Best Buy Sells Apple Watch, China Unbans Games Consoles… [Tech News Digest]
Best Buy to sell the Apple Watch, China lifts ban on games consoles, Twitter fails to laugh at stolen jokes, Triller makes music videos look easy, mapping Grand Theft Auto V, and droning on about that drone rescuing a drone.
Apple Watch Lands at Best Buy
Best Buy is set to start selling the Apple Watch at its retail stores across the United States. Apple’s first-generation smartwatch will be available to buy in 100 Best Buy stores in August, and at more than 300 by the start of the holiday season. This makes Best Buy the first retailer other than Apple itself to sell the Apple Watch.
Best Buy spokesperson Jason Bonfig told the Wall Street Journal, “The Apple Watch is an important addition to an emerging product category, and we know our customers want it. We are excited to bring Apple Watch to more consumers, especially with the holidays coming up.” Apple has denied reports that sales of the Apple Watch slumped after the initial flurry of interest during its April launch.
China Consoles Itself With Games
China has officially lifted its ban on video games consoles after 15 years. The Chinese government originally banned games consoles over fears they had a harmful effect on children. However, those fears appear to have been allayed, and according to the Wall Street Journal, all restrictions on the same of games consoles in China have now been lifted.
This country-wide lifting of the ban follows the restrictions being removed from the Free Trade Zone surrounding Shanghai. This led to Microsoft and Sony starting to sell the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in China as long as they manufactured the consoles in that territory. Now, the aforementioned companies, along with Nintendo, are free to ply their trade across China.
Twitter Deletes Stolen Jokes
Twitter has started deleting stolen jokes tweeted without crediting the originator. As first noticed by @PlagiarismBad, Twitter is removing tweets it considers to have been copied from another user.
All it takes is for someone to make a copyright claim through Twitter’s Web form, which is what Olga Lexell, a freelance writer in Los Angeles, did. According to The Verge, Lexell tweeted, “saw someone spill their high end juice cleanse all over the sidewalk and now I know god is on my side,” and several accounts stole the “joke” for themselves.
Lexell has since protected her tweets, which means few people will even see them, let alone copy them. Still, she managed to prove her point, thus teaching us all to do the right thing and retweet with comments rather than steal other people’s finely crafted messages of 140-characters or less.
Triller Makes Music Videos
Triller is a new iOS app that lets ordinary people like you and me make music videos. You simply choose a song — either from Triller’s featured selection or your own collection — and record footage you think will play nicely alongside the audio. You can shoot as many takes as you like, and Triller will automagically edit them with cuts similar to those used by directors.
This is a fantastic idea, especially at a time when more and more people are creatively expressing themselves online. However, the developers may have made a mistake calling the app Triller, as its similarity to “Thriller” means Google auto-corrects its search results to display the Michael Jackson song. Oops.
The Unofficial GTA V Map App
Grand Theft Auto V has been out for almost two years now, and yet this particular game shows no sign of losing its luster. GTA V has such avid fans that some of them have spent time and energy (and probably money) creating an unofficial map pinpointing the various locations and collectibles to be found in the game.
This unofficial GTA V map is available on the Web, on Android, and on iOS, is completely free, and is far superior to the official map created by Rockstar Games. As someone who is playing through Grand Theft Auto V for the second time, this is an invaluable resource. Unfortunately, it won’t help me get any better at GTA Online.
When a Drone Rescues a Drone
And finally, we have proof that drones are growing more popular by the day, with a video showing one drone rescuing another drone. Thankfully for everybody worried about the technological singularity , the rescue drone had a human operator, but this is still an impressive operation.
Harrisen Howes is the drone operator in question, who mounted a rescue operation after his roommate got his drone stuck up on a neighbor’s roof. Using hooks made from coat hangers, Howes airlifted the injured drone to safety, and now he has two with which to annoy his neighbors.
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