10 things in tech you need to know today

The Matrix

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

1. Samsung launched its competitor to the iPhone X, the Galaxy S9 and the bigger S9+, at Mobile World Congress on Sunday. The design is similar to the S8, with big improvements to the camera, a standard headphone jack, and a better version of smart assistant Bixby.

2. Apple is reportedly working on a pair of over-ear headphones that may launch this year. Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities said the headphones will have a new design, and better audio quality compared to Apple’s Beats headphones.

3. Mysterious mixed reality startup Magic Leap is reportedly in talks to raise $US400 million (£286 million) from a Saudi Arabian fund, bringing its total raised to $US2.3 billion (£1.6 billion). The startup has yet to launch a product.

4. Cloud storage firm Dropbox filed to go public on Friday, despite losing $US111.7 million (£800,000) in 2017 on revenue of $US1.1 billion (£783,000. The firm has yet to set a target price for its float, but was last valued at $US10 billion in 2014 in a prior funding round.

5. Amazon is under pressure to stop streaming the NRA’s TV channel, NRATV, through its streaming device Amazon Fire TV.The outcry comes after the shooting in Florida’s Parkland which killed 17 people.

6. Nokia’s slider phone, made famous by “The Matrix,” is to make a comeback. The 8110 will be available from May for 79 euros ($US97).

7. Apple is working on a new set of AirPods headphones which will come with “Hey, Siri” built in and potentially be water resistant. The new AirPods would arrive in the second half of 2018.

8. Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur Vinod Khosla is fighting to close off a public beach located next to his California property. Khosla filed an appeal this week with the US Supreme Court against a ruling forcing him to open up access.

9. Antonio Garcia Martinez, an outspoken former Facebook product manager, explained Donald Trump’s election ads on Facebook were cheaper than Hillary Clinton’s because they were more divisive and targeted at less desirable rural voters. His comments come as Facebook and other tech giants face criticism for their role in the spread of fake news.

10. Russian military spies tried to hack into the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, then make it look as though North Korea was behind the attack, according to two US officials. The Games suffered disruptions to internet access and broadcasts during the Opening Ceremonies.

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