If it’s Thursday it’s time for the Top Tech News of the Week, Week, eeek! I’m on with Mark Starling, John, and the First News 570 crew. This week’s top tech stories: Snap announces new selfie drones, Starbucks announces a coffee NFT, and Gizmodo releases more Facebook Papers. You can listen to Mark and I point and laugh while talking about the wild and crazy technology world every Thursday morning, LIVE at 6:43am Eastern by tuning into WWNC on the iHeartRadio app.
Gizmodo has been systematically releasing private and protected Facebook documents since last November. The Facebook Papers (a la The Pentagon Papers) contains internal memos, policy documents, and internal polls highlighting what Facebook really thinks about its services and the impacts made on the public. Often times, Facebook internal communications are vastly different than their external politicking. Gizmodo’s latest release centers on their own polling showing a majority of Americans believe they were a catalyst for the January 6th riot at the Capitol.
Have you ever felt like you couldn’t get the right angle? Have you ever felt like your arms weren’t long enough to get everyone in the frame? Have you ever regretted taking a picture because you were caught drooling? Well, the Selfie Drone is the perfect product for you. Earlier this week, Snap; of Snapchat, announced the Pixy. A flying drone that takes pictures and video selfies without a stick. When Pixy is done, the cute little drone lands in the palm of your hand. Real talk…I THINK THIS IS A PHENOMENAL IDEA! I like selfies, you like selfies, but how many times have you wished you captured the perfect selfie of you and your friend who only comes in town once a year in September? Exactly. Pixy is an auto-piloting drone, that features Snapchat augmented reality that lands in the palm of your hand when all of your selfies are done. Selfies are saved in the app and can be uploaded at your pleasure. Pixies will be sold in the US and France starting May 9th when Facebook, uhh, Meta opens its first store. You can get the Pixy Flight Pack for $229.
Sharp eared First News on 570 listeners know how we brought digital chicken wings to the airwaves. Yesterday, Starbucks announced plans for a digital collectibles community for coffee drinkers. A quote from the company: “We plan to create a series of branded NFT collections, the ownership of which initiates community membership, and allows for access to exclusive experiences and perks. The themes of these collections will be born of Starbucks artistic expressions, both heritage and newly created, as well as through world-class collaborations with other innovators and like-minded brands.”
I had to post that in full. I’m not really sure what a Starbuck’s Coffee NFT will grant me. They are planning to mint their genesis round towards the end of this year so get ready to hop on that.
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