TechSummit Rewind #030: June 27th, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

France files legal complaint against UberPop

Uber Surge drop

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has launched legal action targeting local managers of San Francisco-based ride-sharing service Uber, calling the attitude of the company “cynical” and “arrogant.”

France has already ordered a nationwide clampdown on the company’s UberPop service, siding with taxi drivers who blocked major transport hubs to protest against the service.

“We are in a state of law and the law will rule.”

-Bernard Cazeneuve, France interior minister

Cazeneuve ordered Paris police to issue a decree banning UberPop and said that drivers defying the order would be seized. The measures “changed nothing” and that demand for its French services would continue, according to Uber France general manager Thibaud Simphal.

“The complaint I filed [Thursday] is wide enough to cover the statements of UberPop managers.”

-Bernard Cazeneuve

Inciting people to defy the ban was “a criminal offense,” according to Cazeneuve.

Google officially ends support for ADT with Eclipse, urges devs to migrate to Android Studio

ADT with Eclipse

The ADT with Eclipse era is over for Android developers. Development and official support for the Android Development Tools plugin for Eclipse will shut down at the end of the year, according to a post on Google’s Android development blog.

Mountain View will instead focus its effort on improving Android Studio and advises developers to move their active projects to that IDE using the bundled migration tool.

The ADT plugin and related tools are open source and will continue to be available through the Andmore project where independent developers can maintain and contribute code, according to Google.

Intuit lays off 399 in company realignment

Intuit logo

Intuit has laid off 399 employees, according to the company, which is just under five percent of the company’s roughly 8,000 employees, in a company realignment. Patrick Barry has also stepped down from heading Demandforce, but he remains as an Intuit employee.

“Over the last few days, we’ve communicated organizational changes that drive greater alignment with the company’s priorities. These changes unfortunately did affect 399 employees overall. All will receive separation packages and assistance with career assistance from Intuit and are eligible to look for another position with the company.”

-An Intuit spokesperson to TechCrunch

Intuit is known for tax preparation services like TurboTax and financial services like QuickBooks.

Samsung will patch software to stop disabling Windows Update ‘within a few days’

Samsung CES 2014 booth

On Tuesday night, news broke that Samsung’s SW Update program was disabling Windows Update on at least some computers. The tool was grabbing and running “Disable_Windowsupdate.exe,” which does exactly what its name suggests – preventing Windows Update from automatically downloading and installing updates. However, this will be ending in the next few days, according to a Samsung spokesperson.

“Samsung has a commitment to security and we continue to value our partnership with Microsoft. We will be issuing a patch through the Samsung Software Update notification process to revert back to the Samsung Software Update notification process to revert back to the recommended automatic Windows Update settings within a few days. Samsung remains committed to providing a trustworthy user experience and we encourage customers with product questions or concerns to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG.”

-A Samsung spokesperson

AppleCare+ for iOS devices, Apple Watch now covers batteries that retain less than 80% of original capacity

AppleCare+ iOS-Apple Watch

Apple has updated the terms of its AppleCare+ protection plan for iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch to cover batteries that retain less than 80% of their original capacity within the extended warranty period, whereas it previously covered batteries that retained less than 50% of their original capacity. The change applies to all AppleCare+ plans purchased for the aforementioned devices on or after April 10th.

Apple will replace defective batteries that do not live up to the 80% specification for free as long as the device is covered by AppleCare+. Otherwise, the company charges $79 for out-of-warrranty battery service for Apple Watch batteries that retain less than 80% of their original capacity with Cupertino’s diagnostic testing, as well as a $6.95 shipping charge if required.

AppleCare+ for iOS

AppleCare+ for iPhone extends the smartphone’s warranty coverage by two years from the date of purchase and provides up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage for $79 each time.

The same applies for the iPad and iPod, however, the iPod has a $29 accidental damage service fee per incident, and a $49 fee per incident for the iPad.

AppleCare+ for Apple Watch

Apple has designed the Apple Watch battery to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 1000 complete charge cycles, which is roughly two and a half to three years when you charge the wearable once daily.

AppleCare+ for Apple Watch extends its warranty coverage to two years from the date of purchase for the Sport and Watch variants, and three years for the Edition, and provides accidental damage coverage for up to two incidents.

AppleCare+ costs $49 for the Apple Watch Sport, $59 for the Apple Watch, and $1,500 for the Apple Watch Edition, while accidental damage coverage is $69 for the Sport, $79 for the Watch, and $1,000 for the Edition. Apple also sells AppleCare+ combos for $149 with the Apple Watch Sport and iPhone, $169 with the Watch and iPhone, and $1,600 with the Edition and iPhone.

Rishi Garg leaving Twitter

Rishi Garg

Rishi Garg, Twitter’s vice president of corporate development, is leaving the company.

Garg joined Twitter last May from Square, where he was head of corporate development.

He addressed the move yesterday on Twitter:

eBay board approves PayPal spinoff, stock distribution set for July 17

PayPal logo

eBay’s board of directors have approved the completion of the planned spinoff of PayPal.

eBay stockholders as of July 8th will receive one share of PayPal common stock for each share of eBay common stock, according to a press release announcing the decision. The distribution of PayPal stock will be on July 17.

iPhone performance down 40% with iOS 9’s Low Power mode: benchmarks

Apple-iOS-9-1024x576-f2ca6bd980828ce5

Geekbench 3 has been updated to work with iOS 9, and MacRumors has tested out how Low Power mode affects an iPhone’s CPU performance when in use.

In normal use, an iPhone 6 Plus scored 1606 on the single-core processor test and 2891 on the multi-core processor test. With Low Power mode on, the iPhone 6 Plus scored 1019 on the single-core test and 1751 on the multi-core test, suggesting a 40% performance reduction when enabled to save battery.

Results were similar on the iPhone 5s, running about 40 percent slower with Low Power mode. Single/multi-core scores without Low Power mode were 1386/2511 respectively and 816/1405 with Low Power mode on.

Low Power mode activates when an iPhone is at 20 percent battery level, providing a popup that allows users to toggle it on quickly. It can also be turned on through the new Battery section in Settings. When on, Low Power mode also disables Mail Fetch, Background App Refresh, motion effects, and animated wallpapers.

Indicated by a yellow battery icon, Low Power mode can extend an iPhone’s battery life by up to three hours.

Meerkat launches embeddable player, Discovery Channel Shark Week first partner

meerkat

Livestreaming app Meerkat has launched an embeddable player for placing live streams from the app into other digital services. The first implementation will be for Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week event – that begins on July 5th.

The Meerkat player will be used to add behind-the-scenes content through the channel’s DLive portal, as part of a streaming content roundup. Shark Week content will also be pushed out to Meerkat users from the @SharkWeek account.

For Shark Week, Discovery is planning to produce interviews with shark experts, a live shark feeding from Baltimore’s National Aquarium, shark-related vox pops, and a series of “Watch With” viewing parties with a Shark Week comedian.

Alarm.com up 20% in first day after IPO

Alarm_com

Alarm.com went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange Friday at an IPO price of $14, and jumped 20% to $16.88 by the closing bell.

“It’s a good thing that it’s not flying off the shelves. That means people are looking at it, and not just thinking, ‘Internet of Things, buy, buy, buy.’”

-Matt Kennedy, Renaissance Capital analyst

“I liked the deal and felt that it traded commensurate with a totally non-disruptive tech deal. Yes, it has all the buzz words, but there are no barriers to entry in this field.”

-Scott Sweet, IPO Boutique senior managing partner

 

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