27/02/2017 – 05/03/2017
Tim Cook’s promise to focus more on the pros:
If you are an Apple customer who works in the professional market, you could be forgiven for thinking that Apple has forgotten about you, after all the Mac Pro hasn’t been updated since 2013. However, Tim Cook has stressed this week that “You will see us do more in the pro area. The pro area is very important to us. The creative area is very important to us in particular.”
This has come after many customers were unimpressed by the 2016 MacBook Pro, feeling that the addition of the touch bar was a gimmick (and an unwelcome one for some) and that there was failure to stand up to the pro name in other areas, such as the severe lack of ports.
Anyhow, Apple loyalists who have long been awaiting a new Mac Pro, there may be something on the horizon for you.
Facebook AI detecting signs of suicide:
Facebook has developed an algorithm that can detect suicidal users based on what they post and the comments left by other users. These posts then go to be reviewed by the human review team. If the review team feel that the user is at risk of harming themselves, the user will then be contacted with suggestions of ways that they can seek help, such as reaching out to a crisis councillor helpline via Facebook Messenger. At the present, the AI is only on trial in the US as Facebook has said that they need to be sure that crisis helplines can cope with the increased demand.
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO) has said that he also hopes to utilise this AI to detect other behaviour such as posts by terrorists.
Mobile World Congress:
You may not have realised it was Mobile World Congress recently, however you probably did hear about some of the news that came out of it. Probably the phone that most people heard about was the new Nokia 3310. The Nokia 3310 is a blast from the past that has been redesigned for 2017 and the rerelease has done exactly what Nokia will have been hoping for, got people talking about Nokia. Nokia announced the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3 at MWC, however people aren’t as interested in these, they are midrange smartphones that run stock Android. However, stock Android is something that many are happy to see. Also from MWC was the LG G6, the almost bezeless smartphone which has an 18:9 display, which is longer than most phones. However, thanks to the small bezels, the phone isn’t too huge to hold. Samsung announced a few tablets at MWC but what really got people excited was that they confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S8 would be announced on 29 March.
If you want more information on what happened at MWC check out this link: http://www.techradar.com/news/mwc-2017-what-to-expect
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Nintendo Switch game cartridges:
Nintendo have coated the game cartridges of their new console in a bittering agent to deter children form ingesting them. This news has, of course, prompted people to taste them to see if this is true however, Nintendo have confirmed that the bittering agent (Denatonium Benzoate) is non-toxic. If this news makes you want to test whether your new games have a bitter taste, take it from the people who have tried and don’t bother as the taste is supposed to linger and be highly unpleasant.