Block by Block, a partnership between the United Nations Human Settlements Program and Minecraft developer Mojang, is an initiative that allows young people to design and upgrade 300 public spaces by 2016. The program has yielded several pilot projects, the first of which is an informal settlement in Nairobi.
As Internet use moves away from the desktop and the laptop and more toward mobile, native platforms are becoming more advanced and user behaviors are constantly shifting. The effect of this content-heavy landscape on meaningful interactions has lead to the creation of Mobile Tribes.
Zabosu, an ambitious attempt to offer humans that could be controlled as if by remote control, has put its Kickstarter campaign on hold after raising only $550 out of its $100,000 goal.
Apple is close to achieving its goal of powering all of its facilities 100 percent on renewable energy. Its campuses and data centers are now using 94 percent renewable energy; and the number is rising. The company intends to extend this effort to its retail stores.
The company says its retail stores will take back Apple products for “free, responsible recycling.” A company spokesman has also confirmed that the program would be available worldwide.
Google has asked nonprofit groups to come up with ideas on how they would use Google Glass eye wear in their work. Five charities that propose the best ideas by May 20 will get a free pair of glasses, a trip to Google for training and a $25,000 grant to turn their project to reality.
China has fully lifted its 14-year ban on selling video game consoles. While foreign console makers like Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo still have to find a way around the country’s censorship rules to exploit the huge Chinese market, they can now manufacture and sell consoles in Shanghai’s free trade zone.