Building computers is just for adults? Not anymore. Kano Computing has recently shipped its first batch of computer kits after receiving more than 13,000 requests on its Kickstarter account. The kits include step-by-step instructions for not only building the computer but learning how to code as well. The younger generation has grown up playing with Gameboys instead of games in their backyards and know more about buying apps on Mom and Dad’s tablet than about buying playing cards. Kano’s goal is to capitalize on this by not only getting kids interested in their product but interested in building the product as well. Users cannot simply take the computer out of its packaging and start it up onsite. They have to get to know the pieces, carefully read what wire connects to what port, and type out the code in a very specific order. The Kano computer kits get users involved in the whole process of the computer, not just in its use.
Kano plans to grow very organically in an attempt to encourage customers to invest “not just in the product itself but in the … experience as well,” according to co-founder Alex Klein. With this grassroots goal, the company will strive to sell future units globally through its own website with the help of new COO Thomas Enraght-Moony, who was formerly the CEO of Match.com. With attention-grabbing colors and catchy phrases as “Lego simple, Raspberry Pi powerful, and hugely fun” Kano is on its way to accomplishing success in a DIY, technological world.
…and then there was 10; Windows 10, that is. At a press conference Microsoft revealed that it has been working on a new operating system that will be released publicly mid-2015. The company’s goal is for the OS to work on phones and computers, touchscreens and mouse-and-keyboard systems, personal laptops and company networks. Operating systems chief for Microsoft Terry Myerson confidently stated, “Windows 10 will deliver the right experience at the right time on the right device.” Seeing as Windows 8 was fraught with user interface nightmares, we’re happy to hear that Microsoft has plans to improve the OS beyond its attempts with 8.1.
The newest OS from Microsoft will still utilize its predecessor’s tile system but the much-lamented Start Menu will be returned. Its absence was an attempt to launch Microsoft touchscreen devices into popularity with simplicity at the helm but this translated into chaos for the traditional devices. Listening to upset customers, Microsoft plans for Windows 10 to combine the best of both worlds by using the touchscreen-friendly tiles and the classic device-friendly start menu. The company recognizes that Windows 7 is still the most-used operating system (despite the end of mainstream support looming in early 2015) and have thus looked to it for inspiration for this next project. Beta users starting today will be testing the new OS so that the company can correct issues and perfect the overall program before its release first to businesses and then to the public.
With more than a week of being on the market, iPhone 6 has been subjected to both obsessive praise and petty ridicule yet the facts of these opinions stand for themselves. The newest Apple product simply cannot hold its own against a strong pair of hands or a trendy pair of skinny jeans as it easily bends, resulting at times in breakage. True to the companies’ rivalry, Samsung has come out with an ad which not only highlights their own features but pokes fun at Apple’s as well. A new limited edition Galaxy Note Edge boasts a curved edge with a side display for notifications. The new phone’s cheeky ad puts simply the phone is “Curved. Not bent.” Regardless of whose side you stand on (Apple’s or Samsung’s) it’s clear that the war has only begun and mudslinging is just as fair in this game as in political races.
The Patriot Act and subsequent updates and enhancements made it illegal to share that a company had been asked to reveal information about one of its clients. These requests are made from a security agency like the NSA and are submitted to the FISA court, at which only the government is allowed to present and its proceedings are top secret. The warrant contains a provision that advises that it is illegal to even admit a company has received such a warrant, much less tell the subject entailed. Recently the tech industry won the right to leak that they had received warrants but must wait six months to do so and only announce how many they have received.
In response to this secrecy many companies, including Apple, added a clause to their regular privacy statement, Quarterly SEC filing, and other official documents which indicate they have NOT received a warrant. Quite tricksy when you think about it. Once they remove that clause from their documents, they are not openly stating they have received a warrant but they are no longer saying that they haven’t. This canary has now since stopped chirping for the tech company.
In November of 2013, Apple added a clause to its regular releases: “Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us.” Recently it’s been discovered that this portion is now missing which suggests Apple has been served with the ultra-secret warrant for information, files, and account contents of one of its clients. We may not know for another six months one way or another if they indeed received a warrant to disclose information on a client but a little birdie told us to keep an eye on what plays out.
PHONE ADDICTIONS. Yes, they’re real. Everyone has that friend who wakes up with the imprint of a screen on their face because their iPhone is practically a binky, who interrupts every conversation to make sure that he didn’t miss any messages, or who always thinks she heard her phone vibrate with a new Facebook notification. A simple solution to break this nasty habit? The NoPhone.
The NoPhone is a plastic mold the size of a smartphone. What does it do? Nothing. The NoPhone takes the place of your actual phone so that you can continue interacting with the people around you without constantly updating your status, answering text messages, and obsessively looking to see if it’s flashing to tell you someone needs your immediate attention. If that’s not fancy enough for you there is a special upgrade available: the NoPhone Selfie Upgrade. Every time you look at your NoPhone the selfie screen will remind you you’re just as beautiful as when you checked 30 seconds ago and yes, the person sitting behind you on the train has noticed.
Even as a gag, this could make a great Christmas present to remind your boyfriend that your eyes are on your face, not in his hand. If you can’t wait until they’re available in a store near you, visit NoPhone’s Kickstarter page and become a backer of this anti-technology creation. It’s developers (because it took more than one person to design this product) are eagerly checking their phones every few seconds to see who will support them next…will it be you?
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