In my first attempt at doing a Five Five Tech segment (five news stories in five minutes) as part of Episode 0, I had to do a fair bit of editing to get it down to 5 minutes. But this time, when you take out the intro and outro, I’m much closer to 4 minutes than 5! Better shorter than longer, but still… I’m sure I’ll get better at coming in close to 5:00 as I do more of these. And with that out of the way…
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1. Amazon Announcements
Amazon has announced new versions of its Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle Fire TV streaming media player. The new products are available for pre-order and will begin shipping in October 2015. Something I didn’t catch before I did the recording is that the new Fire TV Stick now comes with a voice remote
at no extra cost! UPDATE: You can still get a new Fire TV Stick with a standard remote for $39, but it’s $49 with the voice remote. That’s still less expensive than it was when you had to buy the Fire TV voice remote on its own for $29.99 though.
- Kindle Fire Tablets
- Amazon Fire TV streaming media players
- The 12 most unexpectedly interesting things about Amazon’s new tablets and Fire TV (Fast Company)
2. Google Does Good
Google is matching donations 1:1 (up to €5 million) to organizations working to assist refugees in Europe. As I’m writing this, they haven’t quite reached their goal yet, so you can still donate and see your contribution doubled. (Google is also covering all processing costs.)
3. The Ig Nobel Awards!
I love these so much.
- The 25th First Annual Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony & Lectures (Improbable Research)
- Ig Nobel Prizes Mark a Quarter Century of Irreverent Science Humor (Scientific American)
- Ig Nobel Winner Confirms Five-Second Rule (The Tech, MIT, 2004)
4. Technology Meets History
Freedom petitions filed by African Americans in the late 18th/early 19th century are now available online.
- O Say Can You See Website
- Search results for “petitions”
- This website has indexed the freedom petitions of hundreds of DC slaves (Technical.ly DC)
Facebook is working on a (sort of) Dislike button.
- Here’s exactly what Mark Zuckerberg said about the ‘dislike’ button (Mashable)
- Four highlights from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Q&A (Forbes)
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