Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Friday.
1. Nintendo is due to release a new console on March 3 in North America. It’s called the Nintendo Switch and it’ll be priced at $299.
2. Amazon is planning to create 100,000 jobs in the US over the next 18 months. Most of them are likely to be highly skilled tech positions, based on Amazon’s total number of job listings, analyzed by Baird Equity Research’s Colin Sebastian.
3. Apple is preparing for a major push into original video content, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The move could set it on a collision course with the likes of Netflix and Amazon.
4. New Tesla owners will now pay a “small fee” for Supercharger access. Tesla’s Supercharger network provides high-speed charging that restores 170 miles of range in 30 minutes.
5. Two of Skype’s cofounders raised $17.2 million for their robot delivery business. The company is called Starship Technologies.
6. Facebook filed a patent application for self-balancing robots. The robots, which are just an idea at this stage, would use a third wheel to help them stay upright.
7. Nintendo is planning to start charging people to play games online. Rivals like Microsoft Xbox and Sony Playstation already charge.
8. Snapchat is making its app less confusing as it prepares to IPO. Many adults have struggled to get to grips with how the photo and video sharing app works.
9. Consumer Reports just changed its mind and now recommends the new MacBook Pro. The review site previously said the previously said the laptop had an inconsistent battery life but it says this has now been fixed.
10. Samsung’s leader was grilled by investigators for over 22 hours in the South Korean corruption scandal. The scandal could topple South Korean President Park Geun-hye.