The Week in Comebacks:
Tech News Roundup
By Baxter Jacinto
The Macbook is finally here, AT&T just bought Batman (and we’re not sure how we feel about this), and Kodak ventures into the smartphone market. These are just some of the notable news for this week’s tech roundup.
8. Panasonic teases us the future
Panasonic was on full blast during CEATEC JAPAN 2016 where they showcased what living in the near future would be like. In the near future, Panasonic envisioned how you can just put your raw meat on a plate, place it on high-tech table and it’ll be cooked right before your eyes. Also on display were glass sliding doors on cabinets that can also flash images, much like a television screen.
7. Kodak reaches out to photographers—via a smartphone
Kodak is still very much in the game, dipping their weathered feet on the smartphone pool by introducing Kodak Ektra. Not surprisingly, it is camera-centric. Further details are not yet available, but we can’t help but root for this iconic brand.
6. A look at Nintendo Switch
Nintendo introduces its latest gaming console, Switch. It is so named because of its mobility, enabling you to switch between a console and a handheld portable gaming device. Although we’ve yet to know details about its battery life and compatibility issues, gamers are already drooling about the possibilities surrounding Nintendo’s potential game-changer (see what we did there?).
5. LG fails to capitalize on its modular design
Nintendo hopes to dodge the very same bullet that did LG’s G5 phone in. G5 was designed to become the first modular phone. Much like the excitement that surrounded Switch, G5 was met initially with a lot of buzz. Alas, the hype was there but the revenue wasn’t. Consumers complained that the periphals cost too much, and switching between modules is unwieldy. As such, it looks like LG is all ready to drop the modular design strategy and stick to the traditional build for their upcoming G6.
4. Tiny robots traversing on your clothes
The brilliant minds from MIT and Stanford recently introduced tiny robots that crawl on your clothes at a conference in Tokyo. With the help of sensors and artificial intelligence, these robots can traverse on your clothing. The builders propose that the tech be used to create customizable jewelry. But we can let our imagination fly on the possible applications of this one. Modular Iron Man armor, anyone?
3. Facebook may allow explicit posts
Now this is a bit tricky. Facebook is now actually allowing explicit content as long as they’re newsworthy. “In the weeks ahead, we’re going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest — even if they might otherwise violate our standards,” said Joel Kaplan, vice president of global public policy, and Justin Osofsky, vice president of global operations and media partnerships.
Well, this is a bit hard with them admitting that “respecting local norms and upholding global practices often come into conflict.” But let’s see how Facebook will balance this out.
2. AT&T acquires Batman rights
That’s right AT&T just bought Time Warner for a staggering amount of $80 billion which will include brands such as HBO, Warner Bros. Entertainment and CNN, and, of course, Warner’s DC Comics. Looks like someone’s richer than Bruce Wayne. We’re still not sure what AT&T’s next move will be in transitioning from a telecommunications company to a media giant.
1. Macbook Pro is here
It’s finally coming. It felt like a century, but the new Macbook Pro will finally be launched on Thursday (October 27), which would be Friday, 10am (October 28) in the Philippines. There were also teasers that the Air and Macbook might get a new look, but let’s not get overly excited.
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