Weekly Rewind: Tinder STDs, VR t-shirts and Happy Meals, Hack the Pentagon

Weekly Rewind 3-6-2016
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.

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Apple vs. FBI: A complete timeline of tech’s privacy standoff

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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.

Read the full story here.

New study finds Tinder users twice as likely to have a STI

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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.

Read the full story here.

MQA is an impressive new file format that squeezes superior sound into less space

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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.

Read the full story here.

The greasiest VR headset yet? McDonald’s launches viewer made from Happy Meal box

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.

Read the full story here.

Department of Defense recruits white hats for ‘Hack the Pentagon’ program

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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.

Read the full story here.

Business

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