In this edition of Tech Thoughts Daily Net News, we bring you some of the latest stories and trends in the world of technology. Here are some of the highlights:
Vine Finally Lets You Import Video From Your Camera Roll: The popular video-sharing app has released an update that allows users to upload videos from their phone's camera roll, instead of having to record them within the app. This gives users more flexibility and creativity in making their six-second clips. [^2^]
Kid-friendly apps that bring internet safety to Android: If you are a parent who wants to protect your child from the dangers and pitfalls of the online world, you might want to check out some of these apps that offer parental controls, filtering, monitoring, and education for Android devices. [^2^]
Coming soon: No-name tablets priced under $35: Tablets are becoming cheaper and more accessible than ever, thanks to some Chinese manufacturers who are producing low-cost devices with basic features and specs. These tablets may not have the best quality or performance, but they could appeal to budget-conscious consumers or emerging markets. [^2^]
Feds Release Vehicle Recall Search Tool: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a new website that lets car owners check if their vehicles have been recalled for safety issues. The site requires users to enter their vehicle identification number (VIN) and provides information on recalls dating back to 1999. [^2^]
Researchers find it's terrifyingly easy to hack traffic lights: A team of security researchers from the University of Michigan has demonstrated how easy it is to hack into traffic light systems and cause chaos on the roads. The researchers exploited vulnerabilities in the wireless communication protocols used by traffic controllers and sensors, and were able to change the light patterns and timings remotely. [^2^]
Meet John Tye: the kinder, gentler, and by-the-book whistleblower: John Tye is a former State Department official who has exposed the government's secret surveillance practices in a legal and transparent way. Unlike Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents to the media, Tye filed a complaint with the proper authorities and wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post, revealing that the NSA collects and searches Americans' internet communications without warrants or oversight. [^2^]
These are just some of the stories that caught our attention today. For more tech news and insights, visit our website at https://techthoughts.net or follow us on Twitter at @TechThoughtsNet.
Another story that made headlines today was the launch of NFL Now, a new digital video service that offers personalized and on-demand content for football fans. NFL Now lets users watch highlights, analysis, documentaries, and original shows from the NFL Network, NFL Films, and NFL teams. Users can also customize their feed based on their favorite teams and players, and access live events such as press conferences and shows. NFL Now is available on various platforms, including web browsers, mobile devices, tablets, and streaming devices such as Apple TV and Roku.
For music lovers, we have compiled a list of the best-sounding albums of 2014 so far, based on the ratings and reviews of audiophiles and critics. Some of the albums that made the cut are Beck's Morning Phase, Jack White's Lazaretto, Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence, and Coldplay's Ghost Stories. These albums showcase the artists' musical talents and creativity, as well as their production quality and sound engineering. Whether you listen to them on vinyl, CD, or digital formats, these albums will delight your ears and enrich your musical experience.
Finally, we pay tribute to Steve Ballmer, who officially stepped down as a board member of Microsoft this week, ending his 34-year tenure at the company. Ballmer, who was the CEO of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014, oversaw some of the company's most successful and controversial products and decisions, such as Windows XP, Xbox, Bing, Windows Vista, Windows Phone, Surface, and the acquisition of Nokia. Ballmer was also known for his energetic and passionate personality, which often resulted in memorable and hilarious moments on stage. We have compiled some of his greatest YouTube hits, such as his \"Developers\" chant, his \"Monkey Dance\", his \"iPhone Funeral\", his \"Crazy Laugh\", and his tearful farewell speech. ec8f644aee