NEWS DIGEST 24.07.2021: Tough glass for Samsung phone lenses, and other latest tech stories

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Next-gen Samsung phones will be the first to get a new Gorilla Glass coating for camera lenses, which promises improved durability and better quality images. The new Corning Gorilla Glass with DX and Corning Gorilla Glass with DX Plus promises scratch resistance and toughness while capturing 98% of light to hit the surface. While Gorilla Glass has been protecting phone screens for well over a decade, this tech is new to camera optics and should improve protection for the lenses which can often get scuffed, scratched or cracked. It’s not clear which Samsung phones will be first to showcase the tech in the real world. With Unpacked just around the corner next month, it’ll be interesting to see whether any of the company’s forthcoming foldable phones are going to be rocking cameras coated in Gorilla Glass with DX tech – Samsung phone cameras to get better and tougher thanks to new Gorilla Glass (Trusted Reviews)

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100 to Dev channel members of the Windows Insider Program yesterday with tweaks to the Taskbar, Microsoft Store and other user interface elements throughout Windows 11. The biggest change is the addition of a Chat utility that makes it easier to message people, view notifications and otherwise interact with people who use Microsoft Teams. Microsoft said it updated the “hidden icons flyout” to better match Windows 11’s design, made it easier to access Focus assist settings via Notification Center and introduced a more subtle indicator to be shown when a particular app requires your attention. The company also tried to make “navigation in our new Microsoft Store feel fast and fun,” it said, with “some animations that help you keep track of what you’re browsing.” These are part of Microsoft’s broader efforts to make its app distribution platform more appealing to Windows users than it was with Windows 10. 100 also featured a variety of bug fixes to File Explorer, Settings and many other aspects of Windows 11 – Windows 11 Gets Some UI Tweaks With Latest Insider Preview Build (Tom’s Hardware News)

Want to take a break from watching the actual Olympic Games to play a virtual recreation of them? Well, thanks to the fine folks over at Sega, you can this weekend without spending a penny. On Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, and Steam, players can try out the official Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 video game for free. You have until Sunday, July 25, 2021, to enjoy the trial. Prepare to unleash the competitor within as you create your athlete, customize their skills and pick the perfect costume. Why settle for standard sportswear when you can take centre stage as a pirate, astronaut or cowboy? Choose between 18 fun-fueled sporting events-from Tennis and Football to the 100m, Basketball and Boxing-there’s always a record to beat and a score to settle. Sega’s not kidding about the costume thing, either. You can dress up as a giant mascot version of Sonic the Hedgehog and crush people in the 100-metre dash. Xbox users will need an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription to enjoy the Olympics game for free, while Steam users can enjoy the trial for truly free, no subscriptions required – The official Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 video game will be free to play this weekend (Windows Central)

Alphabet today launched its latest tech startup, Intrinsic, which aims to build commercial software that will power industrial robots. Intrinsic will focus on developing software control tools for industrial robots used in manufacturing, we’re told. “Working in collaboration with teams across Alphabet, and with our partners in real-world manufacturing settings, we’ve been testing software that uses techniques like automated perception, deep learning, reinforcement learning, motion planning, simulation, and force control.” Tan White – a British entrepreneur and investor who was made an MBE by the Queen in 2016 for her services to the tech industry – will leave her role as vice president of X, Alphabet’s moonshot R&D lab, to concentrate on Intrinsic. The new outfit is another venture to emerge from Google-parent Alphabet’s X labs, along with Waymo, the self-driving car startup; and Verily, a biotech biz – With Alphabet’s legendary commitment to products, we can’t wait to see what its robotics biz Intrinsic achieves (The Register)

EA live-streamed its EA Play Live event yesterday evening with a raft of interesting trailers, reveals, gameplay footage, and other news. EA heralded the return to Ishimura, with the announcement of a Dead Space remake. EA hasn’t set a date for the release of Dead Space but it has confirmed it is only coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Moving along to one of the other big announcements of the night – EA has unveiled Battlefield Portal, an all-new, community-driven platform that will give players the ability to discover, create and share unexpected battles. EA has included modern reworked maps and assets from the likes of Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3, too. Another game showcased at EA Play Live was the new Grid Legends game from Codemasters – EA Play Live featured Dead Space, Battlefield, and Grid news (bit-gamer)

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