In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week. Everything from Samsung’s huge Galaxy View tablet to Morocco’s plan to build the world’s largest solar power plant — it’s all here.
The rumors were true — Samsung actually made a 18.4-inch tablet, and it’s called the Galaxy View. The massive tablet could be considered more of a portable TV than an actual tablet, given its size and dimensions. Samsung revealed initial details in a press release on its blog, and shortly followed up with availability and pricing. The View sports a huge 18.4-inch screen with a Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Since it’s meant to function like a TV that you bring from room to room in your home, it has a handle on the back and a built-in stand. It’ll cost $600 when it goes on sale November 6. Here’s our hands on with the device.
After a dismal month which saw the steady escalation of a crisis over rigged diesel emission tests, Volkswagen has lost its crown to Toyota as the world’s biggest automaker. The Japanese car giant announced it’d sold 7.49 million vehicles from January to the end of September, slightly more than VW’s count of 7.43 million for the same period. VW had led the pack for the first six months of the year, Bloomberg reported. The German car maker’s emissions-cheating antics first hit the headlines in mid-September, suggesting the crisis will have had little impact on the latest sales figures. However, recent growth in a number of global markets, including China, could now be hit as a result of the scandal, allowing Toyota to consolidate its position in the coming months as the world’s top car seller.
ChromeOS has been a success in many respects. While not universally loved, and still limited compared to Windows or OS X, the simple operating system has a small, loyal following, and laptops based off it often appear on Amazon’s top-selling list. Yet that’s not enough to earn it a stay of execution, as the Wall Street Journal reports that insiders say Chrome OS will soon get the axe. It apparently will be folded into Android next year, and Chromebooks will no longer be sold as of 2017.
Pirates beware: ISPs may soon be legally obligated to reveal your identity, thanks to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Wikileaks this week published a leaked copy of the intellectual property chapter of the sprawling agreement, which includes a mandate: Every nation must set up a way for copyright owners to find out the identity of copyright violators. “Each Party shall provide procedures…enabling a copyright owner who has made a legally sufficient claim of copyright infringement to obtain expeditiously from an Internet Service Provider information in the provider’s possession identifying the alleged infringer,” the leaked document states.
Twitch has expanded its gaming-focused streaming service as part of a newly-established partnership with Adobe, introducing a new “Creative” category that feature streamed content from artists, musicians, and other creators. The company has additionally partnered with Janson Media in order to stream a marathon session of Bob Ross’s classic public television series, The Joy of Painting.
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