Welcome to EcoReporter’s weekly segment on the biggest tech stories of the week. In this edition, we’ll be covering Apple’s upcoming launch event, the arrival of the DJI Pocket 3, Google Maps’ AI update, and the TechRadar Choice Awards for 2023.
Apple recently announced a final launch event of the year with the tagline ‘Scary Fast’. Speculation is rife about what Apple has in store for this event, with guesses ranging from new MacBooks to a Dracula remake featuring Tim Cook. While the details remain a mystery, Apple’s announcement didn’t overshadow the rest of the week’s news.
The DJI Pocket 3 made its debut and impressed with its video capabilities. This compact device continues to charm users with its impressive tricks. Additionally, Google Maps is edging closer to creating a photo-realistic clone of the real world thanks to a significant AI update.
For those already thinking about Christmas shopping, TechRadar announced the winners of the TechRadar Choice Awards 2023. The awards cover various categories, including the best streaming service (Max) and a Sustainability award (won by the Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition). The Reader’s Choice Award, voted for by the public, went to a deserving recipient.
In other news, Apple TV Plus has raised its prices, disappointing fans who enjoyed its cheap, non-ad supported subscriptions. US readers will now have to pay an extra $3 per month to access Apple TV Plus content. It remains to be seen if price increases will also affect the UK and Australia.
The streaming wars continue, with Netflix and Prime Video competing to offer the best content. Soon, a head-to-head reality game show contest between Netflix’s Squid Game: The Challenge and Prime Video’s 007: Road to a Million will captivate audiences. The winner of this showdown is up to the viewers to decide.
Finally, Qualcomm showcased its Snapdragon AR2 smart glasses at the Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii. These glasses, although in the reference design stage and not available for wearing, offer a glimpse into Qualcomm’s vision for wearable AR technology. Qualcomm envisions smart glasses that resemble regular eyewear but provide real-time information and feedback about the user’s surroundings.
That wraps up this week’s tech news. Stay tuned for more updates from EcoReporter.