Covering everything from the latest social media news and digital trends to tech reviews, The Digital Bakery team works hard each week to bring our readers a range of fresh, exciting and engaging content. So, whether they’ve been getting the most love on social, caught our eye in the email, or are #trending online, we’ve rounded up the top stories from the past week, in case you missed any…
1) Controversial EU Video Rules May Cause Glitches For US Tech Giants
Facebook, Netflix, YouTube and the German state broadcaster ZDF are very different businesses. But they may soon all have to abide by the same rule book. A controversial overhaul of the EU’s rules on video content will sprawl across sectors, dragging everyone from public broadcasters to social media into the same regulatory framework, according to draft proposals being negotiated.
For supporters of the move, the law would end a regulatory no man’s land for the likes of YouTube and Facebook, obliging them to follow the same rules as normal broadcasters on issues such as hate speech.
Read The Full Story Here #VideoRules #Internet #Netflix #Youtube #Facebook
2) Siri Enters The Living Room As Apple Debuts HomePod Speaker
Apple has introduced the HomePod, a voice-controlled speaker that can make music suggestions and adjust home temperatures, taking aim at Amazon. com’s Alexa feature and Echo devices.The move is the first into a completely new area by Apple for more than two years as the world’s most valuable technology company looks to make up for a dip in iPhone sales and new ways to get customers to use more of its money-making apps and services. Apple’s Siri assistant will be integrated into the $349 speaker and can make music recommendations that pair with the company’s Apple Music service, send text messages, check news and sports scores and control compatible home gadgets like light bulbs and thermostats.
The HomePod speaker stands just under seven inches (18 cm) tall and is covered in fabric mesh that will come in white or gray. A computer processor will tune sound to the room and beam specific parts of music, like a singer’s voice, toward the listener. Apple will begin shipping the HomePod in December.
Read The Full Story Here #Apple #Gadget #HomePod #Speaker #Siri
3) New ‘Miracle Material’ Could Spell The End Of Cracked Smartphone Screens
An international team of researchers, including Queen’s University in Belfast, believes it has forged a new ‘miracle material’ that could prevent smartphone screens from smashing. If you happen to spend time looking at people’s smartphone screens on a daily basis, you might notice that quite a few are cracked. Publishing its findings in the journal ACS Nano, the team combined semiconducting molecules (known as C60) with graphene and another material called hBN.
What makes this combination work so well is that the hBN provides stability, electronic compatibility and isolation charge to graphene, while C60 can transform sunlight into electricity. If this combination were to be put into a smartphone, it would be able to benefit from a number of special features such as using less energy, meaning your device can go a lot longer without a charge.
“Our findings show that this new ‘miracle material’ has similar physical properties to silicon but it has improved chemical stability, lightness and flexibility, which could potentially be used in smart devices and would be much less likely to break,”
Read The Full Story Here #Smartphone #CrackedScreen #MiracleMaterial
4) The Video Selfie Has Arrived And It’s Disrupting Communication
Now, more than ever, there’s a strong desire to interact with the moment as it happens. A new app, called Kombie, allows you to enter into any piece of film footage with the press of a button. It could be a Beyonce video, a scene from your favourite movie or a youtube video your friend made. In essence, it’s an interactive video selfie, designed for sharing.
Read The Full Story Here #VideoSelfie #Kombie #Apps #Smartphone
5) Local Medical Device Security Start-Up Nova Leah To Create 78 New Jobs
Dundalk start-up targets $51bn connected medical device market.
Nova Leah, a recent Siliconrepublic.com Start-up of the Week, is to create 78 new jobs as the importance of securing medical equipment following recent cyber attacks reaches new heights.
A spokesman for the company said that 50 of the new roles include engineering and support which will be Dundalk-based. The remainder will be sales and marketing roles in the US where the company has just opened an office in Boston.
Read The Full Story Here #NovaLeah #Jobs #StartUp #Business #Dundalk #Medical
6) Viral of the week: This Video Of A Man Sliding Into A Pool, All The Way Across And Back Out Has Gone Viral
No one has ever looked as smooth in or out of a swimming pool.
Everyone knows that water slides and swimming pools bring out the child in everyone and these antics from a water park shared by Twitter user @lordthisdick show just what you can achieve when you put your childish mind to it. We don’t know what’s more impressive, that he stuck the landing or that he knew where his camera was the whole time.
It truly is glorious.
#ViralVideo #WaterPark #SlidngOnWater
This Week’s Top 5 Hashtags