Tech Talk Thursday: April 2019

Tech Talk Thursday: April 2019 Announcements Worth Noting | HTR

April was a quiet month for technology announcements and industry news but we did find a couple of interesting tidbits worth noting. So, let’s look into some of the key takeaways for this month.

Top Tech Announcements for April 2019

Disney’s Streaming Service

Disney launches its Disney Plus, an online streaming service which will feature premium original programming that includes big budget franchises like Marvel and Star Wars. It will face stiff competition from Netflix, HBO Now and Apple TV Plus (which is due later this year). It’s a paid subscription service and is expected to launch in November 2019.

Delay for Samsung’s Galaxy Fold

Samsung has announced that it will postpone the rollout of its Galaxy Fold due to the devices malfunctioning. The phone will feature a 7.3 inch Infinity Flex Display which folds into a compact device with cover display when the phone is closed. The foldable phone will now start shipping in mid-June and these powerful devices will offer a unique way to multitask, watch videos and play games.

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Luci VR Headset

Virtual reality startup Luci is introducing a new headset geared for at-home VR movie viewing that can also be used with video gaming systems for entertainment viewing; these are not designed for gamers. The Luci VR headsets can be used to watch movies, television shows, and sports broadcast that puts the user in a virtual movie theater for a more immersive experience. Just connect the headset to a smartphone, tablet or laptop and watch in comfort from your couch.

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AT&T to distribute Magic Leap

AT&T will be the exclusive wireless distributor of upcoming products form Magic Leap. According to John Donovan, CEO of AT&T’s wireless side, “We’re designing and offering the future of entertainment and connectivity, and this exclusive arrangement—in combination with our 5G leadership position—will open up new opportunities and experiences.”

AT&T will begin selling Magic Leap to consumers when it becomes available in its stores in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Fines for Facebook

Facebook is expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations that took place in 2011. The company has started to shift people toward private conversations and away from public broadcasting on social media which will help the company manage issues of toxic content and misinformation.

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