Top news this week, 10th-14th of July 2017

Important announcements

China has started a 200-day simulation of living on another planet

Four students from Beijing University are part of a new 200-day isolation project called Lunar Palace 365, where they will live on the resources that they would have if they were on the Moon, or Mars. President Xi Jinping wants China to become a global power in space exploration, with plans to send the first probe to the dark side of the moon by 2018 and to put astronauts on the moon by 2036.
You can read more here. 

Apple adds PayPal support for purchases through iTunes and the App Store

Apple users will be able to add PayPal to their Apple ID in order to buy apps, musics, movies, TV shows and more. The feature is available for users in North America, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. Until now, Apple has only allowed users to buy digital content with either a bank card or gift card credit.
More info are available here. 

Microsoft is giving away millions of e-books for free

The company is giving away (for free) an entire collection of ebooks covering major Microsoft products such as Windows, Windows Server, Microsoft Office, Exchange Server, and a lot more. Eric Ligman, Microsoft’s Director of Sales Excellence says it has been several years since he started giving e-books for free and the response has been quite positive. Downloads are not limited, and anyone may download one, some or even all of the books listed on the website. 
You can read more here. 

Top new products


The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It comes with a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera and a 3,000 mAh battery.
More info here. 

Google 2017 Pixel XL

The phone will have a 6-inch AMOLED display and will be launched in October. It will have a flat display with curved glass along the edges, and the sides of the device can be squeezed to access various software functions.
More info here.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 will have a 6.3 inch display with 4K resolution and 6GB RAM. It will come with a 3,300mAh battery and will have support for Samsung DeX which lets users plug the phone into a dock and use it for a desktop-like experience on a secondary display.
More info here. 

Top interesting info

Ubuntu Linux is available in the Windows Store

Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux is now available in the Windows Store, which makes it easier for users to install the Linux OS. The Ubuntu installation through the Windows Store is sandboxed, and is aimed at running command line utilities like bash, SSH, Git, and Apt. “Now, Windows is the only platform that can run both Windows apps and Linux apps side-by-side,” said Microsoft.
You can read more here. 

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro has an unexpected hibernation problem

Some unknown number of users of Microsoft’s newest Surface Pro devices are reporting they’re having hibernation issues that are causing unwanted, random shutdowns. A Microsoft representative said that Microsoft was aware of the issue and looking into it. It’s not clear whether this problem could be fixable through a software update or not.
More info can be found here. 

Vizio files $100 million lawsuit against LeEco

LeEco announced the plan to acquire Vizio last July, as part of an ambitious effort to expand into North America. The deal was officially scrapped in April. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Calif., Vizio said that LeEco had already “begun to collapse due to their severe cash flow and financial problems” at the time the deal was announced last year. Vizio alleges that LeEco pursued the deal as part of a “secret plan” to create a false impression of financial stability.
You can read more here. 


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