Welcome back to another edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News. If you’re new to this website, this is a roundup of the week’s technology news stories.
Let’s start off with the big story of the week. Razer held an event in London where they announced the Razer phone. Let’s take a quick look at the spec:
- It’s got a 5.7″ Quad HD screen
- 12-megapixel camera on the back of the phone and a 7-megapixel front facing camera
- 8GB of RAM
- 64GB of internal storage (expandable by way of a Micro SD card up to 2TB)
- Android Nougat
The Razer Phone is priced at US$699.99, €749.99 or £699.99. Pre-orders can be made from Three(a mobile phone network) here in the UK on the Three Website. Alternatively go to your local Three store in the UK,the Republic of Ireland, Denmark and Sweden.
Otherwise, you can reserve yours from the Razer website. Otherwise the Razer phone will release on the 17th of November 2017 in North America, Canada, the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden.
Google released a new online service called Google Poly. It’s an online library of 3D objects. If you are developer then you can use these objects in your next virtual reality/augmented reality app. They are also cross platform, meaning that they will work with both Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore technologies.
In a really odd story, an employee at Twitter was on their last day in their job. The employee was able to temporarily disable Donald Trump’s Twitter account. The american president’s account was disabled for about 11 minutes before being reinstated.
Of course, games company Blizzard held an annual conference called BlizzCon this week. One of the larger announcements to come out of it was to do with World of Warcraft(also known as WoW). The folks at Blizzard announced that they are working on World Of Warcraft classic. It’s essentially WoW before they added any other updates or expansions. No release date has been announced for this game.
If you’re using assistive technologies and want to update to Windows 10, free upgrade available until Dec. 31, 2017. https://t.co/muL1wssDu9
— MSFT Accessibility (@MSFTEnable) October 17, 2017
Last but not least, Microsoft ended its offer to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 back in July 2016. However, if you are a user of assistive technologies there is still a way to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 but time is running out. In a tweet posted from Microsoft’s MSFT Accessibility account, Microsoft recently announced that the free upgrade to Windows 10 for assistive technology users is the 31st of December 2017. You can find out more about this upgrade path on the Microsoft website.
Assistive technologies include a screen reader (software that reads text on the screen for you such as Window Eyes) or other types of accessibility software. This may also include the built in Magnifier application in Windows 7,8, or 10 or the on-screen keyboard (which also comes with Windows).
In another Microsoft story, outlook.com(previously known as hotmail) is Microsoft’s free email solution. For a while, there has been a paid version known as outlook.com premium. One of the benefits was an ad-free browsing experience if you used outlook.com in a web browser. you also had a larger email inbox, meaning that you had more storage for your emails.
In a blog post, Microsoft also announced that outlook.com premium is going to be bundled into Office 365. If you wish to use outlook.com premium, you will need to pay for an Office 365 subscription. However, if you already have an Office 365 subscription then you should already have Outlook.com premium added to your account.
That’s going to do it for this week’s roundup. What were your favourite stories from the week? Let me know in the comments.