Hello World! It's Friday, June 16 and like all other weeks, we're back with a weekly roundup of tech news. This week we have an absolutely exciting list for you. This week's news covers Microsoft finally announcing the Xbox One X (early known as Project Scorpio), Amazon's willingness to buy out Slack for $9 billion, Weibo getting a brand new design, Google Drive, capable of full PC backups and a SoftBank acquisition Boston Dynamics. This is a big coverage of content so without further delay let's go inside.
Microsoft Announces Xbox One X (Project Scorpio)
Every year, tech companies in the gaming industry come together at E3 to showcase what they've been working on and tease out new products. At E3 2016 Microsoft took the stage to announce a brand new console in the form of Project Scorpio. Project Scorpio is so ahead of its time that it literally blows away the competition and has players drooling over the leagues of it all. This year, Microsoft finally made Project Scorpio an official announcement Latest Mailing Database with the odd naming it dubbed the Xbox One X. This new console packs in a lot of horsepower. It's powered by a custom 8-core CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz by AMD, a six-teraflop GPU clocked at 1.17Ghz and 128 GB of DDR5 video RAM. All of this is overkill for the ability to spec, also 4K HDR for gaming with Dolby Atmos support. If you don't own a 4K panel, however, using the Xbox One X will make games look better at 1080 as well, all thanks to supersampling.
The console also supports 4K Blu-ray drives like the Xbox One S. Plus, you don't really have to rebuild your game library or buy new accessories for the Xbox One X, as it will be compatible with everything from the original Xbox. To keep the hardware on the Xbox One X from overheating, Microsoft built a custom console first liquid cooler vapor chamber that has only appeared on PC gaming rigs, but because of the specs it packs, it makes perfect sense that Microsoft has it in There. With the Xbox One X arguably the most powerful console ever made, it all gave Microsoft the need to bring VR to the living room. While the company has made no official announcement about VR support, it will almost certainly see support in the days to come. In addition to the new console, Microsoft also unveiled a new Forza Motorsport title that will launch alongside the Xbox One X. Microsoft also revealed that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will lead exclusively to the Xbox One X later this year. The game was already a huge hit on PC, so catching an early console launch is a big take for Microsoft. This is one of many battle royale -esque multiplayer titles that will put you in battle against an island nation of 100 other players. The new console from Microsoft is priced at $499 and will start shipping on the death.This holiday season.
Amazon is willing to buy jet lag for $9 billion
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is on track to become the world's richest man, beating Bill Gates who currently holds that title. That's not surprising, considering how Amazon has been doing lately. Amazon AWS is the world's leading cloud storage provider and Amazon is the leading e-commerce platform in several countries. Amazon has settled a lot of business with startups and companies entering, but it has only a handful of consumer-facing products. Especially in the productivity segment, Amazon has nothing to go for it. This is where slack comes in. The focus of the startup is on team messaging and productivity. It's one of the best apps for everyday communication, simply because of how easy it makes to manage everything in one place. Slack recently raised $500 million and is widely adopted by companies around the world, including well-known brands like Airbnb, Samsung, BuzzFeed and others.
According to recent reports, Amazon acquired Jet Lag for over $90 million. There is a possibility that Jet Lag may not accept any offers, but if it does, it will be valued at as much as $9 billion. Out of the top 5 tech companies in the US, Amazon is the only one without a messaging platform. Microsoft Outlook and Teams, Apple's iMessage, Facebook's Messenger and Google's Hangouts too. You might be wondering why Amazon might be interested in acquiring Slack, after all, it doesn't fit into Amazon's business mix. Well, what Amazon launched this year is a workplace communication service Chime. It's a lot like Slack focuses on audio and video. As such, Amazon defines interest in entering the industry, and Slack will only boost their user base.
Twitter gets a redesign on the web and mobile app
Every now and then the app or service you use goes through a significant redesign to meet the needs of their growing user base and to keep up with current design trends. This week, Twitter rolled out a redesign across the web and mobile apps. This new take-off in design brings the iOS version of the app closer to the Android version. The redesign brings the outline badges to the side navigation under the typography of the app. The iOS version has a cleaner navigation as well. It gives you access to your profile, moments and lists its settings along with a new side tab that can be accessed by user's profile picture. The whole machine looks cleaner in a way that makes apps look cleaner.
There's a lot of spacing in all the right places. Apps now use rounded corner icons compared to the square ones they used to. A major change is that the reply button is now a speech bubble instead of the old reply arrow. On iOS, the new design replaces Twitter's in-app browser with Safari, which enables autofill, content filtering and Reader viewing. Now, you also have the option to load stories with the text-only reader view supporting its articles by default. Brave typography is certainly a nice touch. You still can't edit tweets though. The new design will roll out on Android and iOS devices in the coming days.
Google Drive will soon allow full PC backups
Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud storage providers for consumers. Each user gets a free storage limit of 15 GB, and users can pay for more storage if they want. Well starting June 28 Google Drive will be way more powerful implementation. Google Drive is getting closer to being the answer to all of your computer's storage needs. Google just announced new backup and sync tools that will give everyday users the opportunity to save all of their PC's content to Google Drive. It will make file management in the cloud a more perfect experience. Instead of going through the hassle of creating brand new folders, the tool will recreate the desktop folder system in Google Drive.
Google said it made the tool with the average user in mind, so it's not suitable for more complex systems that businesses tend to use built-in. Instead, it will give them an easier way to back up their own files. The new tool lets you select folders on your computer to the drive for backup. If you don't pay for the extra storage and you have a ton of files on your desktop, you'll probably go with the 15 GB limit offered by a free account - but you can always pay for more storage or manage your backups file to solve this problem. This will undoubtedly be an interesting product and will make life easier for a lot of people.
SoftBank acquires Boston Dynamics, the robot once launched under Google
Remember Boston Dynamics? , Google has acquired robotics companies on the way back. This is the company which created those crazy robots who had to simulate actual animals and their behaviors. Here's a surprise news that SoftBank acquired it from Alphabet. There's also news about Alphabet's willingness to sell Boston Dynamics and over the past year, we've even covered the news on Toyota eyeing an acquisition. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said smart robots will be a key driver of the next stage of the information revolution.