In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on 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 rumors about the iPhone 8 (yes, already) to the latest in exploding Samsung devices, it’s all here.
For the past few weeks, the internet has been awash with reports that some users’ Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones have been exploding due to a battery malfunction. Samsung started an initial recall, but now the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an official recall. Galaxy Note 7 owners should follow procedure and return their devices immediately as per the CSPC’s instructions. You can read all about the debacle and weigh your options here in our handy guide.
Ridesharing giant Uber has reached a major milestone by deploying a handful of self-driving cars on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Based on a regular-production Ford Fusion Energi, the self-driving prototype was designed and built by the Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) that Uber founded about a year and a half ago in the Steel City. The sedan is equipped with an array of sensors, lasers, cameras, and radar on the roof.
Have a penchant for bleeding-edge software of indeterminable stability? Well, if you happen to have a Chromecast lying around, Google’s new program has your name written all over it. It is called the Chromecast Preview Program which is an ongoing, opt-in feature that lets you test new software ahead of public release. Not only does it afford you the opportunity to “test drive [new] features,” but it provides enrollees the chance to “give early feedback” and “stay up to date” with the latest software.
The universe is a big place, and it’s hard to fathom the immense size given our finite ideas of distance here on Earth. Because of this, determining an answer for exactly “how big” is difficult. Attempting to figure out the universe’s immense size does involve a few key factors, however. One is understanding a few key facts about how space behaves while also realizing that what we see is just the “observable universe.” We may not actually truly know the true size of the actual universe because, quite frankly, we just can’t see it.
If Twitter’s 140-character limit sometimes has you swearing under your breath as you endeavor to express that grand idea or provocative opinion in just a couple of lines, we have some good news for you. The microblogging service is reportedly about to make a major alteration to the way it counts those characters, giving you the chance to add an extra word or three when formulating your profound thoughts for your army, or perhaps handful, of followers.