Today's the first edition of Levengood Today, and before I begin I want to welcome you all here. I'd like to try to keep a open and welcoming format that is easy to understand, as well as, informative. I'll be covering the days new on such subjects as art, media, technology, and politics. My goal is to get this series out everyday, but bare with me on the days that may not happen.
After quite a large buyout of around $26 billion, Microsoft, veteran tech giant in the computer software industry, just purchased LinkedIn, a professional social media platform geared at business and office networking, for employees and those looking for jobs.
This will be the biggest acquisition in Microsoft history, and its effects will no doubt help Microsoft reconnect with the social world. Everything seems to be going good so far, what with LinkedIn stocks jumping over 40%, and with little expected to change for its employees, there shouldn't be much need for worry. The higher ups at LinkedIn hope that this will help them and Microsoft connect the business world together. Seems like a noble goal to me. With all of the ruckus in the news, no doubt that by this point people are quickly flooding the the service to see what it has to offer. Other Articles (Computerworld, CNBC)
Speaking of Microsoft, they also recently announced their next console plans: Project Scorpio. It is said to be totally in 4k, and significant more powerful than the current model, the Xbox One. The tagline for the console is supposedly going to be "No Boundaries", quite an intimidating name. It's still almost completely unknown as to the exact specializations of the console, except that it will be powerful. You don't use slogans like "Best Framerate", if you can't back it up. Perhaps we'll hear more about the console at E3, as well as, some more of its capabilities. Article (PC World)
E3, Apple (Expos)
Two major expos are coming up quite soon, one of which is the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), where industry leaders come and discuss about upcoming projects (in fact some have done so already) in the realm of gaming, as well as, some new hardware announcements, such as virtual reality, which is becoming BIG recently. Anyway, if you interesting in hearing about some industry leaders, such as Microsoft, Sony, EA, and Ubisoft, talk about their upcoming projects, then you should definitely check out some links after this portion of the article. In fact, some conferences are already going on, right now! Some items already discussed include Titanfall 2, and Battlefield 1. Article links (BGR, The Verge, Gamespot, Newsweek, YouTube Gaming)
As for the second conference, tech giant Apple announced several new updates and additions to its current product line, as opposed to simply creating a new product. The once nagging Siri has gone through several overhauls making it a much better assistant at doing research, scanning files, navigating menus, and working on your Mac, and even PC, as opposed to being the simple sidekick it was before. Some improvements to the Mac that have been made already, such as making it compatible with Siri, and even announcing a new operating system, MacOS Sierra, expected to hit store shelves by this fall. Some of these planned improvements on Apple devices are being carried out by apples updated operating system, OS 10, which will help orchestrate all of the new features, such as app overhauling, and compatibility to Apple devices. More articles (Wired, Cnet)
That's it for today and with that said, I don't usually cover very drastic or serious news, and try to stay within the realm of my niche, but I would like to take a moment to talk about the travesty of the Orlando Shooting. It is hard to believe that this kind of thing still happen. I think I'll leave it at that, but you can read more here (npr).
As for me, thank you all for reading, and if you made it this far, than you get a special bonus: Expect a new editorial tomorrow. Anyway, let me know what your thoughts are in the comments or if you have any suggestions, and I'll see you tomorrow!
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