From the latest software rollouts to gadget drops, here’s our quick round up of the latest August tech news that we’ve deemed to be worthy of your attention.
Technology sure is great, but in order for it to stay relevant, beneficial and glitch free, the double edge sword of this new world is the constant updates that the humble consumer is required to keep up with. After all, QR codes wouldn’t work so well with the humble Nokia 3315, right?
There is always a new way to streamline a process, eliminate a redundant task or even just a means to procrastinate with technology. In essence, new product drops, software updates and even fresh games to hit the market are regularly released so that we can make the most of it – so what’s on offer this month when it comes to August tech news?
With 2021 already well and truly past the halfway mark, tech giants around the globe are dropping new games, software and devices left right and centre – particularly as it’s still summer in the Northern Hemisphere, or the era that Silicon Valley would class as ‘peak season’. For the savvy digital consumer, we’ve deemed the below to be the most noteworthy this month in regards to August tech news.
Hello Soundmojis – Freshly released to Facebook Messenger users, soundmojis are the brand’s term used for emojis now paired with sound bites. It’s not as simple as a drumroll sound linked to the drum emoji though – as an example, users can expect to hear the likes of Kanye West singing snippets from his song ‘Good Morning’ in conjunction with the sun emoji.
TikTok Stories – TikTok is reportedly testing a new stories feature as ‘a new way to interact with your fans’, but stopped short of confirming if the function is here to stay or not. Much like how stories work on Instagram and Snapchat, the feature is said to allow users to post short snippets to their ‘story’ that disappears after 24 hours – the only catch is that it has to be in video format.
Google Pixel 6 – Seemingly fed up with the onslaught of rumours and information leaks, Google have taken tech circles by surprise and announced key features of both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro set to be released in September. The Pixel 6’s secret weapon has been confirmed to be the new Tensor SoC, which is putting a big focus on AI and machine learning.
WhatsApp Updates – Global instant messaging giant WhatsApp has introduced a new feature, which allows users to send self-destructing photos and videos within the application. This WhatsApp feature is aptly called ‘View Once’ and it will allow users to send photos and videos that – you guessed it – can only be viewed once before disappearing for good.
Apple Child Safety Scans – Apple announced that it would be enacting a new protocol: automatically scanning iPhones and iPads to check user photos for child sexual assault material (CSAM). Designed to limit the spread of CSAM, the function has raised questions surrounding data privacy. For now, the child safety image scans are only in operation in the United States.
Google Maps iOS Updates – Google Maps on iOS will soon finally receive integration for users to deploy dark mode, which Apple debuted way back at the launch of iOS 13 in 2019. Sharing live location via Google Maps will be coming to iOS, too, allowing iMessage users an easy shortcut to letting friends and family know exactly where they are if and when required.
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