Apple can't step on, fight, and take over everyone in their way. It makes sense for them to partner with existing banks. Let the banks take care of handling the credit transactions and Apple can supply the technology.
A "Virtual Assistant"? Looking at those screens, with the little microphone icon asking "Jeff, How can I help you", it just looks a lot like Clippy, which we still poke fun at Microsoft for thinking was ever a good idea. But I have faith that Apple will think of a way to present it that doesn't have the annoying downsides that Clippy had, but we'll see.
Google Glass may not be a smashing success, but it does advance one area of technology. Wearables are still very new, everyone is still learning and researching. It would be a loss to wipe out all the time, money, research, and lessons learned from what Google has done.
Neither makes sense. Apple needs to stay focused on what they're good at and a massive merger or buyout will cause too much chaos. That's the problem with Google and MSFT, they're always drifting in different directions, searching for another sector to get into, then half-ass it.
Sounds like OpenGL is in bad need of an update. The idea of an open standard that works across devices and video chips is great, but like many standards, it lags behind the cutting edge. Khronos Group needs to get off its a** and write a new spec that can compete. Don't get lazy and let it languish like many other standards have.
Apple really should have done this at the announcement of Swift. We really need a modern native speed compiled language that can compete with Python and Java. I hope Apple is not planning on keeping Swift proprietary and Apple only. Google half-assed the Go language like they do everything and it still feels like a beta project they are not serious about finishing. Microsoft tolerated C# and .NET being used on non-Microsoft platforms but did nothing to help its...