Hello and welcome back to another edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News. If you are new to this website, this is a roundup of the week’s technology news stories.
Of course, Sky announced their Now TV stick earlier this week. It’s a streaming stick that you plug into your TV and can watch live TV from various Sky channels. You can also download apps to it and get access to catch-up TV from the BBC, ITV and other sources. The Now TV Stick will cost £14.99 from the Now TV website and will be released in February 2018.
Paragon was a Moba that was an alternative to games like League of Legends. Epic Games announced this week in a posting, that they have cancelled the game and are no longer working on it. They have also offered a full refund to anyone who had bought the game.
The HomePod is a smart speaker and is Apple’s answer to the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. We now know that the HomePod speaker is priced at £319 and will be released on the 9th of February 2018. However, you will not be able to play audio in multiple rooms, or play the same music out of two speakers (with the Stereo Speakers feature) out of the box. This will be available later on in 2018 by way of a software update.
Public Wi-Fi can be spotty. For the first time, #AndroidOreo 8.1 lets you take out the guesswork & see the speed of networks before you hit connect. Rolling out now: https://t.co/lSzvCFgNk7 pic.twitter.com/60EmoPxUX4
— Android (@Android) January 22, 2018
If you have a smartphone running Google’s Android operating system, then there is something kinda cool coming to your smartphone. If you have version 8 (known as Oreo) then you might get a notification soon saying that you will be able to update to 8.1. This will bring a new feature called speed labels. If you connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot, you will be able to see how fast the internet connection is on that hotspot before you connect to it. This software update is rolling out to devices now.
Coincheck is an exchange where you can buy Bitcoin (one of the many digital currencies out there), NEM (an alternative currency to bitcoin) and many others and they are based in Japan. You can also convert your bitcoin into Japanese Yen. However, the bitcoin exchange confirmed that they were hacked and 58 billion Japanese yen(£377 million) worth of NEM was stolen. The company has promised to refund hundreds of thousands of users who were affected by the security breach.
That is going to be it for this edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News. What were your favourite news stories of the week?