Weekly Rewind: Drone crosses English Channel, Kanye terrorizes Twitter, and more

Drone English Channel

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 the best of Mobile World Congress to more Kanye meltdowns — it’s all here.

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Digital Trends Top Tech of MWC 2016 award winners


If you just want the good stuff of Mobile World Congress 2016, this is where to find it. We’ve worn our feet out scouring the show floor and press events for the past four days to bring you our seven favorite products at MWC. These are the most useful, innovative, fun, and downright insane products at Mobile World Congress. Enjoy!

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Tim Cook says FBI is asking Apple to write the software ‘equivalent of cancer’


Tim Cook has been nothing but adamant regarding the potential problems that might stem from the FBI’s request. In a recent interview on Feb. 24 with ABC’s David Muir, he attempted to drive home what’s at risk. “The only way to get information — at least currently, the only way we know — would be to write a piece of software that we view as sort of the equivalent of cancer,” Cook told Muir as the two sat in Cook’s Cupertino office. “We think it’s bad news to write. We would never write it. We have never written it — and that is what is at stake here.”

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Hollywood doesn’t have a diversity problem, it has an ‘inclusion crisis,’ says new study


Hollywood’s lack of diversity has been in the spotlight lately, especially in light of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Although studies confirming that women and minorities are underrepresented in the industry are nothing new, we keep getting a clearer picture of the issue. Most recently, a recent study from the Media, Diversity & Social Change (MDSC) Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found that “the film industry still functions as a straight, white, boy’s club.”

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Want to fix your terrible posture? This buzzing wearable trains you to sit up straight


We spend a lot of time hunched over our digital devices without much thought as to how it affects our health. Even so, anyone with an office job probably leaves their desk rubbing a very sore and stiff neck at the end of the day. Alex is a wearable that aims to help you stop craning your neck over your digital screens and improve your posture. You can even track your progress in an app.

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This drone just made a record-setting 72-minute flight across the English Channel

For all their impressive attributes, flight-time has never been a strong suit for quadcopters. But now, one British pilot has upended the drone world, guiding a custom quadcopter across the English Channel in a stunning 72-minute flight. It’s a first for these unmanned flying devices, and U.K. commercial drone operator Ocuair can now claim the honor of a drone’s maiden voyage across the historic waterway.

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