Apple has unveiled a new set of emojis that include a diverse set of new characters participating in sports and other activities. These characters are both gender and racially diverse.
A new rainbow flag emoji has also been added in support of the LGBT community.
Perhaps the most controversial change comes by way of the gun emoji, which has long been represented as a revolver. It is being replaced with a water pistol, a move that Apple hopes both curves the growing gun issue in the United States without upsetting too many gun enthusiasts.
In today’s IQMZ Tech, we talk autonomous racing and whether or not Time Warner Cable is going in the right direction.
Autonomous Racing is Coming
Autonomous vehicles are heading to a race track near you, and they could be on track to outperform human drivers in the next several years.
Researchers from Georgia Tech have developed algorithms that enable a 1/5 scale car to navigate a rough dirt track at the equivalent of 90 miles per hour.
This technology, similar to what is powering self-driving vehicles from Tesla, takes the algorithms that make autonomous cars safe for the road and expands on them to make them safe for even the most hazardous of conditions.
Meanwhile, leagues are already being set for full-size autonomous cars to compete on race tracks around the globe starting as soon as 2017.
Time Warner Cable Management
The neighbor of one Time Warner Cable customer took to YouTube after a Time Warner Cable installer laid a cable over their lawn. Citing the possibility of the lawnmower sucking up the cable and shutting down their neighbor’s service, this video sheds light on what many employees of the company are calling a downhill trend.
Is the second largest cable company in the U.S. going in the wrong direction, or is this video just a one-off example of a rogue technician doing a terrible job? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Blizzard Entertainment, the makers of the popular Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft franchises received a lot of heat over the past week after it sent a cease and desist letter to popular World of Warcraft Vanilla Server, Nostalrius.
Vanilla servers are, at least until now, third-party run fan servers based on the classic World of Warcraft game before a decade of expansions and updates changed gameplay considerably.
After over 250,000 people signed a petition requesting that Blizzard reverse its decision, Blizzard released a statement that its reasoning was simply to protect its intellectual property and not to discourage players that preferred the classic World of Warcraft experience.
It also outlined a potential plan to create “pristine servers” which take away accelerated leveling, character transfers, heirloom gear, and other advantages that had been added to Warcraft since its original release.
Since then, Blizzard has agreed to meet with several of the individuals behind Nostalrius in an effort to come up with an officially-supported solution that appeased fans of the classic game without risking a loss of Blizzard’s intellectual property.
In this episode of IQMZ Tech, we discuss Chrome 50 being released. This latest edition of Chrome makes good on a promise made last year to drop support for dated versions of Windows and OS X.
Slack, the popular team chat solution is about to get a highly requested feature in threaded messaging. This feature enables users to carry on organized conversations on a variety of topics in the same space, reducing the issue that comes with trying to hold a conversation in noisy chat rooms.
SpoonRocket, an on-demand meal delivery service has shut down due to failure to keep up enough funding to keep the lights on.
Unlike many other meal delivery services, SpoonRocket prepared its own meals in-house, focusing on inexpensive and medium-quality meals. Sprig, its biggest competitor, is offering existing SpoonRocket customers a $10 discount to give them a try.
Google is upping its reward for the persistent compromise of a Chromebook in guest mode to $100,000 after the company’s security team reported it hasn’t received a single successful submission.
This is part of Google’s larger bug bounty program, an incentive for users that can uncover bugs and other potential security threats in Google’s products. To date, more than $6 million has been awarded to bug finders.
Microsoft has announced intentions to make it easier for users of its Xbox One console to play multiplayer games with PC gamers. For ages, multiplayer gaming has been largely segregated between console users and PC users, forming a batter that made it either extremely difficult or impossible for players on one platform to play with players from another.
Titles like Rocket League, which are known for being platform agnostic, have helped to pave the way for a new way of thinking on this subject by console and PC game developers.
In response to Apple’s stance against creating a backdoor for law enforcement to decrypt devices powered by iOS: Facebook, Google, and WhatsApp have decided to increase their use of encryption on their own respective platforms.
There is no word yet on exactly when or how these improvements will take shape, but it is certainly a step forward that privacy advocates have long been waiting for.
Verizon, one of the leading wireless carriers in the United States is testing 5G service in select areas. Field tests are underway, with hopes that the improved scale and low latency of 5G technology will enable more individual smart devices to connect directly to the Internet without having to be tied to a wi-fi access point.
5G mobile networks are expected to deliver speeds exceeding 1 gigabit per second, improved capacity to meet the needs of billions of connected devices, and better signal reception in office buildings.
As of today, the 5G standard has not been finalized, with many analysts projecting an official rollout around the year 2020.
In other news, reports from 9to5Mac indicate that Siri is finally heading to Apple’s desktop platform, OS X, in 2016. Siri, the voice-controlled virtual assistant was introduced in the iPhone 4S in 2011 and has since found its way to the iPod, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.
This follows Microsoft’s introduction of Cortana in Windows 10, a move that Microsoft has received a lot of pushback from due to privacy and security concerns. There is no definite word yet on exactly how Apple will handle user privacy with OS X.