The February Pinkletter

February 2017 best technology news

February started a little rocky with President Trump’s controversial decisions. However, the tech world continues to push forward and has released newer and better technologies. Facebook will be available on bigger screens, WhatsApp has a status feed, and major companies have launched shiny new gadgets for us to discover. Here’s what you might have missed from this month’s tech and digital news:

1. Facebook, Alphabet Protesting Immigration Ban

Earlier this month, Trump’s immigration ban sparked controversy among tech industry’s leaders, including Alphabet (Google), Facebook and Apple. Top CEOs have spoken out on the ban, including Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook, stating that “[…] your recent executive order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success.”

2. Facebook is launching an app for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV

The social media giant announced a new app that will let you watch live videos on much larger screens, such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and the Samsung Smart TV. Considering that Facebook users watch over 100 million hours of video every day, this new app is a step in the right direction.

3. WhatsApp Changes Everything With Its New ‘Status’ Feature

WhatsApp is continuing to expand its horizons with a new feature named “Status”, which is basically a status feed. The interesting thing is that all content on the feed will be visible only for 24 hours. This way, all content will be kept fresh.

4. Samsung Chromebook Pro review

Samsung Chromebook Pro is the culmination between Chrome OS and Android. The newly released laptop hybrid is extremely thin, lightweight and flexible (360-degree convertible laptop design).

5. HTC U Ultra review

We have a new smartphone on the market. HTC U Ultra features a dual display, 3D audio, AI based software, and other cool features. Performance and price wise, HTC U Ultra is at the top of the game. In a smartphone world dominated by Apple and Samsung, HTC’s new flagship is a serious contender.

6. Android Wear 2.0: Ultimate guide to the major smartwatch update

Apple’s engineers have been busy developing the new version of Android Wear software – 2.0. The new version focuses on custom watch faces, fitness and standalone apps. Several companies have already announced new smart watches that will come with Android Wear 2.0.

7. LG Watch Sport review: The best standalone smartwatch

LG has also launched their new smart watch version – LG Watch Sport. The watch has a sleeker design, improved hardware and software, and a big and beautiful display. Several online publications have already named it “the best standalone smartwatch”, which is a big deal, considering the variety of smartwatches on the market.

8. You can now share up to 10 photos and videos in one Instagram post

If you thought Instagram wouldn’t release something new this month, you’re wrong. The Facebook-owned company released a new feature that allows users to share multiple photos and videos in one post. Sounds great if you want to share photos in an album-like fashion.

9. Yahoo Hacked Once Again! Quietly Warns Affected Users About New Attack

Poor Yahoo! It’s not the first time they were hacked. The worst hack they were victims of was back in 2013 when 1 billion accounts were compromised. This time, the total number of customers affected by this attack is still unknown. Will you continue to use Yahoo! Mail?

10. NASA found 7 “Earthlike” planets just under 40 light years away

Planet discovery is nothing new, but this month NASA made the biggest discoveries to date. Out of the 7 new planets discovered, 3 of them supposedly have Earth-like qualities, with a relatively warm climate. Will we find life on them? It would be the most important discovery in human history.