The latest Kindle app update for your favorite iOS devices erases users’ entire freakin’ Kindle library. That’s not a BUG, people, that’s a major F.U. I mean, wow. Really…don’t they test this stuff beforehand?
It doesn’t eliminate your access to prior purchases…but it does require you to re-register your iOS device as a new device, and re-download content you want. If you’re like me, that would mean picking and choosing from many, many previous purchases and free downloads. Royal PITA.
We’re probably all tired of hearing ‘there’s an app for that’, but it’s just too cool in this case…there’s an iPad app to help ship captains avoid whales in some shipping routes. Ship/whale collisions are a big deal for the whales, especially endangered Right Whales (not such a big deal for the ships). This app only covers areas close to shore where detection buoys have been set up, but still, it’s a start, and a cool one at that.
This is a far cry from a true invisibility cloak, but what assistant professor Baile Zhang showed off at TED2013 in Long Beach recently is one big step closer to that ideal. Check out the video for a quick demo. It’s made from two pieces of optical crystals (calcite) cemented together. Lots of questions remain about this (such as how close the object needs to be to be ‘hidden’…but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.
Scientists have identified exactly how it is that climate change may increase the likelihood of extreme weather events around the globe. You can read the full details here, but the gist of it is that there are normally what is, in essence, atmospheric ‘waves’ oscillating between the artic and tropic regions, which help mix things up. During recent extreme weather events, those waves were more or less frozen in place, something which climate change may make more likely as the planet is not heating uniformly (the poles heat more than the tropical areas, hence there’s less temperature different between them to drive the oscillations).
I’ve always been a big fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done strategies, and even though I don’t fully implement the system, I still feel it’s a massive benefit to my life (I’m working on fully implementing it, it’s just tough to get into that routine). If you haven’t heard of it, take two minutes to watch the video below…it does a great job of summarizing what this is all about.
There’s a lot of exciting work being done in battery technology…yet your future electronic devices may end up being powered by a supercapacitor instead if research into this area pays off. Environmentally, it’s pretty awesome…graphene is of course carbon, which is plentiful and non-toxic (potentially, you could even throw a used graphene supercapacitor into your compost bin!). These supercapacitors can store a lot of energy and be recharged extremely quickly (like 100-1000 times faster than a battery). It’ll be interesting to see which wins out here…advanced battery technologies, or supercapcitors? Stay tuned to Peak Geek for all the latest on that, and in the meantime, check out the video below describing these graphene supercapacitors (I love that word, especially as they didn’t mention ‘nano’ anything).