A lot can happen in a week, especially in the tech world. From social media cries of help to 3D body parts, the past week has been pretty crazy, but that’s why we’ve compiled a quick and handy list of things you need to know:
In the latest in the war over data privacy, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other tech leaders have taken a pro-privacy stance after the FBI demanded Apple’s help cracking an iPhone used by a suspect in a terrorist attack in the US. Apple has refused on the grounds that opening a “back door” would endanger the privacy of all its users. Apple: 1 – FBI: 99482747.
While a Twitter plea to Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg has so far mysteriously gone unanswered (as far as we know), Kanye West’s die-hard fans are coming together to help during this difficult time for the rap megastar. Long-time fan Jeremy Piatt created a GoFundMe page for Kanye, titling the page “Get Kanye Out Of Debt.” “I’m trying to help out the greatest living artist of our time while he’s in need,” he said. We could think of a lot better ways to spend our money.
Thanks to the sweet music of Barry White, Eath’s population is growing at an extraordinary rate. As a result, Earth-dwellers will need to find new and creative places to live. According to a new report, humans will have underwater cities by 2116. “With advances in the efficiency of solar cells, it is likely that this free energy source will be used to create sub-aquatic communities, breathing the oxygen they create and fueling their electrical needs through the act of hydrogen creation below the waves.” Floating cities will also move all over the world to avoid harsh climates, and upside-down skyscrapers will extend deep into the ocean. Shouldn’t they be called bottom-of-the-ocean-scrapers then?
Flexible phones of the future won’t just be tougher, they could also bring completely new operating features, if this cool prototype flexy smartphone (below) is anything to go by. Developed by Queens University in Canada, it shows how bending a phone using two hands could become an input method, evolving beyond simple touches, swipes, and even haptic feedback.
Researchers from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine detailed how they managed to create a 3D bioprinter that is precise enough to actually manufacture replacement tissue capable of being used in transplant surgery. Body parts printed thus far include a jaw bone, muscle tissue, and cartilage structures, and perhaps most impressive of all, an incredibly accurate human ear. Hear that!?