March 15, 2013, 9:35 AM —
Image credit: ITworld/Phil Johnson
This week was certainly full of ups and downs, wasn’t it? Everybody was excited to finally get a new pope, because, after all, who doesn’t love that new pope smell? Unfortunately, though, that happy news was tempered by the fact that Pope Francis’ first official duty was to administer last rites to Google Reader. No word yet on whether he’s officially blessed any replacement RSS aggregator.
Let’s try to take our mind off of the pain of that Google Reader news by reviewing the other big tech news of the past seven days.
A bar in Seattle has banned anyone from wearing Google Glass. They said the only eyewear they would allow are prescription lenses and beer goggles.
In order to choose the new pope this week, the College of Cardinals was required to gather in one place and have no contact with the outside world. They said it was just like working at Yahoo.
Google announced on Wednesday that Google Reader will be shut down on July 1st. They said it gives people more than three months to realize it’s no longer 2006.
EMC has donated a 2.8-petabyte storage system to the Vatican. It’ll be used to store 600 years worth of images, books and back issues of Popes Illustrated.
On Thursday night Samsung unveiled the Galaxy IV smartphone, which allows users to scroll using only eye movements. When announced, this feature got a standing ovation from the mobile porn lovers in the crowd.