April Tech Roundup

Check out this roundup of announcements and new advancements in technology. We cover AI, the new Windows 10 release, battery safety advancements and more.

1. New fire safe battery could replace lithium ion

Researchers develop a new zinc and water battery that won’t pose a fire risk and has an extended battery life. The hope is that this battery will eventually be used in new electronics.

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2. Microsoft introduces project Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an interactive smart mat you can use to play games. The mat tracks the position, orientation, and movement of objects by applying a sticker to the bottom of your toy.

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3. Sprint is removing Google Voice integration from its service starting June 1st

This integration allowed customers to use their Sprint phone number as their Google Voice number as well. You can still use Google Voice as a forwarding service but it will require a Google Voice number.

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4. Apple’s Airpod has a new rival

Mobvoi makes AirPod-like earbuds for $30 less than Apple’s version that works with Android. Many companies have developed versions of the Airpod but the sound quality has been what separates them from Apple’s version.

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5. FDA approves AI diagnostic device that detects eye disease

This is the first time the FDA has approved the use of artificial intelligence to diagnose patients. A photo of the patient’s retina is uploaded to the software, it analyzes the image for diabetic retinopathy.

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6. Microsoft delays Windows 10 update

The update set to be released a few weeks ago was experiencing a reliability issue producing a blue screen. Microsoft decided to release a new build instead of fixing the bug.

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What about Microsoft developing a Linux distro? That’s pretty interesting :wink: -especially considering that it’s intended to protect privacy on smart devices.

That is interesting and timely, any other info you’d like to share about it? :slight_smile:

I don’t know a whole lot-just what I read. Microsoft is developing its own version of Linux to protect the IOT (Internet of Things). There have been a number of security breaches in recent years on connected devices (i.e. people hacking Baby monitors, etc.). Considering the fact that more and more people are opting for connected devices (Fridges, washers and dryers, cars, toys, etc.), it poses a real threat to our privacy. Microsoft’s Linux kernel is supposed to be free and will be shipped to IOT manufacturers to lock down their devices. It is definitely a step in the right direction! Who ever thought that Microsoft would develop a version of Linux?!?! Pretty neat stuff! Here’s a link to one of the many articles: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.techspot.com/amp/news/74208-microsoft-developing-first-linux-distribution-help-secure-iot.html .

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