On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s on the Friday menu.

Apple news:

  • It’s developing a way to charge iPhones wirelessly, Bloomberg reports.
  • It now has a team with hundreds of staff working on virtual reality, according to the Financial Times.
  • It buys LearnSprout, a San Francisco startup that makes software for teachers and schools to keep track of students’ performance.

New patent suggests a deeper Facebook interest in ride-sharing.

Facebook shutting down Parse, an app-development toolkit maker it bought a few years ago. Developers aren’t happy.

Google adds Australian slang and language recognition to its apps.

Google bug bounty in 2015: More than $2 million, including payouts for finding Android bugs for the first time. (Company blog post)

T-Mobile makes it easier to turn off its controversial Binge On feature, adds Amazon Video and other partners.

London will test driverless shuttles, based on the pods at Heathrow Airport, on public roads this summer.

ICYMI, it’s a spied-on world after all: Police in Anaheim, which is home to Disneyland, say they’ve used stingrays in planes to spy on phones.

Carl Icahn does it again: Xerox to split in two, Icahn to get board seat.

 

Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook and iPhones. The company is reportedly working on a way to charge iPhones wirelessly. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

 
 

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