This past week featured some big tech stories and small updates which kept us busy, but if you missed out on some of it, never fear! weFix has put together all the news you need to know:
The end of productivity is near – If Facebook didn’t help you procrastinate enough, the social network is reportedly in talks with developers about making games playable within its Messenger app platform. Read more here.
Who needs stores these days? According to a WSJ report, Google is planning to introduce product buy buttons directly into their search engine result pages in coming weeks. This new feature is not limited to just showing the button, but will also allow user to complete the transaction on Google itself, including accepting the payment for the product.. Read more here.
The first official ‘Steve Jobs’ trailer hits the interwez – while we’ve already had one Apple-related movie in recent years, another is coming our way. The first trailer for ‘Steve Jobs’ has been released and features Michael Fassbender as the iconic innovator and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak. Read more here.
Oculus focuses on PC – The impressive Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has dropped Mac and Linux, with an emphasis now placed on Windows PCs only. Read more here.
Prepare for the robopocalypse – Artificial intelligence will create the next industrial revolution, experts claim, as intelligent computer systems will replace the need for human-operated jobs. Read more here.
$9 PC gains momentum – the CHIP, a low-cost credit card-sized Raspberry Pi rival launched on Kickstarter, has surpassed over $1m in crowdfunding. Read more here.
Apple refreshes the Lightning dock – Apple made a surprise product release this week: a refreshed Lightning dock that’s available for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. You can purchase the product now for $39.99 (around R480). Read more here.
Email ease – Microsoft is introducing a raft of new features to outlook.com as it moves to a new Office 365-based infrastructure. These include new themes, a declutter tool, improved search and the arrival of add-ins. Read more here.
New font heading to iOS, OSX – in Apple Watch-related news, we also heard this week that San Francisco, the Apple-designed font which launched on Watch OS earlier this year, could also make an appearance in both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. It’s hoped that the update will serve to keep Apple’s iOS operating system, which will be updated as usual in September, feeling fresh and modern. Read more here.
iPhone 6C on the way? The Apple Online store was updated to include the image of an iPhone 5c-like model with an integrated Touch ID Home button. Of course, the image, which was swiftly removed from Apple’s website, has many speculating that an updated “c” iPhone model is indeed on the horizon. Read more here.
Nvidia’s new console leaks – A new Shield Pro console from Nvidia was listed prematurely by Amazon this week, revealing a piece of kit that runs Google’s Android TV and packs 500GB of storage space. Read more here.
Apple touches up its MacBook forr 2015 – Apple has refreshed its 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display for 2015 to include a Force Touch trackpad and an AMD Radeon R9 M380X graphics chip than runs 80% faster than its predecessor. Read more here.