The Week in Geek: Myspace Upgrades, Knives Detects Cancer, and Americans Travel in Tubes
The Week In Geek is our round-up of this week's best under-the-radar tech stories—the stuff we laughed at, were amazed by, and nerded out about.
New York to Los Angeles for less than $100? Sounds pretty good. NY to LA in under an hour? Sounds freaking incredible! The future of travel might not be as far off as you'd think: Engineers at Tesla Motors are already hard at work designing "The Hyperloop," a super speedy transport system that allows train passengers to shoot across the country in a frictionless elevated tube.
In this week's game of "Real Product or Harry Potter Prop?" turns out a new surgical knife that instantly detects cancer is for real. Apparently, the knife does an on-the-spot analysis of the vapor that rises out of seared tissue, allowing surgeons to bypass the 30 minutes they usually have to wait (while people lie open on the operating table) while cells are tested in the lab for cancer.
Google Maps debuted a new feature Thursday in honor of New York's Restaurant Week that allows users to get a 360° virtual tour of 167 of the 294 Restaurant Week restaurants. No word yet on plans to expand the feature.
Google's answer to the iPhone, the Moto X, is expected to be released in the next few weeks. Google CEO Eric Schmidt took the phone out for a casual chat to whet the tech world's appetite. Just look how happy this phone makes you!
63 companies, investors, and non-profits including Facebook, Google, and Apple have joined together to demand the right to disclose NSA requests for private user data. Kind of feels like a peeping Tom tapping on your window just to give you a head's up.
Myspace's $20 million campaign to reach millennials is actually working... but they've still got a long way to go. Their so-called "Buzz" score among 18 to 34 year-olds is on the rise, up from -21.7 in April to a whopping -3 last month!