Nokia is Back: This Week’s Tech News Roundup

By Baxter Jacinto

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Netflix grants us our wish as an early Christmas gift, while Microsoft utilizes their AI to aid blind people. Fujifilm comes out with the ultimate selfie camera, and the tech race continues between Apple and Google in developing the best map navigation tool by employing drones. Here are some of the latest in this week’s tech news.

8. Netflix now allows video downloading

Netflix answered our prayers! You can finally download Netflix videos for later viewing at no cost—hooray! And this isn’t just exclusive to the US but worldwide, so go ahead and download away (minus the guilt.)

 

7. Microsoft’s AI to aid blind people

Microsoft’s upcoming feature for early 2017 is one that audibly describes photos through their AI called deep learning. It’s a feature for blind people, and this will allow them to learn the context of pictures in documents or decks.

 

6. Fujifilm and its ultimate selfie camera

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Fujifilm has been busy lately, and their X-A10 release caps their awesome run this year. The X-A10 is described as an entry-level camera which features consumer-oriented features,oh like you know, selfies. The products rolls out on January 2017 and comes with a $499 price tag—their cheapest X-series camera at the moment.

 

5. Twitter’s 1-4-3 new head of product

No, the 143 here doesn’t mean I love you, but the exact number of tweets in the last nine years from Twitter’s new Product Chief Keith Coleman, a startup founder in the Bay Area. There’s nothing bad about that, unless you’re Twitter’s head of product. Then that’s ridiculously low. Talk about being familiar with your product.

4. Google Docs citations

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A wrong citation could cost your finals paper, so Google Docs introduces its newest feature that not only allows you to conveniently add citations to your paper, but also allows you to use whatever style you prefer. Because really, who has time to remember ALA vs. MLA vs. Chicago formats?

 

3. Apple, drones and maps

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Apple’s taken it up a notch in its quest to beat out Google in map navigation by employing drones instead of cars attached with cameras. There are also rumors that Apple is developing its own software for self-driving cars.

 

2. Nokia becomes an Android convert

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Nokia’s making another attempt at a comeback next year, and this time it looks they actually have a shot at beating the big guys by adapting the Android OS. We have yet to hear about the details, but if you want to get the latest updates, you may subscribe to Nokia.

 

1. Viu arrives in the Philippines

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Via Viu

Viu is the Korean version of Netflix, and here you can find the latest and top Korean shows. And more importantly, it’s FREE! It’s accessible via web or mobile where you also have the option to store it offline for later viewing. Here’s a link to find out more about them.

 

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