Google adds the International Space Station to Street View

The International Space Station (ISS) has orbited the earth for 16 years now, but a scant few of the world’s population ever get the chance to experience it for themselves, instead, that privilege was limited to scientists and other highly educated folk conducting experiments and collecting data, until now. Thanks to Google, the ISS has become the first ‘off planet’ location to be added to Google Maps’ Street View app that recently achieved the 1 billion install status. 

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone coming to the UK, Europe, and Japan

Back at the end of May, Andy Rubin said the Essential Phone would begin shipping around late June or early July. We are just a smidge past the middle of the month and the company is tight-lipped about the release date, but its début is imminent, according to Essential’s CEO, Niccolo de Masi. Besides launching in the US, Essential is also planning on releasing its début phone to other regions than North America.

HTC is working on removing the ads that mistakenly appeared on its default keyboard

These days it seems that we are bombarded by adverts everywhere we look, and while the experience can be irksome, it’s the price you pay for using a free service or viewing content on a website. The one place that you wouldn’t expect to see ads appearing would be on your smartphone’s stock keyboard, but it seems that taboo was accidentally breached over the weekend with some HTC users experiencing ads showing on the TouchPal keyboard that is pre-installed on some HTC 10 handsets.

Sony adds Amazon Alexa support to its 4K HDR TVs running Android TV

If you own an Amazon Echo device and a Sony 4K television (2017) with Android TV, you can now control your television by voicing your commands to Alexa. Thanks to a new firmware update for your Sony 4K TV, Alexa can control the power, volume, switch inputs, and change channels. You can even ask Alexa to play, pause, stop, or even fast forward your favorite show.