Today in Tech News Digest, Facebook launches Anonymous Login, MacBook Air prices are slashed, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is announced, YouTube adds branding intros, The Onion teases Clickhole, Coursera seeks translators, and a Canadian family admit 2014 is better than 1986.
Facebook Introduces ‘Anonymous Login’
there has to be some sort of catch on this “anonymous login” thing that Facebook just introduced — developers would HATE getting less info
— ?_? (@MikeIsaac) April 30, 2014
Facebook has used its annual f8 developer conference to announce Anonymous Login. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the new Anonymous Login during his keynote speech, explaining how it will enable Facebook users to sign in to third-party apps without sharing their personal details.
It’s important to note that while Anonymous Login does indeed hide your information from the developers of said apps, Facebook itself will still know everything about you. So, anonymous as far as third parties are concerned, but not anonymous to Facebook.
Anonymous Login was just one of a number of changes announced at f8. Others include Facebook users being given more options when logging into Facebook itself, and seeing a centralized app control panel they can use for managing apps. Anonymous Login is currently being tested and will take several months to roll out to developers.
MacBook Air Prices Slashed
— BGR (@BGR) April 30, 2014
The news that Apple has cut $100 off the price of the new MacBook Air has led retailers to slash prices of the previous models. AppleInsider has an extensive list of the deals currently in place, though all are obviously subject to change at a moment’s notice.
This means Apple fans seeking to buy a MacBook Air currently have three options: Buy a discounted older model for as little as $799, buy the new, slightly improved model for as little as $899, or wait until Apple launches the MacBook Air with Retina Display. It’s definitely happening; we just don’t know when.
Or there is, of course, the secret fourth option, which is not to buy a MacBook Air at all.
Disney Infinity Adds Marvel Characters
Disney has announced Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, which it’s describing as Disney Infinity 2.0. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is a standalone game featuring more than 20 characters from the Marvel universe, including The Avengers, as seen in the trailer above.
The game will be launching in the fall on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, and iOS. A range of platforms so large it affords parents no excuses for not giving into the demands of their kids. The one plus point is that all of the characters from the original game will also work with Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes.
YouTube Adds A Branding Intro Feature
Boost your channel’s recognition using new intro videos http://t.co/KhgVi4QPb2 (YouTube Creator Blog)
— Hikosaemon (@hikosaemon) April 30, 2014
YouTube content creators can now add a branding intro to the start of all their videos. These channel branding intros can be up to three seconds in length, and play before all videos uploaded to a user’s own channel. YouTube is insisting these intros “not be used as ads, sponsorships, or product placements.” Which is surely fair enough.
The Onion Targets Buzzfeed & Upworthy
ClickHole, version satirique de BuzzFeed et UpWorthy http://t.co/WXvUt0iRY3 par The Onion
— Eric Scherer (@EricScherer) May 1, 2014
Fans of satirical news sites are in for a treat when Clickhole launches in the summer. Clickhole, from the team responsible for The Onion, will be mimicking and mocking the likes of Buzzfeed and Upworthy, sites which suck us all in with vague titles and lists about nothing in particular.
Clickhole.com promises “content so shareable, snackable, and clickable, it will rob you of all logic and reason.” Until launch, the site is nothing more than an experiment seeing how many times people will click a button which does absolutely nothing. Or does it?!
Coursera Needs Translators
Coursera, the educational company known for its MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), is seeking to expand its horizons by offering translated subtitles for budding students who do not speak English.
In order to achieve this goal, Coursera has launched The Global Translator Community, and it needs volunteers willing and able to help. For their time and effort, volunteers will be invited to special events and awarded with special certificates. But they won’t get paid despite Coursera being a for-profit company. Shame.
Canadian Family Stops Living Like It’s 1986
And finally, a Canadian family who spent a whole year living as if it was still 1986 have decided that 2014 is where it’s at. Because, well, 2014 quite blatantly is better than 1986.
Blair McMillan and his partner Morgan Patey were both born in 1986, so, along with their two kids, aged 5 and 3, they decided to travel back in time a couple of decades. Cue mullets and stonewash jean shorts, but no Internet, no smartphones, and no computers.
The video above shows the family living like it’s 1986, while CBC has all the details of the couple’s experience. Which is all very interesting but not something I’ll be copying anytime soon. Well, the mullet, perhaps, but nothing else.
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