Let’s examine what technological advances happened in August.
4 August 2021
The new feature in WhatsApp: It will be possible to send photos and videos that can only be viewed once.
From the first week of August, WhatsApp will offer its users the option to automatically delete once seen photos and videos.
If the sender of the message uses the “See once” option, after the recipient sees the message, the sent photo or video will be deleted automatically and will not be saved in the phone’s photo memory. WhatsApp says the feature aims to give users “more control over protecting their privacy.”
17 August 2021
New record in “Pi”: Swiss scientists set a new record in the number of Pi. In the calculation with the supercomputer, 62.8 trillion digits were obtained after the decimal point. The calculation took 108 days and 9 hours.
For more detail: New Record for Pi Calculation: Down to 62.8 Trillion Digits
18 August 2021
Cyber Attack on T-Mobile: T-Mobile, one of the largest mobile phone operators in the USA, announced that the personal data of more than 40 million customers was stolen as a result of the cyber attack. Pointing out that the stolen files also contain data belonging to T-Mobile’s existing 7.8 million postpaid customer accounts, it was noted that customers’ names and surnames, dates of birth, social security numbers and driver’s license information were accessed.
For more detail: The Cyberattack Against T‑Mobile and Our Customers: What happened, and what we are doing about it.
20 August 2021
Tesla Bot has introduced: Elon Musk introduced the humanoid robot ‘Tesla Bot’, designed to perform basic tasks that people have difficulty in doing in daily life, at Tesla’s AI Day event. Musk described the humanoid robot as “intended to be friendly and navigate a world built for humans.” He added that the prototype is expected to hit the market next year. Developed to perform dangerous and repetitive tasks for humans, the robot will be powered by an artificial intelligence-based system.
For more detail; Musk: The Tesla Bot is coming
23 August 2021
PayPal launches cryptocurrency service in the UK: PayPal launches trading service for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin in the UK.
24 August 2021
Apple employees begin to tell stories of discrimination and harassment: A platform has been created for current and former Apple employees, who are exposed to harassment and discrimination at work, to share their stories. Called Apple Too, the platform was created by 15 former and current Apple employees. On August 24, the website and Twitter account were launched. Eight Apple employees shared their stories publicly through this channel.
25 August 2021
Virgin Hyperloop unveils a new capsule concept: ‘It will speed more than 1000 kilometres per hour.
Virgin Hyperloop introduced its new capsule concept with a video that will carry intercity passengers faster than 1000 kilometres per hour in vacuum tubes by ventilating them with magnets. Instead of combining to form a train, these capsules can travel in a convoy one after another. Virgin Hyperloop’s first passenger test drive last year reached a speed of 170 kilometres per hour.
25 August 2021
Motorola Moto G50 5G introduced: Density 700, 6.5-inch screen: The refresh rate of the 6.5-inch HD+ resolution LCD screen is 90 Hz. The drop notch on the screen hosts a 13-megapixel camera. The square camera island on the rear panel houses three sensors. The 48-megapixel main rear camera is accompanied by a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Next to the Density 700, there is 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh has 15W charging support. The smartphone comes out of the box with the Android 11 operating system and Motorola’s My UX user interface. Moto G50 5G, which has a fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button, also has a headphone jack and NFC support. The smartphone will be sold in Australia for 399 Australian dollars.
We examined the technological advances of August 2021. Let’s see what happens next month!