Technology News Recap: 13th August 2018

1. Tesla chief engineer, Doug Field returns to Apple

The former vice president of Mac hardware who has once left Apple in order to become Tesla’s chief engineer, has quit Tesla in June following a leave of absence and according to Apple returned to Cupertino to work on the companies secretive self-driving car “Project Titan” program.

After Tesla failed to meet its initial first quarter goal for the Model 3, Elon Musk himself took over the responsibility for production from Field, who ran the vehicle production and engineering at the company.

Challenge Titan has reportedly been significantly scaled down from as Apple is alleged to give attention to in search of carmaker companions for its self-driving software program. The employee exchange program between Apple and Tesla continues to flow in both directions and curiously suggests that Apple still has an interest in making actual vehicles, despite reports that the company has scaled back the project to merely make autonomous systems for inclusion in vehicles made by other companies.

Source: The Verge

2. 55 new Emoji coming to IOS

The next generation of emoji are going to be very diverse, accommodating different genders and skin tones. The shortlist of latest emoji we’ll be seeing in 2019 has been narrowed all the way down to a total of 179.

55 characters of these emoji can represent couples of various genders and skin tones. A new emoji — a standing person — are going to be used to produce the couples. By inserting 2 of those emoji side by side, they’ll merge into one, showing a couple holding hands. It’ll support the skin tone choices already offered.

There also are many new emoji coming that are double-geared specifically toward those with disabilities; there’s one planned to represent a deaf person, along with mechanical arms and legs. These were initially planned by Apple in March, and also the consortium for the most part accepted the proposal. The list will be finalized at a gathering this coming September.

Source: The Verge

3. $774 million Qualcomm antitrust suit settled

The Taiwanese regulators claimed that Qualcomm abused its monopoly power over smartphone modems, the chip maker charged other companies abnormally high licensing fees to companies that use its basic patented technology.

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) slapped Qualcomm with a $774 million fine. However, the company managed to quickly revoke it – in part. Nonetheless for publicity, Qualcomm has essentially been made to play by the rules. Firstly, company will not be able to withdraw chip supplies from its buyers when they feel they’re being given a raw deal and ask to renegotiate, preventing Qualcomm from purchasing smaller companies that rely on the tech giant to function normally. Moreover, Qualcomm will cooperate with the Taiwanese government officials to support the “rapid adoption” of 5G technology. Alongside following all of these rules Qualcomm is also required to pay roughly $93 million, which the company states it has already.

Source: The Verge

4. Holographic “RED” phone release date

The Red Hydrogen One, worlds first holographic media machine has had many launch delays in the past but has finally announced plans to release it to At&T, Verizon and Telcel on November 2. If you have pre-ordered the phone, the start shipping date will be October 9th. Jim Jannard, the founder or RED, has cautioned that, although all these news are all very exciting they are also subject to change.

The FCC has finally given RED their seal of approval which allowed the company to stop delaying the launch. Additionally, the FCC has hinted that the device carries a monstrous 4,000mAh battery inside, which will be plenty to power the phones 5.7-inch holographic display. RED Hydrogen One allows the user to view the content in 3D with no glasses required. The starting price tag for this device however is a shocking $1,295 will only come in either black or gray aluminum, while a limited edition titanium that will be ready to launch in 2019.

Source: Mashable

5. Microsoft threatens to cut Gab loose and social media crackdown on hate speech

Microsoft has warned, which pitches itself as an alternative to Twitter, that they will suspend their provided web hosting services following a complaint about anti-Semitic posts on the social media site. The tech industry is currently on a large scale crackdown against hate speech and Microsoft has announced that they will take action in two business days in the event that Gab does not remove the malicious activity the content of which has been found to incite violence and is therefore not protected by the First Amendment and violates Microsoft Azure’s acceptable use policy. also has the option to choose otherwise and work with another cloud service provider or host this content itself. If Gab chooses other providers, Microsoft will give the site time to move content elsewhere before its access to Azure cloud services is terminated. At the moment Gab declined to comment beyond its public post.

The tech industry is making efforts to tackle hate speech online is extending beyond the scope of big social-media services like Facebook and Google’s YouTube. Last Monday Facebook followed YouTube lead and suspended conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms after concluding some of his posts violated their policies. That followed similar action by Apple and Spotify Technology.

However, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey issued a jarring counterargument, stating that Twitter will not get involved in “political” debates, and that it’s up to the news media and other users, not social media companies, to police accounts like Jones’s. Who do you think is right?

Source: Gadgets 360°

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