Tech Today

Ryan Boyd
Tech Today

It was a big week in the tech world with Apple making headlines around the world with the announcement of their first new product since the iPad in 2010, about which we had a wrap you may want to check out.

What else was going on?

Red Apple?Apple logo black

Apple must have been a little miffed that the iCloud celebrity photo hacking took a bit of the focus off their big announcements.

With slightly red faces, Apple has responded quickly to the controversy by implementing an alert system that notifies you when your iCloud account has been accessed.

Not a bad start, but as commentators have noted, there is still some work that could be done to help restore user confidence.


Electric collapsible skateboardMovpak

Walking is hard work. Thankfully we have many gadgets to help us stop doing that, like the Movpak, a Kickstarter-funded electric skateboard that collapses into a backpack.

With a top speed of 15 mph and a 9 mile range, it’s good to get you a short distance before needing a recharge.

However, it’s a bit pricey with an expected US$1,999 price when it becomes publicly available next year.

Here’s a demo from TechCrunch.


Discover your Destiny


Gamers around the world have been having sleepless nights lately now that the long anticipated Destiny has had its full release.

From the makers of Halo, the game is a combination of that ground-breaking First Person Shooter series, but also incorporates cooperative gameplay, character personalisation and a massive open world.

10 million gamers around the world are already playing, and it also features the voice of Peter Dinklage, aka Tyrion from Game of Thrones, as a robot AI, and music from Sir Paul McCartney. Double bonus. 


Pro Bono?


If you’re one of the 500 million iTunes users and a U2 fan, then you’re in luck. The Irish megastars have released their 13th album for free on iTunes a full month before anywhere else.

The announcement was included in Apple’s big shindig yesterday and almost guarantees a massive audience for the album, called ‘Songs of Innocence’.

Early critical reception is positive, so it will be interesting to see just how many take up the free download offer.


GoPro corner

Downhill daredevil

Mountain biker Kelly McGarry shares his ride during a Red Bull event, which includes a backflip over a canyon.

If this is too fast paced, check out the ride from another angle.

Manta ray diving

Slightly more peaceful but just as exciting is this clip from a diver in Hawaii getting up close and personal with a group of graceful manta rays. 

Bird’s eye view

Sometimes the best videos happen entirely by accident. In this case, the cameraman is an inquisitive seagull who decided to take someone’s GoPro for a mini tour of Cannes. Thankfully the owner was able to track it down and share this unique footage.


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