“Hound .. how smart is water?” If water wasn’t already smart, it’s just gotten a little smarter thanks to Brita’s smart Wi-Fi Infinity Pitcher that automatically orders new filters when you need them through Amazon’s Dash and you might already be wondering why I started off by saying “Hound“? Siri, Google and Alexa have a new frenemy and his name is Hound, an incredibly fast and accurate speech recognition and language understanding assistant for more than your iPhone or Android phone. Hound also works with the Raspberry Pi which has recently been upgraded with a 64-bit chip and embedded Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for not much more than what you probably spend at Starbucks in a week.
Also, this past week, a French student has created an open source smartwatch OS based on Linux, which could become a competitor for Android Wear and Tizen, Amazon quietly removes encryption for Fire devices, the Popslate indiegogo project puts a second, e-reader style screen on the back of your iPhone and yet another teacher is busted when a student finds nude pics on her phone – a lesson to be learned the hard way on why you should passcode (and encrypt) your phone.
Oh, and SkyWall announces the first drone capturing bazooka, protecting your backyard from the impending drone takeover, clouds are possibly seen on dwarf-planet Pluto, astronaut Scott Kelly returns from space after a year.
Here is a quick glance-summary
from Week 10 (Feb29-Mar5), 2016
- Snapchat gets phished and exposed 700 employees personal information
- Google says it bears some responsibility for first accident caused by self-driving car
- Indonesia tells Google and other Internet firms to pay tax or risk getting blocked
- Microsoft Band 2 Price Drops Even Further, Now $175 at Best Buy and Microsoft Store
- Six Flags launches new Virtual Reality Roller Coaster
- Amazon removes encryption support in latest Fire OS update
Source: Washington Post
- Apple creates a general support channel on Twitter @AppleSupport
- Samsung releases 16TB SSD, officially making it the world’s largest drive
- McDonald’s Is Transforming Happy Meal Boxes Into VR Headsets
- Amazon’s Kindle gets a big update including a personalized home screen, new MyReadingList and sharing made easier
The Apple Stand-off: Justice Vs. Privacy
Apple and FBI testify to Congress while Apple supporters: Google, Twitter Facebook Airbnb, eBay, GitHub, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Reddit, Square and Squarespace, among others (except former CEO Bill Gates) file a brief urging the U.S. District Court in California to deny the motion to compel Apple to comply with the FBI’s request.
- Apple scores iPhone legal victory that may help in FBI fight
- Read Apple’s opening statement to Congress over its FBI fight
- San Bernardino Survivor’s Husband Writes Powerful Letter To Judge Supporting Apple
- F.B.I. Error Locked San Bernardino Attacker’s iPhone
- Twitter, Reddit and more file brief to support Apple vs the FBI
- San Bernardino DA says seized iPhone may hold “dormant cyber pathogen”
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