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Weekly tech news roundup

Does this outfit suck? Alexa can take your photo and tell you
Amazon introduced the new Echo Look this week—a camera (it also takes video) so you can do full-size selfies and, better yet, it can evaluate your outfit and make style suggestions. It’s basically your standard Echo, so it will control your smart home devices, tell you the weather, play your music, etc., but enhanced with a camera. But, since the Echo raises some people’s privacy hackles, the camera only adds to the concern. (My vote is that this is just creepy, but I’m an old Gen X’er, so maybe my age is showing.) (Image: Amazon)

About those new circles in Pinterest…
If you’re a pinner, don’t ignore those new circles showing up the bottom of your feed images—they’re an awesome new feed personalization “button”/feature. If you press one, Pinterest “instantly injects around a half-dozen pieces of similar content right below it.” But the rest of your feed is still there so the change isn’t permanent. IMO a clever way to do a few deeper dives without trying to trick some kind of feed algorithm. (And to answer the question on the pin: yes, I had one of those as a kid.)

Is it just me, or does this look Matrix-like?
Fetal lambs spent four weeks an external artificial womb to finish growing —and they turned out just fine.

(Seriously, you can’t tell me this doesn’t remind you of the Matrix battery farm a little bit!)
The researchers created the Biobag (yeah, that’s what it’s called) that has a pump-less circulatory system, recreating the very complex environment of a real womb. The hope is that this is the first step towards developing a solution for premature infants. The Verge has the full story and a video.

New “flying car” that looks more like a flying spiderweb/drone
Google founder Larry Page put his money behind Kitty Hawk, a flying car company. This week they introduced the Kitty Hawk Flyer prototype (with plans to sell it later this year). Designed to fly over water without a pilot’s license, you can check it out in their video here (which has a woman leaving her house and flying it, and a man arriving, so that flyer must be pretty darn fancy 😉 ).


Nintendo’s surprises everyone with a new device
The tech blogs were all taken by surprise yesterday—Nintendo announced a new Nintendo portable on the heels of closing production on the NES Classic. Specifically, Nintendo will be rolling out a 2DS XL that’s just like the 3DS XL (so nice and big) but it only displays games in, you guessed it, 2D. It will launch July 13, come in two colors, and will cost $150. (Image: Nintendo)

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Missy works on the Corporate Communications team and reports stories to TDS employees and customers. This is right up her alley because she’s an extrovert and also a big fan of research (really, she’ll look up just about anything that strikes her interest). Missy is a native of Madison, Wis. with an undergraduate in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Life Sciences Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest in the Internet as a mass media shaped her work towards a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s also worked as an editorial assistant, copywriter, and production artist. In her off hours, Missy is a crafter, Pinterest addict, reader, wife, and mom of two kids. You can find Missy on G+ and on Twitter.

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