Tech Roundup – Week #2 August 2020

Google unveils new Pixel phones

Google announced three new phones all at once this week. The phones in question are the Pixel 4A, the Pixel 5, and the Pixel 4A 5G. 

The Pixel 4A is currently available for pre-order and will ship on August 20th. The Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4A 5G will both be released at a later date. Both phones will have 5G capabilities.

 

Ref: The Verge

Virgin Galactic reveals new Mach 3 aircraft

Virgin Galactic has revealed an initial design for its commercial passenger plane that can fly at speeds faster than Mach 3. 

The release of this design comes in the wake of partnerships between Virgin Galactic and Rolls-Royce, and NASA.

Ref: TechCrunch

SpaceX’s starship “hop”

Staying on the topic of space, a SpaceX starship has performed a 500ft “hop” on the surface of the planet. This is the first time such a feat has been performed without fail.  

Ref: TechCrunch

Instagram adds TikTok features

Instagram has launched its “Reels” feature, a short-form video clip functionality. Instagram promises new audio, AR effects and other creative tools for content creation. 

With the uncertainty around the future of TikTok in the US, this could be a strong move from Facebook owned Instagram.

 

Ref: 9To5Mac

Apple blocks Project xCloud and Stadia

Finally, in gaming news, Apple has announced they will be blocking Microsoft’s Project xCloud and Google’s Stadia from their App Store. The reason being that Apple finds it will be possible for them to control and review the content provided by these platforms. 

 

Ref: GameIndustry.biz

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