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Google Has A Domain Just For You, Science Makes Light Of Time Travel, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 24-06-2014

Also, parking apps battle each other and the law in San Francisco, Google Glass lands in the UK, Second Life is being rebuilt from the ground up, Bono compares Apple to “a religious cult,” and British Airways introduces Slow TV to some flights.


Google Enters GoDaddy’s Domain

Google has quietly launched a domain registration service, muscling in on a market currently dominated by GoDaddy. Google Domains is being tested on an invite-only basis. Interested parties can request an invite by clicking on ‘Manage My Domains’.

Once fully up and running, Google Domains will allow you to buy and sell domains with no extra charge for private registrations. While Google won’t be offering hosting, it has teamed up with a number of third-party website builders such as Squarespace and Weebly to simplify the process.

Google’s impetus for entering this lucrative business is its own research suggesting 55 percent of small businesses still don’t have their own domain. And once Google has a business in its grasp it can then start up-selling its other online products and services Not Just Search: 10+ Google Services You Have to Know About We all know Google is more than just a search engine: It’s an suite web-based applications and services for everything from email to calendaring, document editing, and file storage. It's even an online media store.... Read More . Clever.

Scientists Simulate Time Travel

Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia have simulated time travel on a quantum level [Paywall], showing how individual particles of light (photons) would behave under such circumstances.

The simulation focused on a photon interacting with its older self while stuck in a closed timelike curve (CTC). The fuzzy, uncertain properties of photons means paradoxes potentially affecting macroscopic organisms such as humans can be avoided.


Which means that, on a quantum level at least, time travel isn’t beyond the realms of possibility. But as this was a simulation rather than a real-world experiment, don’t hold your breath waiting for Doctor Who This Show Has Been Running 50 Years! Top 9 Websites About Doctor Who Doctor Who is a geeky TV show that has a very extensive catalog of information that spans over fifty years, and it would be foolish for anyone to say that they know everything about the... Read More to materialize out of thin air.

Apps Spark New Parking War In SF

A new parking war has broken out in San Francisco, with apps battling each other and the city battling the very practice of helping people find parking spaces. Monkey Parking, an app which lets drivers auction off their spots, has already received a cease-and-desist, while Sweetch and ParkModo are also alleged to be breaking the law by effectively selling public parking spaces. Do we have another Uber-like game-changer Hire A Car In Most Major Cities Worldwide With Uber And MyTaxi You'd expect by now that hiring taxis with an app on your fancy GPS-enabled device to tell the drive your location would be an everyday event, right? Wrong. Read More on our hands here?

Google Glass Launches In The UK

Google Glass is now available in the U.K., the first market outside the U.S. to be offered the controversial wearable tech What The Internet Really Thinks Of Google Glass [Weird & Wonderful Web] This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we take a look at what the Internet really thinks of Google Glass. Some people are in love with this futuristic device, others hate it. What about you? Read More . The Google Glass Explorer Edition is being sold through Google Play for £1,000 per pair, with a load of accessories also available for those with cash to burn. To promote the UK launch, Google is holding an event in London between June 27-28.

A New Second Life Is Being Built

Linden Labs is building a new version of Second Life from the ground up in order to appeal to a wider audience. A beta is expected in 2015, with a full launch set for 2016. Oculus Rift support was added to Second Life in May #YesAllWomen Hashtag, LulzSec FBI Hacking, Watch Dogs Release [Tech News Digest] The #YesAllWomen hashtag, the LulzSec FBI informant, the release of Watch Dogs, VirusTotal Uploader on OS X, Oculus Rift gets a Second Life, on the Web, and kids react to old computers. Read More , and virtual reality is set to be a big part of the new Second Life. Or Third Life. Whatever.


Bono Compares Apple To “A Religious Cult”

Many of us have been comparing Apple to a religious cult Apple Spaceship, Amazon Sundays, Twitter Droids [Tech News Digest] Apple's cult status is confirmed, Netflix and YouTube are shown to suck, Apple Maps steals users away from Google Maps, a new WoW expansion pack is revealed, and Blockbuster claims This Is The End. Read More for many years, but it’s taken Bono this long to realize the truth. Speaking at the Cannes Advertising Festival, the lead singer of U2 made the comparison while revealing Apple has raised $75 million for his nonprofit organization (Red). This despite the late Steve Jobs hating the parentheses around the name. Oh, (Steve Jobs), we do miss you.

British Airways Introduces Slow TV

And finally, British Airways is introducing the Slow TV genre to select flights. For those unaware of Slow TV, it’s a genre that details the minutiae of everyday life. Typical Slow TV fare includes footage of old people knitting, birds feeding, and sun worshippers sitting on a beach.

The first video on British Airways flights will be a seven-hour train journey between Bergen and Oslo, the first half of which is embedded above. Slow TV originated in Norway, where it remains extremely popular; the Bergen to Oslo trip attracting one million viewers in 2009.

This may all sound extremely boring but it’s probably more taxing on the brain than the latest Michael Bay film. And if it sends you to sleep then it’s surely a bonus.


Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Are you interested in using Google Domains? Do you think time travel will ever be possible? Is Bono correct about Apple being a religious cult? Do you see the appeal of watching boring videos on long flights?

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Alternatively, let us know of any technology news stories we may have missed.

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  1. Simen B
    June 24, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Google domains: I'm curious about how their pricing will be. Maybe I'll buy my next domain there? Let's just hope they don't close it down, like they do with pretty much any other service that doesn't collect private data or displays ads.

    Slow TV: Too bad they didn't use the one NRK made the year after: Hurtigruten ( Much more interesting than seven hours of railway tracks and forest (at least according to us Norwegians, about 75% of us watched the program). Personally, I prefer the five-minute-version, looking forward to the day real flights become that short too :-)

  2. Suleiman O
    June 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Oh my oh my @Dave today you came up with an amazing writing full of info and excitements. I watched the entire car parking ordeal. I shouted and cheered. Google Domain: i will read about it more later. Google glass is awesome, i might have it soon. I have partnership with Google but I never knew that one can upload a 7 hour video on YouTube. Now I can make a video titled " A day in my Life" . I would wake up in the morning, set on my GoPro and keep it recording for straight 7 did i just come up with an idea? :) Thanks for sharing this, it was awesome.
    This might sound off the the topic but i want to know where to save my data thesedays. 2TB external HD is not cutting it with me. Cloud services will not allow me for more space . Any idea?