5 great things in tech today: the PS1 Classic, flying taxis and more

Uber Elevate

We've got some intriguing tech news for you in our roundup today – rumours of an upcoming Motorola smartphone and a classic console that might be getting a re-release, plus much more besides. Read on for the latest, all courtesy of our friends at TechRadar.

1. Get ready for the Moto Z3 Play

Moto Z2

The Moto Z2

The smartphone launch calendar never stays empty for long, and the next handset we've got our eyes on is the Moto Z3 Play. New information just leaked out that the phone could well be with us on 6 June, when Motorola (now owned by Lenovo) has organised another press event. This comes right on the back of the Moto G and Moto E series launches, so we're betting that we're going to see something from the premium Moto Z line this time.

2. Sony could be prepping a PS1 Classic

PlayStation 1

The PlayStation 1

Could Sony be planning to release a classic version of one of its older consoles? It's a strategy that's certainly worked well for Nintendo, and when quizzed about plans for a PlayStation 1 release, PlayStation boss John Kodera said: "There is nothing we can talk about at the moment." That's not exactly a direct confirmation, but it's not really a denial either, so we're hoping that another retro console will be reappearing sometime soon.

3. The HTC Vive Focus can now make calls and send messages

HTC Vive Focus

The HTC Vive Focus

The line between virtual reality and actual reality continues to blur, with HTC announcing that a software update for its Vive Focus headset is going to allow users to call and message their friends. It'll only work with a paired HTC smartphone for now though, with the first handset to get the functionality the brand new HTC U12 Plus. The HTC Vive Focus is currently only available in China, but it's coming to the rest of the world later this year.

HTC Vive Focus now lets you take real-life calls and messages

4. Uber is setting up a flying taxi lab in Paris

Uber Elevate

Uber Elevate concept

Nothing says the future quite like the words "flying taxi lab", and that's exactly what Uber is setting up in Paris. The company has said it's going to be investing €20 million (roughly £18m/$23m/AU$31m) to build an "Advanced Technology Centre" in the French capital, with Uber Elevate (the service itself) due to launch in 2020 in certain US cities. We're certainly looking forward to getting picked up by a flying taxi that arrives from the sky.

Uber is building a flying taxi lab in Paris

5. The TicWatch Pro brings with it two screens and 30-day battery life

TicWatch Pro

The TicWatch Pro

Tech companies continue to battle each other in the fight to dominate our wrists, and Mobvoi is the latest to market with its TicWatch Pro – as the name suggests, a premium upgrade over its previous efforts. The smartwatch includes both a circular OLED display and a low-power LCD screen that can save power when you don't have the display fully lit. It runs Wear OS and arrives sometime this summer for under $300 (about £225/AU$400).

The TicWatch Pro is a smartwatch with two screens and 30 days battery life