Welcome back to another edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News. If you are new to the website then this is a roundup of the news stories you might have missed this week.
Of course, Gamescom wrapped up on Saturday. This is an annual show, where we get to see some of the upcoming games for our PCs and games consoles. During this, Nintendo announced that there will be a SNES-themed 3DS XL which will be coming to the UK on the 13th of October. Sega also showed off a trailer for the PlayStation 4 version of Shenmue III. Gran Turismo Sport (the next game in the popular series of racing games), is also coming to the PS4. In addition to that, there will be a limited edition Gran Turismo Sport PS4 console with a 1TB hard drive which will be released in the UK, Europe and Australia on the 18th October 2017.
Google has been working on a new version of Android (their mobile operating system) currently called Android O. There has been some speculation as to what they might call it the and Google has confirmed that Android O will be called Android Oreo.
Up next, Samsung, they held their own event on Wednesday called Galaxy Unpacked. This is normally their event where they announce a new product. During this event, the company announced a new product called the Galaxy Note 8 (its follow up to the Galaxy Note 7). It boasts a 6.5″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED infinity display, the Samsung S Pen (as standard), a dual 12MP camera on the back and 64GB of storage (which can be expanded with a Micro SD card). The Galaxy Note 8 will be released during the middle of September. It will come in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold and Deepsea Blue. Samsung also fired a direct shot at Apple by saying that you could plug the headphones that come with it into the headphone jack.
Online backup service Crashplan has decided to make a shift and focus on business customers. As such, if you do have a current contract with Crashplan for one of their home usage plans, they will honour the rest of your contract until it expires. If you are planning to switch over to another provider then they have worked with another online backup provider called Carbonite who are offering a 50% discount.
DJI had a problem with some of its Spark drones. A bug in the firmware sent their Spark drones falling out of the sky. To fix this the drone maker has sent out a firmware update and strongly urges people to download the update. Be advised that you have until the 1st of September to do this, otherwise your drone will be grounded. The update can be done via the DJI Assistant software on your computer or the DJI GO 4 app on your smartphone/tablet.
That’s all for this week’s roundup. What were your favourite stories and why? Let me know in the comments.
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