The eSim, 5G and Playboy Trades Nipples for Good Design #yourlifeintech week 8

Well Hell hath finally froze over with playboy trading nipples for good design as the publication pivots itself away from nude photographs for the first time in their 60 year history. Although, I wouldn’t expect to see the new SFW March issue of Playboy landing in your dentists waiting room anytime to soon, but now we can all honestly say that we read it for the “articles” and “art”. Meanwhile, Sport Illustrated is innovating the swim suit edition with Google-style VR goggles. Poor Twitter is still catching up and trying to be the cool kid again by adding video-sharing to direct messages, but it seems like all the cool kids are using Instagram. Is Twitter looking to take the same yard-sale road as Yahoo and setting itself up for a possible sale? or fly into a “public benefit corporation” like Kickstarter did last year?

Then we have Nissan’s self-parking chairs and Apple’s fix and apology for Error 53.

Here is a quick glance-summary of a few top headlines from Week 8 (Feb14-Feb21), 2016.

Yahoo takes a step towards possible sale. I bet someone somewhere is thinking what I am thinking and Yahooo! should have bought Google way back in the summer of 2002.
Source: NY Times

2 Comcast outage hit cable and internet service across U.S.  The outage affected communities including the San Francisco Bay Area; much of the East Coast from Philadelphia to Boston; parts of Florida, and Washington, D.C..
Source: Engadget

3 Samsung Galaxy 6, S6 Edge will get Android Marshmallow. This is great because for many Android customers the version of the OS installed on their phone when they buy it is the only version of Android they will ever see unless they upgrade their phone.
Source: CNet

4 A $7 smartphone is launching in India. Ringing Bells has not revealed too many details about Freedom 251, but is likely to be 3G-enabled. Sure, it’s not LTE, but would you sacrifice some speed and performance for a phone that won’t cost you $500, or $25 a month for 24 months (AT&T)?
Source: Mashable

5 Tim Cook gains support in fighting court order to unlock iPhone from Google CEO, Facebook and John MaAfee says he can hack it in 3 weeks or will eat his shoe on live TV.
Source: Wired/Mashable/Arstechnica

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6 Virgin Galactic unveils new Virgin Galactic VSS Unity and Recommits to Space Tourism. Tickets to space are on pre-sale for around $250,000.
Source: FastCompany

7 Samsung Gear S2 debuts the eSim. The specifications for eSIM were just approved by GSMA, allowing them to be used in devices like smartwatches, tablets, and fitness trackers. This is exciting stuff because soon we may finally be able to be tether-free from our phones.
Source: Slashgear

AT&T starting to test ultraspeedy 5G in Austin, Texas which  would mean a more responsive network that could let a doctor remotely perform delicate surgery with robotic hands. That sounds cool and all, but I don’t think I ever want to hear a surgeon say “can you hear me now?” to their assistant.
Source: CNet

9 Hoverboards may be seized or recalled due to fire risk; Amazon offers full refund
Source: USA Today

10 Alibaba buys 33 million shares of Groupon via a Groupon: Buy $11 million shares and get 33 million – LOL – in all seriousness people seemed to like this. Groupon’s stock opened 35% higher the next morning.
Source: CNBC

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Our favorite reviews for week 8

1 Withings Activite review

2 Waterfield Designs Staad Attache review
Source: the-gadgeteer

3 Five common photo lenses & when to use them

5 Common Photo Lenses & When To Use Them

Our upcoming reviews &articles

1 Making fitness wearables and food tracking work for you
2 Skinomi® TechSkin screen protector for Apple Watch
3 Playboy March SWF Issue (maybe it will have some #yourlifeintech articles)