Tech News – Samsung Galaxy S8 vs OnePlus 3T + Galaxy Note 7 + DJI Fly Drive + BlackBerry KeyOne


Hey guys Brainy here and welcome to A brand
new video on the channel. This is another edition of Tech News, the
series on this channel where I give you a quick rundown on some of the top tech news
topics of the day or of the week. In this video I have a few interesting things
to talk about so let’s get right into it. MIT built a robot that can 3D print a building. A new system developed at MIT is able to print
a basic structure in one go, according to the team’s paper in the journal Science Robotics. The system comprises a tracked vehicle mounted
with a large robotic arm. At the end of this robotic arm is a smaller,
precision-motion robotic arm, used to extrude concrete or spray insulation material. It’s free moving, can be customised to print
on any suitable surface and is intended to be self-sufficient. The team tested the system by printing the
basic structure of the walls of a dome 15 metres (50 feet) in diameter and 3.65 metres
(12 feet) in height out of insulation foam. The structure took 14 hours to print in total,
creating a mould into which concrete is poured. The aim is “in the future, to have something
totally autonomous, that you could send to the moon or Mars or Antarctica, and it would
just go out and make these buildings for years,” said lead author Stephen Keating. Honestly this is a really cool development
and I don’t really consider it a surprise since it’s coming from MIT of all places,
but I’m interested in seeing how far this goes. So, while Browsing through my usual Tech News
feeds I came across a really interesting article on CNET where they compared the battery life
of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Motorola Moto Z Play, Samsung Galaxy A7, Huawei Mate 9,
OnePlus 3T, and Oppo R9s Plus. The article really provides some interesting
incites on the differences and similarities between the smartphones and I think it would
be a really interesting thing for you guys to check out. So, as usual the link will be in the description
below. Seagate built a hard drive with a microSD
slot for DJI drones. Seagate has announced a new hard drive specifically
designed for drone users, the DJI Fly Drive. The drive offers up to 2TB of storage and
features an integrated USB-C cable, both of which are fairly routine for an external drive
these days, but what separates it from other hard drives is the built-in microSD card slot. According to Seagate, the included microSD
slot is designed to make it easy to quickly transfer drone footage over to the drive while
out in the field. To that end, the slot is rated for cards up
to UHS-II speeds, which should help to quickly transfer files from even high-capacity cards. Additionally, the new drive also features
a built-in protective bumper (which also houses the aforementioned USB-C cable), in deference
to the fact that you’ll probably be using this while away from a desk. It seems that Google making a pair of over-ear
Bluetooth headphones? As spotted by Liliputing, something odd just
showed up over at the FCC: a pair of Google-branded, over-ear, active noise-canceling headphones. They don’t look like anything super special,
outside of the trademark Google colors surrounding the power button on each ear. Oh, and a letter from Google Inc to the FCC
certifying the wireless hardware is within specifications. Now, this is really interesting because as
far as I know Google has never really developed any type of headphones. This really seems to be a first for Google
if it is true. The headphones, model number “GID5B,” have
a built-in microphone for answering calls, charge over Micro USB, and include a traditional
audio cable for tethered listening. But the manual doesn’t mention Google or a
catchier brand name. But a later update has revealed that these
are likely an upgrade to existing headphones that Google issues to its employees. The circle logo is definitely the same, and
while GID5B doesn’t look amazing, it certainly seems like an improvement. Instagram appears to be picking up new users
faster than ever before: the company just announced that it’s hit the milestone of
700 million monthly active users. It’s the shortest time Instagram has ever
taken to add 100 million to its total. Instagram launched in October 2010 and didn’t
reach 100 million monthly users until February 2013. But ever since hitting 200 million in March
2014, the Facebook-owned service steadily added 100 million to its total every nine
months until last December, when it announced 600 million monthly active users. That meant it took Instagram six months to
gain those 100 new users, and this time it’s taken just four. Monthly active users is a commonly used metric,
but it’s not without its limitations. The figure doesn’t allow for much nuance
in terms of engagement: someone who checks and posts to Instagram multiple times a day
is far more valuable to the service than someone who scrolls through their timeline once or
twice a month. And growth for a given period could include
lapsed users who’ve returned, though that’s unlikely to be significant. This bit of news actually is not extremely
surprising since Online Media is become more and more centered around visual stimuli. People are attracted to these kinds of things
and it’s really cool to see these numbers rising more and more. Samsung’s refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will reportedly
go on sale in June. Last month, Samsung confirmed it would be
selling refurbished Note 7 devices, and now we know where and when the phones will go
on sale. According to a report from ET News (via SamMobile)
the recycled Note 7 will be available in South Korea from three carriers this June. Branding and pricing are still being negotiated,
but the handset will reportedly go on sale as the Galaxy Note 7 R with a price tag of
around 700,000 won. That’s about $620, or 300,000 won ($266)
cheaper than the original. Around 300,000 units of the 3 million to 4
million Note 7 phones recalled in the region will reportedly go on sale. Reddit is putting limits on subreddit customization,
and users are worried. Reddit is making some big changes to the way
individual communities can customize their look, and it has some users worried that subreddits
are going to get a lot less interesting. The operators of subreddits have long been
given access to their community’s CSS — web styling information that lets them heavily
customize the look of a page. But in “the coming months,” Reddit is
going to stop offering that. Instead, Reddit plans to create specific customization
tools that’ll let subreddit managers change the look of their pages. That’ll make it a lot easier for people
to make changes, but it’ll likely be a lot more limiting. Leaving the CSS open to subreddit managers
has offered a ton of flexibility and means that basically every popular community you
visit on the site will have its own look. Common changes include custom header images
or photos, themed icons and backgrounds, and the addition of calendars, menus, and other
tools. But relying on custom CSS poses a number of
problems, which Reddit CEO Steve Huffman pointed out while announcing the changes: for one,
you have to know how to code CSS, which not everyone can do. And two, the customizations largely don’t
display on mobile, which Huffman says accounts for more than half of all Reddit views. There were also bigger problems for Reddit’s
engineers. Huffman says they’ve had to be careful while
making changes to the site because they could break subreddits’ looks. By limiting what subreddits can do, this new
system will avoid that. The customization tools will come as part
of a “full redesign of the site.” There’s no estimate on when that’ll be
ready, but Huffman talks about the associated design tools in terms of “months.” And our final story for today, BlackBerry
KeyOne will be available next month. The BlackBerry KeyOne smartphone will be available
for purchase in the US and Canada starting next month, according to a press release from
TCL, the device’s manufacturer. The KeyOne is the first TCL-manufactured BlackBerry
phone to feature a physical keyboard, which was the signature feature of BlackBerry smartphones
years ago. It will be available for purchase in Canada
first, with preorders starting on May 18th. Canadian customers will be able to get the
phone from Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, and TELUS Business for $199 with a two-year
contract. It will be available unlocked in the US starting
on May 31st for $549. the KeyOne has a 4.5-inch touchscreen, 12-megapixel
camera, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor along with a 3,505 mAh battery. And that’s just about it for today’s episode
of Tech news. If you enjoyed it, learnt anything new or
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