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We’re back again with our Weekly roundup to ensure you guys know what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. Before we dive in: don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications or even your own story, we’re keen to learn, so share it with us and we may feature your post in our upcoming issue.
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Apple has revealed what its next set of iPhones will look like. At its annual hardware event in California, CEO Tim Cook and other executives have announced three new iPhones and a new version of the firm’s smartwatch. Topping Apple’s handset offering are the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Both phones are improvements on the iPhone X which was revealed last year and feature improved battery life. Joining them is the iPhone XR – a slightly cheaper device that has an LCD screen.
In addition to the phones, Cook announced the Apple Watch Series 4. The watch is focussed on monitoring the wearer’s health and is one of the most significant improvements since the firm started making its watch three years ago. Here’s a round-up of everything that Apple announced during its event.
Mark Zuckerberg wants you to know he’s trying his damnedest to fix Facebook before it breaks democracy. Yesterday night he posted a 3,260-word battle plan for fighting election interference. Amidst drilling through Facebook’s strategy and progress, he slips in several notable passages revealing his own philosophy.
Zuckerberg has cast off his premature skepticism and is ready to command the troops. He sees Facebook ’s real identity policy as a powerful weapon for truth other social networks lack, but that would be weakened if Instagram and WhatsApp were split off by regulators. He’s done with the finger-pointing and wants everyone to work together on solutions. And he’s adopted a touch of cynicism that could open his eyes and help him predict how people will misuse his creation. Check out the most important parts of Zuckerberg’s security manifesto here!
When it comes to tech, Europe has never been a more exciting place to do business. Many of today’s best technology innovations come from Europe rather than Silicon Valley, helped by a culture where regulators exhibit a flexibility and willingness to adapt rules to encourage innovation.
That’s especially evident in Europe’s flourishing fintech sector, where the welcoming regulatory environment is attracting capital at a record pace. The State of European Tech 2017 report from Atomico and Slush reveals that Europe attracted record investment of just over $19 billion in its tech sector last year, up from $14.4 billion in 2016. And despite Brexit, the United Kingdom is the largest European destination for capital invested in technology. What future lies ahead for Tech companies in Europe then?
Nike lit social media on fire over the weekend with its new “Just Do It” campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, the controversial and political quarterback. Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL for a couple of years, and many (including Kaepernick, according to a lawsuit he filed against the league) believe that’s partially due to his decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest of the treatment of people of color in the United States.
Even for Nike, this was perceived as a bold and risky move. Kaepernick isn’t a signed athlete at the moment, mainly because some people view his form of protest as disrespectful. We won’t debate the merits of Kaepernick’s protest here. We can, however, examine the decision of a major brand to essentially back a controversial political statement.
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