By Eric Jeffery
Periscope is a new mobile application with some serious potential. Twitter bought the app for roughly $100 million, and they were apparently not the only suitors.
The app is in many ways an extension of twitter. Instead of hearing about a trending event and reading about it on twitter, Periscope brings users straight to the scene of breaking news.
The app lets users broadcast their own live feed from their phone to viewers all over the world. Many brands and companies have already jumped on board with the new app, experimenting with how the app can be used to promote and connect with consumers.
The first big inside joke of the app is viewers hungry to see the refrigerator of the broadcaster. Pete Cashmore, founder of Mashable, used this as an opportunity. Cashmore posted a live feed in which he took viewers on a fridge tour of the Mashable office. He gained roughly 1.3 thousand live viewers on the third day of the apps existence.
Live broadcasting opens the door for musicians to perform for a virtual audience and even take song requests. As the app gains users, it is perceivable that big name musicians could use the app to perform for fans or hype up a future release.
One of the coolest experiences I have had with Periscope was a broadcast delivered by Fox News Oklahoma’s Keaton Fox, who turned on periscope for the entire duration of his news broadcast. This broadcast offered a supremely unique opportunity to watch the news from a new perspective. In between lines and segments, Fox would turn his attention back to his iPhone, reading and answering questions from viewers.
The app promotes active participation from the audience who have the ability to ask questions, make comments, and ‘heart’ videos in real time.
While Twitter is allowing Periscope to work independently of Twitter for now, the goal of both apps is the same: to be at the center of what is happening in the world in real time.
Periscope presents a new perspective on life for all people, from sideline views of live sporting events, behind the scenes of any set, and letting users view eyewitness news as it happens.
By Eric Jeffery
For those of you who do not already use and abuse Facebook Paper you’re in for a real treat. Facebook’s newest mobile application introduces an eerily twisted combination platform of social media and global headlines in a beautifully flawless new layout. This app is going to change Facebook forever.
Recent history shows Facebook’s slow approach into the realm of journalism. First we saw trending topics in the upper right hand corner of our screens and now a mobile application by Facebook reveals what looks to be the modern version of the newspaper. Sleek, simple, and of course, personalized.
Facebook Paper makes your news feed look like actual, “important” news. The app also allows for an unhindered transition from social news to news headlines in the subjects that most interest you.
Paper is the next step in the evolution of Facebook. Generation Y is lucky enough to witness the growth of Mark Zuckerberg’s online empire, and the latest release indicates that Facebook’s rapid progression has not decelerated. Rather, Facebook is revolutionizing modern story telling and sharing.
By Desiree Salas
A team of international astronomers have called it a planet that “shouldn’t be there,” according to the Huffington Post.
The massively huge exoplanet – it’s 11 times bigger than Jupiter – has since been named HD 106906 b and orbits 60 billion miles away from its own star. This distance is said to be 650 times farther than that of the Earth to the sun and is more than any other observed by scientists in recent history, which triggers questions about existing knowledge on how new planets are formed.
“This system is especially fascinating because no model of either planet or star formation fully explains what we see,” declared a written statement released by Vanessa Bailey, the lead researcher of the team and a fifth-year graduate student at the astronomy department of the University of Arizona.
One theory states that orbiting planets are made up of debris and gas. Another theory postulates that gigantic planets are the result of the collapse of a primordial disk. But with the discovery of HD 106906 b, it appears that both theories do not apply to the formation of a planet as huge as the most recently discovered one.
As such, further studies are needed to arrive at a sounder explanation of how the approximately 13-million-year-old planet came to be and also help scientists develop current theories.
“Systems like this one, where we have additional information about the environment in which the planet resides, have the potential to help us disentangle the various formation models,” Bailey’s statement further revealed. “Future observations of the planet's orbital motion and the primary star's debris disk may help answer that question.”
“The planet HD 106906 b is only 13 million years old, and is still glowing from the residual heat from its formation," the researchers revealed, as noted by Fox News. The Earth, in contrast, is about 4.5 billion years old, making it around 350 times older than the newly discovered planet.
HD 106906 b was discovered in Chile’s Atacama Desert using a Magellan telescope mounted with a thermal infrared camera. The find was confirmed by researchers using information from the Hubble Space Telescope.
“Every new directly detected planet pushes our understanding of how and where planets can form. Discoveries like HD 106906 b provide us with a deeper understanding of the diversity of other planetary systems,” said a statement by Tiffany Meshkat, a co-investigator in the study and a graduate student at the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands.
The study has been set to be published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters in an upcoming issue.
By Cameron Gerst
We are on the verge of a new industrial revolution. Just a few years ago the technology that has manufacturing upside down was birthed in one of our most simple machines, the printer. It was realized that if a printer could be given the power to move vertically, while it moves horizontally, and its ink could be replaced with say, plastic, the possibilities would be endless. It’s called 3D printing and in the next decade it is estimated that the industry as a whole could reach 1 trillion dollars, no small feat.
Already, an entire 3 wheeled car has been made from parts and pieces made entirely from a 3D printer, the medical device company has begun utilizing the technology in more customizable implants, and to the interest of all you anarchist and gun enthusiast ‘printable’ guns are now beginning to make headway.
In manufacturing, the benefits are easily recognizable yet perhaps there is a use for the technology that you did not first think of. The creative use. The artistic use. The personal use. What makes this machine so different from any other is two things. First, it offers almost endless design-ability, if you can draw it then you can print it. Second, the material that it prints with is remarkably cheap. For example, the amount of plastic it would take to print an iPhone case would be about $0.30. Compare that to what you would pay at even the lowest quality kiosks in the mall and you will begin to see why this could change so many areas of our lives. No longer would customizing your belongings be expensive or time consuming, simply design what you want and print it cheaper than you can buy it. Already, several companies have begun to market using this technology for the Christmas season. People love to customize, or culture and society values being individualistic and what could better achieve this than printing our own products.
Now, the price point. If you are looking at the higher end printers for personal use they will set you back by about 3 grand, not horrible but not cheap by any means. If you can be content with a lower class printer than you can get one for around $200. Either way it doesn’t matter, the technology will undoubtedly continue to get cheaper and cheaper all you have to do is wait. What doesn’t have to wait is the fact that our consumer experience may never be the same again.