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Google Wants To Map Your DNA, Download OS X Yosemite Now, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 25-07-2014

Also, Google has (probably) acquired Twitch for $1 billion, the Destiny beta is now open to everyone, Oyster comes to browsers, watching Sharknado 2 will affect your Philips Hue, and Apple fanboys are easily fooled.


Google Defines Typical Healthy Human

Google has begun a new project aiming to define what constitutes a healthy human being. The project, called Baseline Study, is being run by the Google X research arm, previously responsible for Google Glass Google Glass Review and Giveaway We were lucky enough to get a pair of Google Glass to review, and we're giving it away! Read More , Google’s self-driving cars Here's How We'll Get to a World Filled With Driverless Cars Driving is a tedious, dangerous, and demanding task. Could it one day be automated by Google's driverless car technology? Read More , and contact lenses which measure glucose levels Smart Contact Lenses, NSA Text Collection, Facebook Trending Topics [Tech News Digest] Google's contact lenses for diabetics, NSA accused of collecting millions of random text messages, Facebook announces Trending, Spotify kills listening limits, Rdio goes free, Google Chrome update on Windows 8, and driving while Glassing. Read More .

Baseline Study will see Google collect “anonymous genetic and molecular information,” initially from 175 people but eventually thousands of others. This data will be used to identify what makes a healthy person, with biomarkers which lead to ill health used to both detect diseases earlier and create better treatments for them.

This is a hugely ambitious project which could lead to better preventative measures enabling us all to live longer. Unfortunately, making that happen means giving ever more data to the behemoth that is Google. And we’re not talking names and addresses here, but the genetic information of specific individuals. Nope, that isn’t scary in the slightest.

Mac OS X Yosemite Available To Download

The Mac OS X Yosemite beta is now available to download. Mac users interested in seeing the work-in-progress need to sign up for the OS X Beta Program, which will allow them to download the latest version of Mac OS X, as unveiled at WWDC 2014 Apple At WWDC 2014: iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite, John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality [Tech News Digest] Apple unveils iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite at WWDC 2014, Samsung unveils Tizen smartphone, MySpace remembers, Reset the Net gets set, Chromebooks go on the march, new IFTTT channels are exposed, and John Oliver... Read More .

Downloading OS X Yosemite What's New In OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"? OS X is evolving both in terms of looks and features, and just like last year's Mavericks update, Yosemite will be another free download. Read More isn’t recommended for everyone, as any beta is prone to serious bugs. Apple is recommending users back up all their data before installing Yosemite. Users also need to have Mavericks installed on their Mac AND be able to reinstall Mavericks once the Yosemite beta ends.


MacRumors has a good roundup of installation issues, known bugs, and first impressions. The final version of OS X Yosemite will likely be released in October, which really isn’t long to wait.

Google Has Bought Twitch For $1 Billion

Google has reportedly acquired livestreaming specialist Twitch for $1 billion. Rumors of an impending acquisition circled in May Apple & Google Call Truce, AT&T Buys DirecTV, 3D-Printed Braille Phone [Tech News Digest] Apple and Google call a truce, AT&T buys DirecTV, Apple gets sued, YouTube circles Twitch, the world's first Braille phone launches, and Heathrow's T5 is renamed Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5. Read More , but nothing was ever confirmed. VentureBeat claims the deal has been confirmed by “sources familiar with the matter,” but for now both companies are remaining silent.

This would be a big deal if true, but we’ll wait until the acquisition is officially announced before discussing the ramifications. Meanwhile, Twitch continues to grow in popularity thanks to the emergence of competitive gaming as a serious, big-money sport 2014 Is The Year For eSports: Here's How To Enjoy It Sport isn't all about the body. eSports prove that the mental aspect of proving to be better than your opponent is profitable, competitive, and enjoyable. Read More .

The Destiny Beta Is Now Open To All

The Destiny Beta is now open to everyone with a PS4, PS3, Xbox One, or Xbox 360. The invite-only beta for people who pre-ordered the game has been running for a week, with the full beta expected to end on July 28. At between 12GB and 14GB the Destiny Beta is a sizable download, but the reviews so far suggest Bungie’s latest game is well worth the wait 5 Amazing Things About Destiny That Will Blow You Away This will be the game that defines "next-gen" gaming – and here's why. Read More .


Oyster Book Service Comes To Browsers

The all-you-can-read book subscription service Oyster is now available on all mobile and desktop Web browsers. This is a timely move given the recent launch of Kindle Unlimited Amazon Testing Kindle Unlimited, Driverless Cars Are Lethal Weapons, And More... [Tech News Digest] Apple and IBM get into bed, BlackBerry's getting its own virtual personal assistant, former dictator is suing over a Call Of Duty game, and Futurama is reimagined in 3D, with truly eye-popping results. Read More , Amazon’s attempt to position itself as the “Netflix for books.” Oyster is priced at $9.95-per-month, and targeted at heavy readers. As in people who read a lot, not people who often break their scales.

Sharknado 2 Is Better With Philips Hue

Sharknado was a film so bad it was actually good. Sharknado 2 promises to be even worse, which might make it even better, if you get my logic. Sharknado 2 is sure to be essential viewing for owners of the Philips Hue lighting system Light Your Home the Smart Way With Philips Hue If you can afford the initial expenditure, you won't find a better-supported and more user-friendly smart lighting system on the market. Read More , as thanks to the Syfy Sync app the smart bulbs will change color to match the on-screen action. I have no words, just a desire to own Philips Hue and watch Sharknado 2.

Apple Fanboys Fooled By iWatch Prank

And finally, Apple is expected to announce its own smartwatch any day now, which has some Apple fanboys 8 Essential Twitter Accounts for Apple Fanboys I’m not an Apple fanboy myself but I do know a few. They don’t deserve the treatment they receive, and have done throughout history. They’re still human, and still people who need love and attention... Read More a little too excited at the prospect of an iWatch 5 Alternatives to the Apple iWatch That Are Already Available Rumors that Apple is developing a smartwatch have caused a wave of new interest in this relatively small and obscure market. What is a smartwatch? Do they already exist? What can they do? These are... Read More . Jimmy Kimmel showed them an old Casio wristwatch with an Apple logo stuck to the back and they lost all grip on reality.

One line sums up the mentality of your average Apple fanboy; “If it’s Apple it’s good, right?” Wrong. And this is a Casio anyway. Idiots.


Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Do you find Google’s desire to define a healthy human being as rather odd? Will you be downloading the OS X Yosemite beta? Are you aghast at the thought of Google owning Twitch?

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  1. meriodere ukoli
    July 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Google 's interest in many things should worry any one. Humans do not and I repeat do not know how to handle power well there is always a tendency for abuse. There should be someone watching on behalf of the rest of us.