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Google Releases Android Nougat, Apple Developing Curved iPhone… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 23-08-2016

The new Android is available on Nexus devices, Apple is planning a curved iPhone for 2017, PlayStation Plus gets more expensive, unlock your Chromebook with a PIN code, and how paper can slice through wood.


Google Releases Nougat Into the Wild

Android Nougat is finally being released into the wild, with Google Nexus devices first in line for the over-the-air update. Nougat was launched into beta in March Read Samsung Galaxy S7 Reviews, Google Previews Android N... [Tech News Digest] Read reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Google launches Android N developer preview, experiment with Google's Chrome Music Lab, Steve Chen launches Nom, and YouTubers play real-life Hitman. Read More when it was still known as Android N, and then in June Google named it Nougat Microsoft Talks Windows 10 Subscriptions, Android N Is Nougat... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 subscriptions are not coming (yet), Google names Android N Nougat, Apple bullies Spotify into submission, Amazon announces Prime Day on July 12, and a bonkers man builds a bonkers bazooka. Read More after an online orgy of suggested names. Now, it has arrived in its final form.

Owners of Nexus devices, including the Nexus 6, the Nexus 5X, the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 9, and the Pixel C, should be upgraded to Android Nougat over the next few weeks. The same goes for anyone enrolled in the Android Beta Program. However, everybody else will have to wait until the phone manufacturers decide they’re worthy.

This is a worthy upgrade to Android, and we revealed everything you need to know about Android Nougat Everything You Need to Know About Android N Want to install Android N or just learn about the next Android version? We've got your back. Read More back in March. However, with just 15.2 percent of handsets currently running Android Marshmallow, the chances are this will matter little to most people reading this. Which is a huge shame, and probably the biggest problem with Android Google has left to fix in the future.

Apple Plans a Curved iPhone for 2017

Apple is rumored to be releasing a curved iPhone in 2017, as it prepares three new models designed to give consumers more choice. The iPhone equipped with a curved screen will be sold as a premium model, with the standard model (sans curves) coming in two different sizes.

This all comes courtesy of a report by the Nikkei Asian Review, which cites “a source familiar with Apple’s plans”. This source supposedly said, “There will be a 4.7-inch model, another that will be 5.5-inches and a premium handset that will be either 5.5-inches or larger equipped with a screen bent on the two sides.”


This description is rather vague, and leaves a lot of wiggle room as to the final design. However, if it’s true in any capacity, it suggests Apple is copying Samsung in its bid to win back customers. In fact, Samsung will be one of Apple’s suppliers, as the Korean company is the only one currently producing flexible OLED screens.

This is Apple playing catch-up to a certain extent, as Samsung already offers consumers curved screens on the Galaxy 7 Edge and Note 7. But then Apple needs to do something to compete, as Android now enjoys an 86.2% share of the market Android Is Killing iOS, Uber Launches Self-Driving Cars... [Tech News Digest] Android claims more market share from iOS, Uber launches a fleet of self-driving cars, proof that not everybody loves Pokemon GO, Ubisoft gives Rayman Origins away for free, and seeing the world through Prisma. Read More , and Samsung is by far the biggest smartphone vendor.

Sony Ups the Price of PlayStation Plus

Sony is raising the price of PlayStation Plus 5 Awesome Games That Make PlayStation Plus Worth The Price [MUO Gaming] I recently wrote an article about the biggest rip offs in the history of video games. In it, I was quick to point out that Microsoft charges $60 a year for a service that simply... Read More , the subscription service which allows PlayStation owners to play online and earns them free games as a reward. In the United States, annual rates are increasing from $50 to $60, with the 3-month subscriptions rising from $18 to $22. The monthly subscriptions are remaining at $10. The price increases come into effect on September 22nd.


PlayStation Plus content manager Greg Lewickyj explained the price changes on the PlayStation Blog, saying:

“PlayStation Plus strives to enrich your PlayStation experience through a world-class service built for our fans. This marks the first time that PS Plus membership prices will increase in the U.S. and Canada since the launch of the service in 2010. The new pricing reflects the current market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members.”

Suffice to say this hasn’t gone down well with PlayStation gamers. There have been complaints for months regarding the quality of the free games Sony is giving away, and the increases have been announced in the same month the PS Plus freebies were especially bad. OK, so this just brings the price of PlayStation Plus in line with Xbox Live Gold Xbox Live vs. PlayStation Plus: What Do You Get With Each? If you're got a PS4 or Xbox One, you've probably thought about subscribing to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. Let's see what they offer gamers for the price. Read More , but that will be of scant comfort to those affected.

Google Adds PIN Codes to Chromebook

Google is adding PIN code unlocking to Chrome OS, which means you’ll soon be able to lock and unlock your Chromebook Looking For A New Laptop? Get A Chromebook Instead! Read More more quickly and easily. As Google evangelist Francois Beaufort said when announcing the upcoming feature, this will be especially useful for those using touch devices.


The quick-lock and PIN-unlock combination is currently being tested in the Dev channel, but it will eventually seep through to all Chrome OS users The Chrome OS Challenge: A New User's Day on a Chromebook What are Chromebooks like for someone who's used to a Windows or Mac setup? As a newcomer to Chrome OS, I'm here to tell you. Read More . Those impatient types who cannot be bothered waiting can gain access to it early by enabling the flag chrome://flags/#quick-unlock-pin, restarting Chrome, and then going to the Chrome Material Design settings page to set up a Lock Screen PIN.

You can then lock your screen by pressing the magnifier key + L together, and unlock it by entering the PIN code you have specified.

Watch Paper Slice Through Wood

And finally, if, like us, you didn’t think paper could possibly ever cut wood, this video will likely blow your mind. OK, perhaps that’s a little too hyperbolic Buzzworthy: 5 Clickbait Headlines Guaranteed to Annoy [We Ask You Results] You may consider the headline of this article to be clickbait. But it isn't, honestly. Read More , but it will at least demonstrate the power of motion, as that’s all that’s required to make paper slice through wood.

Under normal circumstances, paper would completely fail to even make a dent in wood. But when it’s attached to a circular saw the motion makes it much stiffer and adds a healthy dose of friction. The result is a sheet of paper capable of slicing through wood. While leaving some rather impressive scorch marks. [H/T Reddit]


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you looking forward to updating to Android Nougat? Have Apple’s glory days of innovation come to an end? How do you feel about Sony upping the price of PlayStation Plus? Will you be using a PIN code to unlock your Chromebook? Are you surprised to learn paper can cut through wood?

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