Amazon Introduces a New Member of the Echo Family

After images of the device leaked online last week, Amazon has officially announced their new Echo device, the Echo Show. It’s similar to previous models in that it has a wide-array directional microphone system to listen for its wake word, “Alexa”, but this one boasts a seven-inch touchscreen for viewing online content, making video calls and much more. The futuristic gadget is available for preorder on Amazon.com for $229.99 USD.

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/5/9/15590978/amazon-echo-show-touchscreen-price-release-date

Colton Duncan arrested for DWI and possession of drugs

Colton Duncan arrested for DWI and possession of drugs

This is a great example of breaking news. The University star got a lot of traction to their page because of this. A girl in my class was actually the one who found out the information and broke the story. It also sparked a lot of conversation on twitter. I can’t wait until the University responds.

 

Yik Yak Comes to an End

Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, co-founders of the once-popular anonymous social networking app called Yik Yak, have recently announced that they will finally be shutting down after facing years of issues.

For those of us who never “Yak-ed”, Yik Yak was once a fun little app that offered users anonymity, so they could post whatever they wanted without being judged.  It was location-based, so people were allowed to connect with other Yak-ers within a certain radius, making it very popular among college campuses as well.  For the most part, it was a good time, but there are always those certain people who have to ruin the fun, and having the privilege of being anonymous unfortunately made cyberbullying all too easy for some in the Yik Yak world.  It eventually drove down the app experience so much that user downloads had declined tremendously by 2016 and the company began to lay off most of its employees.

Now, Yik Yak has just sold some of it’s intellectual property to Square for $1 million – a deeply disappointing result.  Read more about Yik Yak’s funeral in this article from TechCrunch.

The Nintendo DS Lives On

Something I laid to rest in my childhood years ago, the Nintendo DS is taking yet another new form this July with the 2DS XL.  The new console will be sold for $150 and feature the same large frame size as the 3DS XL, but have a more compact design with a folding top for better portability.  In addition, it will come with upgraded processing power to host more demanding games.

I remember when I couldn’t leave the house without my Nintendo DS; I had the rose gold version and it was basically my best friend.  I still have it and I’m even fairly certain it still works perfectly well, but the nostalgia that came with watching this video (below) makes it tempting to jump back into the gaming world and buy the new one.  I’m happy to see that Nintendo is still trying to keep the beloved portable alive, since it was such a memorable part of my younger years for so long that I’m sure the newest model will bring endless joy to kids out there who were just like me.

Poshmark on track to double revenue in 2017

Poshmark, a free app that can be used by anyone to buy, sell, or trade unwanted clothes, has just announced that they’re scheduled to generate $100 million in revenue this year, according to this article.

This is a huge accomplishment for an app of this type because they typically have a harder time surviving and thriving than other apps due to an insufficient amount of users.  Poshmark sets itself apart from the rest of the startups by doubling as a fun social network and not buying any inventory.  Instead, they profit by taking a 20% cut from each sale.

I have been using Poshmark for years after hearing about it from a friend, who had traded an unwanted pair of shoes for a brand new, name brand purse.  Since then, I’ve sold a handful of my own items and found tons of designer clothing for a highly discounted price.  If you’re like me and always buy things that end up sitting in your closet for a year with the tag still on, I suggest you check it out and help this app reach its goals and stay afloat!

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  – English Proverb

New behemoth of a drone from Hasselblad

So I came across this article detailing a new drone from Hasselblad and, well…wow. It looks pretty intimidating if you ask me. The camera that the drone is equipped with – the H6D-100c camera – comes with a 53.4mm x 40.0mm sensor, which sounds promising for those wanting to capture more detail in their photography and/or video. However, like any new and cool-looking tech nowadays, it’s expected to cost quite a bit – close to $30,000, if all materials needed are taken into account (the camera, gimbal, the drone itself, etc.)

Regardless, it still looks pretty awesome. Maybe Dr. Kaufhold will try flying this around Old Main?

Crime and Social Media Meet

This month a man committed a murder while broadcasting it on Facebook live. Steve Stevens killed a 74-year-old man in Cleveland while people watched through the live stream. The video was still posted online a week after the murder happened. Ironically enough, the high speed chase of Stevens was also broadcast on Facebook live.

All of this makes me wonder what the effect of social media is on crime. Personally, I thought it was increasing crime, but according to ClickOnDetroit, social media is helping catch people committing a crime because people are videotaping them in the act. In fact: “Prosecutors say YouTube videos, Instagram and other social media sites are an evidence gold mine. In many criminal cases, the motive often comes right from a text or post.”

Who knows what the future holds for the crime world when it comes to using social media.

 

Drones Can Save Lives

The Grand Canyon has officially become the first National Park to enlist its own fleet of drones to help locate lost hikers.  The steep cliffs that make up the Grand Canyon make it dangerously easy to get lost, stranded, injured or killed.  With five drones and four certified operators, this innovative service eliminates the need to risk more human lives by flying in a helicopter to do the same job.

Grand Canyon chief ranger Matt Vandzura explains that drones can offer “that same close look but without putting any people at risk.  It has dramatically increased our ability to keep our people safe.”

This new take on the classic search-and-rescue mission was most recently used in the search for a woman and her step grandson after they vanished the previous weekend while attempting to cross a creek near the North Rim.  Unfortunately, the search turned up empty, but the drones have still experienced success in a few other rescue missions.  Hopefully other national parks will begin to catch on to this trend and adopt their own drones to ensure the nation’s most beautiful destinations are still a safe place for all.

To read the full article and learn more, click here!

Will a Robot Take Your Job?

I came across this interesting interactive infographic yesterday, and I have to share it! You just type in your current or desired job, and then it tells you the likelihood of your job being taken over by robot.

The site also goes into detail about what makes a job more or less susceptible to automation. There is a large list of the top 365 jobs and the percentage of the risk of automation for that position. Seeing as we are all either in or about to enter the the work force, I thought this could be pretty useful and insightful regarding our future careers! You can find the infographic right here!