Tech Digest daily summary: Elon Musk denies affair with wife of Google founder


Tesla boss Elon Musk has denied having an affair with Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s wife Nicole Shanahan. Mr Musk’s comments came after the Wall Street Journal reported that his friendship with Mr Brin had ended over the alleged affair. In response to a link to the story posted on Twitter, Musk referred to the report as “total bs.” Mr Musk went on to say that he is still friends with Mr Brin and that they “were at a party together yesterday!” BBC

Google’s smart Magic Eraser tool debuted on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. It is an editing tool designed to remove people or objects that you do not want in the background of your photos. Given that it’s dead simple to use, the results are good, but it certainly won’t put Adobe out of business anytime soon. But with the Pixel 6A — and coming soon for the 6 and 6 Pro — Google has added a new Magic Eraser feature that I like a lot more than the default erasing tool: Camouflage. It is just as easy to use and the results are much more consistent. The edge

The OnePlus 10T (pictured above) is just around the corner, but it looks like the phone will be quite the shift for the company. This weekend, OnePlus confirmed that the OnePlus 10T will be the brand’s first flagship phone without the Alert Slider after nearly a decade. From the original OnePlus One, the brand’s smartphones have almost always included a slider on the side of the device that was used to switch between ringing modes. Called the “Alert Slider,” this switch can toggle between vibrate, mute, and full volume, much like the iPhone’s mute switch.

A chess robot broke a seven-year-old boy’s finger during a match at the Moscow Open, according to Russian news channel TASS. The match took place last week, according to Sergey Lazarev, the president of the Moscow Chess Federation. “The robot broke the child’s finger. This is of course bad,” said Mr. Lazarev. “The robot was rented by us, it has been exhibited in many places with specialists for a long time,” he explains. “The kid made a move and then we have to give the robot time to answer, but the boy rushed, the robot grabbed him. We have nothing to do with the robot,” added Mr. Lazarev. Sky News

The takeover of taxpayer-backed OneWeb by rival Eutelsat threatens to give China a stake in spy technology used by the “Five Eyes” relationship for intelligence-sharing between Britain and America. With a deal expected to be announced within days, the investigation is believed to focus on security contracts OneWeb manages on behalf of the Western alliance, as Eutelsat is partially owned by a Beijing-backed state wealth fund. The board of Eutelsat, headquartered in Paris, reportedly met on Sunday to: stamp the acquisition of British satellite champion OneWebwho was saved from destruction by Boris Johnson in 2020. Telegraph

July 25, 2022Chris Price

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