J.J. Abrams talks Star Wars and Apple releases a surprise productSo much to catch up on this week including some new information about Star Wars, Yahoo's big shakeup and new products from both Google and Apple.
These are the top stories of the week. J.J. Abrams Talks Star Wars, Yahoo Shakes Things Up, Apple and Google Introduce New Toys. And everything else you need to know in tech. The next installment of Star Wars is coming. There was a big press event, where the cast and crew spilled to First up in non-spoiler news, director J.J. Abrams says there is no post-credit scene after The Force Awakens. The next up may be spoilers for some, so skip this if you need to. Everyone okay? Here goes. Abrams also said we will not see jar jar binks or ewoks in this movie. Star Wars The Force Awakens opens in the US on December 18th. Yahoo announced a big shake up. The company was going to spin off it's interest in Alibaba worth over $30 billion to a different company. Alibaba is a Chinese Commerce business. However, due to tax implications and stock market concerns, Yahoo's board will spin off Yahoo's main business to a newly formed company. That main business includes Yahoo Search, email, and Tumblr. This will create a separation between Yahoo's main business and its interest in Alibaba. Yahoo's board says the deal could take a year or more to conclude. [INAUDIBLE] aside, congratulations to Yahoo's CEO, Rick Meyer, on giving birth to twins. And surprise news, Apple introduced a new product. This time, it's the iPhone 6s smart battery case. It costs $100 and it comes in two colors. The case has been derided for its looks It looks like the silicone case had swallowed a battery. In way more exciting news, Google's Pixel C also went on sale this week. The $500 tablet runs Android. We got to review the tablet and we think it's the best Android tablet money can buy. Lots more to know. It's time to go rapid fire. Netflix announced that it would produce 31 scripted shows next year, that's up from 16 in 2015. Twitter is experimenting with timelines that aren't chronological. Google added reminders in Google calendar. And the new season of the smash hit podcast Serial is underway. Serial, season two, episode one, is now available. Here's what flew under the radar, According to the App Figures blog, the new Apple TV has over 2600 apps already. Games make up the biggest category, with over 1,000 paps. The new Apple TV has been available since late October. That's pretty Pretty impressive considering Roku which has had channels called apps for years, says it has over 2.500 channels. The Apple TV still doesn't have an Amazon or Vudu app so shear number isn't the only important metric. Now your all caught up in tech. To get your daily dose of tech news check out CNET.com/update. For a weekly dose hit up CNET.com/radar. I'm Iyaz Akhtar signing off.