Hello world, it’s Friday, August 25th and just like every other Friday, we’re back with our weekly tech news round up. This week’s news covers Apple spiking the price of the new iPhone 8, Samsung launches the successor to the explosive Note 7(pun intended), SpaceX completes its 12th launch for the Falcon 9, HTC planning to sell Vive, Google adds firewall to the AppEngine and Facebook rolling out the ability to take 360 degree videos on the Android app. That’s a lot of great news we got to cover so without any further ado, let’s get started with the news.
Apple to Price the Upcoming iPhone 8 at $999
Apple has been working on the iPhone 8 since a long long time and now that iPhone leaks are at the peak and September is only a few days away, anticipation and excitement for the new phone are almost uncontrollable. Among the many leaks we have covered on the news in the past, the latest one happens to be regarding the pricing of the iPhone. Tech journalists and Apple fanboys have already speculated the pricing of the new iPhone 8 to be higher than all past models but we may finally have a number as to what it would be. According to rumors, the new iPhone 8 may be priced as high as $999.
Yes, you heard that right. The iPhone 8 may start as high as a thousand dollars for the base model. This aggressive pricing can be credited to the design choices Apple has made with respect to the iPhone 8. The new phone from Apple will flaunt an almost bezel less front panel while glass on the back panel will enable wireless charging, something which Apple fans have craved for since ages. The phone is going to support the same dual camera setup from the iPhone 7 plus and most other enhancements would come from iOS 11 which is already in final stages of testing. The iPhone launch is a few weeks away and we can only wait till these rumors are testified by the company itself
Samsung Unveils the Note 8 at an Unpacked Event in New York City
After last year’s tragedy of a phablet that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 proved to be, a lot of people expected that the Note line was gone for good. But Samsung decided to mint gold from that tragedy with the launch of the new Galaxy Note 8 and prove to users that it’s learned from its own mistakes and had improved upon the shortcomings. Samsung held an Unpacked event in New York City to launch it’s the latest phablet.
The Note 8 carries over a lot of design aesthetics from its sibling the Galaxy S8. The Note 8 flaunts a whopping 6.3 inch Super AMOLED display which is bigger than the biggest Galaxy phone out there. This is the biggest panel the company had ever put in a phone. It comes with 6 GB of RAM and depending on where you’re buying it on the planet you may get a Snapdragon 835 version or the Exynos chipset variant. The company also added a dual camera system on the Note 8 which is a first four Samsung yet again. Other features include a standard USB C port a headphone jack and a storage expansion option via an SD card which is theoretically expandable to 2 TB. The Note 8 starts at $929 in the US and at around 865 Euros in the UK. It will be available from September 15th on all major US carriers.
SpaceX Completes its 12th Falcon 9 Launch
SpaceX is on a roll this year. This week the company set yet another milestone for itself after successfully launching its 12th Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket was launched for the Taiwan National Space Organization and the craft took off from California’s Vanderberg Air Force Base as planned to carry the organization’s FORMOSAT 5 satellite to orbit where it was successfully deployed.
The company suffered some terrible last year during September when one of the rockets exploded before launch, the mission was aimed at putting a Facebook operated satellite into orbit. This milestone puts SpaceX ahead of all its competitors. If it somehow manages to successfully test the Falcon Heavy on schedule, it would be unbeatable.
HTC Planning to Sell or Spin off the Vive Brand
Apart from Google and Facebook, the only company in the VR game happened to be HTC. The company had a lot of success with the Vive Headset and controllers but according to recent reports, HTC may be on the verge of selling Vive for good or spinning it off into a different venture altogether.
Bloomberg reported that the full sale was less likely and nothing has been finalized yet. HTC had faced a massive downturn in the past decade with stocks falling as low as 75 percent in the past 5 years and 95 percent of its all time high in 2011. As its smartphone business has slowed down significantly in the US and China it tried to get ahead of everyone in the VR game. The Vive still manages to sell more than Facebook’s Oculus Rift. A complete sell off may seem unlikely as it’s one of the companies most successful products in recent years.
Google Adds Firewall to the AppEngine
Google App Engine is one of the most used Cloud Services in the world and to ensure the customers have the most secure platform for their businesses, the company is adding a firewall to the Google Cloud Platform AppEngine so developers can allow or deny IP addresses and location.The firewall will allow developers to test apps with better security. This will replace the need for code to limit app exposure.
That’s all for this week. I’ll see you guys next week with another round-up filled with tech goodness.