10 Tech News Roundup #8

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting.

Facebook quietly launches Mac and PC Workplace Chat apps with screen share – TechCrunch has discovered that Facebook has stealthily launched official desktop PC and Mac chat apps with screen sharing — two features users have been begging for. Techcrunch

Apple is looking into reports of iPhone 8 batteries swelling – Reports from a few iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus buyers have suggested there could be an issue with the battery inside some of the devices swelling, causing the case of Apple’s new iPhone to split open and expose the smartphone’s internals. Techcrunch

Apple gave Uber the keys to your iPhone screen, and it was all super shady – Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Uber is a shady company. Mashable

The Pixel’s missing headphone jack proves Apple was right – When it launched the iPhone 7 a year ago, Apple confidently declared the headphone jack obsolete technology that we could learn to live without. The Verge

HP is ditching the last serious Windows phone – HP has canceled plans to build out a line of Windows phones due to Microsoft’s general disinterest in continuing to battle Google and Apple on mobile. The Verge

Analyst and execs say Microsoft might kill off the Surface line by 2019 – With its new Pixelbook 2-in-1, it appears as if Google is trying to take on Microsoft and its laptop-tablet hybrid, the Surface Pro. But several big names within the industry think the Windows maker will drop its Surface lineup by 2019, if not sooner. Techspot

Microsoft has an Edge on iOS and Android handsets – Do you use Microsoft Edge? While I haven’t spent a huge amount of time with Microsoft’s newest browser, I have to admit it’s fast and slick. Techreport

The rise of female e-gamers in Singapore – SINGAPORE: A marketing executive by day, female gamer Calyn Koh heads straight for her home computer after work. Channel Newsasia

Outside criticism forced YouTube to change its search results after Las Vegas shooting conspiracy theories spread – YouTube is revamping the way its search algorithm picks videos to display on the site, after a spate of clips promoting false conspiracy theories about Sunday’s Las Vegas shooting were prominently featured on its site. Business Insider

Google Compute Engine goes a little crazy with up to 96 CPU cores and 624 GB of memory – If you’ve got a resource-hungry app, Google Compute Engine’s latest offering has you covered. Techcrunch


Daily Journal – Aug 2, 2017

This is my 118th journal.

0915hrs and I’m already kind of awake. Went to the washroom for a bit and then back to bed. Didn’t quite fall asleep but more like just lazing around until around 1015hrs.

Today, I won’t be going to my client’s office to do any work because I got a doctor’s appointment later in the afternoon. I’m required to fast for 6 hours because it’s endoscopy. So I’m here feeling hungry. And you know what’s the best part? I was already feeling hungry since last night 2330hrs and I just tried to go to bed with an empty stomach. I think I managed to fall as sleep at around 0230hrs in the morning or so. Can’t really remember except for the extremely gassy stomach.

Didn’t really have anything planned for today. So I think I will do something light for the until the doctor’s appointment. I mean isn’t that what I have been doing for the past week? Hah.

Here is a video that I was watching while writing the journal.

It is Lorde singing Green Light live on SNL. I always enjoyed her performance because she has a unique personality when performing. She simply just be herself.

Next, I went to watch a video from the channel Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. It’s a very interesting channel that talks about concepts or experiences that we had but didn’t quite have the vocabulary to describe it.

The video is titled Morii: The Desire to Capture a Fleeting Experience.

Fasting. I may have done it wrong but what’s done is done. I’m feeling so sleepy, which I think can be safely attributed to drop in blood sugar. I’m feeling thirsty, had a mild headache, and I hadn’t drank anything since last night, 2330hrs. An hour or so more to go before I leave for the hospital. I think I will just go and sleep again.

Went out of the house at around 1330hrs and arrived at the NUH Endoscopy Center at around 1430hrs, registered myself and waited for don’t know how long.

After waiting for a while, the doctor got my consent to perform the endoscopy procedure. Before long, I was in.

Went through the preparation work and before I knew it, it was done. Initially, it wasn’t so bad. They did give me some sedation but I was pretty awake for the whole process. I still remember the doctor talking about taking samples, telling the nurse how to guide the tube around, etc. When it’s time for the tube to come out, the whole process triggered a series of gag reflex of wanting to vomit. When it’s finally out, my throat actually hurts, felt swollen.

Then they wheeled me to the recovery ward and waited for an hour. Took my blood pressure and monitor my condition. Nothing major happened and I was up.

Had some cream cracker and a cup of milo. Then see the nurse whom gave me the preliminary report, told me that they took some biopsy and did some testing of the samples. The diagnosis was Erosive Gastritis of the lower stomach (Antral). She also told me to wait for the call tomorrow if the samples revealed that it was some kind of infection and I would need to go back there to get the meds. For now, they just gave some meds to deal with the excessive acid and let the lining heal.

Had dinner at the Hong Kong cafe and while waiting for food, I went about cleaning up the health data collected by my iPhone and Apple Watch because they were with my mom, and she walked about the integrated mall while I was undergoing the procedure and in recovery.

So came home at around 2100hrs and I went to eat some sponge cake, took the probiotics, and had my vitamin C drink. Man, I was hungry.

What I shall do for the rest of the night is to catch up on two tv shows, Shooter (TV Series) and Zoo (TV Series)

That’s all for now.

Here I conclude my journal for today.