Apple’s next big move might be making-over your TV experience. An unnamed source told Buzzfeed News that a new device—set to be unveiled at the World Wide Developers Conference this summer—“isn’t just a play for a stake of the streaming TV market, but for the mythical digital living room.” As always, Apple is officially tight-lipped about product development, but a new TV, revolutionary home entertainment experience has been rumored since Steve Jobs was running the show. Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson wrote that before his death, Jobs said, “It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud ... It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.” Who knows how close the new device will be to Jobs’ original vision, but all signs are pointing to a big unveiling in June ... Discuss
Most of us will never get the chance to climb Mount Everest, but thanks to a new update to Google Street View, we can at least take a virtual hike on the world’s most famous mountain. Google teamed with a local Sherpa mountaineer to map and photograph the Khumbu area in Nepal, including paths to Mount Everest. Though the virtual tour doesn’t get you all the way to the summit, the look at life in the region and the views from the mountains are pretty incredible ... Discuss
This weekend at a SXSW tech gathering, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) showed off two new innovations that could soon be used to help patients in West Africa suffering from the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands. Along with a new biomedical suit from Johns Hopkins—which offers a safer and easier way for health care workers to treat Ebola patients—USAID revealed their new “smart Band-Aid” device. With the MultiSense Memory patch, which connects to a patient like a Band-Aid, doctors can measure all of a patient’s essential vital signs, around the clock, for days. USAID Center for Accelerating Innovation’s Wendy Taylor explained that the new technology is relatively cheap (about $100 per patch) and could be a “game changer” in the fight against the Ebola outbreak ... Discuss
Albert Manero is a college student who founded Limbitless Solutions, a group that uses 3-D printing technology to create affordable bionic arms for people in need. His work making a new bionic limb for a young boy named Alex, who was born with a partially developed right arm, was featured as part of The Collective Project, and recently, the group connected him with none-other-than Tony Stark himself to deliver a brand new arm to Alex. Even after being identified as “Robert” by the young superhero fan, Robert Downey Jr. never broke his Ironman character as he hand delivered the custom piece of bionic tech to a very starstruck Alex. Albert, you are a real-life hero ... Discuss
Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially unveiled the Apple Watch at the company’s latest product event today. Starting on April 24, you’ll be able to shell out $350 (for the small “Sports edition”) or up to $1050 for your own top-of-the-line Apple timepiece. There will also be a ton of design options for the wearable-tech, including different styles of bands and colors of metal. Cook also revealed that the watches will need to be juiced up regularly, as they will go for only about 18 hours on a single battery charge. Apps including Uber, Instagram, Apple Pay and Twitter were all demoed during the presentation. Along with the Apple Watch, Cook unveiled a few surprises at the event, including a new, extra thin MacBook, a discounted price for Apple TV and revealed that the HBO cable-free on-demand service (HBO Now) will be exclusively available on Apple devices and PCs, and will cost $14.99 a month ... Discuss
Friday, March 6, marks the first annual BlackOut Day, a day dedicated to “celebrating the beauty of Blackness” on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms of choice. As one of the founders of the event, Tumblr user expect-the-greatest says,
I got inspired to propose Blackout day after thinking “D***, I’m not seeing enough Black people on my dash”. Of course I see a constant amount of Black celebrities but what about the regular people? Where is their shine? When I proposed it, I thought people would think it was a good idea, but not actually go through with implementing it. Luckily people wanted to get behind the idea, and @recklessthottie created the #Blackout tag.
The idea caught on, and according to Twitter, #BlackOutDay has been mentioned 160,000 times in the last 24 hours. As another creator of BlackOut Day told Buzzfeed, “Originally I thought the idea was, like, just a fun thing, but as I got into it, I sort of realised it also backs up the ideals I talk about: seeing more diversity in our media." Discuss