There’s a bunch of weird tech news this afternoon. Foxconn is funding Cyanogen, Samsung launches a wearable platform and Uber is actually testing cash payments!
Well this is a bit weird. We know Cyanogen is getting money left and right, but we never thought Foxconn would become one of the investors behind the third leading mobile OS. This is exactly what Cyanogen announced today.
We have no details on the amount of cash invested or commitment between both companies, though. All Cyanogen mentions is that they have raised $110 million so far.
Opinion: I understand when other companies invest in Cyanogen, but what could Foxconn want with a software developer? I must wonder.
The Internet of Things is the next big thing in this connected world of technology and data. Smartphones and tablets are awesome, but we have seen it all. Now we are moving to a world full of smart devices and Samsung aims to be at the forefront of it all by releasing the Artik platform.
These platforms come full with processors, memory and all integrated technology any smart device would need. There are three versions: the Artik 1, Artik 5 and Artik 10. The larger the number, the more powerful and larger the platform is, but the largest is tiny at 29x39mm (the smallest is 12x12mm).
Want to develop something? You can now apply for an Alpha Developer Kit straight from Samsung Artik’s website.
Opinion: Intel has been working on this for some time. We have to wonder how Samsung’s platforms compare against the long-known chip manufacturer’s.
Uber has been a life saver for those of us who were tired of traditional cabs. It’s safe, friendly and affordable, but it can be a bit inconvenient for those who would rather not use plastic. This is especially a problem in countries where credit and debit cards are not too common. This forces cash users to go with other options.
The ride-sharing company is now considering accepting cash, with the first test market being Hyderabad, India. In the coming week, Uber will start rolling out a cash option to users in the area, allowing them to pay without a credit card.
Opinion: This would really help in emerging markets, and even in main countries like the USA. I mean, not all of us want to use plastic all the time, right?