This Week in Tech News

Microsoft Announces Xbox One S at E3 Gaming Conference

Episode 1298

Microsoft Xbox One S

Microsoft announced a new Xbox One console at the E3 Gaming Conference this past week. It's called Xbox One S, and the "S" stands for slim. If anything, this will be a good way to get one of the new UHD Blu-ray players. The current crop of Blu-ray players are 1080p, but now with 4K TVs becoming more common, the UHD Blu-ray players will be more sought after as well. There has been 4K content available for streaming, but it's highly compressed and isn't the best example of how 4K can look.

Apple Announces iOS 10 and 'Differential Privacy' at WWDC

Episode 1297

Apple had its WorldWide Developers Conference this week in San Francisco, and announced iOS 10, watchOS 3, and macOS Sierra. Among those announcements was the new Music app which has been slightly redesigned and a new iMessages app with many new features.

Apple also announced "Differential Privacy," which aims to gather data from users without sacrificing the privacy of each individual user. Apple also stated that it would be bringing more "deep learning" to iOS, but that it would only use data on the local device and not from the cloud.

Apple to Change the Mac File System in macOS Sierra

Episode 1297

Apple has announced major changes to their OS X file system. Replacing HFS+, the new system is called APFS and has some nice features that will include being more reliable. You'll be able to unplug a hard drive and the file system will be more robust and not crash the system. Another advanced feature will be Snapshots. It'll basically be an automatic image copy done in the background so that you will be able to get back up and running in a few minutes.

Apple has also announced SWIFT Playgrounds, which will enable kids to learn how to create apps on the iPad.

Twitter Gets Hacked, Exposing 32 Million Accounts

Episode 1296

Twitter security officials have admitted that the social media site was hacked this week, exposing the passwords of over 32 million twitter accounts. Though hackers posted the passwords online, officials say that they are confident no other information was obtained.

Leo says that if you are a Twitter user, you may want to change your password, and even better, use a password vault to generate it.

Read more at TechCrunch.com.

Google Announces Amazon Echo Competitor: "Google Home"

Episode 1290

Google Home

At Google's I/O developer conference this week, Google announced a new product called Google Home. This is essentially an Amazon Echo competitor. It's a small device that kind of looks like an air freshener, and you talk to it to get information and perform tasks. It won't have the Amazon services, though. We don't know yet when that will be available or what the price will be.

Find out more at home.google.com

What It's Like to Use the PlayStation VR Headset

Episode 1289

Sony PlayStation VR Headset

Leo got to try using the Sony PlayStation Virtual Reality Headset this past week. Two VR headsets are already available: The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Google just announced its own virtual reality platform this past week as well, called Daydream.

While the Oculus and HTC Vive both require a high end PC, Sony's solution will make use of something that 40 million people already have -- the PlayStation 4 console. Leo tried one of the demo games for PlayStation, and he really felt like he was inside an action movie. It's a very vivid experience.

Google to Add Google Play Store to Chromebooks

Episode 1289

Google announced that it would be adding the Google Play Store to its Chromebooks starting this fall. As of now, Chromebooks only were able to run things inside the Chrome browser with extensions that would have limited functionality offline. The announcement at Google I/O this past week means it will be possible to run nearly all Android apps on the Chromebook. Some of those apps may still be specific to phone use, but this would mean the Chromebook would suddenly be able to run photo editing apps, Microsoft Office apps, and much more that wasn't ideal in a browser window.