Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.
So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.
Netflix is Trying to Crack Down on Password Sharing
Everyone knows someone who is sharing a friends Netflix password. While it may not seem like a big deal, it is still theft. The company is testing out a two-factor authentication that would require users to verify their identity by text message or email. While not a fool-proof method, even a 20% reduction in theft among their 200 million subscribers would prevent substantial losses.
A Planet Changes its Type…and Develops a New Atmosphere?
Scientists monitoring an exoplanet about 41 light years from earth are left perplexed by its actions. The planet has seeming shifted from a gaseous body to an earth-sized rocky planet. In addition, the planet, named GJ 1132 b, has developed a second atmosphere. Scientists are guessing the changes are due to its close proximity to a star.
Google Maps is Getting Some Serious Updates
In a new update, Google Maps is getting more realistic looking. The plan is to transition the app from simply a place to get directions, into where you would go to decide where you want to go. The revised app will also feature an easier way to report road changes like construction or additions.
China Launches its Long March 7A Rocket
After a failed first attempt, China has successfully launched its Long March 7A rocket. The launch took place at the Wenchang Space Launch Site, in China’s southern Hainan province. The rocket’s job is to send a new, experimental satellite into orbit.