It’s Sunday 13th October, so that means it’s time for another edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News. This is your weekly roundup of the week’s technology news stories.
Samsung announced a new phone called the Galaxy Round. It’s a slightly curved phone where you tilt the phone with your fingers and you can see the time and date. The Galaxy Round will have a 5.7″ full HD 1080p screen, Android 4.3, 2.3GHz dual-core CPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Of course, you will be able to expand the storage with a Micro SD card up to 64GB in size. No news of a release date in the UK at this time.
HP unveiled the HP Chromebook 11, with an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 screen weighing only 2.3 pounds and carrying a Samsung dual core Exynos 520 processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 16GB flash drive. It also has a very cell phone like micro-USB charger. The white plastic case comes with blue, red, yellow or green accents. Chromebook 11 is available now for $280 in the US and £229 in the UK.
PayPal has announced a new feature called The Payment Code that will allow PayPal users to pay for things in physical retail stores by scanning a QR code generated in the app, or by using a one-time four digit code in stores that use PIN codes but don’t have a scanner. Customers check into a store using the PayPal app, receive their PIN or QR code, and purchases will be debited normally from the PayPal account. The Payment code is set to roll out until early next year.
Microsoft’s facing some backlash over recycling Outlook.com email addresses. Outlook’s service agreement says that a user would have to sign periodically every 270 days or that account may be deleted. The user policy says nothing about deleted account names being reused. After 360 days, the email address will be made available for anyone to register.
Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us, an episodic adaption of the Fables graphic novel series that tells tales of mythical characters trying to exist in the real world, has hit a bump on the road to its fairytale beginnings. The studio updated its initial post celebrating the episode’s October 11 launch to note that an “unforseen issue” has delayed the release of Episode 1 for Mac. The post explains that the studio is “working on an update right now and expect to have the Mac build live on Steam and the Telltale website within the next few days.”