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 first week of March. Everything from the ongoing encryption debate to Kickstarter failures — it’s all here.
Apple has added a webpage offering access to amicus briefs from various groups in support of Apple’s stance in the ongoing case. An Amicus curiae means someone who is a friend of the court, and in submitting an amicus brief, the individual or group is throwing support to a certain side.
A new study by a British pharmaceutical company has found that Tinder users are twice as likely to have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) as those who don’t use the app. The most common STI among users of the app was shown to be genital warts, followed by herpes, and chlamydia.
A new way to render hi-res digital audio files, MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) makes files that are much smaller than today’s standard Hi-Res FLAC files. We weren’t given an exact number, but it looks like MQA will be about three times smaller than a comparable high-res FLAC file, meaning they’ll be pretty easy to take along.
It may well be the greasiest VR viewer out there, but McDonald’s is nevertheless confident its Happy Goggles will be a hit with kids who get a chance to try it out. The Happy Goggles promotion, which takes place this month at 14 of the fast-food restaurant’s outlets across Sweden, lets the littl’uns convert their Happy Meal box into a set of VR goggles. Think of it as a smelly version of Google Cardboard.
The Pentagon wants hackers to put its websites’ cyber defenses to the test with its own bug bounty style “Hack the Pentagon” program. Vetted hackers will be invited to test the security of the Department of Defense website. The program, set up by the Pentagon’s Defense Digital Service (DDS), is focused on the public-facing sites.
Everyone loves a cool t-shirt, but what if your funky new skeleton t-shirt were actually a virtual reality-enabled anatomy lesson? Curiscope created Virtuali-tee to give kids a cool way to bring anatomy out of textbooks and into the real world. The t-shirt looks like a stylized skeleton design at first glance, but when viewed through the accompanying mobile app, the shirt displays everything from bones to organs to blood vessels.
Apple still won’t confirm the existence of a much-discussed car program known as “Project Titan,” but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne hopes that if Apple really does launch a car, it will hire his company to build it. Marchionne describes himself as an “Apple freak” who owns every type of product the company makes, is apparently eager for a partnership with Cupertino.
The coolest cooler on the Internet is in desperate need of some cold, hard cash. For the second time in its short history, Coolest Cooler is running short of money, and is now petitioning investors to raise the funds needed to deliver its goods to its 60,000 paying customers, reports Eater.
And the Emmy goes to; PewDiePie. PewDie who? That may be the reaction from a certain segment of viewers during the next Emmy awards as YouTube stars begin vying for the gongs, thanks to the introduction of new categories that will recognize digital short-form content.
How do you replace the irreplaceable? That’s the vexing task facing the three core members of Stone Temple Pilots — guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz — who are on a mission-quest to find themselves a new lead singer. And they’re taking the search online.
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