Interapt’s Top Ten Tech Moments: December 7th-December 11th

France considers public Wi-Fi, To network ban in wake of terror attacks

By Charlie Osborne, ZDNet

French officials are mulling over ways to tighten surveillance and encryption controls online in the aftermath of the devastating terrorist attacks on Paris last month. Local newspaper Le Monde reports that the French government is proposing stringent controls on the use of public Wi-Fi networks when the country is on high alert and in a state of emergency.

Scientists 3D print ‘live’ blood vessels

By Jon Fingas, Engadget

Lawrence Livermore researchers have successfully 3D printed blood vessels that deliver nutrients and self-assemble like they would in a human body. The key is to print an initial structure out of cells and other organic material, and then to augment it with bio ink and other body-friendly materials. With enough time, everything joins up and behaves naturally.

 

Facebook Kills Creative Labs, Its Internal Incubator, Plus Some Of Its Apps

By Sarah Perez, Tech Crunch

Facebook is shuttering its internal R&D division, Creative Labs, launched nearly two years ago as an effort aimed at allowing the large company the ability to act more nimbly – and more like a startup. However, like many startups, the products emerging from the Creative Labs incubator had trouble finding traction and success.

Apple Launches New Product- $99 Smart Battery Case

By Greg Kumparak, Tech Crunch

In a fairly uncharacteristic move, Apple launched a new product with little to no fanfare. Called the Smart Battery Case, it’s a $99 wrap for the iPhone 6 and 6s meant to compete with the likes of the Mophie Juice Pack.

 

$5 Computer-Raspberry Pi Zero

 

By J. A. Watson, ZDNet

Raspberry Pi Zero was released this week at a startling low amount of $5. It runs Raspbian and all your favourite applications, including Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi.

 

Google has proof that their quantum computer really works

By Andrew Tarantola, Engadget

Google announced a breakthrough in the field of quantum computingWednesday. The company thinks it’s found a quantum algorithm that solves problems 100 million times faster than conventional processes. If confirmed, this discovery could not only lead to iRobot-style artificial intelligence but also advance the US space program by light years.

Judge allows class-action suit against Uber to expand and include more drivers

By Davey Alba, Wired

The ruling handed down in San Francisco by US District Judge Edward Chen allows Uber drivers who agreed as part of their contracts to settle disputes in arbitration to join the lawsuit nevertheless. Three plaintiffs had initially brought the complaint against Uber seeking mileage and tip reimbursement from the company, which is now valued at $62.5 billion. Currently, Uber considers those drivers independent contractors, not official employees of the company, meaning they must shoulder those expenses themselves. The suit seeks to have drivers classified as employees.

Tesla now using leftover upholstery leather from its cars to make stylish iPhone cases

By Fred Lambert, 9to5Mac

Just barely in time for Christmas, Tesla updated its online store to add new apparel and accessories, including new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus leather cases/wallets.  If you have a Tesla enthusiast on your Christmas list, this might be your best last-minute shot for a holiday gift.

 

Ford will spend $4.5 billion to launch 13 new electric vehicles by 2020

By the Associated Press, Mashable

Ford Motor Co. says it will introduce 13 new electric vehicles worldwide by 2020, including an updated Focus sedan that will go on sale late next year.

Amazon removes all Swagway hoverboards from site

By Adario Strange

Swagway, one of the most popular hoverboards on the market, has been quietly wiped from Amazon’s website. The action comes just days after Swagway was identified as the brand of hoverboard that caught fire while charging in a Chappaqua, New York home.

 

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