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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.