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.
Twitch now allows users to gift subscriptions to other users. When you follow someone one on Twitch it’s similar to subscribing to someone on YouTube. When you subscribe to a broadcaster on Twitch, you get benefits such as special emoji that are made for use on any other channel for as long as you continue to pay a monthly subscription fee. It also means that you don’t have to watch adverts whenever you tune into one of their broadcasts. With subscription gifting, you are basically allowed to gift someone a subscription to a channel for a month. This feature has now gone live.
Earlier in the month, Microsoft allowed users to digitally gift Xbox One games to those on the Xbox Insider programme. However, just in time for the Winter holidays everyone can now digitally gift Xbox One games. There are a few catches: You cannot gift Xbox 360 or original Xbox games. The games in question cannot be a Play Anywhere game. However, you can gift Xbox live gold subscriptions to a person. The way this would work is that you would go to the Xbox store on your Xbox One, choose the game and there will be an option to buy the game as a gift. You can then enter the email or gamertag of the person you want to gift the game to.
Apple seem to be in trouble with the HomePod speakers. They are still working on getting them ready to release. As such they have decided to delay the release until early 2018. The homepod was announced back in June and were priced at $349 in the US(£349 here in the UK). They will be in trouble because they will miss the boat on the winter holidays when people are out buying tech as gifts. Not only that, but this will also give both Amazon and Google an extra advantage with their smart speaker offerings.
Google have been making some changes to Google Maps. In a blog post published Wednesday, Google explained that points of interest will now be colour coded. For example, places to eat/drink will be highlighted in orange, whilst your local train station will be shown in blue. The colour coded points of interest will be rolled out in the next few weeks.
Last but not least, the folks at Razer have put out a new version of its BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard. It’s a mechanical keyboard which is now water and dust resistant with a rating of IP54. The BlackWidow Ultimate is available right now from the Razer website in the USA and the EU. It will be available everywhere else in the fourth quarter of 2017. It will be priced at $109.99 in the USA or €119.99 in the EU.
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.