5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • A Dutch designer has unveiled the world's largest air purifier that sucks up smog and turns it into gem stones. After three years of research and development, Daan Roosegaarde’s new Smog Free Tower can reportedly scrub 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour. It then condenses the fine particles it collects from the smog into tiny “gem stones” that can be used in jewelry such as rings, cuff links, and more. The tower currently rests on grass outside Roosegaarde’s studio in Rotterdam, but he plans to bring it to other cities, including Beijing, which started it all. — Gizmodo
     
  • Verizon has been doing early tests with its new 5G technology, and it’s faster than Google Fiber. The connection speed is 30-50 times faster than 4G/LTE, and the company says it could launch as early as 2017. So what does that mean for the end consumer? Well, if you were to zip a copy of Guardians of the Galaxy using 5G, it would only take 15 seconds instead of six minutes via 4G. It’s also more responsive and power efficient, so devices will last 10 times longer. — CNET
     
  • President Barack Obama ate a piece of salmon that had been picked over by a bear with Bear Grylls. The president joined the survival expert on a three-day Alaskan adventure to highlight the impact of climate change. An exclusive preview of the episode shows Obama eating the fish after it had been cooked on the fire. “I’ve seen some of the stuff Bear eats, and its gotta be something that doesnt still have its legs and eyes on it. I want it not to be too recognizable,” Obama said. Despite the fishy experience, Obama said the overall experience wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be. — Today
     
  • The director of ’90s cult flick Trainspotting has confirmed a sequel is in the works. Danny Boyle told Deadline, “All the four main actors want to come back and do it.” The original script was written by John Hodge, based on Irvine Welsh’s novel. Boyle based the Trainspotting 2 script on Welsh’s sequel, Porno, and says it’s “terrific.” The follow-up film comes 20 years after the film’s original 1996 release via Miramax. — Deadline
     
  • Apple is set to announce the new iPhone this week, but that isn’t the biggest news. Rumors abound that the giant iPad will finally become a reality. With large iPhone 6 Plus selling well and regular iPad sales slumping, tablets with larger screens could be a “compelling gadget.” The bigger iPad will rival the Microsoft Surface with a 13-inch screen, and if used with a stylus, it could help widen Apple’s presence in the corporate world. — Money

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