10 Tech News Roundup #5

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting.

Google Cloud adds support for more powerful Nvidia GPUs – Google Cloud Platform announced support for some powerful Nvidia GPUs on Google Compute Engine today. Techcrunch

Why video games cost so much to make – Video game publishers are notoriously secretive about the budgets behind their games, but when a number does slip out, it can be shocking. Techspot

Apple Watch Series 3 reviews are in, see what the experts think – Apple’s smartwatch took a big step forward last week with the introduction of LTE connectivity on the new Apple Watch Series 3. Techspot

Apple will bring back iPhone’s 3D Touch multitasking gesture in future iOS 11 update – Apple executive Craig Federighi has apparently confirmed that a popular 3D Touch gesture for the iPhone that was removed in iOS 11.0 will be returning in an upcoming software update. The Verge

Netflix adds HDR support for iPhone X and iPad Pro – Netflix already streams HDR video on the new Apple TV 4K, so it only makes sense for the company to add support for Apple’s HDR-ready iOS devices as well. The Verge

Intel shows off 10-nm Cannon Lake wafer and talks process tech – Intel does fine work as a silicon designer, but its manufacturing technology is probably what truly sets the company apart from its competitors. TechReport

Google acquires part of HTC’s smartphone business for $1.1 billion – Google and HTC have officialized a deal under which a portion of HTC employees, many of whom were already working with Google developing Pixel phones, will join Google. Techspot

13 hidden features in iOS 11 – You don’t need to buy an iPhone 8 (or an iPhone X for that matter) to get that shiny, new-iPhone feeling.Mashable

Apple’s iOS 11 gives the iPad the boost it desperately needed – Every new version of iOS in the last decade has always put the iPhone first. Mashable

The Ionic is a smartwatch only diehard Fitbit fans would love – If the Ionic smartwatch is the best Fitbit can do, the company might be doomed, and the Apple Watch has nothing to worry about. Mashable

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Tech News Roundup #4

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting.

Equifax data leak could involve 143 million consumers – Data leaks have become so commonplace that it’s incredibly easy to become numb to them, but credit reporting service Equifax announced a doozy today that when all is said and done could involve 143 million consumers. Techcrunch

Why everyone in Silicon Valley is using an app called Droplr – Staying organized and efficient is hard. And no one knows better than the fine people of Silicon Valley (no, not the show). Mashable

Smartwatches leave fitness trackers in the dust in the growing wearable market – Smartwatches finally reign supreme in the wearable world. Mashable

Facebook will spend as much as $1 billion on original TV in the next year – The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is going into the next year “willing to spend as much as $1 billion” on original video content, building out the roster of exclusive TV on its revamped video tab Watch. The Verge

My computer can’t work without talking to 21 different countries – Last week I finally installed Little Snitch, a long-running Mac utility that lets you track every connection in and out of your computer. The Verge

Teralytics wants to tap telcos’ big data to help cities get smarter about Uber and Lyft – Big data is an expansive umbrella with startups of all stripes squatting under it. Techcrunch

Razer follows through with a 36-page proposal for PM Lee – here’s what it says – A Twitter exchange between Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last month led to talks of Razer delivering a proposal for a unified e-payment system in Singapore. Business Insider

First Volta-based Nvidia DGX Systems Ship to Boston-based Healthcare Providers – The Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS), Boston, is at the confluence of major technology trends driving the healthcare industry: AI-based diagnostics of large volumes of medical images, shared among multiple medical institutions, utilizing GPU-based neural networks. HPCWire

Google Drive to be shut down, replaced by Backup and Sync – Google’s own cloud storage platforms — Google Drive and Google Photos — are on their way out. In a blog post today, Google announced that starting December 11 both popular file sync applications will lose official support. Techspot

Apple to abandon Touch ID on iPhone 8, will instead use passcode or facial recognition – Apple originally intended to embed its Touch ID fingerprint scanner into the display on its upcoming iPhone 8. Techspot

Tech News Roundup #3

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting.

Apple sends out iPhone 8 launch invites – We finally know when Apple will announce the iPhone 8. Mashable

Mark Zuckerberg decries reported end of DACA in heartfelt Facebook post – President Donald Trump’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is nearing a critical crossroads, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants his stance — along with most of Silicon Valley’s — on the Obama administration policy to be clear. Mashable

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will launch on October 17 – Microsoft today announced that the Fall Creators Update, the next major release of Windows 10, will start rolling out to all users on October 17. Techcrunch

Instagram users warned hacker had access to email addresses and phone numbers – What’s shady, possibly wearing a hoodie, and is currently sitting on the stolen personal information of an untold number of high-profile Instagram users? Mashable

Western Digital adds 400GB microSD card to SanDisk lineup – It was only two years ago that Western Digital launched a record-breaking 200GB microSD card. Techspot

Western Digital is buying flash storage company Tegile Systems – Western Digital on Tuesday announced its second acquisition in as many days, vowing to purchase Tegile Systems for an undisclosed sum. Techspot

IBM Seeks Crowdsourced Computer Cycles for Microbiome Project – Harvesting compute cycles donated by large numbers of volunteers isn’t new. HPCWire

GIGABYTE Leverages Skylake-W I/O to Create A Multi-GPU, Multi-Storage, Multi-I/O Platform – GIGABYTE today announced its latest motherboard based on Intel’s ‘Basin Falls’ architecture and targeted at workstation use cases.HPCWire

Microsoft’s CEO is once again standing up to Trump on immigration – Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took to LinkedIn on Thursday to stand up for the DREAMers – undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. Business Insider

Sharp announces an 8K TV now that you’ve upgraded to 4K – Now that you’ve upgraded to a shiny new 4K TV, Sharp has revealed its latest screen to stoke your fear of missing out: a 70-inch Aquos 8K TV. The Verge

10 Tech News Roundup #2

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting this week.

‘iPhone 8’ Could Start at $999 for 64GB Capacity – Multiple rumors have suggested the upcoming “iPhone 8” could be the most expensive that Apple has ever released, with several analysts calling it a “premium” device costing upwards of $1,000. MacRumors

Facebook faces another moderation scandal over migrant torture videos – Facebook is faced with yet another content-related scandal, after The Times newspaper reported that people traffickers and slave traders are using its platform to broadcast videos of migrants being tortured to try to extort money from their families. Techcrunch

Intel kicks off eighth-gen Core with four cores and eight threads in 15W – Intel is kicking off its eighth generation of Core processors this morning. Techreport

Apple to build Iowa data centre, get US$207.8m in incentives – Apple Inc is building a US$1.375 billion data center project in Waukee near Des Moines, Apple and Iowa officials said on Thursday, with US$207.8 million in incentives approved by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Channel Newsasia

AccuWeather deflects blame after selling users’ data, even if they opt out – AccuWeather doesn’t know how to issue a reassuring statement. The Verge

The Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid, Vega 64 & Vega 56 Test: 32 Games Benchmarked – The initial performance of AMD’s new Radeon RX Vega 56 may have looked a little lackluster at launch if you were expecting it to exceed the strides made by Nvidia’s year-old GTX 10 series. Techspot

Apple to Debut Apple TV With 4K HDR Support at September Event – Apple will introduce a fifth-generation Apple TV with 4K video support at an event planned for September, reports Bloomberg. MacRumors

China Plans 2019 Exascale Machine To Grow Sea Power – The glory of having the world’s fastest supercomputer, as measured by the Linpack benchmark, has been China’s for four years running, first with the 33-petaflops Tianhe-2 and currently with the 93-petaflops TaihuLight. HPCWire

Google is offering a test for depression – Users in the United States who search for “depression” or “clinical depression” will now be offered a questionnaire to test their depression levels and help determine whether they should seek professional help, Google said in a blog post. CNN

Google Pixel 2 phone to launch on October 5 with Snapdragon 836, leaker claims – Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones might launch on Oct. 5. The date comes via often-accurate leaker Evan Blass, who also tweeted that the devices will run on Qualcomm’s yet-unannounced Snapdragon 836 chip. Mashable

10 Tech News Roundup #1

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting.

A ‘bug’ that let a $500 password cracking box open up iPhone is patched as of iOS 11 – A video posted to YouTube by users EverythingApplePro yesterday shows a small $500 box unlocking an iPhone 7 locked with a short passcode. Techcrunch

Dancing robot army is worth a lifetime of nightmares – Who knew that a massive robot dance party could scare the living daylights out of you. Mashable

A year later, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free – Although Microsoft concluded its free Windows 10 upgrade program on July 29, 2016, the company has yet to close some of the loopholes that it originally opened for folks running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. Techspot

Can tech companies legally cancel service to hate groups? – The past few days have seen many of the largest tech companies coming out against extremist groups such as the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists. Techspot

HPE Ships Supercomputer to Space Station, Final Destination Mars – With a manned mission to Mars on the horizon, the demand for space-based supercomputing is at hand. HPC Wire

Bolstering the ARM Case for HPC Workloads – A new report sponsored by ARM and prepared by the University of Cambridge (UK) shows strong scaling for two popular CFD programs – OpenFOAM and Cloverleaf – on Cavium ThunderX-based ARM systems. HPC Wire

Nokia 8 zeroes in on the Galaxy S8 and its friends – We’ve been impressed with the hardware that recently-reborn Nokia has been packing into its HMD Global Oy-manufactured smartphones. Techreport

Intel expands its Atoms’ radius with C3000 SoCs – Intel’s Core architecture gets the lion and the tiger’s share of attention around here, but the company still makes Atom chips. Techreport

Apple’s ARKit could be huge for virtual car showrooms and online sales – Apple’s iOS 11 includes ARKit, developer tools that make it surprisingly easy to build great quality augmented reality experiences. Techcrunch

Apple Pay is dropping support for websites that sell white supremacist merchandise – Apple has disabled its payments system on websites that sell white supremacist and Nazi-themed merchandise, according to a report from BuzzFeed News. The Verge