The Week's Funniest and Most Intriguing News (week starting August 29)
Article by George Norman
On 02 Sep 2016
As the weekend gets closer and closer, your productivity goes out the window. You don’t feel like working and you’re not really willing to go over serious news about serious topics.

So, just like the weeks before, I invite you to check out 10 news that will put a smile on your face, make you laugh, and probably even say 'wow' or 'what the f...'


1. Macs are as useless as a hat for a cat, says Microsoft

Microsoft released a new ad for the Surface Pro 4, touting its features and bashing Apple’s Mac for being well, basically useless. Or as useful as a hat for a cat.

"With a detachable keyboard, pen, touchscreen, and full Office, the Surface Pro 4 is the one for you," says Microsoft.

2. Play 400+ PS3 games on your PC with PlayStation Now

Sony’s PlayStation Now subscription service has recently been made available for Windows PCs. Subscribe and you’ll have access to a library of more than 400 games that you can stream to your PC.

Take advantage of the 7-day free trial to try all 400+ games for free.

3. Sheep helped the Faroe Islands make it on Google Street View

What the Faroe Islands lack in population, they more than make up for in sheep. The islands are home to some 50,000 people and 70,000 sheep. Which gave Durita Andreassen a great idea: Sheep View – use sheep to document the Faroe Islands for Google’s Street View.

Google took notice of the Sheep View project and decided to help the Faroese by supplying them with a Street View trekker and 360 cameras via its Street View camera loan program.

"Now that the Faroe Islands is supplied with a Trekker and 360 cameras, residents and tourists can assist the sheep in collecting Street View imagery of their beautiful lands using selfie-sticks, bikes, backpacks, cars, kayaks, horses, ships and even wheelbarrows," said David Castro González de Vega, Google Maps Program Manager.

4. Acer made an interactive webcam for your pet

Meet Acer’s Pawbo+ Wireless Interactive Pet Camera, a webcam that lets you chat, feed and play with your pet when you’re away.

Acer plans to market even more Pawbo devices in the future.

5. WELT’s smart belt does more than hold your pants up

WELT’s fashionable smart belt is capable of tracking three main general health indicators: waist size, activity and food intake.

WELT is a spin-off company of Samsung Electronics.

6. Samsung and ASUS have new, circular smartwatches to offer

At IFA 2016 in Berlin, Samsung unveiled the brand new Gear S3 smartwatch.

ASUS unveiled a circular smartwatch as well: the ZenWatch 3.

7. Order pizza straight from your Apple TV

Earlier this week, Papa John’s released a customizable pizza ordering app for the Apple TV. Use the app to order some pizza and you’ll get a 25% discount.

"Pizza and entertainment are a natural fit," said 'Papa John' Schnatter, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Papa John's. "With the launch of our Apple TV app, we’re hoping to make family movie night and friend gatherings around the TV even more enjoyable by delivering the same quality product and experience our customers expect in a convenient and interactive way."

8. Rogue One will feature an awesome-looking new droid

Meet the C2-B5, the Imperial astromech that will make its debut in the upcoming prequel film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Rogue One will be released on December 16 in the US.

9. Logitech created the first ever silent mice

At IFA 2016 in Berlin, Logitech unveiled the M220 Silent and the M33 Silent Plus, the company’s first ever quiet mice and the first mice in the world to receive the Quiet Mark seal of approval from the Noise Abatement Society.

The mice have the click feel but without the noise. The clicking noise has been reduced by over 90%.

10. Your chance to win a custom console

In honor of the PAX West gaming festival, ZeniMax is giving away 6 custom, ESO-themed Xbox One and PS4 consoles. Check out the details here.

Also in honor of the PAX West gaming festival, Microsoft is giving away Xbox One S consoles that feature designs inspired by Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Forza Horizon 3, Dead Rising 4, ReCore, Sea of Thieves, Battlefield 1, and Final Fantasy XV. Check out the details here.

Tags: haha, WTF, funny, Microsoft, Apple, Surface Pro 4, Mac, Sony, PlayStation Now, Windows, PC, streaming, Google Maps, Street View, Sheep View, Acer, Pawbo, WELT, smart belt, Kickstarter, Samsung, Gear S3, ASUS, ZenWatch 3, Apple TV, Papa John's, pizza, Star Wars, Rogue One, Logitech, silent mice, PAX West, console
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