Welcome to this week’s edition of “The Week in Tech,” where we recap some of the most interesting technology and mobile stories from the past week.
This week we cover LinkedIn’s purchase of Lynda.com, Apple Watch going on sale, Android Wear working with iPhones, and the launch of HBO Now.
LinkedIn buys education site Lynda.com
LinkedIn just made its largest acquisition ever, buying online education site Lynda.com for $1.5 billion.
Lynda.com has been around for 20 years and has been a popular destination for users to learn and improve their skills in subjects ranging from web development and design to audio and video production. The subscription-based education company primarily caters to individuals but has a few enterprise clients to whom they deliver instructional videos and tutorials.
LinkedIn continues to expand beyond its core capability of professional social networking. CEO Jeff Weiner stated that the acquisition will better connect job seekers with jobs by helping them acquire the necessary skills for the jobs they’re pursuing.
Apple Watch goes on sale
Apple started taking pre-orders for the Apple Watch at 12AM Pacific Time this morning, and despite the company’s attempts to move more of the ordering online, many fan boys and girls still waited outside stores to put money down for their new jewelry.
Purchasers won’t receive their new toys for a while. While some of the less popular models may be delivered by the original shipping date of April 24, most buyers won’t receive their Apple Watches until mid-May at the earliest. Some of the more popular versions won’t ship until August. Yikes.
Apple expects to completely sell out of their inventory today.
Google close to making Android Wear devices compatible with iPhone
Google is already creeping on the Apple Watch’s turf by making Android Wear work with iPhones.
The company is apparently very near to completion of the technical details to have Android Wear be compatible with iPhones via a companion app. Android Wear will allow iPhone users to receive notifications, access Google Now’s information cards, perform voice commands, and more.
The question is whether Apple will approve Google’s companion app. In 2010, Apple came up with a rule that said they would reject any app that mentions competing platforms, and, well, something called “Android Wear” may fit that bill.
HBO Now launches on Apple TV and Cablevision
We wrote about how HBO is catering to cord-cutters with HBO Now. The service officially went live on Tuesday for Apple TV and Cablevision customers, just in time for the season premiere of Game of Thrones.
Apple TV has a three-month exclusivity period, so internet-TV competitors like Roku, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV can’t provide HBO Now until July. The Cablevision partnership with HBO Now is interesting, as it essentially helps its customers cut the cord. But the cable provider will try to package HBO NOW with existing services to keep their customers around.
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.