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Me TV, Inspiring Emoji, A Chilling Effect, Robo-Fish


March 24 · Issue #18 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Me TV, Inspiring Emoji, A Chilling Effect, Robo-Fish

First Thoughts
I’ve been lucky enough to do television since TVs were tubes and we still binged using VHS tapes, but, until recently, I never really thought about how I do it. After a former co-worker asked me for a brain dump on the art of live TV, I kept the notes and promised that, someday, I’d write my perspective on doing live video and broadcast television. That day has come.
How to be on TV – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Tech for good. Remember when emojis with just a handful of yellow smile-face expressions. Now they can reflect virtually every emotion, ethnicity, job function, food, and pet. When I go to use an emoji I always search for the one that perfectly captures my mood, activity or existence. I’m usually successful, but not everyone is so lucky. Turns out emojis lack a host of accessibility characters, but that’s about to change. Apple recently submitted a new collection of emojis that include people with prosthesis, those in wheel chairs and people with hearing aids or impairment. Don’t go looking for them in your iPhone keyboard just yet. They first go through a rigorous approval process.
Apple submits new accessibility emoji to Unicode Consortium, includes prosthetic limbs, guide dogs, more | 9to5Mac
Patent Art. Amazon’s latest patent is for delivery drones that can launch from delivery trucks and then be guided my customers making hand gestures on the ground. I still doubt drones will ever deliver packages to us, but at least we have this awesome patent art.
Amazon Patent Points to Future in Which Humanity Is Reduced to Screaming at Drones
This could be big. Craigslist iconic “Missed Connections” section, along with pretty much all the other Personals, has gone dark. No more posting a blind personal item in hopes that the right person sees it and you connect IRL. Craigslist made the decision to shutter the section temporarily after Congress passed the “Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” of 2017. While this definitely sounds like a law we should all get behind, one part of it holds third-party web sites liable for people who misuse online personal ads to run things like online sex rings. In other words. Craigslist could get sued or worse if someone is luring people into sex-trafficking with an ad on the web site. This is the kind of rule that could lead to unintended consequences. It might open the door for Twitter and Facebook to be held legally responsible for content third-parties are posting on their service. Maybe that’s a good thing. Either way, probably worth keeping an eye on this one.
Craigslist personals shut down indefinitely due to recently passed 'FOSTA' / Boing Boing
Fish gotta swim. One can only imagine what schools of fish and other sea-going creatures think of MIT’s Biomimetic Soft Robot. It’s an all-white, 3D-printed fish robot that can swim autonomously at up to 18 meters down. It can dive, turn, swim through coral and pretty much act like a real fish, except for the eating and scales. It can run as a remote-control fish, too. The researchers just use a Nintendo game controller, seriously.
MIT’s Biomimetic Soft Robot Swims With the Fishes - Seeker
Coming up
An Apple for the teachers. Next week I’ll fly to Chicago for unusual Apple product launch event. This is the first one in recent memory that hasn’t been held in San Francisco or Apple’s Cupertino headquarters (didn’t they build the Steve Jobs Theater specifically for product launches?).  Instead, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the stage at Lane Tech College Prep High School. Cook and company could not telegraph the intention of this event more clearly. It’s about education. Bloomberg smartly posits it will be an affordable iPad event, designed to recapture the education market. But when Apple holds an event, there are bound to be surprises. Maybe a new Apple Pencil? What about an AirPod update (new colors?). I do not expect iPhone news. Whatever Apple unveils, I will be right there, live-tweeting the whole thing. 
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