Sony Playstation 5 showcase this week; Android 11 out now; Nvidia close to ARM deal

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Playstation 5 announcement expected this week

Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s Xbox announcement last week, Sony will host a digital showcase this week where the company will reveal the details of its next-generation Playstation 5.

The virtual event will be livestreamed on Wednesday (US time) on YouTube and Twitch.

It is expected to last under an hour.

Following Microsoft’s Xbox announcement last week, Sony is expected to reveal the PS5’s price and release date.

The digital event will also include game announcements for the PS5.

Android 11 available now, with added security and faster app launching

Google launched Android 11 last week, which promises added security and apps launching 20 per cent faster, among other new features.

While not a complete departure from the previous version, Android 11 includes a few redesigns, including a new power menu and a redesigned media player and gesture-based navigation.

You can also record your screen without needing to use third-party apps, a feature many Android users have been waiting for.

Google has also detailed the 11 Go edition, a new version of its OS designed for low-powered devices.

The Go edition is meant to work on devices with 2GB of RAM or less but it will only be available for new phones with that much memory, according to a report in The Verge.

Nvidia close to buying ARM – reports

Nvidia and SoftBank are said to be reaching the end of their negotiations and a deal that will see ARM acquiring ARM from Softbank could be done in a matter of days.

The deal is said to be worth more than US$40 billion and will create a new giant in the chip manufacturing industry to rival companies such as AMD and Intel.

Sources have told the Wall Street Journal that Nvidia is valued at the low end at $40 billion, meaning this would be a lucrative sale for SoftBank, which acquired the chip maker for $32 billion in 2016.

According to the Financial Times, the $40 billion deal, if successful, will be cash and stock, leaving SoftBank as Nvidia’s largest shareholder.

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