The Presidential Inaugural Committee released a smart phone app this week to help people follow inaugural events in real time. It has maps of the parade route, volunteer opportunities and real-time updates. It also has an invisible feature — the app could be mining data for Democrats.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee might have its first-ever smart phone app, but for the hundreds of thousands of onlookers flooding into the National Mall on Monday, there were plenty of other reasons to be clutching a mobile device. Many just wanted to say, "We came."
As part of a research initiative on how to harness off-grid energy for low-power electronics, a pair of U.K.-based designers created a lamp that uses gravity to generate light. Martin Riddiford, co-inventor of the GravityLight, talks about plans for the innovative project.
New technology is getting us closer and closer to the point where cars will drive themselves. Automakers are testing and refining systems that will make this happen. But our love for control may keep us from riding in these cars anytime soon.
It let users alter photos turn faces into stereotypical Asian caricatures. That led to protests from Asian-American activists and a Twitter campaign — #makemeracist — to convince Google to take down the app.
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