Believe it or not, we don’t cover every piece of tech news here at SnapMunk. In an effort to keep you apprised of all things relevant in the world of technology and startups, here are some noteworthy tech news items that didn’t get a full column this week but certainly deserve a glance.
Cincinnati Zoo Shuts Down Social Accounts Because Of Harambe. The Cincinnati Zoo learned a powerful lesson: don’t feed the trolls. Or speak to them. Or even acknowledge their existence for that matter. Ever since the beloved gorilla, “Harambe” was shot and killed earlier this year, the zoo has been the victim of constant Harambe memes on social media. The zoo made the mistake of asking people to stop making them, which, of course, caused people to make even more. Finally, after the zoo director’s account was hacked, they deleted all their social media accounts and went silent. Trolls. Are. The. Worst.
This Is The Biggest Blue Screen Of Death Ever. What happens when you’re running a massive video wall on an outdated version of Windows? You get the world’s biggest blue screen of death. The video wall, which hangs over the entrance to a shopping mall in Thailand, apparently encountered a fatal problem and then crapped out. Windows did dump the blue screen of death back in Windows 8, so maybe they just need to update their OS?
Kobe Bryant Reveals $100 Million Dollar Venture Fund. It turns out that while Kobe Bryant was heaving 60 shots per game he was also quietly building a $100 million dollar venture fund. The fund, which was announced on Monday, has been in the works for the past three years and is co-founded by Bryant and Jeff Stibel. Bryant told the media that he hopes his legacy will be about investing, not basketball, which is kind of terrifying when you consider how much time he invested in reminding people about his basketball legacy.
Planet Discovered That Could Be “Second Earth.” Some good news if we and/or Donald Trump ends up destroying the planet. Scientists have discovered a planet that is relatively close and may be able to support life. The planet, called “Proxima B,” is only 4 light years away, meaning future generations may be able to reach it. Further research must be done to determine whether the planet can be inhabited, but the discovery is promising. At the very least, we can send Donald Trump there anyway.
North Korea Launches Netflix-like Streaming Service Called “Manbang.” I didn’t think it was possible, but North Korea has outdone themselves. The country announced a new streaming service called “Manbang,” which means “everything” in Korean, and many things entirely else in English. Of course, the service can only be accessed through the state-controlled intranet and has limited viewing options mainly focused on North Korea’s government and history. Congratulations, North Korea: you have created a streaming network with the world’s most interesting name and the world’s most boring content.
Steve Wozniak Tells Apple To Keep The Headphone Jack. Original Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak made his feelings very clear about why Apple should keep the headphone jack in the iPhone 7. “I would not use Bluetooth … I don’t like wireless. I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music.” This sounds like sound advice until you remember that it was also Wozniak who strongly resisted selling Apple computers in the first place.
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Stephen Altrogge is a freelance writer based in Tallahassee, Florida. He writes about tech, marketing, faith, and lots of other things. He’s married to Jen and has three young girls. Every day he consumes more coffee than the entire population of Colombia. He knows more about Star Wars than any respectable man should, and he runs more than any sane man would. He once attempted to eat a 2 pound hamburger in under an hour. He failed.
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