This Week in Tech: A brand new British streaming service

From a new streaming service to Huawei’s foldable phone, here are the biggest tech news stories of the week…

04 Mar 2019

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BBC and ITV to launch ‘Britbox’ streaming service

 

The Beeb and ITV have teamed up to create a new streaming service that will offer the best of British telly. It’s called Britbox.

According to ITV, Britbox will be offering "an unrivalled collection of British boxsets and original series" for viewers to enjoy.

Tony Hall, BBC Director General announced: "The service will have everything from old favourites to recent shows and brand new commissions." He went on to explain that new British production companies will be created to make original Britflix shows.  

This is obviously big news for fans of British TV shows. If you favour the intrigue of Eastenders over The West Wing, and prefer Fawlty to Friends, then Britbox could be the streaming service you’ve been waiting for. You’ll have to wait a few more months to enjoy it though – it’s due to launch in the second half of 2019. As far as costs go, ITV says they’ll be “competitive”.   

 

Huawei announces its own spectacular foldable phone

 

Hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy Fold being announced, the Chinese tech giant Huawei revealed its own foldable phone - the Huawei Mate X. It was unveiled at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2019 in Barcelona, and for many tech fans it was the highlight of the event.

Huawei Mate X being unfolded

The Huawei Mate X folds in a different way to its Samsung rival. In technical terms, it’s an ‘inny’ rather than an ‘outy’. The 8-inch screen bends inwards, forming two sides that become separate displays. The Galaxy Fold, on the other hand, folds outwards to reveal its large 7.3-inch display on the inside.

The direction of the fold isn’t the only big difference between the two phones. The Galaxy Fold has a notch on the front of its display to store its camera lenses and sensors, while the Mate X has a strip on its back to keep all its camera tech – making its large display completely notch-free.

You won’t have to wait too long to check these phones out for yourself. The Huawei Mate X should be available the summer, and the Galaxy Fold is expected in April.

 

Microsoft unveils its new augmented reality headset, Hololens 2

 

Microsoft has revealed details of its new Hololens augmented reality headset.

Unlike virtual reality, augmented reality doesn’t completely obscure the outside world from view. Instead, it adds graphics and holograms into real-life environments.

Microsoft Hololens 2

Microsoft hopes that workplaces will be able to use this new tech to train users in a number of challenging situations. Back in 2015, the older Hololens was able to give medical students a view of holographic layers of the human body. Hololens 2 can now accurately track hand movements, making it possible to teach complex surgery and “eliminate the learning curve”. 

As an interactive teaching tool, especially in engineering and military sectors, Hololens 2 could also be a great addition to the classroom. But it’ll be a while before you find it on the shelves – currently, it’s only available to select industries.

 

A super-fast 1TB memory card is on its way

 

Here’s some good news for Nintendo Switch fans that want lots of games at their fingertips - or anyone shooting lots of 4K video footage on their camera. Western Digital has launched a tiny product that offers a huge amount of storage space – 1TB, to be precise (or 1000GB if you prefer).

*Breathes in*…the 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card is “the world’s fastest flash memory option” according to Western Digital. All apps, games and videos stored on it will launch incredibly quickly.

How much stuff would you actually be able to store on this cheeky little fella, we hear you ask? Well, if you consider that the epic adventure Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes up 13.4GB of storage space, you’ll be able to build up a pretty sizeable gaming library on just one card. Western Digital’s 1TB microSD memory card will be available in April, and it’ll set you back around £350.

Check out our current range of memory cards

 

A smarter way to keep your dog in shape

 

It’s important to stay fit, but does your dog realise this? If not, it could be time to ditch the sweet treats and start tracking their mileage instead. And the good news is that MyKi has created a GPS pet collar that lets you do just that.

Simply place the MyKi Pet over the head of your unsuspecting pet, and you can start their keep fit regime straight away. With the help of Google Maps, you’ll be able to track their movements and work out how far they’ve travelled each day. And if they’re slacking off on the exercise, you can take them out for an extra walk or run in the evening. They’ll thank you for it one day.

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