Space the Final Frontier
It doesn’t take a star UX designer to see that United States’ government and state websites are atrocious. No, it really only takes a quick visit to Florida’s official webpage to see that our national web presence is in serious need of an overhaul.
To that end, the White House announced yesterday that they’ve established the United States Digital Service to rehabilitate the government’s websites, the New York Times reports. The team lead is Mikey Dickerson, the man who was brought in to save Healthcare.gov after its complete release-date meltdown and subsequent troubles.
For the first time in history, an independent crew is taking control of a NASA satellite and running a crowdfunded mission. They’re doing it all from a makeshift mission control center in an abandoned McDonald’s in Mountain View, California, using old radio parts from eBay and a salvaged flat screen TV.
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The one rule of using Gmail is that Google is always watching you — and might use whatever they find against you. The search giant allegedly found child pornography in a Houston man’s email and sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which later led to his arrest.
The Future is Here
Remember those mysterious Google barges that are floating in the waters of San Francisco and Portland? Honestly, neither did we until we saw a report today that one of them is being scrapped.
Starting next January, driverless cars will be allowed to freely roam on public roads in the United Kingdom. The Department for Transport’s grand announcement is a shift from the current rules that only let driverless cars operate on private roads.
Google obviously has some big goals. They want to make cars that drive themselves, index all of the world’s information, map the entire planet, put computers on our face and bring free Wifi to people across the globe. Considering those ambitions, it was really just a matter of time before they decided to Read More
Google might soon wiggle its magical wand and blanket the city in free Wifi. Bloomberg reports that it’s one of the several tech firms mulling a plan to turn those useless public pay phone kiosks that litter the city into glorious Internet beacons.
With the prospect of driverless cars roaming the streets nearing, nobody is more scared than the FBI. Per an internal document obtained by the Guardian, the agency is worried about the security and safety issues the autonomous cars could bring.
iPhone-equipped New Yorkers now have something to do outside this summer besides defend their devices from thieves and sweat to death in this heat. Ingress, an augmented reality game popular in urban areas and previously available only on Android, is now officially available on iOS devices.
Ingress uses geomapping to transform real urban landscapes into a playing field that gets players moving around their city, fighting over portals and collecting resources — a smartphone game that’s played entirely IRL. The game’s sci-fi backstory, which involves an invading alien force that opposing teams of players either welcome or resist, evolves and grows constantly depending how well the real-life teams are doing.
Welcome to Freshly Minted, where we examine an overlooked deal or funding announcement in tech from the past week, and tell you what you need to know, and why it matters.
This week’s deal: Matterport, a real estate startup that uses 3D camera technology, closed a $16 million Series B.
Matterport makes an expensive Read More