Interapt’s Top Ten Tech Moments February 29th- March 4th

Raspberry Pi 3 Launches — 50% Faster, With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth And An Eye On IoT

Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch 

A major new Raspberry Pi microprocessor has been announced today: the Pi 3 Model B board becomes the new top-of-the-line Pi, with a 64bit 1.2GHz quad-core chipset and 1GB RAM it’s being slated to offer a 50 per cent power bump over the Pi 2. But is still priced at just $35 — the original Model B Pi price-tag, four years on from its debut.

 

McDonald’s Is Now Making Happy Meal Boxes That Turn Into Virtual Reality Headsets 

David Gianatasio, AdWeek

McDonald’s Sweden is launching a promotion that invites kids to turn Happy Meal boxes into virtual-reality viewers. Dubbed Happy Goggles, some 3,500 of them will be made available at 14 restaurants over the weekends of March 5 and March 12. The price is about $4.10.

 

A New York judge just ruled that the FBI can’t force Apple to unlock iPhones

Kif Leswing, Business Insider

A federal judge in Brooklyn has ruled that the government can’t force Apple to help break an iPhone’s passcode security.

 

Slack takes on Skype and Google Hangouts with new calling features

Karissa Bell, Mashable 

Slack just added a new feature that makes it a lot more competitive with Skype and Google Hangouts.The company is now testing a feature, currently available to all users, that allows people to make voice calls within Slack. The company is also working on video calls and screen sharing features.

Amazon debuts two smaller and cheaper Echos

Roberto Baldwin, Engadget 

Amazon has announced two new Alexa-enabled devices that do most of the same tasks, but look completely different. The Echo Dot is a stubby version of the regular Echo while the Amazon Tap is a Bluetooth and WiFi speaker that supports voice commands.

 

A day with the HTC Vive

Devindra Hardawar, Engadget

Virtual reality in your home is finally … well, real. And I’m not just referring to VR-lite experiences like Google Cardboard or Samsung’s Gear VR. I’m talking about graphically rich, forget where you are, so genuine you can almost touch it, virtual reality. After dreaming about the possibilities of VR for decades and following its most recent wave closely, it’s hard to believe it’s finally here. That sentiment hit me with the force of a virtual tidal wave when the HTC Vive Pre arrived at my apartment yesterday.

 

Six Flags partners with Samsung for virtual reality coaster rides

Eileen Brown, ZDNet 

Six Flags, and Samsung have today announced a broad marketing partnership which appoints Samsung as the “Official Technology Partner” of Six Flags.The partnership includes the debut of North America’s first Virtual Reality (VR) roller coasters, using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus.A virtual reality coaster is a traditional coaster that is equipped with cutting-edge technology to allow you to wear a wireless VR headset during the ride.

 

Facebook Messenger and Spotify now let you quickly share songs and playlists

Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge

Facebook and Spotify are trying to make it easier to share music. They’re launching a new integration inside of Facebook Messenger today that allows you to quickly jump into Spotify, choose a song or playlist, and then send it over to a friend.

 

iOS 9.3 will tell you loud and clear if your employer is monitoring your iPhone

Stan Schroeder, Mashable 

Nobody likes being monitored. But even if you suspected your company is following your activities on the iPhone, would you know where to check?In the next iteration of its smartphone operating system, iOS 9.3, Apple is looking to make this an easier task. According to Reddit user MaGNeTiX, the latest beta of iOS 9.3 has a message telling users their iPhone is being supervised.

What 5G Will Mean for You

Mark Scott, NY Times Bits

You may soon start hearing a lot about 5G, or the fifth generation of wireless technology. This technology is expected to leap ahead of current wireless technology, known as 4G, by offering mobile Internet speeds that will let people download entire movies within seconds, and it may pave the way for new types of mobile applications.

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