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Apple kills a product, blockchain jobs spike, and the potential for cloud VR | TECH(feed)

Computerworld | Apr 4, 2019

Fresh off its services showcase, Apple announced plans to kill a buzzed-about hardware product. Plus, jobs related to blockchain are up and learn how virtual reality may use 5G networks.

Copyright © 2019 IDG Communications, Inc.

hey everyone, welcome back to tech feed. i’m juliet beauchamp and today we’re diving into an apple product failure, insight as to why more blockchain jobs are available and an interesting potential use for 5-g. stick around.

okay, so i know i’m always going on about 5g and what it will mean for mobile, but there’s plenty of other valuable uses for next generation wireless networks. 5g’s high speeds and low latency could be useful in applications of high resolution virtual reality--and it could untether you to a computer. last week, a-t and t and ericsson demonstrated the potential for cloud v-r that could lean into the wireless speeds 5-g is promising. of course, cloud v-r rollout is still a ways away. for one, we need widespread 5-g infrastructure and networks. and of course v-r is far from mainstream. even though it’s gotten plenty of buzz, especially around gaming, sales aren’t huge. there’s plenty of challenges facing v-r, but maybe you’ll hear more about it once 5-g networks are well-established.

blockchain buzz is growing, and so are job openings related to the technology, according to a report. job website indeed revealed data that showed a 90 percent increase in job postings related to blockchain from february of 2018 to february of this year. even as interest in cryptocurrency wanes, consulting and financial companies are the top blockchain posters. this could be due to a number of blockchain-related projects going into effect this year. and it’s important to note that even though the appeal of crypto has decreased, there’s still a number of uses for blockchain technology that don’t have to do with something like bitcoin. despite this sharp growth, most open i-t related jobs are for more traditional roles like data scientists. so it’s okay if you aren’t an expert just yet.

as the saying goes… when one door closes another door opens. but for apple, recent news suggests it might be the other way around. a week or so after unveiling new entertainment services and a credit card, apple announced it canceled plans to release a wireless charging pad. airpower was intended to charge an iphone, apple watch and airpods concurrently, but the company announced on friday that it killed the project. apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, dan riccio, said the company concluded the wireless charger would not meet apple’s high standards. airpower was originally announced in september of 2017 and was planned to ship by the end of 2018.

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