With news coverage a 24-hour habit, it's easy to miss all of the tech news that comes out every week. CRN rounds up the top five tech stories you might have missed this week
1. Microsoft's new ‘Andromeda' form factor to debut this year
In documents that were leaked this week, it was revealed when the tech giant is planning to release the ‘Andromeda' in 2018, ars Technica reports. The device is rumoured to be a pocket-sized, two screen, handheld device and will carve out its own niche in the market, much like the Surface Pro.
Speaking of the Surface Pro, the leaked documents also revealed a cheaper model named ‘Libra' is due to be released next year, along with ‘Carmel', the next iteration of the device.
2. Start-Up Pipedrive raises $50m to compete with Salesforce and Microsoft
Pipedrive, which offers tools to salespeople to help them manage sales processes, is looking to take a bite out of the sales software market, currently dominated by Salesforce and Microsoft. It has raised $50m (£37.6m) in Series-C funding that was led by Insight Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners, bringing the total it has raised to $80m. Tech Crunch reports that the company's valuation now stands at $300m.
3. Bill Clinton releases a novel about a cybersecurity attack
The former US president has teamed up with famed thriller novelist James Patterson for The President is Missing. It's about a massive cyber attack on the US in which the US president goes missing.
Clinton told the BBC that he had always harboured a dream of writing a crime novel, and that he hoped it would show what everyday life is like in the White House., along with being President in "extreme circumstances."
4. Apple shores up iPhone loophole that allows police to collect data
The tech giant announced that a forthcoming update to the iPhone's iOS software will close the security gap that allows outsiders to access personal information on locked devices without a password, according to The Guardian. The vulnerability is through the iPhone's Lightning port, which is used to transfer data and charge the device. The loophole has allowed police forensic investigators to gain access to suspects devices in criminal cases.
5. People remember better through virtual reality
Research carried out at the University of Maryland in the US has found that people remember information better if it is presented through virtual reality (VR) rather than a two-dimensional screen, which could mean it is better suited for education than traditional books and the more modern tablets, TechCrunch reports.
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