Lots ‘a links to get you through Saturday night Photo courtesy of Liz Jones
It’s Saturday night and if you’re bored (or even if you’re not!) here are some nifty links to some of the most interesting digital stuff of the week:
If you’re freaked out that Google’s going to start using your face and name in their ads, TechCrunch has a quick n’ easy tutorial on how to opt out of becoming an unintentional spokesmodel.
On the other hand, Google released a really cool video about their new work with quantum computers. Mind? Blown.
Former Apple design guru (and current bigwig at Nest) announced the new Nest Protect, an incredibly beautiful (and useful) reimagining of the ubiquitous smoke detector. Perfect if you happen to be the kind of person who burns the buffalo wings when getting ready for Sunday’s game.
Speaking of which…if you’re a cord cutter (someone who’s ditched cable), you might be wondering what your options are when it comes to kicking back on Sunday with some football. Luckily, Bloomberg BusinessWeek is there to offer a way to watch NFL games online…cheap and legal!
If you’re feeling sorry for yourself because you’ve got a paper due on Monday and can’t hang out watching football on Sunday, this article on 14 Silicon Valley startup execs who missed out on their big payday ought to help you feel better. No matter how bad you feel about doing schoolwork instead of watching the game on TV, you’re never going to feel as badly as Ronald Wayne, an early backer of Apple who sold his 10% stake in the company for $800. Today he’d be worth $43.8 billion (yeah, with a “b”).
Of course, we all know that Mark Zuckerberg didn’t miss out on the big bucks. And what’s he doing with all his loot? Oh, buying four houses that surround his house for $30 million bucks in order to “protect his privacy.” Shame he doesn’t seem to care as much about your privacy. Oh! Snap!
Well, we can’t promise that you’ll end up as smart (or as rich) as Zuckerberg, but this quickie tutorial on Free Technology for Teachers shows you how to boost your brainpower (and your retention) by using Google Docs to make flashcards. No more late night trips to the CVS for index cards!
And speaking of educational technology, one of the big fads of the past year or so has been to issue students iPads. What do they do with them? Apparently they hack them so that they can use them for other than educational purposes. The Atlantic thinks that’s pretty cool.
But iPads aren’t just for hacking so that you can post to your Instagram account instead of doing more “educational” activities. With the soon-to-be-released Blockify software, you can put your Minecraft skills to use to build 3D models using blocks and then make your creations come to life by printing them to a 3D printer.
If you’re involved in more nefarious activities than creating 3D models of things you shouldn’t be printing, you might be interested in this article published in the Guardian this week about how the NSA uses some down-and-dirty tricks to break through anonymizing software.
And that just about wraps it up. But if you’re still feeling lonely on this Saturday night, you might want to check out this article on NextGov that explores how dating in the future might be augmented by computers…or shut down.