Your smart phone is smarter than you think.
The UK-based OpenSignal has developed an app that crowd sources the weather using data from your mobile battery.
That's right, you can tell how hot it is outside thanks your cellphone's energy source. That's because smartphones have built-in thermometers to track battery temperature to help prevent overheating.
It's something the company discovered by accident. A year ago, OpenSignal discovered a strong correlation between battery temperature and daily temperatures recorded at a weather station.
Its WeatherSignal app, available for Android phones, crowd sources the temperature data from thousands of users who are running the app.
How accurate is the data? And will it be able to predict the weather one day?
Click on to my News Stream interview with OpenSignal co-founder and CTO James Robinson to find out.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is in Hong Kong for Wikimania, the annual gathering that charts the future of the popular website.
Speaking at the conference this morning, he addressed another high-profile visitor to the territory – Edward Snowden.
Wales called the NSA leaker “awesome,” and that “he’s done something remarkable and really important.”
Jimmy Wales said Snowden’s leaks led to Wikipedia’s decision to encryption more quickly.
But why is it important to keep what we’re reading on Wikipedia a secret?
Click on to hear his response… as well as his thoughts on the Lavabit shutdown and efforts to bring more contributors into the Wikipedia fold.
10 years ago, I filed my first report on Wikipedia.
It was Andrew Lih, now an associate professor at American University, who first introduced me to Wikipedia.
Now back in Hong Kong for the conference, he tells me the core challenges ahead for Wikipedia are introducing more video and interactive features to the site, and broadening its base of contributors.
Shockingly, Lih says some 90% of Wikipedia's contributor population is male. How does Wikipedia plan to bridge the gender gap?
Watch the video above to find out.
(CNN) – There's both poetry and promise in the humble balloon.
It delivered escape and adventure in Pixar's "Up," friendship to a small boy in the classic short film "The Red Balloon," and - delving into real-world history now - military messages for Chinese strategist Zhuge Liang back in 220 AD.
Now Google plans to use a network of high-flying balloons to deliver low-cost Internet access to remote and under-served places around the world. It's called Project Loon, the latest initiative from the tech giant's innovation lab, Google[x]. FULL POST
Recently on News Stream, I had the opportunity to talk to Shweta Katti, an incredible young woman who - after being born and raised in a Mumbai brothel - is on her way to attend university in the United States.
Katti is whip-smart and generous. And I deeply respect the shout-out she gives to the women who raised and inspired her:
"My mom is my inspiration, and she's the one who encouraged me and who said, 'You're going to do better, you are amazing,'" Katti says.
"And of course the sex workers whom I was surrounded by, because my mom used to go to factory at like 9 in the morning and she used to come back at 7. I used to spend most of my time with them... Because of my mom and because of them, I'm here."
I said it on air and I'll say it again here: Shweta Katti - you rock!
The rally to support NSA leaker Edward Snowden is scheduled for this weekend in Hong Kong.
And Hong Kong legislator Albert Ho will be there. On News Stream, he tells me why the Snowden case matters to the people of Hong Kong:
"Our right to privacy may have been systematically violated by the NSA. We are entitled to seek the truth."
The rally is set for Saturday, June 15 at 3pm in Hong Kong. Organizers plan to march to the U.S. Consulate.
More than 200 million women who don’t want to get pregnant lack access to contraceptives.
It's a stunning fact that has prompted Melinda Gates to action.
At the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, I caught up with the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to get modern contraceptives to another 120 million women by year 2020.
Gates tells me that reframing the birth control debate is key. She says, "What we have to do is put the women and the girl at the center of this."