June 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM ET
TODAY's technology contributor Mario Armstrong shares his "Top 3" tech trends and gadgets from the past week.
European courts order Google to remove links
Earlier this week, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that internet search engines would need to remove links in their search results about people if they feel the page contains “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” information.
To facilitate this, Google has created a website where European citizens can fill out a form to create a removal request. A committee formed by Google will make a decision about each request. These decisions will determine whether the individual has a “right to be forgotten” or if they feel that the public has a right to know this information.
To me this seems somewhat subjective and may bring about shouts of censorship. A big fear that many people have is that the “right to be forgotten” might be used to hide facts that should be more publicly accessible. According to the BBC, “more than half of the requests sent to Google from UK individuals involved convicted criminals.”
What do you think? Is this fair?
Do you love taking photos of your meals at restaurants and posting them to Instagram or Twitter for the world to see? Then you are going to love a new app called Tastemade.
Tastemade began as a multichannel network on YouTube featuring shows about food. Now, they have an iPhone app (coming soon to Android!) that helps people create culinary reviews of the restaurants they go to. Instead of just taking a pic of the food on your plate, with Tastemade, you shoot and edit a video of the entire dining experience, including graphics, music and filters. The end result is about a minute-long review of your experience that you can then share through the app or post to different social media sites.
And who knows, maybe the execs at Tastemade will discover you and give you your own show. You never know!
There are tons of old homes and apartments that do not have central air. If you’re stuck using a window unit, you know the pain of coming home from work on a hot summer day to a sweltering house. Then you have to wait an hour or more for your window unit to actually cool down the house.
With a new smart air conditioner called Aros, you can start cooling your home down before you arrive. Aros is a Wi-Fi enabled AC unit from Quirky and GE that you can control from anywhere with an app on your mobile device. Over time it will gather information about your habits, cost of energy and budget to automatically maintain the perfect temp that fits your budget.
You can pick up Aros at Quirky.com or from Home Depot for $300. Even better, if you live in the New York area, you can take advantage of Quirky’s limited time partnership with Uber. For the next few weekends, Quirky will be integrated into the Uber app, allowing you to purchase an Aros directly from your phone and get it delivered for no additional cost. Now that’s cool!
Digital Lifestyle Expert™ Mario Armstrong is an Emmy Award winning TV host,and technology contributor to TODAY. He hosts segments on HLN, the Fuse network and appears regularly on daytime TV including Steve Harvey and Dr. Oz. Read more from Mario at marioarmstrong.com and follow him on Twitter @marioarmstrong and on Facebook.