“I”? I think you mean “A [?]”

Recently, there has been a glitch on Apple phones where if you type the letter “I”, it turns into “A [?]”. Many people were very angry about this, and took to Twitter to complain.

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Others thought that Apple made the glitch in order to further their own agenda and make it obvious that people used the word “I” too much and talked about themselves too often.

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It took about a week before Apple fixed the glitch. They fixed it by releasing another update (iOS11.1.1) that fixes the bug. Apple previously recommended that users should just use Text Replacement in General settings, but users weren’t very happy with that. With all of the money that people put into Apple products, consumers do not like when there are glitches. The week that the “I” letter stopped being able to be typed, was referred to in a NYmag.com article as, “The Week Apple Broke the Alphabet”. iOS 11.1 had many changes and innovations. Some of these are:

  • Changing the control center from three panels to one
  • “Type to Siri” function
  • Screen recording
  • The keyboard can be positioned differently if user is typing with one hand
  • The notification center has the same background as your lock screen

Apple regularly issues updates that change the aesthetic of the iPhone interfaces These updates can come with new emojis, upgraded Apple Music, and other changes. Apple is supposed to be the top technology company in the world, so I’m not sure why it took them so long to fix a glitch that affected almost every user. Maybe next time they will work faster and regain consumer trust.  Continue reading

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Mysterious ‘green line of death’ appears on some iPhone X displays

Apple is among many companies who have released first-generation technology that has had a few bugs in the software. Their latest product, the iPhone X, is reportedly having some issues involving the new screen.

Multiple iPhone X users have recently noticed a green line that does not seem to disappear from the phones right side of the screen. This may be due to the display on the new screens of the iPhone X.

The display is a new diamond sub-pixel pattern, which appears to have green sub-pixels in a solid line where as the red and blue sub-pixels alternate. It is possible that because of an electrical fault more voltage is being sent directly to a few solid lines of the green sub-pixels causing the mysterious line.

iPhone X users who have experienced the issue have already had their phone replaced when bringing the problem directly to Apple. These users recommend first, to take a picture of the faulty phone and then bring it to be replaced.

Software issues, like this problem with the iPhone X, are common in first-generation tech, and because of this their sales will not hinder from the faulty devices. However, for Apple customers like myself it does make me question whether or not to purchase the device before they advance in the technology.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/10/mysterious-green-line-of-death-appears-on-some-iphone-x-displays/ 

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Twitter doubled its tweet length and people aren’t all happy


Twitter recently made and released a huge update where it doubled its original 140 character limit per tweet to a 280 character limit per tweet. This new development has caused many different reactions and emotions from avid Twitter users. 


Some Twitter users are angered by the update, saying that Twitter is becoming too much like other social media sites, like Facebook. Another criticism that Twitter is getting on its new 280 character limit is that it takes too long to read tweets and people simply don’t know what to tweet! Twitter is known for short and to the point thoughts and this change has brought on a range of different feedbacks. 


While some people are bashing the new Twitter update, some rave about the new character limit. Some positives that people are pointing out about the new update include the fact that grammar may no longer have to be sacrificed when composing a tweet. Another positive of the new update that people are taking advantage of is not having to compose chain tweets (tweets that say 1 of #). Some users also stated how the updated character limit could be used to better establish credibility, both serious and not, on social media. 


While both of these opinions are valid, one question that people on both sides of the argument are still wondering is when will Twitter develop an edit button? I agree that Twitter should keep to its original 140 character tweets. Personally, I definitely do enjoy that I no longer have to sacrifice grammar in tweets, but I don’t enjoy scrolling through Twitter with numerous long paragraphs that I don’t read because they are too long. 

Has Social Media Gone Gotten Too Powerful?

It appears as though one of Facebook’s co-founders believes this is the case. While Mark Zuckerberg has stuck around with Facebook since its foundation, the lesser talked about Facebook co-founder, Sean Parker stepped down from the company in 2005. Parker has mostly stayed away from the company after a scandal that lead to him finding employment elsewhere. However, he stills provides Zuckerberg and other Facebook leaders with occasional advice when they reach out to him.

This week Parker mentioned that he is fearful for the unconscious effects social media is having on our culture, and in particular our youth. He said in an interview, “It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” When Facebook was starting up, Parker was the first of the creators to recognize just how big the company could become.

Parker’s thoughts are not a new take on social media, but it is certainly a surprising one coming from someone who has had so much influence on the growth of social media. Parker also mentioned that he personally no longer uses social media sites as they have effected his own productivity in negative ways. He went on to say, “I want to use the platforms, I do not let them use me.”

I think this line in particular is interesting because it really sums up what social media should be. Social media should be a place for us to step back from our busy days just for a moment. It appears as though checking in on social media has become more of a necessity than it is a break. People always want to feel like they are in the loop, and when they are not checking social media it can feel like they are missing out on something, which was never its intention. 

Apple’s autocorrect glitch goes viral on social media

Last week Apple released a new iOS update, which gave iPhone users new emojis and other bug fixes. However, after iPhone users installed the update, many people realized that there was an autocorrect glitch. The glitch prevented users from typing the letter “i”, and autocorrected to the letter “A” and a question mark symbol. This was very frustrating for iPhone users, but it went viral soon after.

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This issue was especially frustrating for social media users at first, because it was making it harder for them to communicate. However, users on Twitter started to make light of the situation. Memes and tweets started erupting on Twitter, and many people found them to be funny and relatable.Capture2Capture

 

There was also a hack that surfaced on the Internet, which explained how to get rid of the issue. To solve the problem, iPhone users could have gone to their keyboard settings to adjust their text replacement settings for the letter “i”, and replace it with an uppercase.

After users had their fun on social media, Apple released an updated version of the software on Thursday. The new update, iOS 11.1.1, fixed the issue with keyboard autocorrect. Apple quickly addressed the problem and explained the hack to its customers, and quickly started working on the new version of the software. What I found interesting about the whole situation was the way social media is able to take something so small, and make it go viral. Social media is becoming so powerful, but depending on the severity of the situation, a viral news story can often cause negative reactions. Luckily, this issue was not a huge concern for iPhone users.

Amazon in store

Amazon, one of the world’s biggest online marketplaces, is said to be opening up “pop-up” locations in stores. The destination isn’t the most obvious place, that place being Whole Foods. On Thursday (11/9), Amazon announced that they will be opening up 5 shops inside of 5 different Whole Foods locations. Basically, what these stores will be is a place where customers can test out Amazon’s items, such as speakers and tablets.

The whole point of this is to expand Amazon’s in store presence. They have just been known as an online marketplace so when you advertise your products in the real world you will appeal to a bigger audience.

Along with this, I have a feeling that Amazon Prime members will have some sort of discount or benefit at Whole Food stores. This is because the two companies seem to be forming a partnership so some sort of collaboration with Amazons membership isn’t too far-fetched.

Read More:

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/09/technology/amazon-pop-up-stores-whole-foods/index.html

Self-Driving Cars Are Here

Waymo, a spin-off company of Google, has announced today that they will be offering rides to the public in unmanned, self-driving cars. They’ve been testing this taxi service privately since mid-October, and are ready to take the project to the next level.

Whoa. Let that sink in.

Self-driving cars are, to a lot of people, in the “way-far future” of transportation, along  the lines of flying cars and a Siri that works well. But today, if you’re a part of Waymo’s Early Riders Program and live within 100 miles of Chandler, Arizona (a suburb of Phoenix), then you can call a Waymo car instead of an Uber or Lyft, and your ride might not have a driver.

But what is a self-driving car, really? Well, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and SAE (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers), the two largest authorities of classifications on American roads, have nearly identical systems that break a self-driving car down into levels. Here’s their six-level scheme:

  1. Yes, zero first. This means absolutely no autonomy. A human must do all of the work. You might be thinking that this is what most cars have now, but most cars are actually beyond this.

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    The original Ford Model T; an iconic example of a car with zero autonomy.

  2. Level one is the most basic autonomy; a car can maintain its speed if you tell it to. Basically, a car with level one autonomy had cruise control. Your car is almost certainly equipped with this level-one autonomy. It’s industry standard at this point.

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    This Honda Civic, like most cars on the road today, has level one autonomy.

  3. Level two autonomy is where things start to get interesting, because it’s the lowest level where the car must act without instruction from a human. This can be thought of as “advanced cruise control,” in that a car at level two isn’t really driving itself. It can, however, generally maintain speed while also being able to stay in a lane, slow down for traffic, and brake to avoid obstacles. The most popular brand of cars to have this is Tesla, which has all of its cars equipped with a system called Autopilot. Autopilot is a level two autonomy, and can drive itself on a highway or a road. But if you need to make a turn or change roads or lanes, then it’s on the driver to do so.

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    The Tesla Model S, along with all Tesla cars, has built-in level two autonomy.

  4. Level three autonomy is the next logical step up from level two; cars can generally follow a set of rules on a single road. It can do all of level two, but can also change lanes and pass cars, as well as give alerts for when its own sensors for tracking the world are questionable or failing. As of right now, there aren’t very many companies building or developing cars for level three. They’re all headed up to the next rung on the ladder.

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    This prototype Audi A7 is one of the few cars with level three autonomy.

  5. Level four autonomy is what you’re probably imagining when you think of a “self-driving car” right now. This is a car that you can drop on the roads now, and will basically do everything. If you give it a destination, it will take you there. It can follow paths, track traffic, make turns and deal with complex intersections, and can basically do all of the other things that a human driver would normally do as it relates to driving. All of this has a caveat, though; it really only works in a restricted area, a “safe zone” for the car. It should be a reasonably flat area that’s seen a lot of data in information so that the computers in these cars can know what the area looks like and how to deal with obstacles. The Waymo cars that are being released in Arizona are of this level.

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    Waymo will be using minivans equipped with sensors, like the one pictured above, Chandler, Arizona. This car has level four autonomy.

  6. This is the dream of the self-driving car. Waymo has a few of these in development, and various automotive makers have concept cars that fit the level five autonomy standard, but these kinds of cars on the road are still a hot minute away from invading our roads. These cars are distinct in one key way; no human backup. Every other level of autonomy still has the familiar controls of every car so that a human could, at any moment, take over the driving. Not level five cars (if you can even call them “cars” at that point). These vehicles have no input method other than entering your desired destination. There are no restrictions, no caveats. They just take you there.

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    This Waymo car has no controls, and scarcely resembles a car. It has level five autonomy.

This all sounds great—and it is. Human error is the cause of almost every single accident that’s ever happened on the roads, and that would be gone. Studies show that if autonomous cars became the only cars on the road, that accidents could almost disappear, speed limits could increase or be lifted entirely, and traffic throughput could be improved by as much as 300%. This is a massive improvement for roads. While there are still lots of regulations and ethical debates to be had about whether or not self-driving cars are ready to replace cars, autonomous driving isn’t on the horizon  of the future anymore; it’s here to stay.

 

Read up on Google Waymo, and all autonomous driving news here:

WAYMO main site

WAYMO Early Rider FAQ

Waymo is first to put fully self-driving cars on US roads without a safety driver

Everyone Wants a Level 5 Self-Driving Car—Here’s What That Means

Wikipedia: Autonomous Car