The Google Doctor Is In, The Snappening Is Happening, And More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, the Tesla Model D, good and bad Netflix news, PlayStation exclusive Powers, and the quest for the perfect selfie.
Google Tests Doctor Hangouts
Don’t share this data with Google. It will not end well. “trust” me… http://t.co/tOjImdoqVR
— Ben Lower (@benlower) October 13, 2014
You may soon be able to consult a doctor by doing nothing more than searching for your symptoms online . This is due to Google testing a new feature offering video chats with qualified doctors. The feature is being offered free during the testing phase, but virtual appointments will likely cost real money if and when they’re ever offered on a wider scale.
The forthcoming feature was first spotted by Reddit user jasonahoule, and has since been confirmed by Engadget. The test shows a user who has searched for ‘Knee Pain‘ being offered the chance to “Talk with a doctor now.” Clicking for more information reveals these are “health care providers you can visit with over video chat.”
This is potentially huge, turning Google into the first line of medical defense. Minor medical conditions could even be remedied without the patient ever leaving their own home. However, there are bound to be privacy concerns, as Google will become privy to an individual’s health records. Which, given the probability of data leaks , is far from ideal.
Snapchat Photos Leak Online
Hundreds of thousands of images and videos sent via Snapchat have been posted online in an event called The Snappening. The collection has been leaked in the form of a giant database, with 13GB of content contained within it. This includes images of men, women, and children. The latter may be shocking, but it’s unsurprising given the popularity of Snapchat among teenagers.
Snapchat maintains its servers weren’t breached in any way. Instead, it appears these images were obtained from third-party websites which promised to save sent Snaps. A site called SnapSaved, which is no longer operating, has been named several times on the forums discussing The Snappening.
This should act as a reminder that there is always a risk that anything you send to someone else — whether a video, a picture, or a message — could be saved for future reference. And if that content is then stolen it could end up online for all the world to see .
Tesla Unveils The Model D
Tesla Motors has unveiled the Tesla Model D during a glitzy press event in California, with CEO Elon Musk revealing his company’s latest electric car. With prices ranging from $75,000 to $120,000, the Tesla Model D isn’t going to be affordable for most people, but the various innovations it brings to the industry cannot be ignored.
The Tesla Model D is an all-wheel-drive version of the existing Model S, with dual motors — one for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels — plus autonomous driving features . The autonomous driving features don’t enable the Model D to drive itself, but with a radar, a camera, and 12 sensors, the Model D could be much safer than any other car on the road. Assuming it all works as it’s supposed to, of course.
Netflix On Linux, Raises 4K Price
I’ve been scrolling through Netflix movies for 45 min now. What a joke. I may have to settle for a Steven Seagal movie.
— Scott Warner (@ScottWarner18) October 13, 2014
We have good news and bad news from Netflix.
The good news is that, as predicted last month , Netflix now officially works on Linux without any need for messy workarounds. Thanks to changes to the Network Security Services (NSS) library, Netflix now works on Ubuntu, Fedora, and Mint, as long as you have Chrome 37 installed.
The bad news is that Netflix has raised the price of watching content in 4K (Ultra HD). New subscribers hoping to watch 4K content on Netflix will be charged $11.99 to do so, $3 more than the standard $8.99 subscription plan. Still, if you can afford a 4K television set you’re unlikely to even notice that extra $3 leaving your bank account each month.
Sony Unveils PlayStation Powers
Sony has unveiled the trailer for Powers, its first PlayStation exclusive series. Powers, an original series which will only be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers, follows police detectives keeping tabs on people with the titular powers. In other words, superheroes who aren’t exactly heroes.
The Quest For The Perfect Selfie
And finally, selfies can be lots of fun, but anyone who spends more than five seconds trying to capture the perfect selfie needs reminding how brief our time here on Earth actually is. This girl, who spends over a minute taking a selfie, clearly didn’t get the memo. [H/T Reddit]
Your Views On Today’s Tech News
Would you feel comfortable talking to a doctor via Google? Who is to blame for The Snappening? Is the Tesla Model D as exciting as Elon Musk implied in his unveiling?
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