People are spending more and more time consuming news, video, and other content on smartphones, tablets, and other devices with touchscreens. Now Fox News plans to do the same thing… in a new newsroom featuring computers with 55 inch touchscreen displays which they’ll use to do their work live, on the air… for some strange reason.
Even the folks in the the promotional video seem kind of skeptical, but I suspect the goal isn’t necessarily to be more efficient… it’s to look good on TV. Enormous touchscreen displays are a bit more photogenic than the back of a reporter’s laptop. The right tools for the job… or something.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Fox News unveils newsroom of the future with huge touchscreens for some reason
Touchscreens are great for casual web surfing, light gaming, and other tasks you might perform on the bus, while sitting on your couch, or lounging in a beach chair. But Fox seems to think they’re good tools for news gathering too… or at least that they’ll look good on TV. [The Verge]
- Samsung says the Galaxy Gear only works with the Galaxy Note 3, but that’s not entirely true…
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is designed to pair with your phone and show notifications on your wrist, among other things — but it only officially works with one handset at the moment. Unofficially, it seems to work with other phones, it just doesn’t yet support voice controls unless you’re using a Galaxy Note 3. [xda-developers]
- Do you read digital magazine apps on your tablet? Apparently most of us don’t
I really like Wired Magazine’s mobile app… but I don’t read it very often. Apparently I’m not alone. While many of us use apps like Flipboard, Zite, and Currents to read news from multiple sites in a magazine-like format, most folks don’t use standalone magazine apps. [GigaOm]
- New Samsung Game Pad for Galaxy smartphones on the way
Like gaming on your phone… but wish it had controls that felt a bit more like those on a PlayStation? There’s a game controller for that. [SamMobile]
- Intel, Bit-Tech sponsor an NUC case-mode contest for tiny, fanless PC cases
So you’ve got a tiny Intel NUC computer… but you’re unimpressed with the utilitarian case that came with it. Here are some ideas for some pretty spectacular case mods. [Bit-Tech]
- Flexible displays don’t mean flexible phones
Samsung, LG, and other companies have been showing off flexible display technology for a few years, and that’s got many folks longing for phones they can fold or roll up and put in their pockets. Those might exist one day… but the rest of the tech in today’s phones aren’t flexible enough for that yet. The true advantage of flexible screens is that they’re harder to break. But they’ll be pretty rigid when they start showing up in phones.