Last week in tech: iOS 12, Screentime, and everything else Apple announced at WWDC 2018
Catch up on all the news from Apple's annual developers conference.
The Keynote at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers conference gives us a look into the year ahead when it comes to Apple software. This year’s event gave us a look at what’s next for the iPhones, iPads, and Macs we already have in our pockets and on our desks. There were a ton of new announcements in the presentation which went well past its typical two-hour run time. Luckily, we watched the whole thing and have you covered.
The best way to catch up on all the Apple stuff is to check out the latest episode of our podcast. You can check it out in the player embedded above, subscribe on iTunes, add us on Stitcher, or follow us on SoundCloud.
There’s also a full rundown here of all the new announcements about iOS 12, MacOS Mojave, WatchOS 5, and more. Even if you’re not an Apple fan, this new stuff will probably affect your smartphone and laptop usage in the next 12 months, so go check it out.
Here are some of the other stories you may have missed last week.
Microsoft bought GitHub for $7.5 billion
Microsoft built GitHub
Stealing even a little bit of Apple’s thunder on a keynote day is a tricky thing, but Microsoft did so by scooping up GitHub. The site is a web repository that stores and tracks developers’ code as they make changes to it. It’s an open-source platform, which allows for collaboration between coders. Judging by some of Microsoft’s previous acquisitions like Minecraft and LinkedIn, there’s hope that the company will let the service run as it has while offering some improved support.
Asus made an insane gaming phone
The ROG phone is one of the craziest-looking mobile devices around. Inside, it has an overclocked Snapdragon 845 chip with vapor cooling and an optional fan attachment to jettison even more heat during gaming sessions. In short, it’s total overkill for just about any game in the Google Play store at the moment. The screen is a 6-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate, which translates into really smooth gameplay. It also has shoulder buttons like a gaming controller to make it more versatile for things like action titles of first-person shooters.
There are still only a few dedicated gaming phones like the ROG and the Razer Phone, which debuted earlier this year, but this category is going to grow in the future. Expect a lot of gaudy case designs and flashing LEDs.
Facebook is killing trending topics
Facebook Trends RIP
Fake news has caused a lot of trouble for Facebook, so the company has been working on trying to combat the phenomenon. The latest salvo in the battle for credibility is the removal of its trending section, which is designed to show users what everyone is talking about. Unfortunately, conspiracy theories and false reports regularly infiltrated the section, making it too much of a liability compared to its benefit. Trending is still live now, but it’s recommending I look at news about Miss America and a soccer player I’ve never heard of, so maybe it won’t be the biggest loss.
A wonderfully wacky DIY-er put a giant zoom lens on the terrible Game Boy Camera
Game Boy Camera Zoom Lens
Nintendo introduced the Game Boy camera way back in 1998, well before digital cameras really took off into the general population. Since then, the camera has become a popular device for hackers and tinkerers. The latest weird hack involves sticking a massive Canon telephoto lens onto the camera, turning the 128 x 128 pixel camera into a fun (but terrible) rig for nature photography.
Waymo is adding 62,000 self-driving minivans to its Waymo fleet
Your dream of riding in a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan just got a lot closer. (You dream about that, too, right?) Waymo, the self-driving car outfit that’s part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, recently signed a deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to add 62,000 of the grocery haulers to its self-driving fleet. Reports say the companies are in discussions to sell self-driving cars to private citizens, which would be a departure from its current taxi service offerings.
Canon sold its last film camera
I love film cameras and use them all the time, but even I didn’t know you could still buy a Canon EOS-1V film SLR up until last week. Canon Japan issued a statement saying that the company would no longer sell the high-end film camera, and that it’s sunsetting its service program for the body. Your best bet to buy a film camera is the secondary market, but you can still buy a few rigs straight from the manufacturers. They’re not cheap. Some of your best options are the $5,000 Leica M-A, or a $2,500 Nikon F6 (which is discontinued, but they’re still selling through their stock).