Super Stuff that happened on the Web this week

July 7, 2014

We’ve scoured the web to bring you your weekly update of the super stuff that is happening online.

Quadriplegic moves arm with computer chip in brain

Neurobridge, a computer chip smaller than the size of a pea is helping quadriplegics to move again. The device developed by American neuroscientist Dr. Ali Rezai works to bridge the gap between the nervous system and muscles making movement possible again.  In a special moment captured on video, Ian Burkhart, 23, was able move his fingers and hand for the first time in four years using thought and a little help from Neurobridge.

Vine introduces ‘Loop’ count

For users of social network Vine, being able to tell how popular an upload has been is the key to success. Users want to know which content people love, so that they can make more of it. Developers at Vine have just introduced loop counts built into both Android and iOS apps, as well as being integrated into their website. The coolest bit of this new feature is the fact that it is in real-time; meaning you will know exactly when people are watching your Vine.

iPad makes its way into classrooms

A latest iPad feature rolled out by Apple is giving teachers with the ability to create and manage classroom content right on their iPad.  Teachers can add a personal touch to classes by featuring photos and videos that may be relevant to the lesson. Apple has been pushing forward in the education sector, causing an outbreak in start-up and enterprise companies alike to realise the potential of the mobile-education market.

Google advances into music streaming

For a tidy sum of $39m Google is now the proud owner of the music streaming site Songza . What makes it worth so much? In a recent G+ post, Google said, ‘They’ve built a great service which uses contextual expert-curated playlists to give you the right music at the right time.’ Could this prove stiff competition for other streaming sites like Spotify?

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