September News Bytes

Google is preparing for a major change in the coming months, including a name change for the company. Google plans to revamp its structure and be known as a holding company named Alphabet Inc. While Google name has become very well known it has even entered the vernacular as a verb (i.e. Just “google” it), the moniker no longer fully describes everything the company does. In addition to the popular search engine, Google owns Android, YouTube, Nest, Calico, and a host of other companies. It’s a virtual alphabet soup, which may be why its high-ups settled on Alphabet as a new name. Also, it will be harder for the public – and investors – to pigeonhole the versatile company as solely a web-based operation.

Recently, Spotify, a company focused on creating musical playlists for its members, made changes to its privacy policy, causing quite a stir. Basically, the new policy goads its members to agree to share their photos, contacts, and other personal tidbits with the company. The change came with little warning or explanation, which is perhaps why the public has responded with such alarm. Spotify’s founder and CEO Daniel Ek has come forward to put any concerns about the policy change to rest: “We will ask for your express permission before accessing any of this data — and we will only use it for specific purposes that will allow you to customize your Spotify experience.”

Some Apple iPhone 6 Plus owners have been unhappy with the quality of the built-in camera producing particularly blurry photos. Users simply thought that it was something they had to deal with. Now, Apple has revealed that such low-quality pictures are actually the result of substandard rear cameras with a faulty component in some iPhone 6 Plus handsets that were sold between September 2014 and January 2015. Customers with affected phones are eligible for free rear camera replacement at Apple stores and authorized dealers through the iSight Camera Replacement Program for up to three years after the initial retail sale.