It is the first week of June, and perhaps one of the most remembered in science. SpaceX has managed to make history, details of what will be Google's new hardware are leaked and we also have announcements from Cine Colombia, Xiaomi, Hewlett âckard and Oracle in the region. These are the featured ICT news of the week.

Cine Colombia launches its digital platform

Cine Colombia, recognized in the country for its movie theaters, has made the leap to digital amid the pandemic. With the uncertain future of movie theaters, the launch of the new Cineco / Plus platform, in which movies can be rented from 8.000 pesos. It comes at a good time. Unlike subscription services, the Cine Colombia platform is focused on renting or buying the movies that are coming out. The catalog is renewed every Thursday, and not only has movies, but also documentaries and alternative content.

YouTube adds chapter functionality

Consuming long-lasting content on YouTube has often been frustrating due to the way the platform displays the progress bar. Well, now you have introduced one of the most anticipated features: chapters. This means that Content creators can now divide segments of their video into chapters so that they are displayed in the play bar. It's a very welcome addition, and one that makes things easier for long content and for musicians.

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Oracle Colombia and Ecuador have a new manager

Oracle announced on June 3 the appointment of Fabiano Matos as the new general manager of the company for Colombia and Ecuador. The Brazilian executive, who now succeeds Juan Mesa in office, takes on the challenge of continuing to expand the operations of the cloud giant in these two countries. Matos has more than 20 years of experience in the technology sector. Arrived at Oracle in 2017 to handle the Vice President of Sales for the Systems Unit in Latin America, and later assume as vice president of Alliances and Channels for the region. Previously, he held various executive operations and sales positions at IBM for 17 years.

Xiaomi is contrary to the market: its sales grew in the first quarter of 2020

Consulting firm Gartner released the market figures of smartphones in the world during the first quarter of 2020, in which sales decreased 20,2% compared to the same period of the previous year. Only one manufacturer, Xiaomi, had a positive record, with a 1,4% increase in sales, which is equivalent to 27,8 million units shipped. Xiaomi remains the fourth seller in the world, with 9,3% market share, and the third in Colombia.

First images of Google Sabrina

Since last year, rumors have been running that Google planned to launch a new device for televisions, the successor to the Chromecast Ultra. It seems that the rumors are true, and that Google planned to announce it in (canceled) I / O 2020. More than a successor, Google brings the battle to devices like the Roku Express and Fire HD Dongle. The design remains oval, but now features a physical remote control, unlike the Chromecast line.

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The device is called Sabrina (as the teenage witch), and everything indicates that it will be priced at $ 80 or less. We take this opportunity to remember that the beta launch event Android 11 was postponed due to protests in the United States, but which has also leaked and we can see the first screenshots.

New Aruba Instant On 1930 switches

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, announced new equipment from the product family  Aruba Instant On, with a new series of switches for small businesses. Whether implemented as part of the business continuity strategy or as a connectivity upgrade project, the new series of cloud-managed switches Instant On 1930  It integrates transparently into the Instant On indoor and outdoor Access Points, and can be centrally managed through the Instant On mobile application or a web browser.

"With this new addition to the Instant On portfolio, Aruba solves the pain points for small businesses that want to take an 'install it and forget it' approach, while still providing the robust security features and simplified management that small businesses need." said Norm Lillis, vice president of Small Business at CDW.

The new Series of Instant On 1930 Switches includes flexible configurations with 8, 24 or 48 1G ports with PoE, and high-speed 10G connectivity up to throughput 131 Mbpps; Improved PoE + on all ports to power Internet of Things devices; choice of management modes for greater flexibility (cloud management via mobile app or web browser or local Web GUI), and limited lifetime warranty for maximum investment protection.

The Aruba 1930 Series Instant On Switches will be available June 1 at a starting list price of $ 129. For more information on the Instant On family of products for small businesses, visit  www.arubainstanton.com/es/

Apple hardens against acts of vandalism

For the uninformed, the United States is currently going through a moment of racial tension that began with the death of George Floyd last week and has evolved this week into a national movement. In parallel, the protests have also had some acts of vandalism and shoplifting. Apple has not been strange to these thefts from its stores, but this time he has been one of the most aggressive chasing criminals. With remote locks and warning screens, Apple has scared many of the participants. Bonus point for iOS tracking services.

Innovation

40 Colombians graduate in data science and AI

SoftBank Group International and Correlation One announced the completion of the first Data Science for All program aimed at developing and recruiting talent in data science and artificial intelligence in Latin America. In total, 205 students from more than 30 cities, including Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo, completed the program. 10 weeks in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Students were selected from 2.350 applications based on the results of a technical skills assessment and attended classes led by professors from Harvard, MIT and Stanford.

Sega plans to use its arcades as data centers

Game Gear Micro, a new Sega micro console. Image: Sega

Sega is an entertainment company known for characters like Sonic, games like Yakuza and Phantasy Star Online, and consoles like the Sega Mega Drive. Something little known is that Sega also has some of the arcades largest in Japan and Asia. In an unexpected twist, it seems like Sega plans to use the CPU and GPU processing of its gaming centers and turn them into cloud data centers. Apparently the proposal would be focused on making streaming video game, very much like Google Stadia, but with the games developed and published by Sega. A rare proposal, although undeniably interesting.

Science

With astronauts on the ISS, SpaceX makes another launch

SpaceX, not content with having put 2 astronauts into orbit from North American soil for the first time in 9 years, launched a new Falcon 9 rocket last Wednesday, but this time with a load of 60 more satellites to increase its coverage of Starlink Satellite Internet. With this launch, the company is close to 800 in total. To make matters worse, he also managed to land the same main rocket for the 5th consecutive time, which surely has saved them a lot of manufacturing expenses. It seems that the company does not want to lose the momentum it carries.

Hurricane season begins, and does not bode well

Generally, the Atlantic hurricane season begins on the first day of June, but the first storms do not form until well into July. This season, however, has even started before, which according to Ars Technica augurs a fairly active season, with several storms hitting the caribbean and the east coast of the United States. On the other hand, there is also a decent percentage that this year the La Niña phenomenon occurs, characterized by cold waters throughout the Latin American Pacific Ocean.

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