Yesterday, Apple unveiled its “new” iPhone 7, announcing a bunch of “cool” features like a longer battery life, a “better” camera, faster processing and “water resistance.” But, in an effort to prove that they haven’t run out of ideas, they also showed off a feature that almost immediately became the internet’s biggest joke: $159 wireless earbuds (now called “AirPods” because they can’t really call them “AirBuds,” now can they?).
It’s the feature that no one asked for, but we’re all getting because the new iPhones don’t have headphone jacks.
Twitter was displeased by the development, but on the bright side, at least they made for some good jokes. Here are some of our favorites.
Yesterday was not a good day for the commercial rocket company SpaceX or for Facebook. Their Falcon 9 rocket was supposed to carry a $95 million satellite for the social media giant that would be used to help provide internet service to poor areas of the world.
Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned. During what was supposed to be a test launch, the rocket caught fire and exploded while it was being fueled, completely destroying the on-board satellites.
Now, video of the incident has been released:
The good news is, no one was hurt. And, even though the accident was a major setback, Mark Zuckerberg posted a frank comment on Facebook saying that even though he was “deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX's launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent,” he remains hopeful about technology to provide Internet access to communities in need:
Fortunately, we have developed other technologies like Aquila that will connect people as well. We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided.
If you call for an Uber in the city of Pittsburgh next few weeks, the car that shows up may not have a “driver.” The ride-sharing company is rolling out a fleet of self-driving Volvo SUVs, and will test the new program in Pittsburgh. For now though, riders won’t be alone in the vehicles. There will be people both in the driver’s seat and one in the passenger seat to monitor the rides and take notes on the program.
Also, riders won’t have a choice when calling for their ride. But, if one of the self-driving cars shows up, their ride will be free. Uber’s director of engineering explained to Bloomberg that it will be a different kind of experience: “The goal is to wean us off of having drivers in the car, so we don’t want the public talking to our safety drivers.”
It’s not clear when truly driverless taxis will be a reality. Even in the new Ubers, human drivers will take over when crossing bridges. Discuss
Online harassment is still a major issue. According to new data compiled by Rad Campaign Craigconnects and Lincoln Strategies, the number of people who report being harassed online is down slightly from 2014, but, still, this year “22% of American adults have been bullied, harassed, or threatened online or know someone who has.” When it comes to millennials though, that number jumps to 47%.
Across the board, the biggest jump in harassment comes in the area of politics, which is now nearly twice as common as it was two years ago.
The good news is that some categories of harassment have fallen in recent years: Though political harassment is up dramatically, and there have been small upticks in reports of racial, professional character and classist harassment, categories including sexual, homophobic and religious harassment rates have actually fallen.
And, according to the numbers, this isn’t simply random trolling or interactions with strangers: 72% of millennial knew their harasser personally. Discuss