Weekly Tech Round-Up | #8

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Satellite boom attracts technology giants

Sir Richard Branson’s rocket company Virgin Orbit has joined a growing list of private companies that can launch satellites into orbit. Earlier this month, 10 payloads were lofted on the Virgin Orbit rocket, which was launched from under the wing of one of the entrepreneur’s old 747 jumbos.

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Vodafone tests remote centimeter-level tracking tech

Vodafone has successfully used new precision positioning technology to remotely track a vehicle within 10 centimetres of its location. This is an improvement of more than three meters compared to its current system. Vodafone expects the technology to enable applications that warn autonomous trucks of obstacles, tell first responders the position of critical medical drones, and give operators the precise location of important cargo.

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Here’s a first look at Microsoft’s xCloud for the web

Microsoft has started testing its xCloud game streaming through a web browser. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox plans tell The Verge that employees are now testing a web version of xCloud ahead of a public preview. The service allows Xbox players to access their games through a browser, and opens up xCloud to work on devices like iPhones and iPads.

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Pandemic lessons set to boost UK tech

Commissioned by London-based software company Studio Graphene, the survey of more than 750 British business leaders concluded there would be strong growth in the tech sector because of increasing demand from industry. After a year when the coronavirus pandemic has forced many companies to turn to remote working, the survey found that the vast majority of companies expected their expenditure on IT to grow in 2021.

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