In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from the third week of February. Everything from a flexible phone to the Apple encryption debate — it’s all here.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and other tech leaders have long taken pro-privacy stances and defended the use of encryption on phones. Now they’re being put to the test. The FBI recently demanded Apple’s help cracking an iPhone used by a suspect in a terrorist attack in San Bernadino, and Apple has refused on the grounds that opening a “back door” would endanger the privacy of all its users. Game on.
Tesla has announced plans to launch a car that’s markedly smaller and much more affordable than the Model S. No, not the Model 3. Developed jointly with Radio Flyer, the California-based automaker’s new entry-level model is a one-seater kiddy car. Don’t let its size fool you; the pocket-sized S truly is the Tesla of the kiddy car segment. Developed for kids aged between three and eight, it boasts a lithium-ion battery that allows for quick charging times and a relatively long driving range.
Windows 10 gave the Windows Store a much-needed face-lift. The horizontal interface from Windows 8 is hidden, the top charts are a lot easier to find, and there’s a friendly assortment of featured apps on the main page. But has the change made much of a difference for developers? “It will be years, if ever, before the Windows Store has any meaningful impact in the consumer space,” developer Scott Peterson of Liquid Daffodil told Digital Trends.
One hundred years in the future, we’ll barely have to leave our homes, if the SmartThings Future Living Report is correct. Commissioned by Samsung, the report was authored by space scientist Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, University of Westminster architects and lecturers Arthur Mamou-Mani and Toby Burgess, and urban planner and designer Linda Aitken and Els Leclercq. The writers based their predictions on current technology, as well as projections about the world’s population growth and energy needs.
While a Twitter plea to Mark Zuckerberg has so far mysteriously gone unanswered (as far as we know), Kanye’s die-hard fans are coming together to help during this difficult time for the rap megastar. Long-time fan Jeremy Piatt created a GoFundMe page for Kanye, titling the page “Get Kanye Out Of Debt.” “I’m trying to help out the greatest living artist of our time while he’s in need,” he says to Mashable. “I saw that Kanye is 53 million dollars in debt and I knew I had to do anything I could to help…”