IT News Weekly Recap – Intel’s 8M Self-Driving Cars, Fortnite On Android, Youtube Music & More

YouTube Music Streaming Service Is Launching Tomorrow

Youtube Music Streaming Service Logo

  • The new YouTube Music subscription launches on May 22 and offers both free and paid plans.
  • For $9.99 per month, you’ll get unlimited access to music streaming and artist radio stations. The free version will exclude offline downloads, listening in the background on mobile, and will include ads.
  • YouTube Red will be renamed to YouTube Premium and will cover both music and video for $11.99 per month.
  • The new music service will initially be available only in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea.
  • YouTube is not yet replacing Google Play Music, at least until 2019.

Fortnite Is Finally Coming To Android

Fortnite comes to Android

  • This summer, after dominating the iOS gaming market since March, world’s most popular game is coming to the world’s top mobile system.
  • Fortnite had already been generating $126 million revenue every month, even prior to the iOS launch. With the Android release, this number is likely to get a whole lot larger.

Intel Tests 100 Self-Driving Cars, 8M Cars To Come

Intel's autonomous driving test vehicle

  • Intel’s subsidiary Mobileye has started testing 100 Level 3 self-driving cars in Jerusalem.
  • In Level 3, the car is self-driving but the driver has about 10 seconds to take over if the system is unable to continue. By the end of 2019, Intel expects 100,000 Level 3 cars with Mobileye installed.
  • According to Reuters, Intel’s autonomous driving unit has signed a contract with an undisclosed European automaker to supply 8 million cars with its self-driving technologies.
  • The long-term goal is to deploy fully autonomous vehicles by 2021, including robo-taxis.

Microsoft acquires conversational AI startup Semantic Machines

Microsoft buys Semantic Machines startup

  • Semantic Machines specializes in speech synthesis, deep learning, and natural language processing that enable machines “to communicate, collaborate, understand our goals, and accomplish tasks.”
  • The acquisition is planned to bolster Microsoft’s conversational AI offerings like Cortana, the Azure Bot Service, and Microsoft Cognitive Services.

PayPal buys payments provider iZettle for $2.2B

PayPal Headquarters Logo

  • iZettle is the Stockholm-based payments company commonly referred to as the “Square of Europe”. The actual operations of the provider spread across 12 markets – from northern Europe to Latin America.
  • The deal becomes PayPal’s biggest-ever transaction — $2.2 billion, all in cash. Prior, PayPay’s biggest purchase had been the acquisition of money-transfer startup Xoom for $890 million.

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