This Week in Tech News

Twitter to Offer Paid Social Media Option

Twitter

Episode 1797

Twitter has announced a new paid subscription tier that will give users the option to edit their tweets or flat out undo them (isn't that what the delete function does?). The cost will be around $2.99 a month. Leo says that Twitter is trying to make a profit now, and promoted tweets aren't doing it.

Leo's New iPad is Coming

iPad Pro

Episode 1796

Leo ordered one of the new iPads, and it's almost as expensive as a MacBook. But it has 2TB of storage, has the best screen of any portable with miniLED backlighting, and it uses the same M1 processor. So it's just as powerful and just as expensive. Leo says that Apple is serious about people not treating the iPad as just a mobile toy anymore. It's a serious computing device. 

AI Wins Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Crosswords

Episode 1795

For the first time, a computer using artificial intelligence named "Dr. Fill" has defeated all humans at an elite crossword puzzle tournament. Leo says that crosswords are very human with puns and definitions, so this may be a bigger deal than when a computer beats a human at chess.

Is Windows 10X Dead?

Windows 10x

Episode 1794

Microsoft was planning on releasing Windows 10X soon, which would rewrite the operating system from the ground up. Now reports indicate that the project may be dead in favor of the current incarnation of Windows X.  Leo says the problem is that Microsoft is obsessed with keeping the OS compatible with every computer out there, making it practically impossible to modernize it.

2020 Was a Tough Year for Us, but a Banner Year for Tech Giants

revenue

Episode 1793

2020 may have been a rough year for us, but the top five tech giants had a banner year with nearly 2 Trillion in revenue. Those giants included Apple, Google (Alphabet), Microsoft, and others. Leo says that Apple, in particular, enjoyed a 42% profit margin. And a 78% margin rumored to be from the app store.

Google Reinvents the Workspace with Strange New Ideas

Google

Episode 1793

In a clear sign that things in the modern workplace will not go back to business as usual as we move out of lockdown from the pandemic, Google is using interesting but strange, new ideas to reinvent things. From camp-like meeting spaces to inflatable cubicles and walls to unique work schedules for employees, the company is looking for ways to reduce stress and improve efficiency by creating a more welcome and less corporate-like atmosphere.