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 stores that you might have missed.
Of course, this week saw the release of the iPhone 8. You can get one right now from the Apple store, or the Apple website. However, at the time of publishing this article estimated dispatch times are approximately 1 to 2 weeks. If you want it slightly quicker (and you can wait), then I would recommend waiting about a week or two for the initial rush of orders to die down.
Sticking with the smartphone front, Google has made quite a big splash this week. In a surprise move, Google has announced that they will buy part of HTC’s smartphone division for $1.1 billion US(£822 million).
Whilst they are not taking a stake in it, some of HTC’s research and development staff will move to Google. It will be interesting to see how this will help Google as far as expanding their smartphone business goes. Of course, HTC is also known for it’s Vive virtual reality headset. As such, HTC will continue to sell the Vive headset afterwards. Google says that they expect to close the deal by early 2018.
TechCrunch Disrupt is an annual conference where startups get to show off innovative new products. There are many disrupt events and one of them took place this week in San Francisco. One of the more interesting products that came out of this year’s event is a contactless wireless charger called Pi (not to be confused with the popular Raspberry Pi computer).
In the on-stage demo they showed 5 devices being charged within a 1-foot radius of the device. You can check out the demo in the above video. According to Pi, the product will eventually support the Qi wireless charging standard. At the time of publishing this article there is no release date but they said that it would be priced under $200 US (about £149).
Here in the UK, ride hailing app Uber lost its contract to operate in London in an interesting ruling by Transport for London(the governing body for transport here in London, UK). Uber has 28 days to appeal the decision and the company said that it will do just that, otherwise there is a risk that Uber might be forced to stop operating in London.
CCleaner is a piece of software that helps you in cleaning up your computer. However, it turns out that hackers injected 5.33 of the software that stole data. The data includes the MAC address of network adapters and what software is installed on it to name but a few of the things. Piriform (the developers of CCleaner) have since pushed out a new version of the software and strongly urges everyone to download the latest version from their website.
That’s going to do it for this edition. What were your favourite stories from the week? Let me know in the comments.