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Technobyte: Happy 28th birthday World Wide Web

Google's mission with its Advanced Technology and Products group is to create innovations like Project Jacquard, which can turn objects into interactive, gesture-controlled surfaces.

With the Levi's Commuter jacket, introduced in 2016, the technology comes to life through a conductive fabric and a Bluetooth device that attaches to the garment.

The connected area consists of 15 threads on the left sleeve, just visible enough for you to know where to touch to trigger actions from a paired smartphone.

You can, for example, brush your fingers on the jacket to find out what time it is, or swipe to play, pause or skip a track while you're listening to music.

There's a companion Android app, called Project Jacquard, that lets you select what you want each gesture to bring up -- and the UI is mostly drag and drop, making it extremely easy to set up.

Levi's says it's working to add support for additional gestures later on, which could enable more ways for you to interact with its first smart jacket.

www.engadget.com

2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and Apple has something major planned to celebrate the occasion.

We've got several months to go until the launch of the iPhone 8, but because of Apple's ambitious plans for the device, there are already an abundance of rumours hinting at the impressive features coming in the 2017 iPhone.

Apple is rumoured to be testing more than 10 prototype iPhone models, so it's not entirely clear what we're going to see, and because there are so many test devices in play, rumours are also conflicting and murky at this time.

Rumours suggest it's going to be a radical redesign, with an edge-to-edge display that does away with the top and bottom bezels where features like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front-facing camera are housed.

Instead, Touch ID and the camera may be built directly into the display, meaning there will be no Home button.

Jony Ive has wanted to introduce an iPhone that looks like a single sheet of glass for several years, and glass is also necessary if Apple wants to introduce wireless charging.

www.macrumors.com

The World Wide Web turned 28 today.

But rather than celebrate, its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, used the occasion to lay out what he sees as its greatest challenges.

Specifically, Berners-Lee points to three threats: the loss of control of personal data, the spread of misinformation, and lack of transparency in political advertising.

He describes them as “three new trends” though they’ve each been around in some form for some time.

Clearly, though, they’ve taken on a greater urgency for Berners-Lee and many others in the wake of the US presidential election that was an exhausting swirl of fake news and ended in a result few saw coming.

qz.com

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