10 things in tech you need to know today


Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

1. Microsoft sank a data centre under the sea off the coast of Scotland. It’s the next phase of Project Natick, Microsoft’s experimental efforts to get submarine data centres up and running.

2. Kitty Hawk, the flying car company backed by Google founder Larry Page, has updated its Flyer vehicle and is open for test rides. People who want to pre-order can book in to have a go.

3. Fidelity Investments, a firm that oversees $US2.5 trillion in managed assets, is hiring to build a digital asset exchange, according to an internal job ad.People with knowledge of Fidelity’s crypto ambitions told Business Insider the firm had been working for about a year on an offering that would allow clients to buy and sell certain digital assets

4. Sonos announced a new speaker called Sonos Beam, a home theatre soundbar powered by Amazon’s Alexa and, later, Apple’s Siri.The $US399 Sonos Beam will let you speak directly to Alexa out of the box.

5. Coinbase, the $US1.6 billion bitcoin exchange, has purchased three companies in one swoop: Keystone Capital Corp., Venovate Marketplace, Inc., and Digital Wealth LLC. The deals give Coinbase licenses that let it register with the government to offer its customers even more financial services.

6. Waymo staged the first demonstration of its fully driverless technology outside the United States. The company showed off its “level 4” system at Italy’s Balocco Proving Ground, operated by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

7. Intel and AMD announced new computer processors (CPUs) with 28 and 32 cores, respectively, at the Computex event in Taipei. But they are really designed for pro users and will probably cost thousands of dollars.

8. Google announced on Tuesday that every user will be switched over to Gmail’s new design by October 2018. Starting in July, the redesign will become available to the general public for people to opt in before then.

9. A man died while climbing Mount Everest in a cryptocurrency stunt gone wrong. Social network ASKfm sponsored a group of cryptocurrency enthusiasts to climb Mount Everest as a part of a marketing stunt for their forthcoming ICO – but one of the accompanying guides went missing.

10. Australia has imposed strict new rules for Airbnb hosts, with Sydney hosts only able to have guests 180 nights a year. Airbnb’s head of global policy said this could be a blueprint for Asia and other markets, especially for dealing with the “party house” problem.

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