A lot has happened this week in tech and we don’t want you to miss any of it — so in case you were busy throughout the week, we’ve got you covered — we bring you the most interesting news pegs, launches and tips and tricks that the world witnessed in our news wrap.
There were a lot of amazing things happening this week and we’ll ensure you get served the best of it in a jiffy.
Major News this Week
Amazon’s Floating Warehouses
Amazon has patented floating warehouse tech according to Zoe Levitt of CBInsights, which will allow the company to have warehouses flying 45,000 ft above sea level for lightweight products from their catalogue.
This technology — the ‘airborne fulfilment centre’, as the company likes to call it — will help Amazon make deliveries via drones, which will pick up the packaged items and deliver them to customers within 30 minutes.
Such a technology seems very futuristic, but imagine having drones falling from the sky and delivering packages from air carriers deployed by Amazon — some advancement.
Avatar-like 13-ft-tall Robot, Which Might Guard Borders Some Day
A South Korean robotic company — Hankook Mirae Technology — has been working on this gigantic 13-ft-tall robot, which weighs close to 1.5-ton and can accommodate a human pilot too.
Remember the 2009 flick Avatar? And the giant robots used in them — yes, they’re coming to life.
These robots — named Method-2 — might be the future of border security patrol, construction as well as might star in some movies too.
Vitaly Bulgarov, a conceptual designer and a dedicated 3D modelling enthusiast, is working with engineers at Hankook Mirae to develop Method-2. He has previously worked in Terminator Genisys, Transformers Age of Extinction and much more.
The Wolverine-Inspired Material Which Will Help Robots Self-Heal
A team of scientists in University of California and University of Colorado have created a self-healing, stretchable material which might be able to help robots self-heal someday.
Inspired from Marvel Comics character Wolverine from X-Men, scientists have managed to create this material which, “can stretch 50 times its original size, heal within 24 hours and restore electrical properties almost immediately.”
Android’s Competition Cyanogen Dies; Lineage is Born
CyanogenMod, a popular open-source Android software for tablets and smartphones which has been around for the past eight years, has announced that it’ll be shutting down service by 31st December 2016 but will be rebranded as LineageOS.
The company once aimed at killing Android by making a better version of it than Google, but has now come shambling down.
It is worth noting that Cyanogen Inc., the parent company of CyanogenMod, isn’t shutting down.
Amazon Echo Possibly the Prime Witness in a Murder Case
The local police department believes that Amazon Echo’s recording might be of help to solve the murder case of Victor Collins, a resident of Bentonville, Arkansas.
Just like Apple declined to help the FBI during San Bernardino shooting case, even after being presented with a warrant by the local Police Department — twice — Amazon has been declining to hand over any information from the Echo server to the cops.
This opens up a major debate on the Internet of Things and how they can be used to surveil upon us in our own homes — legally of course. This case opens up venues for further enquiries that can use the smart-tech available around to come to a conclusion.
Major Launches this Week
Coolpad Cool 1 — Dual Camera Phone for Rs.13,999
Coolpad has unveiled its flagship phone — the Cool 1 — in India at an event in New Delhi on Wednesday, and the company has priced it at a mouthwatering Rs.13,999.
The major highlight of the phone is its dual rear 13MP camera setup, which assures users to deliver SLR-like images with Bokeh effect. The rear camera unit is supported by dual-LED flash, and the front end gets an 8MP snapper too.
Among the other major features, the phone also packs a huge 4000 mAh battery, which boasts a standby time of up to 300 hours.
Syska LED has launched its smart light series with ‘Sonic LED Bulb’ a radiant fusion of Light and Music for Rs.2999. Surrounded by colours and indulging in music, Sonic LED Bulb rethinks the confluence of sound and light, combining two conventional technologies to build one convenient gadget.
Get your own home discotheque effect here.
Top Features of the Week
Top 20 Android Apps of 2016 That You Should Use
2016 is coming to an end and like every year, tons of Android apps were released in Play Store. Some went viral, some vanished altogether.
So how do you choose? And which new apps were worth choosing in 2016?
We at Guiding Tech thought of making it easier for you to choose the top apps that were released this year.
Quickest Way to Take Selfie on Android
Ever wondered how to get the fingerprint sensor act as a shutter button, so that you don’t have to miss out on the opportunity to click the perfect selfie?
Well, we have the perfect solution! There’s an app called Dactyl that lets you use the fingerprint sensor as a shutter button on most of the popular apps.
A perfect companion for the selfie buffs who can’t afford to miss out on a single selfie.
The Best Video Streaming Sites Comparison (For India)
Television shows and movies are fast making a transition from cable TV network to the online world and there are a number of services ready in line to cater to the needs of the ever-growing entertainment wanting crowd.
In this fast paced world of internet, online video streaming services are the order of the day, but since there are so many of them, we thought that a comparison might help you a bit.
Here we compare the services of Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hotstar, Airtel Movie and Voot on several parameters including price, their catalogue of both Indian and foreign shows/movies, user interface, streaming quality and more.