Friday Tech Round Up – Episode 99

Marketing 7th January 2022

Hello and welcome to our very first Friday Tech Round Up of 2022!

If you’re curious to know what’s been happening in the tech space, then look no further… our Friday Tech Round Up is your weekly dose of the latest and greatest tech news!

This week, we look at the world’s first $1 trillion company, Google expanding their security offerings and a funding boost for digital skills in the West Midlands – just to name a few.

If you’d prefer to watch a four-minute rundown of the news, head over to our YouTube channel and watch episode 99 of the Friday Tech Round Up.

Friday Tech Round Up 99

iPhone maker breaks world records

Apple has become the world’s first $3 trillion company.

Alongside iPhones, MacBooks and other gadgets, Apple’s quick adoption of 5G provided a big boost for the company.

Just for comparison, Microsoft Corp is worth about $2.5tn (£1.8tn), while Alphabet, Amazon.com and Tesla have market values above $1tn.

 

Secret agreement to hamper search engine competition

Google has been accused of paying Apple billions to keep it away from the internet search market.

An antitrust lawsuit has been filed against Google, Apple and the chief executives, alleging violations of US antitrust laws.

Supposedly the tech firms came to an agreement that Google would pay Apple billions of dollars each year to forego developing its own search engine.The lawsuit also alleges that Google shares its search profits with the iPhone maker, while Apple gives preferential treatment to Google on all Apple devices in return.

 

Race to patch Log4j flaws

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said it will come after companies that fail to secure their customers’ data and endpoints, by patching Log4j flaws on time.

The FTC has described the Log4j vulnerability as part of a “broader set” of structural issues, and one of “thousands” of unheralded, but critically important open-source services being used by countless companies.

 

Funding boost for digital skills

The West Midlands is getting £1.1m government funding for digital skills training.

An additional 300 West Midlands residents will be able to take part in digital skills bootcamps after the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) received a huge boost.

Businesses in the region will be able to enrol staff in an additional nine digital skills bootcamps, where they will be able to improve their knowledge in areas such as coding, cybersecurity, digital marketing and machine learning.

 

Google expands offerings by purchasing start-up

Google has bought Israeli security start-up ‘Siemplify’ for $500 million as it looks to expand its security offerings amid rising cyber-attacks.

The deal came after Google made a pledge to US President Joe Biden last August to invest $10 billion in cybersecurity over the next five years.

 

ECS shoutouts:

Whilst John Deere’s self-driving tractors and the Autonomous Flight looking for additional funding for flying taxis didn’t make the main list, we did think they deserved a mention!

We’ve also got two new podcasts we’d love to share. The first being an AWS re: Invent recap with ECS’ers Sunil and Neal – where they discuss the launch of AWS Amplify Studio, the launch of AWS Cloud WAN and a new Sustainability Pillar for the AWS Well-Architected Framework.

Our second podcast is the final in our Celebrating International Men’s Day series. Our very own Niall McDonagh joins hosts Ben and Andy to talk about different types of adversity he’s faced whilst working in technology, as well as the extraordinary journey he’s been on, navigating different reactions to his sexuality at various points of his career.

And that’s it!

Make sure to come back next week for even more tech news.

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