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  • World's first 3-D printed car takes test drive [Eventual Doom of UAW?]

    09/16/2014 6:56:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 70 replies
    WYFF-TV ^ | 9/16/14 | Sean Lewis
    In a matter of two days, history was made at Chicago's McCormick Place, as the world's first 3-D printed electric car -- named Strati, Italian for "layers"-- took its first test drive. "Less than 50 parts are in this car," said Jay Rogers from Local Motors.
  • Samsung SGR-A1 Robot Sentry Is One Cold Machine

    09/15/2014 12:48:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    ubergizmo.com ^ | 09/14/2014 | Edwin Kee on
    Samsung Group subsidiary has worked on a robot sentry that they call the SGR-A1, and this particular robot will carry a fair amount of weapons that ought to make you think twice about crossing the borders of South Korea illegally – as it has been tested out at the demilitarized zone along the border over with its neighbor, North Korea. The SGR-A1 will be able to detect intruders with the help of machine vision (read: cameras), alongside a combination of heat and motion sensors. The whole idea of the Samsung SGR-A1 is to let this military robot sentry do the...
  • New algorithm enables MIT cheetah robot to run and jump, untethered, across grass.

    09/15/2014 10:52:14 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    mit.edu ^ | Jennifer Chu
    Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds. As it ramps up to top speed, a cheetah pumps its legs in tandem, bounding until it reaches a full gallop. Now MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah — a sleek, four-legged assemblage of gears, batteries, and electric motors that weighs about as much as its feline counterpart. The team recently took the robot for a test run on MIT’s Killian...
  • Air Show Math

    09/14/2014 8:19:53 PM PDT · by rey · 72 replies
    Vanity | 14 Sept. 2014 | Rey
    I home school a young girl. In years past, we have gone to the local air show and done such things as measure the tops and bottom of wings and rotos and figure the ratio or difference between the area of the top of the wing versus the bottom and estimated which wings had more lift than others. We measure how much area the wheels occupied on the ground and consulted with the crew chief what the tire pressure was and calculated the weight of the plane. In years past we were able to see F18s form a vapor cone...
  • (Video Link) Automated Conveyor Belt Sushi, Or, Why $15 Minimum Wage Will Doom Fast Food Workers

    09/11/2014 7:28:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Chonday ^ | Peter Barakan
    Conveyor Belt Sushi, Japan A dining concept that lets you pick from a wide range of one of Japan's best-known foods. NOTE: Click on the referenced link to watch the video. P.S. This technology will doom the SEIU/$15.00 minimum wage movement.
  • Common Core Blockbuster: Mathematician Dr. Jim Milgram Warns Common Core Will Destroy America's

    09/01/2014 10:32:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/1/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    During a Friday conference call sponsored by Texas-based Women on the Wall, Stanford mathematician and former member of the Common Core Validation Committee Dr. James Milgram, told listeners that if the controversial standards are not repealed, America’s place as a competitor in the technology industry will ultimately be severely undermined. “In the future, if we want to work with the top level people, we’re going to have to go to China or Japan or Korea… and that’s the future we’re looking at,” Milgram said during the call that was part of a day-long Twitter campaign to target Indiana Gov. Mike...
  • New Technology Could End The Debate Over Pipeline Safety

    08/28/2014 2:21:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    OIL PRICE ^ | 08/28/2014 | James Stafford
    Who could have ever imagined that North America would surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids? A decade ago, that would have seemed laughable.Yet that’s exactly what has happened; and it’s not just Saudi Arabia that has been left in North America’s dust -- Russia has, too. The surge in North American oil and gas production is arguably the most important development in energy over the last decade. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that North America doesn’t have nearly enough oil and gas pipelines to accommodate its 11-million-barrel-a-day...
  • Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy

    08/24/2014 3:04:51 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 36 replies
    www.thedailybeast.com ^ | 05/12/2014 | Bill Sweetman
    In 2020, tiny Sweden will dispose of the most lethal weapon ever developed by man; The A26 stealth sub that could go anywhere and destroy whatever it wants without any adversary standing a chance of detecting it.. "The U.S. military is relying on sub-hunting tech that’s decades old. Meanwhile, the targets they’re trying to find are getting quieter and more invisible by the day. Submarines are getting quieter, stealthier, and better armed. And that could mean major trouble for the U.S. Navy and its aging fleet of sub-hunters. The tactical balance between the surface warship and the submarine has strategic...
  • Apple begins storing users' personal data on servers in China

    08/16/2014 7:08:33 AM PDT · by Innovative · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten
    Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has begun keeping the personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, marking the first time the tech giant is storing user data on Chinese soil. The storage of user data in China represents a departure from the policies of some technology companies, notably Google Inc (GOOGL.O), which has long refused to build data centers in China due to censorship and privacy concerns. Apple said the move was part of an effort to improve the speed and reliability of its iCloud service, which lets users store pictures, e-mail and other data. Positioning data centers...
  • Disruption Inc.

    08/14/2014 11:58:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "You can make money without doing evil" is No. 6 on the list of 10 things Google (the corporation) knows to be true. The Google list leaves out a few caveats. Like: You can make more money flouting antitrust laws. You can pay your brainiacs less if they believe you will retaliate if they try to go to work for someone else. U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh ruled Friday that there was so much evidence in a class action suit against Apple, Google and other big byte corporations that she felt compelled to scotch a $324 million settlement, which...
  • Major Swedish city allows for self-driving cars in everyday traffic

    08/05/2014 9:31:12 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies
    youtube.se ^ | 12/03/2013 | AutomotiveTV
    Don't know 'bout the rest of ya, but as a Swede and Volvo owner, I pretty much trust this company to experiment some.. (Link to clip below)
  • Could Medical Robotics Be Used to Handle Ebola Patients?

    08/01/2014 10:25:35 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    Mind of Coporate Stepsister | August 2, 2014 | Coporate Stepsister
    Now, should the medical workers in the Ebola infected countries use robotic technology to handle patients, administer certain drugs, and then do certain functions that could prevent the spread of the disease to the workers in the medical field? I thought this would be a much better way to have patients taken care of and reduce risk drastically in regards to patient to doctor/carer transmission.
  • Tech layoffs could hit highest level since 2009

    07/29/2014 10:31:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/29/2014 | Vicki Needham
    Layoffs in the technology sector could reach their highest level in five years, according to a group that tracks employments trends. So far this year, tech employers have announced plans to cut payrolls by 48,402, a 68 percent increase over the 28,883 layoffs announced during the same period in 2013, according to a special report released Monday by Challenger, Gray & Christmas. At the current rate, the 2014 year-end total could be the highest since 2009, when tech-sector job cuts hit 174,629. The highest total on record was 695,581 job cuts in 2001, when the tech bubble in the stock...
  • Governments are Racing to Make the Internet a Gun-Free Zone

    07/21/2014 8:53:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Despite the fact that I consider the prevailing majority of Facebook posts to be the single largest culprit of wasted broadband, I do hold a certain amount of awe for the internet. Shortly after Al Gore invented the technology, the instantaneous exchange of information became a global phenomenon. (Although, those early dial ups can hardly be considered “instantaneous.”) The internet might be, in most cases, the last beacon of relative freedom. Ideas can be spread, information disseminated, and cute kitten pictures shared… All with a simple click of a wireless mouse. While there is an amazing amount of debauchery...
  • Have Intelligence Agencies Become Too Reliant on Technology?

    07/16/2014 11:55:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- A newly leaked document stolen by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year reveals that one of the NSA's partner agencies within the "Five Eyes" Anglo-intelligence network -- Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), responsible for signals intelligence -- dedicated vast resources to fooling around on the Internet, according to journalist Glenn Greenwald. The GCHQ has reportedly developed tools capable of playing with the results of online polls; sending out spoof emails and Microsoft Office documents that, once opened, can grab and transmit files and info from a user's computer; collecting data from public profiles on...
  • German NSA Inquiry Considers Typewriters

    07/14/2014 4:27:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 14 Jul 2014
    The head of Germany's parliamentary inquiry into the NSA spying scandal has suggested the government return to using typewriters to protect national secrets from prying eyes. German soldier allegedly spied for US (09 Jul 14) 'Wake up Germany and smell the cyber-coffee' (08 Jul 14) 'Enough!' Germans say in latest US spy scandal (07 Jul 14) Germany's politicians are considering going back to using old-fashioned typewriters to create sensitive documents, head of the inquiry committee Patrick Sensburg told ARD broadcaster on Monday. “Unlike other inquiry committees, we are investigating an ongoing situation. Intelligence activities are still going on, they are...
  • JOSEPH GIGLIO: Let the Highway Trust Fund crumble

    07/14/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Quincy Patriot Ledger ^ | July 12, 2014 | Joseph Giglio
    The federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides transportation funding to the states, is projected to run dry in August. But with a technology-driven revolution underway in the way Americans use surface transportation, applying yesterday’s solution and simply replenishing the fund won’t solve the problem. According to the Obama administration, if the fund is exhausted, states will be forced to put off 112,000 highway construction and 5,600 transit projects, resulting in the loss of 700,000 jobs. When dealing with the government, there are always plenty of zeroes to go around. The traditional source of revenue for the trust fund is the...
  • The 17 Most Exciting New Tech Products That Will Launch Before The End Of The Year

    07/07/2014 6:47:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/07/2014 | Steve Kovach
    The year is halfway over, but there's still plenty of time for new major tech products to hit the market. Here's a look at the most important stuff we're expecting to launch before the end of 2014. 1. All eyes are on Apple's iWatch. Apple is expected to launch its first major new product, the so-called iWatch, in October. According to numerous reports from sources like 9to5Mac, the iWatch will focus heavily on health and fitness monitoring. For example, it'll be able to track your steps, hydration, heart rate, and other vitals. The iWatch is also said to have a...
  • How Today's Technology Is Rapidly Catching Up to Star Trek

    07/02/2014 6:31:31 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 49 replies
    huffingtonpost ^ | : 07/01/2014 5:59 pm EDT | Vivek Wadhwa
    In a distant part of the galaxy, 300 years in the future, Starship Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk talks to his crew via a communicator; has his medical officer assess medical conditions through a handheld device called a tricorder; synthesizes food and physical goods using his replicator; and travels short distances via a transporter. Kirk's successors hold meetings in virtual-reality chambers, called holodecks, and operate alien spacecraft using displays mounted on their foreheads. All this takes place in the TV series Star Trek, and is of course science fiction.
  • Russian government dumps Intel and AMD in favor of homemade processors

    06/23/2014 8:38:15 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 84 replies
    engadget ^ | Sharif Sakr
    Russia's policy on Western technology is clear: The country can live without it, especially if key issues like economic sanctions, NSA spying and GPS cooperation aren't resolved to its leader's satisfaction. It looks like this tough stance extends to US-designed computer chips too, as a Russian business newspaper is reporting that state departments and state-run companies will no longer purchase PCs built around Intel or AMD processors. Instead, starting in 2015, the government will order up to one million devices annually based on the "Baikal" processor, which is manufactured by a domestic company called T-Platforms.
  • Soon, Your Car Can Run On Coffee!

    06/21/2014 11:53:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Deccan Herald ^ | June 19, 2014
    Waste coffee grinds could be turned into a sustainable fuel to power vehicles, scientists have found. Oil can be extracted from coffee grounds by soaking them in an organic solvent, before being chemically transformed into biodiesel via a process called 'transesterification', according to researchers from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at University of Bath. As part of the study, the researchers made biofuel from ground coffee produced in 20 different geographic regions, including caffeinated and decaffeinated forms, as well as Robusta and Arabica varieties. "Around 8 million tonnes of coffee are produced globally each year and ground waste coffee...
  • Could Streaming Music Go The Way Of The Betamax?

    06/12/2014 6:53:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/11/14 | Christopher Versace
    Hollywood and the recording industry, often called the content industry, have a long and ignoble history of opposition to new technology. That list now includes streaming services. The record industry is pushing every button to try to kill off this growing marketplace. Look at Pandora, which had 77 million active listeners at the end of May. During the month those millions and millions of people listened to 1.73 billion hours of Pandora programming, a 28% increase year over year. Wall Street expects Pandora to grow its revenue 38% this year to 900 million – that’s the good news. The bad...
  • New Metal-Air Battery Drives Car 1800Km Without Recharge

    06/10/2014 6:46:54 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 92 replies
    IFLScience.com ^ | 9JUN2014 | Stephen Luntz
    Israeli company Phinergy claim to have produced a battery that can power a Citroen C1 for 3000km, and have demonstrated a 1800km drive with a more practical version, three times that available from commercial electric cars. Even more dramatically, the battery weighs just 100km, a fifth of the weight of those in the Tesla Model S. Metal-air batteries use the oxygen in the air around them, rather than storing it in liquid or solid chemicals. They can store far more energy than most competing technologies. Not needing to contain the oxygen can also cut the weight dramatically – Phinergy claim...
  • Google Will Soon Introduce 'Nearby' To Let Others Know When You're Around (Trunc)

    06/09/2014 11:30:22 AM PDT · by illiac · 64 replies
    Android Police ^ | 6/9/14 | Nadroid Police
    A couple of months ago, we posted one of our early Google Search/Now rumors, and it was something of a long range rumor compared to others. While things like parking reminders, proper timer management, and bill pay reminders have already seen their public release, the ability to set contact-based reminders ("remind me when I'm with this person"), hasn't come forward yet. But it will likely appear very soon with a new feature in Android called Nearby, which will allow new interactions between you and nearby people, places, and things.
  • A computer just passed the Turing Test in landmark trial

    06/09/2014 5:04:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/9/14 | TERRENCE MCCOY
    ....In 1950, famed London scientist Alan Turing, considered one of the fathers of artificial intelligence, published a paper that put forth that very question. But as quickly he asked the question, he called it “absurd.” The idea of thinking was too difficult to define. Instead, he devised a separate way to quantify mechanical “thinking.”.... What he meant was: Can a computer trick a human into thinking it’s actually a fellow human? That question gave birth to the “Turing Test” 65 years ago... For a computer to pass the test, it must only dupe 30 percent of the human interrogators who...
  • Jesse Jackson Demands ‘Diversity’ from Silicon Valley (Part II)

    06/08/2014 3:39:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2014 | Carl Horowitz
    Editor's note: This column is Part II in a series. Click here for Part I. The information technology industry long has been one of Jesse Jackson’s targets. Well over a decade ago Rainbow/PUSH established its Silicon Valley Project office. There is enormous money to be extracted on behalf of minority groups ostensibly “excluded” from tech industry employment. Whether such concessions benefit a particular company is immaterial. Jackson is a power broker. His specialty is confrontation. He disingenuously uses imagery of fairness and togetherness when it suits his needs, but his ulterior motive is anything but a “win-win.” The world of...
  • GPS in teddy bear leads Athens police to thief

    06/06/2014 5:30:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    OnLine Athens ^ | 6-5-14 | Joe Johnson
    A GPS device hidden inside a teddy bear on Tuesday led police to a thief. Athens-Clarke County police said that Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling had recently been experiencing thefts of clothing from its collection bin at Georgia Square Mall. To combat the thefts, a company manager concealed a GPS device inside a teddy bear and he placed it in a bag of clothing that was then tossed into the collection bin, according to police. At about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the manager called police to report that the teddy bear was on the move, headed toward Timothy Road. An officer in the...
  • French Man Developed 3D Metal Printer for Just 600€: Capable of printing in steel, titanium and more

    06/02/2014 6:03:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | June 2, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein
    The TIG process, utilized by StrongPrint With today's technology, we have seen some major progress being made within the 3D printing space. Within a couple of years, we have seen 3D printers go from being priced in the $2500+ range, to becoming as affordable as purchasing a video game console. Today, just about anyone can afford to purchase a 3D printer, yet mass adoption has not begun to take place. One of the reasons for this, is because of the limited number of materials that affordable consumer level 3D printers are capable of printing with. We are limited to the...
  • What part will you play in your future?

    05/31/2014 1:18:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Dubai National ^ | May 31, 2014 | Ambassador Umej Singh Bhatia
    Human Capital I was honoured to be invited to speak recently at Dubai International Academy’s graduation ceremony for the class of 2014. This diverse class spanned 32 nationalities.What was remarkable for me was how the UAE provided an invaluable setting for this net increase in human capital development. Dubai and the UAE had offered these young people a solid base for the next step of their academic and personal journey. As a Singaporean, whose country relies on developing human capital as its key resource, this resonated strongly with me. They were a talented and dedicated group of young men and...
  • Finns Beat US With Low Tech Take on School

    05/30/2014 5:23:03 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 18 replies
    politico ^ | 5-27-2014 | Caitlin Emma
    At the start of morning assembly in the state-of-the-art Viikki School here, students’ smartphones disappear. In math class, the teacher shuts off the Smartboard and begins drafting perfect circles on a chalkboard. The students — some of the highest-achieving in the world — cut up graphing paper while solving equations using their clunky plastic calculators. Finnish students and teachers didn’t need laptops and iPads to get to the top of international education rankings, said Krista Kiuru, minister of education and science at the Finnish Parliament. And officials say they aren’t interested in using them to stay there. That’s in stark...
  • How Smartphones Can Warn You of an Impending Earthquake

    05/28/2014 6:03:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | Joseph George
    Imagine getting an alert on your smartphone seconds before an earthquake strikes. If ongoing research and experiments by various governmental and non-governmental agencies succeed, we could soon receive such a notification, seconds or even minutes before the tremors, thereby saving precious lives. Starting with an initiative by the Community Seismic Network of the California Institute of Technology to the Qatar Computing Research Institute, which has announced various projects related to emergency response in times of an earthquake or other similar natural disasters, efforts are on to leverage the potential of the smartphone and other smart devices to one day being...
  • The Robots Are Coming, And They Are Replacing Warehouse Workers And Fast Food Employees

    05/25/2014 5:49:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    TEC ^ | 05/24/2014 | Michael Snyder
    There are already more than 101 million working age Americans that are not employed and 20 percent of the families in the entire country do not have a single member that has a job. So what in the world are we going to do when robots start taking millions upon millions more of our jobs? Thanks to technology, the balance of power between employers and workers in this country is shifting dramatically in favor of the employers. These days, many employers are wondering why they are dealing with so many human worker "headaches" when they can just use technology to...
  • How Hillary's Chinese baggage could see the light of day

    05/24/2014 8:31:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5-24-14 | Thomas Lifson
    Hillary Clinton remains the presumptive Democrat nominee for president on 2016, and if polls are to be believed, has an excellent chance of being elected. One of the most shocking elements of her past is the access the Chinese government was given to advanced missile technology during what she herself referred to as the “co-presidency” she and Bill Clinton held from 1993-2001. ~snip~ (Doug) Ross has realized that one person could make public this information, and has laid out his case for doing so in an open letter that we reprint here with permission. For the complete letter with pictures,...
  • CIS: Nearly 8 Million Stem Degree Holders In U.S. Not Working In Stem Fields

    05/21/2014 11:23:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    NUMBERS USA ^ | 05/21/2014
    A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies asks whether or not there is a shortage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers in the United States, and their resounding conclusion is "no". The report released today and written by CIS researchers Steve Camarota and Karen Zeigler found that there are more than 5 million native-born Americans with an undergraduate degree in STEM, but not working in STEM with another 1.2 million degree holders not working at all. Additionally, there are 1.6 million foreign-born residents with an undergraduate degree in STEM that are also not working in STEM...
  • What STEM Shortage? The sector isn’t seeing wage growth and has more graduates than jobs.

    05/20/2014 6:40:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/20/2014 | Steven Camarota
    The idea that we need to allow in more workers with science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM”) background is an article of faith among American business and political elite. But in a new report, my Center for Immigration Studies colleague Karen Zeigler and I analyze the latest government data and find what other researchers have found: The country has well more than twice as many workers with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs. Also consistent with other research, we find only modest levels of wage growth for such workers for more than a decade. Both employment and wage data...
  • 'First billionaire in hip-hop' Dre boasts of Apple Beats deal on Facebook

    05/09/2014 6:51:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    CNET ^ | 5/9/14 | Luke Westaway
    Appearing to confirm rumours of a $3.2 billion Apple buyout, the Beats co-founder says the Forbes rich list has changed "in a big way".
  • The Peer-to-Peer Economy: Death Blow to the State

    05/09/2014 6:32:56 AM PDT · by all the best · 4 replies
    Liberty.me ^ | May 5, 2014 | Jeffrey Tucker
    This morning I saw a lovely stained glass window, pulled out my smartphone, snapped a photo, and shot it around to friends. It’s so automatic now that I don’t even think about it. It’s like a motor skill. But wait just a moment. Also this morning, I was at the drugstore and saw a wall of film for sale, the kind you shove into a camera, send off for processing, and get glossies in return. Who does this anymore? Some people apparently. We are in the transition phase from one type of technology to another, and such stores find it...
  • 10 Modern Technologies We Lived Without in Primitive, Pre-Millennial America

    05/08/2014 8:12:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/08/2014 | PAULA BOLYARD
    While the 1970s are known for some terrifying fashions and the human indignity of the Disco Era, the decade (with some assists from the previous generation) also gave us some amazing technological advancements that many of us take for granted today. Here are ten that changed the world:1. Microwave Ovens Before the 1970s, our only option for heating up leftover pizza was the conventional oven and we didn’t have the luxury of 4-minute microwave popcorn (gross as it is). Though the “Radarange” was first sold in the United States in 1947, it wasn’t until the ovens became affordable for...
  • How test-tube meat could be the future of food

    05/01/2014 12:05:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | April 30, 2014 | Brandon Griggs
    In a nondescript hotel ballroom last month at the South by Southwest Interactive festival, Andras Forgacs offered a rare glimpse at the sci-fi future of food. Before an audience of tech-industry types, Forgacs produced a plate of small pink wafers -- "steak chips," he called them -- and invited people up for a taste. But these were no ordinary snacks: Instead of being harvested from a steer, they had been grown in a laboratory from tiny samples of animal tissue. One taster's verdict on this Frankenmeat? Not bad, actually. "It was delicious. It tasted like a thin piece of beef...
  • The Missing Middle Class: Jobs in the Second Machine Age

    04/27/2014 2:55:50 PM PDT · by anymouse · 56 replies
    Xconomy ^ | March 21, 2014 | Wade Roush
    Technological change is not a tide that lifts all boats in our economy. The truth is that it’s more like a tsunami. It threatens to overturn all the boats and drown their occupants, sparing only the lucky few who have already reached safety in the hills. That’s the kind of admission you won’t often see here in the pages of Xconomy. The X in our name, after all, stands for exponential, a reference to the stunning pace of technological progress and economic growth over the past 75 years—growth attributable largely to advances in computer hardware and software and the organizational...
  • So long, net neutrality? FCC to propose new pay-for-preferential treatment rules

    04/25/2014 4:35:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    PC World ^ | 4/25/14 | Grant Gross
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take public comments before moving forward with a new set of net neutrality rules that sparked controversy when they were leaked in a news report earlier Wednesday. The FCC will release a proposal soon to reinstate net neutrality rules that would allow broadband providers to negotiate with content providers for preferential treatment, an agency official confirmed Wednesday.
  • Privacy, Please

    04/23/2014 4:44:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | John Stossel
    Scarlett Johansson left nude photos of herself on her computer. A hacker grabbed them and sent them to gossip websites. A Pennsylvania high school issued laptop computers to students and then remotely activated the laptops' cameras to watch the students when they were away from school. On my computer, a program called Disconnect reveals that my favorite websites spy on me and track what I like to read, what I browse, what I buy. Privacy is almost a thing of the past. As I explain on my show this week, I follow the advice of "experts." I buy anti-virus software...
  • NASA's new mission: Warbots?

    04/22/2014 5:57:36 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    WND ^ | April 22, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    'Terminator' coming alive as agency explores humanoids 'for Earth applications'While the federal government’s increased use and advocacy of drones over U.S. skies is widely known, its promotion of another technological advancement has received less attention: the accelerated deployment of “humanoid robots” into American society. WND has discovered that NASA is recruiting help from industry and academia to speed up the commercialization of such robotic humanoids “for Earth applications.” Among the applications is warfare, the agency said. NASA said technical hurdles remain before sending human-like machines into combat operations and other “hazardous and remote environments.” Among the obstacles are “object recognition/detection”...
  • Smartphone Kill Switch Could Become Federal Law

    04/22/2014 5:17:01 PM PDT · by ponygirl · 68 replies
    Information Week ^ | February 15, 2014 | Thomas Claburn
    A week after California State Senator Mark Leno (D-CA) proposed a bill requiring a kill switch for smartphones sold in the state, federal lawmakers have put forward a similar bill. On Thursday, US Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced national legislation to require a way to disable smartphones remotely. The goal is to deter theft and protect consumers, but this defense against thieves might come with greater vulnerability to hackers, according to a mobile industry trade group.
  • Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which is the best Android phone in the world?

    04/22/2014 11:50:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    bgr.com (Boy Genius Report) ^ | 4/17/14 | Zach Epstein
    For smartphone fans around the world, things really started to get interesting over the past couple of months. First, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone in late February, revealing a smartphone that was quite impressive and touted a number of great new features, but failed to live up to the hype stirred up by dozens of rumors. Then, HTC unveiled its own flagship phone, the HTC One (M8), and launched it the very same day.
  • Is it a phone? The hilarious reactions of baffled children presented with a Sony Walkman..

    04/15/2014 9:47:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 118 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 15, 2014 | Sadie Whitelocks
    Children's perplexed reactions to a Sony Walkman have been caught on camera, with the majority frustrated at operating clunky buttons over a touch screen. Los Angeles-based filmmakers Benny and Rafi Fine asked volunteers aged six to 13 to guess what the bulky device was, with suggestions including a 'walkie-talkie' or 'boombox'. 'What is this?' one nine-year-old girl quizzed as she investigated the Eighties-era cassette player, while another exclaimed 'I'm not going to give up, I'm a survivor,' as she determinedly tried to figure out how it worked.
  • Politics Test Silicon Valley's Russian Ties

    04/14/2014 11:53:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 | Martha Mendoza
    Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin. "It's safe to say a lot of investors here are taking a step back to see how the situation will unfold," said Alexandra Johnson, who manages a $100 million venture fund called DFJ VTP Aurora, a Menlo Park, Calif., branch of Russian bank VTB.
  • Stain-Resistant White Jeans? Welcome to the Future.

    04/08/2014 5:57:19 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 23 replies
    Yahoo Shine ^ | April 7,2014 | Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion
    A pair of white jeans is a spring must-have, but it's certainly not the most practical piece of clothing you can own. One small misstep— sitting on a dirty chair, spilling just a couple drops of coffee — and your crisp pants have a huge stain that may not only ruin your day, but could ruin those jeans forever. White jeans are gorgeous, but only when they look flawless. Now, one premium denim brand has a solution to the dirty-jeans dilemma: a specially formulated, stain-resistant coating guaranteed to repel potentially damaging liquids like coffee, soda, and yes, even red wine.
  • Alternate to FireFox ~ Startpage

    04/04/2014 9:21:02 AM PDT · by Howard Morrison · 21 replies
    04/04/2014 | Howard Morrison
    https://startpage.com/eng/top-ten-ways-startpage.html
  • The Tech Industry’s Immigration Lies: Is there really a shortage of high-skill American workers?

    04/03/2014 9:15:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/03/2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    One of the primary narratives associated with comprehensive immigration reform has nothing to do with the millions of low-skill workers that would be granted an opportunity to compete against Americans for jobs. As a letter sent to the president and Congressional leaders signed by more than 100 chief executives of major tech companies and trade associations indicates, there is a shortage of highly-skilled American labor that drives reform as well. Yet as The Atlantic’s Michael S. Teitelbaum reveals, that narrative is a lie.“A compelling body of research is now available, from many leading academic researchers and from respected research organizations...