5 great things in tech today: Samsung, Instagram, Google and more

MIT drone

Whether you're interested in flying drones, social media apps, smartphones, podcasts or video games, we've got something for you today in our tech news roundup – a daily digest of the most interesting stories of the moment, courtesy of our friends at TechRadar.

1. This chip will make drones smaller and smarter

Drone technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, with the smarts for these flying machines getting smaller and more intelligent all the time. Researchers at MIT just shared details of a new compact, low-power computer chip called Navion that's going to help shrink down the size of drone devices overall – even down to the size of a fingernail.

2. Instagram is taking on YouTube with its own video service


Instagram TV

There's a new Instagram app called IGTV, and it will let you share long-form videos up to 10 minutes in length (or an hour if you're a superstar content creator). In other words, look out YouTube – you'll be able to see what's popular on the service, follow specific channels, and upload clips straight from your phone. The app is arriving in the next few weeks.

3. Will this new colour tempt you into a Galaxy S9 purchase?

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S9 made its bow at the end of February but Samsung isn't finished with it yet, and just announced the S9 and the S9 Plus will be getting a new gold hue from next week. The official name of the new finish is 'Sunrise Gold', and it takes its place alongside the other four colour options: Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Titanium Grey and Coral Blue.

4. Google's latest app is a smart podcasts manager

Google Podcasts

Google Podcasts

Google just shook up the podcasting app scene with a new arrival, appropriately enough called... Google Podcasts. It sticks to the basics for now, and at this point is only available on Android, but you can subscribe to shows and get recommendations for new ones. You can also pick up where you left off on a Google Home device, thanks to Google Assistant.

5. Downloadable games could be coming to PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now

There's talk from insiders running the Sony PlayStation rumour mill that downloadable games will soon be coming to the streaming PlayStation Now service – meaning you'll be able to store games locally for offline use. Apparently it's only PS4 games that will be covered to begin with, though the same option might eventually arrive for PS3 titles too.