Obama codes

Welcome to this edition of “The Week in Tech,” where we recap some of the most interesting technology and mobile stories from the past week.

Today we cover Obama’s computer program, Uber getting banned in many places, and Apple and IBM’s first mobile apps.

Obama becomes first president to write a computer program

Obama kicked off Computer Science Education Week by becoming the first president to ever to write a computer program.

During last year’s CSEW, President Obama created a YouTube video that urged everyone to learn to code for the good of the nation’s future. This year, he put his money where his mouth is by actually developing a computer program.

All the program did was draw a square on the screen. But the simplicity of it is the point – start small with computer programming, and you can build upon that to positively impact your career and your country’s future.

Uber banned in India, Spain, Thailand, Brazil, and Portland for illegal operations

Bad news follows the good. After raising $1.2 billion on a $40 billion valuation last week to accelerate its overseas expansion, Uber has run into major issues again.

First, the ride-sharing company has been banned in Delhi, India after an alleged rape by one of its drivers. A 26-year-old woman reported that she was sexually assaulted and beaten by an Uber driver last Friday. The driver, 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav, was arrested on Monday. Delhi’s commissioner for the city’s Transport Department, Satish Mathur, claimed that Uber drivers didn’t have the necessary credentials to provide rides in Delhi, thus the company was operating illegally.

Spain and Thailand soon followed suit. A judge ruled that Uber drivers are unregistered and thus are illegally competing with existing taxi services. Thailand authorities had a similar mindset and banned the company until it starts properly accrediting drivers.

Additionally, Uber has now been banned in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and Portland, Oregon. And the Uber driver whose car struck and killed a 6-year-old girl in San Francisco has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.


Apple and IBM ship first enterprise apps

In July, IBM and Apple entered into a deal to jointly develop enterprise applications for iOS. Now that deal has spawned its first mobile apps for companies like Citi, Air Canada, and Sprint. The apps include those that allow:

  1. Airplane pilots to view flight schedules and manifests.
  2. Retailers to assist customers and manage inventory.
  3. Police officers to access maps and view video of incidents.
  4. Workers in the insurance, financial services, and other industries to access critical data and improve processes.


You can read more at Apple’s and IBM’s websites.

What do you think of these stories? Have you read other interesting mobile and technology stories this week that are worth mentioning? Feel free to add your thoughts to the comments.

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