Technically Speaking: Stories of the Week – June 24

Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week features a flying bicycle, the new PS4, and a revamped version of MySpace. All that and more in this edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.

E.T. Would Love This Flying Bicycle

Flying Bike

It’s an invention that will surely bring people back to the days they first saw E.T. fly on a bicycle in the classic 1982 film. In a convention in Prague recently a flying electric bicycle was displayed and could be seen taking off and flying with a dummy on board, says Keith Barry of Wired. Known as the “Design Your Dreams Flying Bike,” the invention was created by three Czech engineering firms who have spent the last year making it. The electric bike, which weighs 220 pounds, is lifted into the air by six horizontally mounted propellers. The creators say the finished product could be ready for use by the fall, and it will be as easy to operate as a regular bicycle. It will be able to fly anywhere from three to five minutes using electric power. The bad news? As of now the bike won’t be sold to the public.

Google Buys Popular Traffic App Waze for More Than a Billion Dollars

The mapping service company Waze, whose app is used by more than 50 million people, was purchased by Google last week for more than a billion dollars, reports Parmy Olson of Forbes. Waze’s product development team will remain in Israel and continue to operate separately for now. Google won out in a bidding war that was said to include many high rolling suitors, including Facebook and Apple. No word yet on whether Waze will become part of Google Maps or if it will continue to operate separately. Waze is popular for its community of drivers, who warn one another in real-time of upcoming traffic jams, accidents, and police traps.

MySpace Comes Back as Myspace: Will it Take Off or Crash and Burn?

MySpace is long gone, but say hello to its successor: Myspace. Other than switching from a capital “s” to a lowercase one, the company is also offering a whole new look and all new features, according to Mashable. The recently launched site has been marketed for months now with Justin Timberlake as the face behind the brand. It is now available to users, complete with an iPhone app, and it’s main focus will be on music. The vision of the new myspace, according to one of its new owners, Tim Vanderhook, is “a single place to house a profile, music, videos and fans, and a feedback system.”  Instead of building custom radio stations based on songs and user preferences like Pandora, Myspace is relying on its users— which includes many artists— to create stations.

A Look at the New PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4

Sony has just unveiled it’s new PS4 model, wetting the appetite of gamers worldwide. The console actually has a familiar look to past models but a lot of upgraded features, according to Brian Barrett of Gizmodo. Features of the PS4 include improved graphics, games booting instantly from sleep, games can download in the background, an x86 processor, an 8-core combined CPU/GPU, 8 GB of unified GDDR5 memory (PS3 had 512 megabytes), a local 500GB HDD. There’s also a list of games that will be exclusive to Playstation, including favorites like Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III. The console will be available sometime this holiday season and will retail for $400.

 

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