Hashtag Trending – Zooming contacts; Slack’s down; Tesla to stream videos

Scientists create contact lenses that zoom when you blink, a temporary Slack outage sends workers into a panic, Tesla cars will soon play videos.

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That’s all the tech news that’s trending today. It’s Tuesday, July 30th, and I’m your host, Tom Li.

Trending on Reddit, scientists have created contact lenses that can be controlled by small eye movements. The lens responds to electro-oculographic signals–the electric potential differences in the eye–and translates them to a range of effects. One function includes being able to zoom in when double blinking. The scientists hope to eventually integrate this technology into a prosthetic eye or a contact lens camera.

Trending on Twitter, a temporary Slack outage sent many office workers into disarray, many of whom then flocked to Twitter to post memes and jokes. Remote workers were especially devastated and had to resort to rapid-firing emails and text messages to get through the rough patch. Some even suggested AOL, paper mail, pigeons, and video game chats as clever alternatives.

Lastly, trending on LinkedIn, Tesla will soon be delivering YouTube and Netflix content right to the vehicle’s displays. Most Tesla cars have large displays embedded within the car, which makes for the perfect source for some on-the-road entertainment. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that videos will only play when the car is parked, or “when full self-driving is approved by regulators”. Hopefully, that day comes sooner than later.

That’s all the tech news that’s trending right now. Hashtag Trending is a part of the ITWC Podcast network. Add us to your Alexa Flash Briefing or your Google Home daily briefing. I’m Tom Li, thanks for listening.

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Tom Li
Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT Business. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at [email protected].

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