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 second week of March. Everything from the the Google I/O schedule to why you should Instagram your food — it’s all here.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has quietly changed the rules on how it deals with data procured from the National Security Agency and stored in the NSA’s database. Papers have surfaced about the changes, explained in a report from The Guardian, and while details on the changes remain extremely unclear, it seems as though they move to enhance privacy.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai already announced the dates for this year’s Google I/O conference on Twitter. This year, it will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California from May 18 to May 20. The annual event is a place for Google to unleash all of its software and service announcements, but it also allows developers to get in touch with the creator of the biggest search engine and mobile operating system.
The undisputed king of streaming music is Spotify. With a reported paid user base surpassing 20 million subscribers — not to mention an astronomical 55 million additional listeners on its free, ad-based service — the Swedish-born service currently trounces its competition, most of which boast a few million users at best. Its biggest competitor? Apple Music, a subscription-only service that, as of January 2016, is reported to have at least 10 million subscribers.
When you think of fast electric vehicles, the Tesla Model S and its “Ludicrous Mode” probably come to mind, and rightly so. With the equivalent of 762 horsepower in the Model S P90D and a 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.8 seconds, few supercars could even match the electric sedan’s performance. But what about top speed? That’s been a tough nut to crack for electric vehicle manufacturers because while instant torque helps an EV rocket off the line, all that “electric juice” runs thin as the runway gets longer. That’s where Genovation Cars comes in.
Some of you might not be aware of it, but Facebook offers a stripped down version of its app, called Facebook Lite, designed for people who might not have great Internet connections or powerful smartphones, such as those in the developing world. After launching back in June, the Android-only app has grown to 100 million users – a quicker growth rate than Facebook’s standard mobile app.