A lot can happen in a week when it comes to tech. The constant onslaught of news makes it nigh impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick list of this week’s top tech stories, from Bill Gates’ smart city to a movie shot on an iPhone — it’s all here.
Elon Musk Just Unveiled Tesla’s Brand New Roadster
At the event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the key features of the new haulers, such as their 250-mile range and upgraded seating structure. He also unveiled something entirely unexpected. The new roadster.
2. IBM Just Announced a 50-Qubit Quantum Computer
IBM announced a 50-quantum bit (qubit) quantum computer, the largest in the industry so far. As revolutionary as this development is, IBM’s 50-qubit machine is still far from a universal quantum computer.
3. Bitcoin Passes $8,000 For the First Time in History
For the first time, the value of bitcoin passed the $8,000 mark. This milestone arrived just weeks after the cryptocurrency crossed the $7,000 mark.
4. The 6-inch OnePlus 5T costs $500 and you can unlock it with your face
The OnePlus 5T will be available starting on November 21 in countries all over the world, including the U.S, Canada, France, Spain, Germany, U.K., China, and Hong Kong. There’s only one color option, and it’s Midnight Black.
5. Bill Gates is building his own city, and he’s loading it with smart tech
Bill Gates used his smarts to become one of the most successful people on the planet, so it only makes sense that he would make a smart city. Earlier this month, a group headed by Gates’ investment group Cascade Investment LLC purchased a large plot of land just outside of Phoenix, Arizona to build this vision of a smart future.
6. Shot on an iPhone, Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane’ is set for a 2018 release
Iconic director Steven Soderbergh is no stranger to employing unique, abnormal methods to produce films. After bursting onto the scene — and winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival — at age 26 with 1989’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape, he has made a litany of unorthodox movies. These include the surreal pseudo-biopic Kafka and films like Schizopolis and Bubble, which defy traditional narrative structure.
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