Sony is working to add support for PlayStation 5 storage expansion this summer. The Sony next-gen console is an impressive machine, only challenges fans are facing is the storage limit. A games typically sizing up at around 50GB to 70GB minimum, managing new game downloads – plus updates – has been a bit of a nightmare for PS5 owners. But that is about to change, the console maker Sony is reportedly working to add support to upgrade the storage this summer.
According to Bloomberg, Sony’s upcoming update will enable the PS5’s expansion bay, allowing players to install a second M.2 SSD to the console. If you remove the detachable “fins” covering the PS5, you’ll notice the internal slot meant to house an additional drive. The slot has been disabled since launch, with Sony promising last November that external storage support would come in a future update. To that end, the update will also unlock faster cooling fan speeds to prevent the system from overheating. The sources point to this summer as to when Sony will announce the update. While that all sounds great, the company has yet to provide a list of compatible drives approved for PS5.
Even still, this is welcome news given that PS5 owners currently have scant options when it comes to adding storage space. PS5 titles can only be installed internally, limiting the usefulness of external USB drives; those can only be used on PS5 to run less-demanding PS4 games. You don’t need to be told how disasterous the Call of Duty size on PlayStation 4 racking 500GB space. You can imagine what the newly released CoD upcoming updates size is going to look like. Yes Sony really need to add expandable storage support.
My1sttoday: House passes sweeping protections rights for LGBTQ people. The House on Thursday passed the Equality Act, a sweeping civil rights bill that expands protections in education, housing, employment and more to LGBTQ folks.
The bill would also prohibit discrimination based on s_xual orientation or gender identity in credit, jury service and public accommodations.
Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) reintroduced the legislation, which passed the House in 2019 but never moved in the Senate. The bill, which passed the House on Thursday by a vote of 224-206, faces an uphill battle in the upper chamber, where GOP support is needed to reach the 60-vote threshold.
GOP Reps. Tom Reed (N.Y.), John Katko (N.Y.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.) opted to buck party lines and vote in favor of the measure on Thursday.
The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the Jury Selection and Services Act by extending existing protections to s_xual orientation and gender identity.
Proponents of the legislation argue it’s a necessary step toward ensuring equal rights for all Americans regardless of s_xual orientation.
“Madam speaker, discrimination is wrong. As children, we learn the golden rule: treat others the way you yourself want to be treated. Right now discrimination is a fact of life for millions of LGBTQ Americans,” Cicilline said on the floor ahead of the vote.
“The fact is that in most states an LGBTQ person is at risk of being denied housing, education, or serve on a jury because of who they are. That’s why we are here to consider HR 5, the Equality Act. The equality act does no more and no less than say LGBTQ people deserve the same rights and responsibilities as all other Americans – most fundamentally the right to live lives free of discrimination.”
But the measure received strong pushback from conservatives, with critics arguing that it could infringe on religious liberties and could lead to taxpayer-funded abortion. They have also taken issue with its language allowing transgender women to take part in women’s sports.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) forcing two motion to vacate procedural votes, argued that members needed “some time to think about how they’re going to vote on the Equality Act, but because the Equality Act truly destroys women’s sports and women’s rights.”
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) vowed to fight it in the courts if it is signed into law, arguing it is unconstitutional and blasting Democrats for opting not to have the bill go through the committee process.
“The definition of s_x in HR 5 inserts the right to abortion into the Civil Rights Act, the Equality Act could be used to force a universal right to abortion until birth, it forces medical professionals to conduct or assist in performing abortions and perform certain surgeries, administer hormone blockers even if it is against their medical advice, forces employers to cover sexual assignment surgeries, forces schools, hospitals, and businesses to recognize a chosen gender. I can go down the list, but this is about power and control,” he said on the floor.
Major companies like AT&T, Bank of America, Chevron, CVS and General Motors support the passage of the legislation and are part of Human Rights Campaign’s Business Coalition.
My1sttoday — Poll: Majority of Americans supports raising federal minimum wage to $15. Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday found 59 percent of Americans say they support the idea of raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour by 2025.
When survey participants were told raising the minimum wage would lift some families out of poverty, but economists expected it could do away with low-income jobs, 55 percent still supported the move.
Approximately 40 percent of respondents said either they or a family member would personally benefit if the minimum wage was increased.
The poll was conducted online between Feb. 19 and Feb. 24 and includes online responses from 4,430 adults; 2,159 of which identify as Democrats and 1,482 who identify as Republicans. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The poll comes as the Senate parliamentarian heard arguments from Democratic and Republican staff Wednesday on whether raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 could be included in the coronavirus relief bill. A ruling is expected Thursday.
Democrats are using a process called reconciliation to pass the aid package with a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes required for most legislation.
My1sttoday Tech: Apple leads the global smartphone for the first time in 5 years, surpassing Samsung. Apple shipped more smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2020 than any other company, including its rival, Samsung.
This is the first time since 2016 that Apple has been on top of the worldwide smartphone sales chart.
According to Gartner smartphone sales report, smartphone sales declined worldwide by 5% in the fourth quarter of 2020, as Apple secured the top spot for the first time since 2016.
The launch of the 5G iPhone 12 series helped Apple record double-digit growth in the fourth quarter of 2020 surpassing Samsung to retake the No. 1 global smartphone vendor spot.
Samsung has been on the top spot for a few years, but after Apple released the new iPhone 12 models, Apple surpassed Samsung with 20.8% of the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter.
Samsung came second on the chart with a 16.2% market share followed by Xiaomi with 11.3%, OPPO with an 8.9% market share before Huawei.
Due to the ban on the use of Google applications on Huawei’s smartphones, the company recorded the highest decline among the top five smartphone vendors which negatively affected its sales.
Samsung showed a decline in sales in 2020. while Apple was one of the few, along with Xiaomi, that showed growth over the entire year.
According to CNBC, Apple shipped nearly 80 million units in the quarter, surpassing all other smartphone makers including Samsung. Apple’s business is seasonal and the quarter ending in December is the company’s biggest in terms of sales.
My1sttoday: Elon Musk becomes world’s richest person again after gaining $10 billion in a day. The world’s richest man amid a daily gain $9.81 billion.
Musk wealth surged back to $190 billion, as the electric car company’s shares recorded impressive gains of 6.18%, thereby putting the market value of Tesla at $712 billion coupled with the SpaceX he founded completing another funding round, pushing him atop the Bloomberg Billionaires Index for the third time in 2021.
Tesla Inc stocks were on a record buying spree at Wednesday’s trading session, indicating that global investors are buying the dip following a four-day plunge that erased the world’s most valuable car company year-to-date gains.
That being said, MicroStrategy CEO, Michael Saylor, has revealed that SpaceX, a company founded by Elon Musk, is exploring the merits of buying Bitcoin.
Saylor revealed that top representatives from SpaceX were among 7,000 companies represented at MicroStrategy’s recent Bitcoin seminar, which the leading business intelligence company organized to aid companies interested in buying Bitcoin as a treasury asset.
The Tesla’s chief and owner of SpaceX worth’s $190 Billion putting at the top list of the richest person on earth.
Nubia Red Magic 6 will come with the highest Refresh Rate seen on a Smartphone. Years ago smartphones were equipped with a 60Hz displays, but now alot of devices are equipped with screens with a refresh rate of 90, 120 and 144 Hz.
Nubia President Ni Fei has announced that the refresh rate of the Nubia Red Magic 6 will reach a new maximum and set a new record. The exact value is not reported, presumably, we are talking about a refresh rate of 160 Hz.
The company previously officially confirmed that the smartphone will receive a Snapdragon 888 SoC, a 4500 mAh battery and 120W ultra-fast charging.
It will receive a unique design and an active cooling system with a fan. Ni Fei added that they not only strengthened the fan, but also made a real breakthrough in cooling technology. An efficient cooling system will be used not only in games, but also in the 120-watt wired charging process.
The Nubia Red Magic 6 will be the first flagship powered by Snapdragon 888 with active cooling.
President Biden: Hardware components shortage will be investigated. A semiconductor shortage brought on by the ongoing pandemic is beginning to become detrimental to a wide range of industries, prompting Joe to launch an investigation into how it can be resolved.
President Biden is expected to sign an executive order today that will kick off a 100-day review of the semiconductor production pipeline, so that alternatives and strategies can be formulated to alleviate its effect on the American economy. This follows a collective call from companies such as Apple, Sony, AMD, and Qualcomm for the president take notice of the shortages and what it might mean for the economy in the short and long term.
“Semiconductors play a critical role in enabling the products and services that fuel our economy, contribute to American innovation, and enhance our national security,” the groups said in a letter to the president last week. “Given the central role of semiconductors, strengthening the US position in semiconductor research, design, and manufacturing is a national priority.”
The executive order isn’t limited to semiconductors either, with President Biden also launching investigations into the defense, public health, biological preparedness, information communications technology, transportation, and energy and food production sectors.
My1sttoday Tech: Driverless cars are successfully tested in Las Vegas. The first autonomous cars without a safety driver at the wheel were successfully tested in Las Vegas this month, automotive technology start-up Motional announced Monday.
The group, a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group and driving software company Aptiv, unveiled the achievement in a press release, noting that it is one of the world’s first companies to operate driverless vehicles on public roads.
The firm said that the testing in Las Vegas this month included multiple “driverless vehicles safely navigating intersections, unprotected turns, and interactions with other road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.”
“In pursuit of this milestone and a future of safer roads, Motional set a high bar for the industry,” the company said in its press release, adding that the driverless operation “follows decades of innovation, 1.5 million miles, and a two-year self-imposed safety evaluation process that took hundreds of employees more than 100,000 hours to complete.”
Motional stated that as it was conducting internal safety evaluations, TÜV SÜD, a leading technical service and inspection provider, following a review gave Motional a “first-of-its-kind endorsement to operate with an empty driver’s seat.”
This backing was then followed by official approval from the state of Nevada last November, the company added.
“Not all driverless systems are created equal. Ours is the product of decades of innovation, a relentless commitment to safety and process, more than a million miles of testing, and a rigorous external review,” Karl Iagnemma, president and CEO of Motional, said in a statement.
“We’re one of the first companies in the world to go driverless,” he added. “It’s a significant step on our path to making driverless vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality, and a proud day for Motional.”
Motional added Monday that since 2018, more than 100,000 rides with no reported “at-fault incidents” have already been given in Las Vegas through a partnership with ride-hailing app Lyft in what Motional called the “the world’s longest-standing commercial robotaxi service.”
Motional added that in 2023, it will again partner with Lyft to launch “a scalable, fully-driverless, multimarket service – the largest agreement of its kind for a major ridesharing network,” which Motional called “a quantum leap forward for an already successful partnership.”
The announcement from the autonomous car firm is the latest movement toward a possible future of regularly seeing driverless cars on roadways.
My1sttoday: Jeff Bezos is world’s richest person, as Elon Musk loses $15 billion in a day. The race for the world’s richest person on earth has obviously become staggering, precisely this year.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon the world’s biggest online retail company, has once again become the world’s richest person for the second time this month, after surpassing Elon Musk some hours ago, according to the real-time data retrieved from the Bloomberg Billionaire index.
Bezos’s current wealth valuation of $186 billion has seen his personal wealth, which mostly comes from Amazon stocks, immune against record sell-offs as seen in Tesla stock price in the past few days.
My1sttoday:Johnson & Johnson all set to provide doses for 20M Americans by end of March 2021, if its vaccine is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.
The vaccine is being eagerly awaited as the next in line to join the COVID-19 vaccines already in use from Pfizer and Moderna. An FDA advisory committee is meeting Friday to consider the application, and emergency authorization could come soon after.
The company for the first time on Monday gave some specificity into the number of doses it will have immediately available. The vaccine, unlike those from Pfizer and Moderna, only requires one dose, so 20 million doses would completely vaccinate 20 million people.
“Assuming necessary regulatory approvals relating to our manufacturing processes, our plan is to begin shipping immediately upon emergency use authorization, and deliver enough single-doses by the end of March to enable the vaccination of more than 20 million Americans,” Dr. Richard Nettles, vice president of U.S. Medical Affairs for Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a part of Johnson & Johnson, said in prepared remarks for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The remarks were posted online by the committee ahead of Tuesday’s hearing with several vaccine manufacturers.
The doses from Johnson & Johnson, assuming FDA authorization, can help speed the vaccination program by adding to doses already available from Pfizer and Moderna, and needing just one dose can simplify the process.
White House officials had previously said they were not expecting many Johnson & Johnson doses immediately.
Separately, Pfizer is also ramping up its supply. John Young, the company’s chief business officer, said in testimony posted by the committee that the company will be able to increase production to 13 million doses per week by the middle of March, up from 4 to 5 million per week at the beginning of February.