Today in Tech News Digest, enjoying April Fools, Apple versus Samsung, Mozilla CEO speaks out, Amazon adds Metacritic scores, Zuckerberg takes pay cut, Coursera on Android, and Kaspersky maps the Cyberwar.
April Fools Hits The Web
Dumbledore is alive! April Fools.
— Professor Snape (@_Snape_) April 2, 2014
April 1 is the worst day of the year for anyone seeking real technology news, which is why yesterday’s edition of Tech News Digest wasn’t all it at first appeared to be. Fake news was everywhere on the Web, so what follows are just a few of our favorites from the roundups published by other tech sites.
TechCrunch updated its huge list of April Fools’ Day jokes throughout the day, which means some of those posted later got a look-in. The highlight being the new Flappy Board from Flipboard. Who knows which mobile gaming phenomenon inspired that one.
Mashable presented a list that includes April Fools’ Day pranks not related to technology. But the highlight for us was a geeky one: the SelfieBot by Orbotix. Selfies are everywhere these days, and this drone prevents the dreaded aching arm syndrome.
Look out for this week’s We Ask You, which is all about the best online April Fools’ Day jokes played over the years. And this coming weekend’s Weird & Wonderful Web will be detailing some of the 2014 April Fools you may have missed.
Apple & Samsung Back In Court
Samsung ends opening argument: “Android is iPhone’s main competitor & Google is Apple’s obsession… that is the purpose of this lawsuit.”
— Tim Bradshaw (@tim) April 1, 2014
Apple and Samsung are back in court, once again facing off over alleged patent infringements. This time around, Apple is seeking $2 billion in damages over five patents it claims Samsung copied in order to sell its products.
Business Insider has a rundown of the features being fought over, which include background data syncing, universal search, and slide to unlock. The case is expected to run throughout April, with a jury ultimately deciding Samsung’s fate.
Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Speaks Out
— koush (@koush) April 2, 2014
There have been calls for new Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich to resign over his alleged stance against gay marriage. Dating site OkCupid is even urging its users to ditch Firefox as a result. But Eich is refusing to step down.
He explains his reasoning in an interview with CNET, arguing that “Mozilla has always worked according to principles of inclusiveness … everyone in our community can have different beliefs about all sorts of things that may be in conflict.” Eich refused to talk about his beliefs on the issue, and whether they are different today than they were in 2008.
Amazon Adds Metacritic To Games Listings
Amazon is now displaying the Metacritic score on product pages. This means PR will try to harass 10s out of outlets more than ever.
— Jeremy Conrad (@ManaByte) April 1, 2014
Amazon has quietly added Metacritic scores to its video games listings. Metacritic scores are based on an average of review scores across various websites, and provide gamers with an easy option for determining whether a title is worth playing. As long as you trust the original scores awarded on the websites included, obviously.
Zuckerberg Takes A Pay Cut… Or Not
I dislike all these bullshit news reports about Mark Zuckerberg salary being $1. He was given 41,350,000 shares worth 2.3 Billion in Dec.
— Justin King (@zerohash) April 2, 2014
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken a pay cut to just $1 per year. That’s the PR line, and is technically true. However, the reality, as discovered by Valleywag, is that he can afford to take this pay cut thanks to already being worth $27 billion, cashing in $3 billion worth of shares in 2013, and receiving $653,165 in compensation for “the passenger fees, fuel, crew and catering costs for his use of private planes for personal reasons, as part of his security program.”
Coursera Comes To Android
Coursera has finally released an Android app, several months after releasing an app for iOS devices. Coursera for Android helps you “learn, search, pick, and enroll in any of the 600-odd courses available on the platform in 20 subject areas.”
Kaspersky’s Interactive Cyberwar Map
And finally, Kaspersky has launched an interactive map showing a visual representation of all the cyber attacks taking place around the world. Watching the battles between malware creators and computer users happening in this way is a good reminder to stay safe online.
However, just remember that using this map doesn’t mean you have to then use Kaspersky software, as there are plenty of other free security options available. However, it is a scarily mesmerizing spectacle for those who understand that Security Matters.