, albeit at a price point that requires careful consideration. As someone in the target demographic for such a device -- a parent of a "tween" who's allowed to freely roam the neighborhood (but not without some sort of communication device) -- I put the new Family Setup system for the Apple Watch through its paces over the past couple of months. To be frank, I'm conflicted as to whether I'd recommend the Apple Watch to a fellow parent, as opposed to just suggesting that it's time to get the child a phone.
(Bloomberg) -- Roku Inc. has hired a Siri executive at Apple Inc. to lead advanced technology development.Brian Pinkerton has joined the San Jose, California-based maker of TV set-top-boxes and software where he will focus on “technical innovation and strategic software development across the platform,” the company said on Tuesday. His work will be broader than voice control, which was his specialty at Apple, where he was the chief architect of Siri until November, according to his LinkedIn page. Pinkerton was also previously chief technology officer for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.Roku sells several streaming video players to access video content as well as sound bars, but the company has increasingly focused on expanding its software platform and the Roku Channel streaming service. It has also been pushing for its software to be built into lower-end TVs, ceding the high-end to software like LG Electronics Inc.’s webOS and Android TV from Alphabet Inc.’s Google.Roku recently started rolling out support for Apple’s AirPlay streaming and HomeKit smart home protocols to its TV devices. Last year, Roku became one of the first platforms to feature the Apple TV+ subscription service.Roku shares were down 2.6% at 3:44 p.m. in New York. They have more than doubled this year while Apple has gained 67%.(Updates with shares in final paragraph. An earlier version of this story corrected the location of Roku headquarters.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.