Week in Tech (29 Jan – 4 Feb 2021)

Weekly Tech News related to Official Digital Currency in India, AI and Neuromorphic Computing, Google’s Android OS in Ford Vehicles, Salt Battery Design for Extra Mileage, Smaller and Efficient AR VR, Detecting Fake News, Jeff Bezos Stepping Down as Amazon’s CEO, Google Measuring Vitals Using Just Smartphone’s Camera

Note: None of the news bits (and cover picture) given here are written/owned by NewAnced's authors. The links on each of the news bits will redirect to the news source. Content given under each headline is a basic gist and not the full story.

1. India Banning Cryptocurrencies, Bringing Official Digital Currency

Source: Lok Sabha 29 Jan 2021

During the current budget session of parliament, the government plans to discuss a bill to facilitate a framework for the creation of the official digital currency to be issued by the Reserve Bank of India. The Bill also seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India, however, it allows for certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its uses.

2. Photonics for Artificial Intelligence and Neuromorphic Computing

Source: University of Exeter 29 Jan 2021

Scientists have given a fascinating new insight into the next steps to develop fast, energy-efficient, future computing systems that use light instead of electrons to process and store information - incorporating hardware inspired directly by the functioning of the human brain.

3. Ford Vehicles Will Be Powered by Google’s Android Operating System

Source: TechCrunch 1 Feb 2021

Millions of Ford and Lincoln-branded vehicles will be powered by Android operating system beginning in 2023 as part of a six-year partnership announced Monday that will bring embedded Google apps and services to drivers. The two companies also announced that Ford has chosen Google Cloud as its preferred cloud provider.

Original written by: Kirsten Korosec

4. Salt Battery Design Overcomes 'Bump' In the Road to Help Electric Cars Go the Extra Mile

Source: University of Nottingham 1 Feb 2021

Using salt as a key ingredient, researchers have designed a new type of rechargeable battery that could accelerate the shift to greener, electric transport on our roads. The new battery could significantly extend the range of electric vehicles, while being fully recyclable, environmentally-friendly, low-cost and safe.

5. Photonics Research Makes Smaller, More Efficient Virtual and Augmented Reality Tech Possible

Source: North Carolina State University 1 Feb 2021

Researchers have developed and demonstrated a new approach for designing photonic devices. The advance allows them to control the direction and polarization of light from thin-film LEDs, paving the way for a new generation of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies.

Original written by: Matt Shipman

6. Scientists Develop Method to Detect Fake News

Source: University of Göttingen 1 Feb 2021

Social media is increasingly used to spread fake news. The same problem can be found on the capital market – criminals spread fake news about companies in order to manipulate share prices. Researchers have developed an approach that can recognise such fake news, even when the news contents are repeatedly adapted.

7. Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon’s CEO

Source: The Verge 2 Feb 2021

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will step down as CEO and transition to a new position at the company as executive chair of the Amazon board in Q3 2021. Andy Jassy, who currently serves as CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), will replace Bezos as Amazon CEO.

Original written by: Chaim Gartenberg

8. Google To Offer Heart and Respiratory Rate Measurements Using Just Smartphone’s Camera

Source: TechCrunch 4 Feb 2021

Google is introducing features that will allow users to take vital health measurements using just the camera they already have on their smartphone, expanding health and fitness features typically only available on dedicated wearables to a whole new group of people.

Original written by: Darrell Etherington

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