Tech Trends 4/14: NES Classic, Macbook Storage Solution, 5G Evolution, Tesla Semi Trucks, IoT Surge, 3D Printing

Tech Trends 4/14: NES Classic, Macbook Storage Solution, 5G Evolution, Tesla Semi Trucks, IoT Surge, 3D Printing

Nintendo NES Classic

"Nintendo hates money, discontinues the NES Classic"

Original article posted on Ars Technica

Even as Nintendo struggles against supply issues with the Nintendo Switch, a controversial decision will remove the popular $60 NES Classic device from store shelves. Citing their original vision for the device, Nintendo claims they did not intend to offer the device long-term and that they have already added extra shipments to their original distribution. Could there be more behind their reasoning? We suspect the scalping market won't be going away any time soon, but Nintendo could really capitalize on releasing newer versions with different games in the future.

Western Digital G-Drive USB-C

"Western Digital USB-C G-Drive adds 10TB of storage to MacBooks"

Original article posted on TechFrag

The newest MacBook and MacBook Pro devices have left a lot to be desired. The controversial decision to drop an SD port while removing support for USB-A has left many users with a lack of desirable storage expansion options. In response to consumer outcry, Western Digital has created the G-Drive. This drive comes in either 4TB or 10TB versions and also houses a portable battery to charge your MacBook. At $199 for the 4TB version and $499 for the 10TB version, this may not be the solution for you, but Mac users that need an extraordinary amount of storage should pay attention.

Cellular Antennae

"Giant FCC spectrum auction raises $19.8 billion, sets up 5G services"

Original article posted on NetworkWorld

Many people don't know that the frequencies our wireless devices operate on are managed by the FCC. A recent auction has raised billions of dollars to open a new frequency band, namely around the 600MHz range, to the highest bidder. It seems that T-Mobile is a clear winner in this auction, but the implications are good for cellular communications as a whole. With a low-band frequency allocation that provides much better range and penetration, 5G is primed and ready to make its debut.

Tesla Semi Preview

"Tesla's electric semi will be revealed in September, CEO says"

Original article posted on Ars Technica

Elon Musk, the man behind SpaceX, Tesla Motors, PayPal and other ideas such as the Hyperloop, announced that Tesla's electric Semi is on track to be unveiled in September. Although his ideas often seem lofty or beyond the means of current technology, he consistently proves the industry wrong. Take, for example, SpaceX's recent success in landing and relaunching the world's first reusable rocket, possibly reducing the cost of space travel significantly. In the same vein, we can likely expect this announcement to carry economic implications - America relies heavily on truck transportation, and a viable electric alternative could greatly reduce carbon emissions and fuel costs.

Internet of Things

"IoT device sales set to surge in next decade"

Original article posted on Computerworld

If you follow our Power User blog, you know that we are smart home aficionados. A recent article from ComputerWorld predicts that "Internet of Things" (IoT) device sales will surge in the next decade, bolstered by the advance of control systems, such as sensors, in the industrial sector. As these costs are brought down by improved manufacturing processes, corporations such as Nest, Philips and GE are taking advantage of early interest to carve out a new niche in the home electronics market. Early adopters should still continue to do their own thing, but if you've been on the fence about upgrading your smart home you should wait until the prices drop over the next few years.

Boeing 787AA

"Boeing turns to 3D-printed parts to save millions on its 787 Dreamliner"

Original articles posted on ComputerWorld

Although still a relatively nascent industry, 3D printing received a significant show of support from Boeing recently. As the company announced they intend to save millions of dollars on the manufacture of its 787 Dreamliner by using 3D printing, they may have inadvertently jumpstarted the movement toward modular or even on-site manufacturing. Hopefully, this development will lead to a technological leap in the 3D printing industry, which is currently disjointed and lacking a singular focus.

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