Tech updates for 3rd week of April 2022

Tech updates for 3rd week of April 2022

Latest trending news about Twitter, Apple, Youtube, Microsoft, Meta.

Elon Musk has made an offer to buy Twitter. Here’s what analysts are saying

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter for about $41 billion. The offer price of $54.20 per share is a 38% premium to Twitter's April 1 close. Twitter's shares jumped 12% in premarket trading after the news was made public. Elon Musk's offer of $54.20 per share is 38% higher than when he disclosed his initial stake. Twitter shares are still 30% below the share price highs of last year. CEO Parag Agrawal and Musk are locked in a battle for control.

From Apple to Intel, how are tech companies committing to reducing carbon emissions?

As concerns grow over global warming, many major companies have announced plans to reduce emissions. This includes tech companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Intel. All of these companies have committed to doing their part to help build a solution to this problem by reducing their carbon emissions. Intel has pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its global operations by 2040. By 2030, Microsoft has pledged to be carbon neutral. It has launched a $1 billion climate innovation fund aimed at accelerating the global development of carbon reduction, capture, and removal technologies.

YouTube Shorts are coming to desktops and tablets soon.

YouTube Shorts, a short-video format segment of YouTube, are now available on PCs and tablets. The section was previously accessible only to mobile phones, and users could not access short videos on platforms like desktops, tablets, and Smart TVs. Google is currently working on adding support for desktops and tablets, but it appears that Smart TVs will remain unable to play short clips for the time being.

Over the next few weeks, the change is expected to occur. In addition, YouTube's Shorts platform will get a new feature called "Cut." which allows users to add parts of other users’ videos to their own clips. Cut works on similar lines to the "Stitch" feature on TikTok. However, users who don’t want to have their clips mixed into others' videos can simply opt-out of the feature.

Microsoft’s CEO warns of the impact of all those late-night emails.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO, warned that an ever-expanding workday, which now often extends well into the night, could harm employee well-being.

"We think about productivity through collaboration and output metrics, but well-being is one of the most important pieces of productivity," he said.

Managers need to set expectations for workers so they're not pressured to respond to late-night emails. A Microsoft study shows that about a third of white-collar workers have a "third peak" of productivity late in the evening, based on keyboard activity.

Meta is starting to test money-making tools for its metaverse.

Facebook owner Meta Platforms is beginning to test tools for selling digital assets and experiences within its virtual reality platform Horizon Worlds, a key part of its plan to create a metaverse. Meta said in a statement that the tools will be available to a select group of users who are creating virtual classes, games, and fashion accessories on the company's immersive platform, which is accessible via VR headsets.

The company is up against newcomers in the virtual world. Meta's Horizon Worlds, a large VR social platform, and Horizon Venues, a virtual event platform, are early iterations of metaverse-like spaces.

 

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