It’s official: President Barack Obama wants American astronauts to land on Mars by 2030. More →
Barack Obama may be the most powerful man in the world, but his smartphone game is in need of repair. In fact, the smartphone you currently have in your pocket is probably more advanced than the one he’s using. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon yesterday, Obama said that while he has a smartphone of sorts, its functionality is extremely limited due to security concerns.
So while we’re all busy tweeting, texting, taking photos and more, Obama remains stuck on the sidelines. In an amusing anecdote, Obama recalled the conversation that accompanied him receiving his new phone, with his handlers saying “this is a great phone, state of the art, but it doesn’t take pictures, you can’t text, the phone doesn’t work, and you can’t play your music on it.”
In a world where most everything that comes out of the mouths of politicians, celebrities and athletes is either rehearsed or generic boilerplate, it’s always refreshing and downright entertaining when a hot mic catches someone famous joking around or talking off the cuff, completely oblivious to the fact that they’re still being recorded. In a world of prepared soundbites, it’s always preferable to learn what people really think about a given person or issue.
Just this week, for instance, we’ve seen an unusual number of hot mic stories make the news. Specifically, we heard Fox News reporter Geraldo Rivera call Bernie Sanders “so annoying” and British Prime Minister David Cameron tell the Queen of England (on video!) that Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt” and “possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.”
If there’s one thing to look forward to every year, regardless of whether you follow politics or favor the sitting president, that’s the Correspondents’ Dinner. That goes double for a president’s final event – and probably triple when Donald Trump as one of the main contenders to take over the oval office.
That said, President Barack Obama’s last Correspondents’ Dinner was a show to watch: We’ve got plenty of hilarious jokes and segments, we’ve got a good Trump roast, and there’s even a mic drop at the end. More →
You know those viral videos where some clever and exhaustive editing makes it seem as if Brian Williams is sort of singing along to Warren G’s song Regulate or that Barack Obama is casually performing Uptown Funk? Well, a new website lets users create similar videos on their own, albeit without the accompanying music.
Barack Obama talks iPhone encryption, cautions against taking an ‘absolutist view’ and ‘fetishizing our phones’
During an appearance at South by Southwest on Friday, President Barack Obama briefly touched on Apple’s ongoing legal saga with the FBI over mobile device encryption. While Obama didn’t necessarily take a strong stance on either side, he cautioned against taking an absolutist view on the hotly debated issue while also warning against “fetishizing our phones above every other value.”
On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will deliver one of his customary State of the Union addresses. But this one will be slightly different from speeches the president typically gives, and not simply because it will be streamed by additional services including Amazon Instant Video. Tonight’s State of the Union will be the last one delivered by President Obama, whose second term in the oval office will come to an end early next year. More →
If there’s one thing Republican presidential candidate and all-around nice guy Donald Trump has been good at during his media blitz, it has been taking any and every opportunity to attack rivals from the Democratic and Republican parties alike. Trump doesn’t pull any punches, launching barrages of insults and criticisms at every turn, regardless of whether they’re rooted in reality or in the bizarre alternate universe where Trump spends most of his time.
President Barack Obama all but called out encryption in a 15-minute Address to the Nation speech on Sunday night. The President touched on various subjects related to the recent terrorist attacks, explaining what the U.S. is doing to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Part of the country’s strategy against ISIS involves the ability of intelligence agencies to spy on potential suspects, though Obama didn’t explicitly mention encryption in his speech. Similarly, he did not call out any specific tech companies that currently encrypt their software or online services. More →
Last year, hackers hit the unclassified computer network of the White House, accessing in the process the email correspondence between President Obama and some of the people he emails, or used to email frequently, The New York Times reports. Initially, the White House did not disclose this detail, and it’s not clear what kind of sensitive data has been stolen in the processes, but the Times learned the hack has been “more intrusive and worrisome” than publicly acknowledged. More →
For the next chapter of their careers, two prominent technologists from the Obama 2012 re-election campaign decided to trade politics for the startup life, building some of their experiences and insights from the campaign into the foundation of their newly launched Chicago-based venture called Modest.
Modest’s co-founders are Harper Reed, the highly regarded CTO of the Obama 2012 campaign, and Dylan Richard, the campaign’s director of engineering. Reed tells BGR that he and Richard had been “hovering around ideas” about how to improve the e-commerce experience on mobile for a while now, well before the campaign. Outside of politics, for example, Reed’s past experience includes a stint as the CTO at T-shirt design company Threadless, while Richard is, in addition to a fellow Threadless vet, a former developer for Crate & Barrel. More →
The 44th President of the United States happens to be the first president to write a computer program, Wired reports. Barack Obama on Monday hosted a special “Hour of Code” event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, part of the annual Computer Science Education Week, during which he wrote a simple computer program that draws a square on a screen. More →