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.
China Working to Improve Pig Genetics
Chinese scientists are working to improve the genetics of its hog herds. The goal is to make hogs both fatter and to change their genetic makeup to make them eat less. Chinese sow production is significantly lower than in other developed countries, so they are taking a modern approach to solving the issue.
Spotify Boasts 158 Million Premium Subscribers
This quarter, Spotify amassed another 11 million premium subscribers to its music streaming service. That brings its total premium subscribers to 158 million and total subscribers to 356 million. While the numbers are big, it’s not the impressive punch Spotify officials had hoped for from the quarter.
UK May Allow Self-Driving Cars by Years End
UK officials are considering whether to allow self-driving cars into the country. Current plans would only allow the feature’s use in heavy traffic and with lane keeping technology to ensure stays between the lines. The new legislation would allow trials of such tech so the UK can develop its own set of rules for autonomous driving.
Sony Has Sold 7.8 Million PS5 Consoles
At the end of Q1 2021, Sony is reporting it has sold 7.8 million PlayStation 5 consoles since their release. The company also boasted a substantial increase in PlayStation Plus subscribers — a 47% year-over-year increase. Despite the strong numbers, Sony was still outsold significantly by the Nintendo Switch during the period.