This Week in Tech (14 – 20 March)
Catch up on the most important tech news with this bitesize look at the week that was.
1. Dyson invests $15m in battery tech
Not one to sit on its laurels while others innovate, Dyson has invested $15 million into solid-state battery research and development company Sakti3. It hopes that, with enough investment, it can revolutionise the battery industry and make lightweight, affordable and high-capacity batteries a reality.
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2. CeBit took place featuring a cool robot, and Edward Snowden
After a week of technology announcements from Germany’s mammoth IT trade expo, we look back on what actually went on. Expect a tiny computer made for gaming, Edward Snowden beaming in from Russia, and an incredibly cool robot cutting blocks up with a wire.
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3. Facebook is bringing the internet to the world
Working with technology leaders, non-profits and local communities, the Facebook-led Internet.org initiative is an attempt to connect the two-thirds of the world that doesn’t have internet access. Big companies are on board too, with Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek being just some of the participants.
Of course, it’s entirely self-serving. The more people with internet access, the more people are likely to need and use the services that the participants sell.
Nonetheless, improving communication abilities around the globe can never be a bad thing.
4. TAG Heuer is making a smartwatch with Google
Well, maybe not with Google, but certainly one that uses Android Wear.
Full details about the watch aren’t known, but it will be powered by an Intel chipset and, most likely, unveiled at Baselworld.
5. Scientists create a magic upside-down 3D printer
Reported by The Guardian, scientists have created a 3D printer that lifts fully-formed objects out of a pool of liquid in minutes. Running 100 times faster than current 3D printing methods, the machine generates almost no waste, and doesn’t require high-heat to melt plastic down.
One example of its speediness can be seen in how it printed a hollow geometric ball in seven minutes, a task that would take a conventional 3D printer around ten hours.
6. Google’s Android Auto competes with Apple CarPlay
Google has decided to do the logical thing and step on Apple’s toes in the automobile industry. Announced at last year’s Google I/O Android Auto is finally available. Running on Android 5 Lollipop, it lets users use your Android phone’s features via your car’s infotainment system or headset.
Not a bad idea, despite poor device compatability and car integration…
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7. Amazon can use drones for deliveries in the US
After Amazon threatened to take it’s research and development arms overseas, the FAA has decided to issue it with an “experimental airworthiness certificate” to let it test drones in the US.
According to The Verge, for Amazon to fly it’s drones for testing it needs to have “at least a private pilot’s certificate and current medical certification.” It also needs to ensure the drone remains within line of sight of its pilot at all times – somewhat negating the point of Amazon’s drone programme.
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