This Week in Tech: 7th - 11th January

Published on January 11th, 2019. Written by .

In this week's roundup:

  • Heathrow planes halted after drone sighting
  • AT&T fake 5G symbol on smartphones
  • Apple expected to announce Netflix alternative later this year
  • Samsung to support Alexa and Google Assistant on their new TVs
  • CES 2019
This Week in Tech: 7th - 11th January

Heathrow planes halted after drone sighting

This week drones from Heathrow Airport, in London were halted after some saw drones at the air field. Planes were halted for one hour. The police and the military were called for an investigation into the incident.

A similar incident happened a few weeks back at Gatwick Airport before Christmas. Some believe that there actually was no drone.

This Week in Tech: 7th - 11th January

Image Credit: T-Mobile

AT&T fake 5G symbol on smartphones

US Smartphone provider AT&T have released a software update to customers phones which changes the 4G symbol to a 5G symbol, suggesting the device is running on a new 5G network. However, the devices are still using 4G.

AT&T's response to this was "laying the foundation" for the move to 5G.

5G is to be introduced by mobile carriers this year and phone manufacturers are expected to roll out devices which work on the 5G network. 5G is expected to be much faster for users than it's predecessor 4G.

This Week in Tech: 7th - 11th January

Apple expected to announce Netflix alternative later this year

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO has said that Apple will announce a new service later this year. The 'new service' he is talking about is a video-streaming service which Apple is rumoured to be building. 

Apple's also been opening up their AirPlay streaming protocol to TV manufacturers like Samsung this week, could this be for this new Netflix alternative?

This Week in Tech: 7th - 11th January

Samsung's Booth from CES 2019 this week

Samsung to support Alexa and Google Assistant on their new TVs

Samsung have announced that they will add Alexa and Google Assistant support to their 2019 TVs. However, you will still need an Echo or Google Home device in order to talk to the TV.

This Week in Tech: 7th - 11th January

CES 2018 Lobby

CES 2019

CES 2019 was on this week. We have seen many technology products, concepts, commercial projects, the whole lot. 

Here at Iamlittle, we've been liveblogging things that we think have been cool. We're also going to write up a list of things that have been announced at CES. 

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