Talks About Tech Weekly 090: New Microsoft CEO

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On this episode I talk about the new Microsoft CEO, flappy bird crisis and more.

Bionic Hand Lets Amputee Feel
Scientists from the EPFL in Switzerland and the SSSA in Italy have been working on a new prosthetic hand that will allow the user to feel what they are touching.

36 year-old Dennis Aabo Sørensen from Denmark lost his left hand in a fireworks accident nine years ago. He was the first person to have this new prothetic arm tested on. The way it works is electrodes are implanted into the nerves in his arm. There are a number of sensors in each artificial tendon in the fingers of the hand that can tell the tension. This allows Dennis to feel what he is touching and also feel if something is soft or hard and how hard he is gripping the object. The output from the sensors is electrical but unfortunately the brain only accepts electrical impulses from the nerves. The scientists came up with algorithms that could create impulses that the brain were able to interpret. That is truly amazing!

Dennis was blind folded and ear plugged and he ‘could feel things that he hadn’t been able to feel in over nine years’. ‘When I held an object, I could feel if it was soft or hard, round or square’.

This is the first time anything like this has been tested on a human and it was incredibly successful.

Microsofts New CEO
Microsofts epic search for a new CEO is over. Satya Nadella has worked for the company for over twenty two years and now he has become the new CEO of one of the worlds largest technology companies. Nadella was born in India in 1967 and studied electrical engineering at Mangalore University before moving to the US to study computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

His career started at Sun Microsystems but he soon moved to Microsoft to work at the Online Services Division. Nadella has since played a huge role in many of Microsoft’s cloud computing services such as Azure, Bing, Sky Drive, Xbox Live and Skype.

It will be very interesting to see what Nadella does with Microsoft but one thing for sure is that we will definitely be seeing many new cloud computing products from the company in the future.

First Photo of Earth From Mars
Curiosity has been on Mars for a few months now and this week it delivered its first image of the Earth and the Moon from Mars. Although the Earth looks like a tiny spec in the distance we now know what Earth looks like from Mars and it’s pretty cool.

View of Earth from MarsFlappy Bird is no More

The flappy bird developer has taken down the highly successful tweet following this tweet last week:

‘I am sorry Flappy Bird users, 22 hours from now, I will take Flappy Bird down. I cannot take this anymore’

The game has been downloaded over 50 million times on android making the Vietnamese developer $50,000 per day. Not bad! The game was launched last year and was a complete flop, however, the game started to take off in December when loads of people started leaving reviews in the App Store. The app started to build into the frenzy that it became today. The reason that he took the app off the stores is a mystery but we sure will miss it.