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Tech Tuesday Roundup – Barks, batteries, & bad news

This past week was full of political memes, Hollywood hype, and unrelenting Valentine’s Day reminders (ugh), but there were also some big movements in the tech world. Here’s the big stories you may have missed this week:

Wolf in sheep’s clothing

Artificial intelligence is now known as “human”, kind of. That’s right, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given consent to consider the artificial intelligence system driving Google’s Self-Driving Car as a driver, as per the US federal law. In a letter written to Google authorities, the government agency stated that from now on it will address the artificial intelligence system as driver, and not the person who is sitting in it.

Second wind

The days of plugging in your smartphone at lunchtime could soon be over as handsets with a week-long battery life are just two years away. So says British fuel-cell maker Intelligent Energy Holdings. The company, usually associated with hydrogen powered vehicles, has turned its attention to underachieving smartphone battery life and is working on a technology that could mean having to charge a smartphone only once a week.

Back to the Future

For whatever reason, if you’re looking to set the date on your iPhone back to 1970 (maybe you miss the 70s?), don’t! It’s been discovered that setting your iOS device system date and time back to January 1st, 1970, would crash your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, effectively bricking it. Users began doing it because of a viral image that spread online which claimed that setting back the clock will unlock a 1970s-themed Apple Easter Egg. The image was created to try and troll iOS users. Apple has acknowledged the problem and is reportedly working on an update that will prevent the bizarre bug from happening. But in the meantime, don’t do it (seriously, don’t).

Rent a pup

Want a dog but aren’t responsible enough to get a full-time pooch? Fortunately, there is now a dog dating service called Bark ‘N’ Borrow? The app is kind of like Tinder for dogs. It’s a community of dog lovers who either already have a dog or are looking for canine companionship. You can download the app for free on your iPhone, and you will be well on your way to finding the perfect four-legged date.