Google Wants To Map Your DNA, Download OS X Yosemite Now, And More… [Tech News Digest]
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
How many times a day does a healthy human being google themselves?
— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) May 20, 2014
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’s self-driving cars , and contact lenses which measure glucose levels .
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 .
Downloading OS X Yosemite 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 , 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 .
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 .
Oyster Book Service Comes To Browsers
The World Wide Web + Oyster, a collaboration made in heaven (for desktops). Start reading on our brand new web reader?
— Oyster (@Oyster) July 24, 2014
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’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 , 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 a little too excited at the prospect of an iWatch . 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.
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