Welcome to another new segment of Last Week Talking Points where we look at events of the last one week. We dedicate this space to focus on last week events before we can fully focus our attention to the new week. Let’s get started:
Elon Musk Plans to take you anywhere in the Planet in Under 30 Minutes
Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, wants to build rockets that can take you anywhere in the planet in under half an hour. This is impressive considering some intercontinental flights take 12 hours and above.
Elon Musk is looking to repurpose the reusable rockets his company, SpaceX, will be using to take people to Mars, the Moon and space, and use them to transport them in different places on earth. The rockets will launch into space first, then accelerate at extremely high speed to their destination before landing. Such high speeds are possible because in space there is no friction or turbulence.
The whole journey should get you anywhere in the planet in under 30 minutes. But the boldest claim by Elon Musk was about the tickets prices. He says there won’t be much of a difference with the current mode of transportation.
Facebook is Testing Facial Recognition to help you Login to your Account
Facebook is testing a tool that will help you to login into your account using facial recognition. This is in a bid to improve security of Facebook accounts especially with major security breaches in the last few weeks. Facebook has several tools like two-factor authentication to help users secure their account.
Facebook confirmed that it’s testing facial recognition to Techcrunch saying: “We are testing a new feature for people who want to quickly and easily verify account ownership during the account recovery process. This optional feature is available only on devices you’ve already used to log in. It is another step, alongside two-factor authentication via SMS, that we are taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity.”
Apple is investigating cases of iPhone 8s Cracking Open
According to the Independent, Apple is investigating to case of an iPhone 8 bursting due to battery issues. While this seems to be an isolated case, issues of battery problems can be touchy, especially considering the case of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 last year. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 would burst into flames and led Samsung to recalling all devices.
In iPhone 8 case, one of the owner iPhone 8 cracked open during the charging process with an official cable and power adapter. While in another case, a customer from Japan said his device arrived with the screen partially detached. Apple confirmed it is investigating the issues. Hopefully this is not a widespread problem for iPhone 8, we will keep you updated if anything new unfolds.
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