Tech 2.0 for Monday, March 3, 2014
To say the selfie Ellen DeGeneres took during the Oscars ceremony went viral is like saying the flu -- is a slight case of the sniffles. During one of her bits as Oscars host last night, DeGeneres asked Bradley Cooper to take a picture with her and several other stars, including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. DeGeneres said she wanted to set a record -- and she managed to do that even before the telecast ended. Twitter confirms the Oscars selfie had been re-tweeted more than two million times. That broke a record set by President Barack Obama with a picture of him hugging First Lady Michelle Obama after his re-election in 2012. All the tweets and re-tweets crippled Twitter for more than 20 minutes; the site sent out an apology for the delay.
Apple is teaming up with major car makers to make iPhone applications easier for drivers to use while they're on the road. The system announced Monday enables iPhones to plug into cars so drivers will be able to call up maps, make calls and request music with voice commands or a touch on a vehicle's dashboard screen. Apple Inc. is calling the technology, "CarPlay." That's change from its original name, "iOS in the Car," given last June when Apple announced its plans to make its mobile operating system more compatible with automobiles. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing CarPlay this week at an auto show in Geneva. Other auto makers plan to adopt CarPlay, too. CarPlay requires Apple's latest software, iOS 7, and an iPhone 5, 5C or 5S.
Employees at Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco will soon get to take their lunch break in 19th century relics. The Marin Independent Journal reports the high-tech giant is installing a pair of low-tech log cabins from the late 1800s to serve as dining rooms. The cabins were salvaged from ranches in Montana by a Marin County contractor and sold to the owner of an architectural firm helping to refurbish Twitter, Inc.'s headquarters. They should be in place within a few weeks. The plan is to build booths inside them for company employees to sit in while they eat.