Today’s Tech Sightings:
UltraHaptics, a British company, has come up with technology that uses sound waves to project sensations of tactile, three-dimensional shapes through the air and to the user. So for example, air pressure changes are perceived as suspended, tangible interfaces. That could potentially mean a person can recreate buttons and consoles wherever needed for remote control or a whole range of other possibilities.
Facebook is releasing an “accessibility toolkit” that outlines its policies on disability and making the service accessible to all. The company’s Empathy Lab focuses on understanding accessibility needs and designing mobile and desktop components for people with disabilities in mind.
Apple’s recycling program, launched in 18 retail shops in China, lets customers trade in old devices to upgrade to more recent products. But according to consumers, Apple is only paying about $240 for iPhone 5 returns – and less for older models. That’s about 1,500 yuan. To put things in perspective, the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, and iPhone 5s cost 6,088 yuan ($973), 5,288 yuan ($846) and 4,488 yuan ($718), respectively.
Following a study done in collaboration between Google and the University of California, Berkeley, Google disabled up to 192 Chrome browser extensions that surreptitiously injected rogue ads into websites visited by users. For the uninitiated, some of these ad installers can be deadly for your computer; and removing them can be a real nightmare.
If you haven’t visited com.google yet, it’s the tech giant’s wacky, April Fools’ Day statement, so to speak. Com.google basically presents visitors with the real Google site in reverse, as in mirror mode.
And if you’re looking for more tech gags this April Fools’ Day, there’s a whole bunch of them out there. Tread carefully.