Looking for the best tech news on the Internet? Here are this week’s top tech headlines worth reading.
by Adam Rowe, Tech.co
Silicon Valley is known for two things – disruptive tech companies and the highest cost of housing in the U.S. The Bay Area may have a GDP of $781 billion, but a worker making $100,000 a year is spending 100% of his post-tax salary on housing. In response, Indeed showed an 18.14% decrease in job postings from September 2015-2017. Is this a sign of the area’s lack of economic growth?
by Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge
Apple registerd three autonomous Lexus Rx450h SUVs with California in April 2017. It now has two dozen more registered with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. This brings the total fleet of self-driving vehicles in Apple’s Project Titan to 27. Still, it lags behind major automakers and tech competitors like Waymo and Uber.
by Elizabeth Gibney, Nature
Holograms in movies are deeply flawed based on today’s science. Daniel Smalley wants to fix that using a technique called volumetric display. It works like a high-speed Etch a Sketch to create images. So far, it only creates small, simple line drawings, but it’s still a technological achievement.
by Rob LeFebvre, Engadget
One of the biggest problems with using Amazon’s Fire Stick is you have to constantly log in to each individual channel app. Amazon has finally fixed this issue by adding a SSO authentication to its devices. Now subscribers of Dish, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, Cox, and Verizon FiOS can log into their account and have it transferred across most TV apps. TBS, TNT, NBC, and ABC are not yet compatible.
by Michael Pehel, Interdrone
Dronemaker DJI revealed a new, compact drone this week with a 4K 3-axis camera. and remote. The micro-drone weighs nearly half the Mavic Pro, but can fly at speeds up to 42.5 mph. It has 8gb of onboard storage and can stitch up to 22 hi-res photos for a price tag of $799. It’ll be released by the end of January.
by Ian Sherr, CNET
A Senate committee published answers by tech giants Facebook, Google, and Twitter during a public 2017 hearing investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. The companies essentially said they’re unable to substantiate nor disprove claims through a variety of questions. However, all three companies pledged to to more going forward to prevent similar occurrences.
by David Reid, CNBC
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri told an audience at Switzerland’s World Economic Forum he believes technology will be able to spot cancer several months before it occurs. Nokia is investing in medical wearables thanks to 5G technology, which it believes will have a major impact on the healthcare industry.