Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Week in Web

Weird Wide Web: Holograms, doorbells and a turbo snail

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

WELCOME TO THE WEIRD Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.

App of the week

Here’s a handy app for the uber paranoid among you. The DoorBot, a doorbell camera, now transmits audio and video feed to your smartphone or tablet over a Wi-Fi network whenever someone rings your doorbell, Business Insider reports. They can’t see or hear you unless you choose to use your audio feed to talk to them so you can avoid door-to-door salespeople, nosy neighbours or the entire world if you like.

It’s currently only available in the US but we can live in hope that someday we can all completely close ourselves off from society too.

(Image: TeamChristieStreet/YouTube)

Online TV series of the week

David Fincher’s House of Cards has been the talk of the online town since it was launched (only) on Netflix and now the company has announced it will produce a new animated series, AP reported this week. The series will be based on DreamWorks’ upcoming movie, “Turbo,” which is about an adorable snail who gets the power of super speed after getting in a freak accident. We’re excited.

(Video: DreamworksAnimation/YouTube)

Closest thing to a real-life hologram of the week

We’re getting so close to being able to mimic everything that ever happened in Star Trek. We’re not quite at the holodeck level yet but the U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi is still pretty impressive. Users wear virtual reality goggles that overlay the image of an avatar on a green clad robot which they can then interact with, TechCrunch reported.

(Video: pinktentacle3/YouTube)

Throwback to the 90s app of the week

Remember those hours and hours you spent tirelessly caring for your Tamagotchi back in the day? Well soon you may have a chance to relive that, on your table or smartphone. The Tamogitchi L.I.F.E app launched in the US and Canada for Android phones on Thursday. It has everything your old Tamagotchi has with some neat new features including the ability to share every single thing you do with your pet with all your Facebook friends. Fingers crossed, we’ll get it soon.

(Image: Google Play Store)

Read all previous Weird Wide Webs>

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
4
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.