Router Limits Kids’ Internet Time, Facebook Knows How To Party, And More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, Android Wear apps added to Google Play, Samsung ends plasma TV production, BIC needs you to create the universal typeface font, Cortana predicts the results of the 2014 World Cup, and the Transformers ditch Michael Bay.
Kudoso Controls Kids’ Internet Usage
A new broadband router currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign is tackling the problem of kids spending too long on the Internet . Kudoso, brainchild of dad-of-three Rob Irizarry, lets parents limit the time their offspring spend online by cutting off Internet access at the source.
Kudoso features a currency system which lets kids earn time online for doing various chores around the house. Individual websites can be assigned a higher value than others, meaning 30 minutes on Netflix could require the completion of more chores than 30 minutes on National Geographic.
With children spending more time than ever on the Internet, this is a serious problem in need of a solution. But whether or not Kudoso is the answer remains to be seen.
Facebook Recommends ‘Events For You’
If you watch the Social Network backwards, it’s about a man gaining more friends and a girlfriend as he spends less time on Facebook.
— Scott Dylan (@scottdylan) July 4, 2014
Facebook is rolling out a new version of Facebook Events. Until now, this page has simply been used to keep track of invites from friends, but the addition of ‘Events For You’ changes Facebook Events into a tool for discovering events happening in your local area.
‘Events For You’ suggests events you may want to attend based on the friends you have, the pages you like, and the places you have visited. TechCrunch points out the strong monetization potential of this feature, but we expect a user backlash when strangers begin gatecrashing parties.
Android Wear Apps Land On Google Play
Google has added a new section to Google Play just for Android Wear apps. Android Wear is Google’s operating system for wearable tech such as the Moto 360 and LG smartwatches . There are 29 Android Wear apps available at the time of writing, including IFTTT, Pinterest, and Fancy. Sadly there are also only 29 people using Android Wear at the time of writing. Probably.
Samsung Halting Plasma TV Production
I know, I know…plasma TV’s are cheaper now. I buy 50 every week. They’re also disposable now too. TV’s used to last 20+ years. No more.
— Rudolf E. Havenstein (@RudyHavenstein) June 16, 2014
Samsung is stopping producing plasma television sets later this year, following in the footsteps of Panasonic, Sony, Pioneer, and Hitachi. With LG expected to also scrap the technology, this is being seen as the death of plasma TVs . The main reason being the switch to ultra high-definition (UHD), which is both difficult and expensive to achieve using plasma.
BIC Creating Universal Typeface Font
Penmaker BIC is trying to create a universal typeface to be released as a free font . To achieve this, anyone can contribute their own unique handwriting to the Universal Typeface Experiment. Unfortunately, you have to use your finger to write using the accompanying app, whereas most people write more naturally using a pen. A BIC pen. Oh, we get it now.
Cortana Predicts World Cup Results
Microsoft’s version of Siri is called Cortana and that’s just the sickest thing ever. Still wouldn’t buy a Windows phone though.
— (@Kylypso) June 23, 2014
Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri , is surprisingly good at predicting the winners of football matches. After predicting the correct winners for all eight of the Round of 16, the digital assistant has now predicted the results for the quarter finals.
According to Cortana, Germany will beat France, Brazil will beat Colombia, Argentina will beat Belgium, and the Netherlands will beat Costa Rica. She’s going with the favorites, basically.
Still, if Cortana gets these all correct maybe we should all go out and buy a Windows Phone 8.1 handset. I predict lots of heads shaking in protest at that suggestion.
The Transformers Ditch Michael Bay
And finally, we all know the Transformers movies are hugely successful despite being terrible slices of cinema. Michael Bay is almost solely to blame, and this short video created using stop-motion animation and a host of Transformers toys suggests it’s time to give someone else a crack at bringing the 1980s cartoon to the big screen. Yes, this IS better than Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Read the reviews.
Your Views On Today’s Tech News
Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.
Do you think Kudoso is the answer to parents’ technology woes? Or is it too harsh to limit your kids’ Internet use? Are you sad that plasma TVs are disappearing? Can you beat Cortana by predicting the results of the World Cup quarter finals?
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