Today in Tech News Digest, new Facebook-like Twitter profiles for all, the Lytro Illum DSLR, #myNYPD hashtag fails, the Aereo hearing concludes, OS X beta testing free for all, and a sauce bottle cap fix by students.
New Twitter Profiles Available To All
Soo now my twitter profile looks like facebook… How original.
— Lax (@BryanJoL) April 23, 2014
The new Twitter profiles first unveiled a couple of weeks ago are now available to everybody using the Web version of the social networking site. As previously noted, the new profiles make Twitter look a lot more like Facebook than it previously did.
Twitter has created a page detailing the changes the new profiles bring, and this link [No longer available] will switch you over from the old to the new. You’ll then be able to customize your profile page, and pin or filter tweets as you desire.
A cursory glance at the tweets about the new profiles suggest there’s a lot of discontentment amongst users. Many feel that the Facebookification of Twitter is both unnecessary and unwelcome. Please let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Lytro Unveils Illum DSLR
Three years after producing its point-and-shoot camera, Lytro is back with a new piece of digital photography hardware. Called the Lytro Illum, this is more like a DSLR for light field photography. It’s bigger and better than the original Lytro camera, but the jury is still out on whether it will succeed.
Lytro introduced the world to light field photography with its original hardware in 2011, but the camera’s ability to refocus a photograph after it had been taken was ultimately seen as a gimmick, especially for the $399 price tag.
The Lytro Illum is, at $1,599, a lot more expensive, but it’s also being marketed at a different set of consumers, namely professional photographers. The Verge has a fantastic write-up on the Illum and Lytro’s desire to change the world, but unless consumers show an undeniable interest this could simply be a great idea without an audience to speak of.
NYPD Loses Control Of #myNYPD
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 22, 2014
In an effort to show the softer side of the law, the NYPD (New York Police Department) asked Twitter to share photos of friendly cops, along with the hashtag #myNYPD. As you may have already guessed, this didn’t quite go according to plan.
Rather than showing the good side of the New York Police Department, people invariably took the opportunity to show their bad side. Cue photos of alleged police brutality and violent arrests. The NYPD really should have learned from previous hashtag fails.
Aereo Judgment In The Balance
The Supreme Court has heard from both sides in the Aereo hearing. Most justices agreed that Aereo’s business model was making use of a legal loophole in existing laws, but were worried at the consequences of coming out against the service due to the possible impact that doing so would have on cloud computing and other important innovations.
We provided a brief primer on the case in yesterday’s Tech News Digest. A transcript of the Supreme Court hearing [PDF link] is also available. A final judgement is expected by the end of June, and it’s entirely unclear at this point what conclusions the justices will reach.
Apple Opens OS X Beta Testing To All
It’s crazy Apple requires you to agree to an NDA to install a public beta version of OS X. Are they actually insane?
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 22, 2014
Apple has opened its OS X beta testing program to everybody with an Apple ID. The OS X Beta Seed Program was previously only available to developers paying $99 per year, but it’s now free and open to all.
Mac users who are interested can sign up to the OS X Beta Seed Program here, where they will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. And with Apple’s reputation for being litigious, breaking the company’s trust would be ill-advised.
Students Fix Sauce Bottle Cap Problem
And finally, a couple of high school students from Missouri have solved the problem of watery ketchup. The brilliant pair redesigned the humble sauce bottle cap and produced a prototype on a 3D printer.
The tweaked cap, euphemistically called The Shroom, prevents that watery residue you get when squeezing an ordinary sauce bottle for the first time after it’s gone unused for a while. Which may be a first-world problem, but it is (or at least was) a problem nonetheless.
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