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SNAP GLASSES 3
The Snap Spectacles 3 recently came out. Are they any good?
You may have seen these around. They are AR glasses that can add 3D effects to snapchat, and unlock even more features. This generation the price has considerably gone up, to a whopping $380. Although their target audience is at creators and artists, so the price may be somewhat justifiable.
As CNBC puts it, "They [the glasses] show the taste of the AR future that Snapchat envisions."
In more detail, these glasses let you record a video, or 'snap' a picture, apply some 3D effects, and then post them to snapchat, or other networks, like Instagram. Before these glasses couldn't do anything 3D but these new glasses now have a depth sensor allowing them to create 3D effects, like walking down a hallway. You can also easily create GIFs and spinning 3D images to show where you have been.
This is some really cool tech, and even though the camera isn't great quality, it still gets the point across.
If you have $380 burning a hole in your pocket or you are just addicted to snapchat, go and buy them. They are one of a kind. Made of metal they have a nice premium feel and sturdiness to them. Along with that, you can always flex on your friends.
So much news, it needs a whole section!
Google is wanting to keep too much data.. or is it?
As you may know, Google bought FitBit recently for a whopping $2.6bn. Now Google has some ambitious health care plan. The problem isn't necessarily the fact that they are keeping your data, it's just actually how much data are they keeping?
As you could expect, this all started with the media. The Wall Street Journal accused Google of collecting sensitive data for patients without them knowing. The claim was that Google was keeping sensitive data from millions of Americans, without their consent. This may be a breach of their privacy, or maybe more laws have been broken. Only time will tell if they will be taken to court.
The project that this is all for is called 'Project Nightingale', which is rather wittingly named. They collected data like medication history, lab tests and biographical information.
The situation deepens when you found out Google is centralising all Ascension patient data. Ascension is a non-profit health care organisation in 23 states. This deal is a 'data deal' essentially, Google will host this data, but in return, Google can use the data to train their AIs. Wired then later explains that this activity is totally legal, but the strange thing is that Google nor Ascension told anyone.
They want to use this data to create tools to help with medical things, but no one to what extent. This is the issue most people are having.
Do you think Google should be doing this? Let us know in the comments down below.
Furthermore, Google has a plan to try to make chips less hackable.
In 2017 they released 'Titan' security chips. They scan everything that loads in the OS on boot and will suppress anything that mah be dodgy. Before this was a proprietary chip but Google plans to make it more widely available. You may already have this chip if you own a Google Pixel from 2017 or later, or a Chromebook.
Even more Google news!
Google plans to label websites that are slow with a symbol, and will even tell you why it is being slow. This could be that the website has lots of traffic, or it is just plain slow. Google is aiming to use this to help educate users why a site may be slow while rewarding those fast sites.
It plans to later use this to let developers know what part of their code may be making the website take a while to load, or just be slow generally. This may provide incentives for companies to buy faster web hosting services, and it wouldn't surprise me if Google would try to pull you in.
Recently TechRadar released its best processors for 2019.
It goes as follows:
1. Best CPU: AMD Ryzen 3900X
2. Best High-End CPU: Intel Core i9-9900KS
3. Best Mid-Range CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
4. Best Entry-Level CPU: Ryzen 3 2200G
5. Best Gaming CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
6. Best VR CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
7. Best Video Editing CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
8. Best Performance Processor: Intel Core i9-9980XE
9. Best Budget CPU: Intel Pentium G4560
10. Best HTPC CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G
As you can see, Intel has been beaten even by 1st gen Ryzen. At this point, there is no reason to buy an Intel CPU for most people. Unless you have a lot of money. For the first year in a very long time, AMD is the 'Best Gaming CPU', as its single-threaded performance has been significantly improved.
Are you on team Blue or Red, I'm certainly on team red now. Let us know in the comments below!
That's it for week 4 of Technology Tuesday! Hope you enjoyed reading it and leave your opinions in the comments below!
Come back next Tuesday for the next issue!
Sorry for missing last week, I was having a bit of a break from UpBeat, glad to be back though.