A massive Samsung Galaxy S9 leak; speedy transport news, thanks to the Hyperloop; predicting disease with AI; split-screen apps and some fantastic toys all make an appearance in this instalment of 5 Great Things In Tech Today...
1. New York to DC Hyperloop could actually happen
When Elon Musk isn't busy playing with rockets, he's also got a number of other companies that he's handling. There's Tesla, which is trying to take over the car world, and then there's Hyperloop - the space age transport system which hurls passengers at incredible speeds through tubes to get them to their destination (seriously). This pipe dream may well become reality, thanks to a permit to create a Hyperloop which goes from New York to DC. If successful, it will transport people between the two places in a touch under 30 minutes!
2. The best toys at the New York Toy Fair
The New York Toy Fair is one of the greatest places to see the best toys in the world. We were there and there were 11 fantastic playthings which caught our eye. They include an interactive Chewbacca, a remote-control Rocket League game tie-in and loads of AR goodies.
- 11 must-see toys at the New York Toy Fair 2018 (opens in new tab)
3. Split-screen Android apps set to arrive on Chromebooks
The Google Chromebook has grown from being largely ignored by the PC community to a cheap and cheerful alternative to more expensive laptops. One new feature that will be welcomed by users is split-screen mode - so you can have, say, two apps up on the screen at once. It's not official yet but some eagle-eyed people have seen it in action.
4. Google is using AI to predict heart disease
Google is always finding new and useful ways to use its data. The latest is using an AI algorithm which scans your eye for information. And there is a lot it can find out about you by looking into your eyes: your age, if you smoke, blood pressure etc. It then uses this information to determine how at risk you would be from heart disease. Clever stuff.
5. Massive S9 leak points to a powerful smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is less than a week away from making an appearance but it seems that some people have already had time with the device. It looks like we are getting a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, fingerprint scanner, octa-core Exynos 9810 chipset (clocked at up to 2.9GHz) and 64GB of storage. We'll have to wait to see whether this will be the iPhone X killer Samsung wants it to be.
- This could be the biggest Samsung Galaxy S9 leak yet (opens in new tab)