These amazing maps generated from Twitter metadata will blow your mind
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- Holograms are coming to the classroom thanks to a pair of doctors who built a system that displays model body parts.
- Performance artist Erdem Gunduz has become a symbol for the Turkish protests after he stood silent and motionless in Taksim Square for eight hours.
- From our NSA secret surveillance tracker: President Obama defended the NSA spying program yesterday in a PBS interview with Charlie Rose.
- Good news electric car drivers, soon you won’t have to schedule an hour of charging time into your commute. Tesla is giving a demo of its electric car battery swapping capabilities this week.
- Speaking of batteries, AT&T is installing 25 solar powered charging stations around NYC.
- Despite its precarious legal position, Airbnb is still a wise choice. According to Priceonomics, travelers save 21% if they rent an entire Airbnb apartment and 49% on a single Airbnb room.
- The U.S. government’s super secret spy map establishment says the American intelligence system needs to redo its geospatial model (maps).
- The White House wants you to help NASA find killer space rocks.
- Photographer Kai Eiselein is suing Buzzfeed for $3.6 million.
- Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets after a protest over bus fares escalated to a whole new level.
“There were movies, there were food trucks, there were friends, there was mulled wine. There was brief consideration of a mulled-wine food truck. Above all, there was an expansion of sensations and ideas.”
Google’s Project Loon (say ‘loon balloon’ five times fast) will use solar-powered giant devices hovering 12 miles above the ground to beam Internet down to places where it’s not possible to lay cable.
“I personally started unplugging one day a week, I’ve done it now for almost 3 years with my family, and it’s changed my life.”
Tiffany Shlain, digital filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards.
When is the best time to unplug? Here, some options.
“Perhaps because I wasn’t always getting updates on events happening in faraway places, I focused on the world around me, especially nearby Vanderbilt Avenue, which turns out to be quite a place, especially for food. Late one night, I entered a restaurant called Cornelius, lured by large-print signs in the window advertising meat. Whiskey. Oysters. I could not resist.”
Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- A million Samsung phone users are about to get Jay-Z’s new album three days early and for free! Those lucky ducks.
- Google is combatting child porn with a number of measures including a new image identification system.
- Police in 26 states are using facial recognition technology to fight crime.
- Netflix is happy right now. The video streaming service is hooking up with DreamWorks for its biggest partnership to date.
- This week, a group of homing pigeons will tweet their way across Europe using tiny digital backpacks.
- Word on the street is that Facebook is going to reveal a video functionality for Instagram. But that may not be a great idea…
Baratunde Thurston unplugged from his digital life for 25 days and is sharing his experience. “The greatest gift I gave myself was a restored appreciation for disengagement, silence, and emptiness. I don’t need to fill every time slot with an appointment, and I don’t need to fill every mental opening with stimulus…”
To help you embark on your own digital detox, we’re putting together a guide to unplugging. This will be something you can print out and take with you. To do this, we’re soliciting pieces of advice from our readers on the best ways to unplug. Got some thoughts? Submit them here, or tweet them at @FastCompany with the hashtag #unplug.
“I bought a bicycle. Turns out it’s easier to ride the thing when you’re not trying to simultaneously check your Twitter.”
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Good morning and happy Friday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- In a pro-consumer attempt to foster innovation, European regulators are banning roaming fees.
- Now you can use Microsoft Office on your iPhone (if you suscribe to Office 365 and you have access to their cloud).
- Pandora is being sued by the songwriters’ rights association, BMI, after it purchased a small radio station in an attempt to pay lower royalty rates.
- Google is winning big in mobile advertising. This year the search engine giant is expected to take home more than half the mobile ad revenues generated worldwide.
- Seasoned directors and movie industry kings Steven Spielberg and George Lucas warn film students that the tech industry will cause a “massive implosion” of Hollywood.
- President Obama has approved giving U.S. military aid to Syrian rebels after it was confirmed that the Syrian government used chemical weapons.
- And more news from our NSA secret surveillance tracker: U.S. government agencies routinely swap data with civilian firms.
“If you fail, don’t associated yourself with that failure. It’s an event, it’s not who you are.”
- The French court ordered Twitter to hand over names of racist and anti-semitic tweeters to the French Union of Jewish Students.
- U.N. put the official death toll of the Syrian conflict around 93,000. This number includes 6,561 children.
- MTV has launched a new digital content-creation lab called MTV Other.
- A flying bike built in the Czech Republic had its first successful test flight.
- Lululemon Chairman Dennis ‘Chip’ Wilson sold $50 million in stock right before the CEO’s surprise departure this week.
- Watch out Snapchat, you’ve got a copycat. Clipchat is an app that does the same exact thing… only maybe better?
- Facebook has opened its first international data center in Sweden. It is apparently ”one of the most efficient and sustainable data centers in the world.”
- TV startup Boxee is looking for around $30 million or a buy out from investors.
- Perhaps in an attempt to demonstrate its advertising potential (and potentially gain new revenue streams), Twitter is letting everyone use its data-analysis platform.
- An activist’s parody shows what may happen if the LA Times and a number of other papers are ‘Kochified.’
“In all stages of a business, but especially in the early stage, the team is over 90 percent of the success. More than the idea, more than the market, the team is what matters the most.”
This week, Apple gave the world its first peek at iOS 7, the software that will power iPhones and iPads starting later this year.
Helmed by hardware guru Jony Ive, the update will bring the most dramatic visual overhaul of Apple’s mobile OS to date. As expected, it embraces a flat aesthetic that allows for layering based on functionality. For example, you can peek behind icons to see your wall paper. So while the UI may be flat, the UX is anything but.
Just how different is iOS 7 compared to the software we’re running now? Take a look for yourself.
“Social media is a bliss. I even tweeted to Jack Dorsey, thanking him for inventing such a big thing that gives all information to people who want to stay impartial and get to the real knowledge through checking through all this information and using their minds.”
25-year old Esin, who has been active in the Turkish protests, both in Gezi park and online.