Your daily tech news digest – 10 biggest stories (July 24, 2018)
This is our daily digest series, wherein we bring to you a curated list of top 10 technology news from around the world.
In today’s edition, you’ll read about Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy Watch and gaming smart phone, CT scanner at American Airport, bitcoin and lots of other useful and impactful news stories.
So without any further ado, here’s the list:
CT scanner for luggage scanning at American airport
In collaboration with Transportation Security Administration (TSA), American Airlines are testing computed tomography (CT) scanner as a new checkpoint security technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Being a 3-dimensional technology, the CT scanner will not only enhance visibility, but also allow a 360 degree rotation of luggage to more effectively scan for explosives and other prohibited items.
All in all, a more tight inspection procedure to raise the bar of security. Read more here.
Oops! Samsung leaks forthcoming Galaxy Watch
And here comes a blooper.
Samsung mistakenly revealed an image of the upcoming wearable Galaxy Watch on their own official US Website. Though it has now been taken down, CNET got a quick hold of the gaffe.
Image credits: CNET
A slick rose gold color, Bluetooth compatible watch with a 42mm dial, reading model number SM-R810NZDAXAR are the specifications that got disclosed. Beautiful color, isn’t it?
HTTP Websites to be labeled ‘not secure’ with Chrome 68
Living by its words (as promised back in February), the advent of Chrome 68 – due today – will tighten the grip of Web security by throwing ‘not secure‘ warning on visiting HTTP or unencrypted sites.
Considering that HTTPS encryption is much more secure in comparison to HTTP, users may get to see something like the following on Chrome 68 as part of Google’s secure Web initiative to force the leftover developers to transition their concerned sites to HTTPS.
For more details head here.
Alexa, turn up the bass
Be it adjusting the bass, midrange or treble, with the new equalizer (EQ) feature added to Echo, Alexa will be able to provide personalized music controls with just a voice command or even manually through the app.
Just say ‘Alexa, turn up the bass,’ ‘Alexa, set treble to maximum,’ or ‘Alexa, reset equalizer,’ and choose whatever soothes your ears within the range of plus/minus 6dB.
The feature will be rolling out soon, and as is the case usually, Echo users in the US will get to enjoy the EQ feature as soon as it gets live. More information here.
MIT researchers develop Microscopic bots to diagnose diseases
Tiny little bots – of size as minuscule as a human egg cell – made of electronic circuits coupled with colloids could soon be the new travellers of human body, digging out the diseases residing in there.
Colloids as put by said Michael Strano (Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT) “can access environments and travel in ways that other materials can’t “.
Interestingly, their journey isn’t limited to human body only, rather they can inspect anything, be it liquid or gaseous, anything from oils to gas pipelines. For details head here.
Samsung has a gaming smartphone on cards
Over the time, the craze for mobile gaming has routed many smartphone manufacturers to come up with high-end gaming compatible devices. Joining the league of Razer, Xiaomi and other other existing players, Samsung is rumored to be testing their fate with a gaming mobile.
Though there’s no official word from the company yet, Twitter user @MMDDJ_ (quite recognized for leaks) came up with the information saying:
Samsung is preparing gaming smartphone.
— 萌萌的电教 (@MMDDJ_) July 23, 2018
Furthermore, the leaker also disclosed that Galaxy X won’t be the name for Samsung’s foldable smartphone.
BTW,foldable smartphone isn't named Galaxy X. https://t.co/kb7TEDlrdL
— 萌萌的电教 (@MMDDJ_) July 23, 2018
So a lot seems to be cooking at Samsung. Read more about it here.
New ‘Explore’ tab for YouTube iOS app being tested
Quite often YouTube engages in testing new features by opening its access to limit users before releasing the functionality to masses globally. One such pilot experiment which will be conducted by the company over the coming weeks is a new ‘Explore’ tab for the app’s iOS users (available only to 1% of iPhone YouTube viewers).
The option – which will sit next to the Home tab at the bottom of the device’s screen – intends to widen the ambit of search for videos, channels and topics of one’s interest which they might not reach out to otherwise.
In addition, Explore is expected to act as a platform for creators – even the budding ones – for showcasing their content and expanding their audience.
Here’s a video of YouTube’s director of product management Tom Leung explaining the feature being tested.
To read more about Explore, head here.
Assistant becomes Duo video calling capable
Yes, Google’s AI powered virtual assistant can now make video calls through the company’s own video calling app Duo – a functionality that wasn’t earlier supported.
Now on commanding Assistant to initiate a video call, it right away switches to Google Duo to make the video call. If in case, the asked for contact doesn’t have Duo installed on their unit, it routes to Hangouts.
Image credits: Android Police
Also, Assistant’s settings have reportedly been tweaked to incorporate ‘Voice and Video calls‘, for linking the concerned Duo account. Head here to catch hold of details.
Bitcoin’s bounce back story continues, crosses $8K
Crossing last week’s $7K mark, bitcoin has once again breached $8K mark (almost after about two months). Other digital currencies like Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple jumped as much as 7.6 percent.
Image credits: Bloomberg
Head here for details.
Samsung adds more ammunition to Ingenius series of ads
And to windup today’s digest section on a fun note, here’s Samsung vs Apple commercial game continuing with the former releasing more video clips. The humor serves queries related to Dongle, Camera and Fast Charger.
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