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Tech News Roundup 05/15/18

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Here is today’s tech news roundup for May 15th, 2018

Microsoft’s Surface Hub 2 is a bold attempt at changing how we work

Instead of offering a giant 84-inch Hub 2, you can connect several displays together (up to four) for a similar big-screen effect. Of course, you’ll have to live with the bezels breaking up the image.

Apple CEO Says He Told Trump Tariffs Are Wrong Approach to China

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said he opposed Donald Trump ‘s approach to trade with China in a recent White House meeting, while urging the president to address the legal status of immigrants known as Dreamers.

WhatsApp revamps Groups to fight Telegram

Facebook just installed its VP of Internet.org as the new head of WhatsApp after its CEO Jan Koum left the company. And now Facebook is expanding its mission to get people into “meaningful” groups to WhatsApp.

Snapchat starts showing six-second ads that viewers can’t skip

Snapchat viewers are seeing a new type of ad-ones they have to watch. On Monday, the first forced-view ads, meaning they can’t be skipped, started popping up on the app, promoting movies like “Deadpool” and “Adrift” and products such as Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Snapple.

Good Eggs raises $50M and eyes West Coast expansion

Looks like a turnaround for ‘absurdly fresh’ groceries Good Eggs, the food delivery service that promises “absurdly fresh” groceries and meal kits, has raised $50 million in new funding. That looks like a big turnaround from 2015, when the company had multiple rounds of layoffs, shut down operations outside of San Francisco and brought on Bentley Hall (an executive from Plum Organics and Clif Bar) as its new CEO.

Xiaomi creates a dedicated in-house camera division

Xiaomi’s next area of focus could be the cameras of its smartphones, if a leaked internal email from the company’s CEO is to be believed. According to reports, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun had sent out internal email talking about setting up a dedicated in-house camera division, aiming to improve the camera quality on its Mi and Redmi smartphones.

New HP Envy, Elite PCs Ramp Up the Power, Add Alexa

The main benefit of a 2-in-1 convertible laptop is the ability to use it as both a tablet and a conventional laptop, but models like the 15-inch Dell XPS 15 prove that the form factor can also be a cutting-edge albeit slightly unwieldy platform to show off the latest CPU innovations.

Facebook deleted 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018

Facebook is in a state of constant deletion. The social network released its Community Standards Enforcement Report for the first time on Tuesday, how many spam posts it’s deleted and how many fake accounts it’s taken down in the first quarter of 2018.

Self-striping smart cloth is HyperColor for the 21st century

This technology differs significantly from existing light-up apparel in that it does not generate luminance from embedded LEDs but rather the fibers themselves. Each strand is wrapped around a super-thin piece of metal. As the amount of electrical current running through that wire modulates, its temperature rises and falls slightly.

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