Weekly tech news roundup for March 13

Apple announces new toys including a stupid-expensive version of the Apple Watch
Apple announced new MacBooks, a new MacBook Air, and of course, the Apple Watch. What made headlines is that the most expensive version of the watch costs—are you ready for this?—$10,000 (and up!!). Ridiculous, if you ask me (which of course you didn’t). The tech news was all over Apple’s big day like white on rice so I’ll leave the summary to them. Check out this good and quick read: 9 Biggest Things for the Apple Watch and MacBook Announcement. For just Apple Watch details, check out this MacWorld piece. And, if you’ d like a laugh today, read Mashable’s list of things you can buy for $10,000 besides the gold Apple Watch.

Google Calendar app now available for the iPhone
Android users have had the benefit of Google’s lovely calendar app since last fall, but now iPhone users can rejoice—it’s now available for iOS. For anyone who does not enjoy the preinstalled Calendar and who loves Gmail, you might want to check it out the Google app. It looks pretty darn sexy. The only downside? It’s only for iPhone right now so you can’t use it on both your phone and iPad. #firstworldproblems

upsilon circutIf you die in this game you can never play again
Upsilon Circuit is game unlike you’ve ever really played – other than the game of real life, that is. Why? Because when you die in the game, you can never play again. Ever. Not even under a new account name nor as a new character. Business Insider has a good summary of how the game is played, but here’s an ever shorter one: only eight players at any time can be on the game and everyone is competing against each other and enemies. You can watch the game via life stream and, when one person “dies” someone from the audience is selected to join in. No pricing or details yet on when this is going to hit the market, but it’s an interesting idea!

Major museums ban selfie sticks
If you’re heading to the Smithsonian, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Met, the DC National Gallery, or the Getty Center, be prepared to take old-fashioned arm-length selfies. Major museums around the world are banning selfie sticks out of fear they’ll cause damage to art. Also, they’re just annoying :-).

new-chromebook-pixel-2267.0Chromebook Pixel reviews are in
The new Chromebook Pixel is out and reviewers are putting it through its paces (I’m nothing if not fair and balanced in my Android/iPhone news coverage). The consensus is: it’s nice…but who needs it? The Verge isn’t sure who it’s for, although they like it. Engadget says it’s expensive and found it a bit impractical for the $999 price tag (you can buy something cheaper or the same price that does more). USA Today is more positive saying it’s really a nice machine and they do not dwell on its limitations.

High-tech tires could help power your car
The Geneva International Auto show featured more than just cars—Goodyear introduced a concept tire (yeah, I didn’t know they existed either). The idea is that the material absorbs heat from the sun, friction, and as the tire flexes and turns it into electrical energy. If nothing else, they sure look cool and high-techy.

Amazon building out Internet of Things…quietly
TechCrunch reported this week that Amazon just bought up a company called 2lementary. It’s a startup that has developed a platform for tracking and managing IP-enabled machines and other connected devices. Translation: What 2lementary does will help Amazon develop devices that can talk to each other. It’ll be interesting to see what unfolds, but I think it’s safe to assume we’ll be hearing about more connected devices soon!

solar_impulse_presScience news: Solar-powered aircraft trying to fly around the world
The name of the aircraft is the Solar Impulse-2 and it’s trying to make it around the world on nothing but power from the sun. It’s a single-seat craft (without heat or pressurization!) and over the next five months it will travel around the globe…with a few stops so the two pilots (who are splitting the duty) can rest and to perform maintenance on the vehicle. You can follow the path of the plane here.

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.
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