Tech news roundup for March 25

Happy Meal box turns into a VR headset
The Swedes have all the luck. McDonald’s is running a promotion there called Happy Goggles. Mashable says it’s similar to Google’s Cardboard—you fold on the lines to create the headset, pop in the lenses, and then slide in your phone. Once you’re ready to go, you visit a Happy Goggles website and you can play a skiing game (which apparently isn’t too shabby for freeware). We’ll have to see if it ever comes to the U.S.!

How to score a Tesla 3
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting Tesla’s almost-regular-person-priced car, this week they announced how you can get one: Step 1: Put down $1,000 to get on the waiting list for a car that hasn’t debuted yet. Step 2: Wait until next week’s announcement to see what you’ve signed up. Step 3: Wait until late 2017, early 2018 for it to arrive.

Kickstarter of the week: OLO portable smartphone 3D printer
Okay, you might not need it, but for the price it could be really fun to own—a portable 3D printer that works with your smartphone. The printer uses the light from your phone’s screen to set the liquid resin and create objects (it will work on any smartphone with a screen 5.8 inches diagonal or less). The project is already overfunded, but there are still $99 backing slots available. I wasn’t convinced until I watched the video—now I want one!

(Other fun projects: the Woollip travel pillow for $30 and the Oombrella smart umbrella for $71-88 [depending on what levels are left to back!]).

pebble_time_original_(2)_originalPebble lays off 40 people—25% of its staff
The crowdfunded smartwatch company said this week they’re laying off almost a quarter of their staff. It’s a bit confusing to the average person because Pebble has raised $26 million in funding in addition to its $20 million Kickstarter in February of last year. The company’s CEO is saying that fundraising is tight and they have to be careful if they want to stay in the smart wearables game long term (note: as the owner of a Pebble Round, I have to say I sure hope they’re not going anywhere!).

Free stuff alert: Google Nik photo editing software
Originally $499 before Google purchased Nik, the seven photo editing plug-ins that work in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture are now free. Google purchased the company for their mobile editing app Snapseed, but apparently didn’t care so much about the rest. Google did drop the price to $149 a while back (if you bought it in 2016 you can get a refund) but they’re now giving it away. You can get it here.

Apple introduces new stuff
Well, maybe “new” is in the eye of the beholder…

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  • iPhone SE: The guts are the same as the 6S and 6S Plus – is uses the A9 processor too – but it’s only 4-inches. It has the same graphics as the larger phones, the same matte metal finishes, a 12 MP camera, it’ll capture 4K video, faster LTE speeds, Apple Pay…all the good stuff for $399. Image: Apple.com
  • Apple Watch accessories: mostly bands (leather and some nylon ones) and an official Milanese loop for the Space Grey watch. Oh, and they dropped the entry price of the watch to $299.
  • iOS 9.3: You’ll get Night Shift mode for better reading in the dark, a passcode/TouchID for notes, top stories for Apple News, enhanced Health Apps, and updates to Apple Music and Maps too.
  • Apple tvOS 9.2 update: the set-top box gains Siri voice dictation, iCloud Photo Library, support for Bluetooth keyboards, folders for organizing apps, and a Podcasts app.
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch: it weighs less than a pound and is the same size as the iPad Air 2. But, the display is apparently 25 percent brighter and 40 percent less reflective than Air 2. Oh, and the Air is no more—this is replacing it.

What’s coming and going on Netflix in April
Cnet has their list of what to watch fast and what can look forward to on Netflix next month.

 

 

About Missy Kellor

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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