Welcome back to another edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News. If you’re new to this website, this is a weekly roundup of the week’s technology news stories. This includes some stories that you might have missed.
Kicking off with social networks, Twitter is considering increasing its character limit. At the time of publishing this article, 140 characters is the current limit. A selected group of users were allowed to create tweets up to 280 characters in length.
An emulator is a piece of software that allows a computer to mimic the behaviour of another piece of hardware. There is currently a PlayStation 3 emulator called RPCS3 which allows users to effectively play PlayStation 3 games on their PC.
The developer has a patreon page where he was asking people to contribute money on a regular basis to support the development. Footage from the developer of the emulator shows Persona 5 (a popular Japanese RPG game) running on RPCS3 on the Patreon page.
However, Atlus (the developers of Persona 5) requested for the Patreon page to be taken down but they refused. Instead any references to Persona 5 were removed from the Patreon page.
Amazon announced a new version of their Fire TV media streaming stick this week. The new version has the capability of streaming TV shows and movies in 4k. The Fire TV with 4k streaming will come out on the 26th of October and will cost £69.99 from Amazon UK (affiliate link). However, you can pre-order it right now.
Some of you out there might remember Atari for their video game consoles. Well, they are getting back into the action. They unveiled more details about their upcoming Ataribox. Under the hood it’s going to have “an AMD customised processor, with Radeon Graphics technology”. The Ataribox will come pre-loaded with a bunch of retro games and a few current games as well. The price will be between $250 and $300. The Ataribox will be released some time in Spring 2018. You can check out their newsletter that was sent out by atari right here.
Intel’s 8th Generation processors (known as Coffee Lake) have already found their way into laptops, however they are on their way to the desktop! Intel has announced that the 8th generation of their desktop computer processors are going to be released on the 5th of October. The top-of-the range Core i7-8700k will have six cores for the first time whilst the low-end/budget Core i3-8100 will have four cores instead of just two.
Some of you out there might still have a Nintendo Wii game console sitting there. Well, if you buy stuff from the Wii shop channel then you might want to buy what you need to now. This is because Nintendo has announced that they will shut down the Wii Shop channel in a posting on their website earlier this week. You will not be able to add Wii points to your account after the 26th of March 2018.
You will then have until the 31st of January 2019 to buy stuff from the Wii Shop channel. After that you will not be able to buy anything else. However you will still be able to re-download your previous purchases. At some point in 2019 Nintendo will then shut down the Wii Shop channel for good.
That’s going to do it for this edition. What were your favourite stories from the week? Let me know in the comments.