Interapt’s Top Ten Tech Moments February 15th- February 19th

Hulu launches universal Windows 10 app with Cortana support for smartphones, tablets, and PCs

 

Emil Protalinski, Venture Beat

Hulu recently launched a universal Windows 10 app for smartphones, tablets, and PCs, with support for Cortana and Live Tiles. You can download the new version now from the Windows Store

 

‘5D’ discs can store data until well after the sun burns out

Andrew Tarantola, Engadget 

Researchers at the University of Southampton’s Optical Research Center announced on Tuesday that they’ve perfected a technique that can record data in 5 dimensions and keep it safe for billions of years. The method etches data into a thermally stable disc using femtosecond laser bursts.

 

Twitter is adding a dedicated GIF button to make your timeline and DMs more animated

Nate Swanner, The Next Web  

Two years after adding support for GIFs, Twitter is officially adding a button to help you add GIFs to your tweets or direct messages without ever leaving the compose window, and it’s almost exactly as rumored.

 

Smartwatch sales hit 8.1M in Q4 2015, pushing smartwatches ahead of Swiss watch for the first time 

Chance Miller, 9to5 Google 

According to a new report from Strategy Analytics, the sales of smartwatches in the fourth quarter of 2015 outpaced sales of Swiss watches for the first time. The company claims that during the holiday quarter, a total of 8.1 million smartwatches were shipped, while 7.9 million Swiss watches were shipped.

 

Tim Cook Says Apple Will Fight Order to Help Unlock iPhone

Brian Barrett, Wired

Last night, A CALIFORNIA COURT ordered Apple to assist the FBI in hacking an iPhone. It’s an unprecedented request, one with potentially huge repercussions for the privacy and security of every Apple customer. This morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted an impassioned defense of encryption, and signaled the legal battles to come.

 

Extremely severe bug leaves dizzying number of software and devices vulnerable

Dan Goodin, Ars Technica 

Researchers have discovered a potentially catastrophic flaw in one of the Internet’s core building blocks that leaves hundreds or thousands of apps and hardware devices vulnerable to attacks that can take complete control over them.

 

How schools around the country are turning dead Microsoft PCs into speedy Chromebooks

Ben Popper, The Verge

The Ovid-Elsie school district sits an hour west of Flint, Michigan, the city now notorious for being poisoned by its own penny-pinching administrators. The district, which serves roughly 1,600 students, is one of the poorer areas in the state, with a per capita income of just over $15,000. “We’re looking at close to three-quarters of our kids [who] are classified as economically disadvantaged here,” said Kris Kirby, the district’s assistant superintendent. So when it came time to find computer equipment for every classroom, Ovid-Elsie had to get creative.

 

Google’s CEO just sided with Apple in the encryption debate

Chris Welch, The Verge

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has chimed in on the escalating battle between the FBI and Apple over iPhone encryption. Describing the letter published by Apple’s Tim Cook as “important,” Pichai says that a judge’s order forcing Apple to assist the FBI in gaining access to the data on a terrorist’s iPhone “could be a troubling precedent.” Seeing as Google oversees the Android operating system, Pichai is a crucial voice in this debate; Android also offers encryption to safeguard personal data.

 

We just got a new hint about Google’s plans to beam super-fast Internet to your home

Jillian D’Onfro, Business Insider

A new filing gives us more information about the wireless broadband equipment that Google is testing in Kansas City, where it already operates its high-speed internet service Fiber, hinting that it might eventually provide a wireless “last mile” for Fiber.

 

India’s $4 smartphone: Too good to be true?

Charles Riley, CNN Money 

What’s the real story behind India’s $4 smartphone? Just days after launching with enormous buzz, a cutting-edge device with a rock-bottom price is being blasted by industry officials and analysts.

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