The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the annual event that is the peak showplace for the latest designs in mobile phones, has been canceled due to concerns of traveling to the event during the Coronavirus outbreak.
This Week in Tech News
Samsung has announced its latest line of Galaxy S20 mobile phones starting at $1000. And while Leo likes the phones a lot, he's burned out with the constant latest and greatest upgrade cycle. But what's more interesting is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, which is a flip phone that opens up into a smartphone. That's $1400, though. Leo has ordered one, but he has yet to receive it because most of the stock went to stores in large cities.
Microsoft has discovered a second bug to Windows 7, just a few weeks after Microsoft proclaimed the end of life to the operating system. The first was a wallpaper bug which Microsoft fixed, but wasn't the end of the world. This new bug may pop up when users try to shut down their computers, telling them they don't have the permission to shut down the machine. Microsoft has said that after the Windows 7 end of life, they won't be patching the OS anymore, but Leo suspects they'll fix this one.
The big tech story this week is that Netflix finally gives viewers the option to turn off the annoying Autoplay feature within its app. There are several ways including a profile setting or with a checkbox on the show, you're watching. FINALLY!
A used car dealer bought a used Tesla directly from the carmaker, with autopilot and a host of other features. He then passed the car along to a customer who wanted the autopilot feature. Tesla turned it off, saying that the customer didn't pay Tesla for the feature. Leo says that is the realm we are in now, companies can disable features and hold them hostage until the new owner pays up.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai has sent a letter out to all carriers that they will soon be fined for selling users' GPS location data to third parties. Leo says it'll likely just be a slap on the wrist.
Tomorrow, Super Bowl 54 will be streamed in 4K HDR, and you can stream it (if on the AppleTV, it won't be in HDR). But Leo says it's being shot in 1080p and upscaled. What he thinks is more important is, that it'll be shot in 60p.
This week, Leo ventured to Las Vegas for CES 2020, where he roamed the halls guerilla-style to get reports on the latest gadgets which may, or may not, hit the market. Leo says 8K TVs, the latest in smart car technology, and more. Leo says that for TVs, the latest is microLEDs, which Leo says is the future of the medium. As for 8K, it looks great, but there's no content right now.
Leo's favorite thing at CES was a kit to build an Apple 1 computer, endorsed by Steve Wozniak. And it was $99. What'a fun gadget.
Concerned about how China could take advantage of it, the US is moving to limit exports of artificial intelligence research. But Leo says that China may be ahead of us.