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Towletech v.116: Peter Dinklage's Mullet, Flexible TV Screens, Nic Cage as Superman, Telescopes

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Road Peter Dinklage is sporting a mullet in a Comic Con teaser for Adam Sandler’s upcoming video game-inspired movie Pixels. This isn’t the first time Dinklage has rocked the look either. 

Road Wired looks at just how relatively easy it is to bring down a passenger jet like Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Turns out three to four days of training with a radar-guided surface to air missile is all it takes. Yikes. 

Road Batman’s newly unveiled cowl at Comic Con is ripe for Photoshop madness

Road Flexible display televisions. Fad or future?

 

Road Neil Patrick Harris wants to be on American Horror Story and Ryan Murphy has a part for him. Someone needs to make this happen. 

Gwendoline Christie Road Rumor has it Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie may sport a lightsaber and Imperial garb for her upcoming role in Star Wars: Episode VII

Road The behind-the-scenes story of how a Kickstarter-backed video game project lost half a million dollars

Road Find out when “painting the bucket,” “going Hollywood,” “navigating the windward passage” and other slang terms for sex were used throughout history with this comprehensive timeline

Road Fight Club 2 is happening…in comic book form. 

Road A fascinating look back at the bizarre, Tim Burton-helmed Superman film starring Nic Cage that almost was:

 

Road Believe it: In 20 years, most new cars won’t have steering wheels or pedals

40 fruit treeRoad With a little bit of grafting, a New York sculptor has “created” this beautiful tree capable of bearing 40 different types of fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds.  

Road The 5 massive new telescopes that will change astronomy forever. 

Road Putting human evolution and technological innovation in cosmological context. "Any creatures who will be alive to witness the death of the sun won’t be human – they could be as different from us as we are from protozoa, because the time between now and then is longer than the Earth’s resent age. Indeed future evolution is going to take place not on the Darwinian time scale, of natural selection, but on the technology time scale, because we’re obtaining the capacity to modify the genome." 


Towletech v.115: Dave Franco's Tinder, Iron Man, Power Rangers, Robot Intimacy, Moon Caves

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BY KYLER GEOFFROY

A weekly round-up of the best tech, science, and geek-related news from around the web.

Road Google developing smart contact lens with the potential to monitor blood sugar levels and autofocus vision. How long until we get Google Glass-levels of functionality?

Road Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs over the next year – almost 15% of its global workforce.

Road Dave Franco snaps a picture of his junk, talks Grindr, and helps Conan O’Brien on a mission to get a date through Tinder:

 

Road Superman secures top spot on list of “dangerous” superhero search topics – with related entries having a 16.5% chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online spyware, adware, spam, and viruses.

Iron manRoad As part of Marvel's recent superhero changes, the company unveiled Iron Man's new armor and announced the character will be moving to San Francisco to promote the launch of a new mobile app - one that promises beauty, perfection, and possibly even immortality. What could possibly go wrong?

Road In other Marvel news, this week's Entertainment Weekly shows off the first official photos of the Avengers sequel film and the villain AI Ultron. 

Road The movie reboot of Power Rangers (my absolute favorite show growing up) is bringing some serious talent on board. X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been hired to handle the script – with Star Trek’s Roberto Orci serving as executive producer. Fingers crossed this goes better than those mindless Transformers films...

Road What it’s like to live one month on Soylent, the lab-made, crowdfunded liquid nourishment of the future:

Road Amazon unveils Kindle Unlimited subscription offering a library of more than 600,000 ebooks and thousands of audiobooks for $9.99 a month. 

Road Humorous, hypothetical Harry Potter book covers for the wizard during his middle-aged years. 

Road The portable antenna that lets you text your friends even when you don’t have service. 

IrobotRoad Wired looks at the moral and legal hazards of a robot-filled future: At a panel discussion on July 11, the discussion ranged from  whether police should be allowed to have drones that can taser suspected bad guys to whether life-like robots should have legal rights. One of the most provocative topics was robot intimacy. If, for example, pedophilia could be eradicated by assigning child-like robots to sex offenders, would it be ethical to do that? Is it even ethical to do the research to find out if it would work?

Road NASA: We will find alien life within 20 years.  

Road And hey, if those aliens turn out to be less than friendly, we could always go hide out in the moon’s underground caves

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Towletech v. 114: Aquaman, Harry Potter, Net Neutrality, Betamax vs VHS, Manned Mission to Mars

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BY KYLER GEOFFROY

A weekly round-up of the best tech, science, and geek-related news from around the web.

Road (1) Reuters reports Apple to begin production of smartwatch in July - with an expected October launch date.  

Road (1) Jason Momoa of Game of Thrones fame has reportedly been cast as Aquaman in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor, meanwhile, will reportedly sport a lustrous head of hair for his role. 

Road (1) The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando is about to become even more magical: 

 

Road (1) A Dallas, Texas science museum is under fire for removing an exhibit on climate change - an omission that's not exactly surprising considering the museum's benefactors include ExxonMobile and Chief Oil & Gas.

Road (1)  EnquirerHow magazines would look if superheroes were real. 

Road (1) The Supreme Court to decide whether threats made over social media websites cross the line into criminal activity. 

Road (1) 90s kids rejoice! The Powerpuff Girls are returning to the Cartoon Network in 2016. 

Road (1) A laser breathalyzer that law enforcement can use to detect drunk drivers from afar. 

Road (1) Congressional Democrats introduce bill that would effectively enshrine net neutrality into law

Road (1) A fascinating look back at how JVC beat Sony in the original home video format war: Betamax vs. VHS

 

Road (1) The government's "shadow internet" is 100 times faster than Google Fiber.   

Road (1)  Elon muskCEO of SpaceX Elon Musk is confident humans will land on Mars by 2026. "I'm hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it's certainly possible for that to occur," he said. "But the thing that matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars, to make life multiplanetary."

Road (1) Three non porn-related reasons to consider using private web browsing

Road (1) Get $400 worth of Mac apps for name your own price. And you get to help charity to boot! 

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Towletech v.113: Jurassic World, Turing Test, Magic Schoolbus, World's Largest TV

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BY KYLER GEOFFROY

A weekly round-up of the best tech, science, and geek-related news from around the web.

Road (1) The first official photos of increasingly hunky Chris Pratt on the set of Jurassic World. You’re welcome. 

Road (1) And while I myself can't wait for Jurassic World, a new report shows Chinese audiences are growing increasingly tired of Hollywood's overreliance on sequels, remakes, and special effects-stuffed blockbusters. 

Road (1) A Russian computer program has become the first AI to pass the Turing Test by impersonating a 13-year-old non-native-English-speaking Ukrainian boy. Futurist Ray Kurzweil and other experts, however, are saying not so fast. Luckily, we have Steven Colbert to clarify everything for us: its a 'robolution' in the making.

Road (1) Every video game being shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week in Los Angeles.

Road (1) MsbPut those fears about America's failing education system aside - Netlix has announced that it will reboot classic 90's kid's show The Magic Schoolbus.

Road (1) Crayola boxes may sadly become a thing of the past with Scribble - a pen that lets you scan and replicate any random object's color   

Road (1) Amazon launches Spotify-esque streaming music service free to Prime members.

Road (1) The powerful implications of 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, the “Internet of Things,” infinite computing and synthetic biology in one handy little 5 minute video: 

 

Road (1) A mind-controlled exoskeleton will be kicking off the World Cup's opening ceremony today.

Dr whoRoad (1) What Doctor Who might look like in the hands of Disney animators.   

Road (1) A Facebook employee by the name of Dave Goldblatt has donated $20,000 to win the top prize in a charity contest put on by Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin. And the prize? Dave will get the honor of having a new character named after him in an upcoming book...and said character will then be killed off in a grisly manner. So so very jealous

Road (1) You might have seen our post earlier today on NASA’s warp drive space ship designed to make interstellar travel easier. Well earlier this week, Boeing unveiled its new “space taxi” – designed to make it easier to launch astronauts into space. 

Road (1) And if you’re still looking for a Father’s Day present, consider the 370-inch Titan – the world’s largest television. It’ll only set you back a cool $1.7 million

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Towletech v. 112: Star Wars, Batman vs Superman, Electronic Skateboards, Oculus Rift

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BY KYLER GEOFFROY

A weekly round-up of the best tech, science, and geek-related news from around the web.

Road (1) First new Star Wars: Episode VII alien revealed. J.J. Abrams details how fans can be in the movie. 

Road (1)  Fantastic beastsAlfonso Cuaron reportedly "deep in talks" to direct Harry Potter spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Road (1) Find out which companies are spending the most money lobbying to kill net neutrality

Road (1) NASA and tech start-up Made in Space are preparring to launch the first 3D printer in space this August for a trip to the International Space Station.

Road (1) An epic trailer has been released for The Last Man on the Moon - a documentary about the “final” manned journey to the lunar surface back in December 1972. Check it out below: 

 

Road (1) The FBI is reconsidering its hiring policy with respect to marijuana because they're having a hard time finding quality hackers and computer programmers who don't smoke weed. 

Road (1) Batman-V-Superman-Dawn-of-Justice-Logo-620x370 Man of Steel-sequel gets official title: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Road (1) Self-driving cars set to hit California roads this September

Road (1) In other transit news, Google Maps will now tell you the absolute latest time you can leave a club downtown and still make it back home on public transportation

Road (1) I don’t really know how to skateboard, but I’m inclined to start learning with the release of the ZBoard: a weight–sensing, electric skateboard that can reach speeds of up to 17 mph. 

  

Road (1) eBay added to the growing list of cyberattack victims. 

Road (1) Facebook set to launch app that will identify music and TV shows just by audio recognition

Road (1)  OcculusWired dives into the inside story of virtual reality company Oculus Rift and its post-Facebook acquisition possibilities. "Beyond that, though, the company and its technology herald nothing less than the dawn of an entirely new era of communication. Mark Zuckerberg gestured at the possibilities himself in a Facebook post in March when he announced the acquisition: “Imagine enjoying a courtside seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world, or consulting with a doctor face-to-face—just by putting on goggles in your home.” That’s the true promise of VR: going beyond the idea of immersion and achieving true presence—the feeling of actually existing in a virtual space."

Road (1) And speaking of Occulus, co-founder Palmer Luckey is being sued by Zenimax Media and id Software over alleged misappropriations of "trade secrets related to virtual reality technology." On the bright side, though, the Chuck E. Cheese will soon be getting its own Oculus Rift game. 


Towletech v. 111: Space Advertising, Killer Robots, Dementor Wasps, Virtual Reality Chickens

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BY KYLER GEOFFROY

A weekly round-up of the best tech, science, and geek-related news from around the web.

Road (1) Japanese drink company Pocari Sweat is looking to put the first advertisement on the moon.

Road (1) Ampulex dementorTerrifying new wasp species aptly named after the soul-sucking Dementor creature from Harry Potter fame. “This brightly metallic colored group of insect is famous for its rather unorthodox ways of reproduction. The wasp stings a cockroach’s head, transferring neurotoxins. The cockroach then slowly turns into a submissive being, lacking all free-will, and follows the wasp to its burrow. Inside the burrow, the wasp lays an egg on it. In a few days the wasp larva hatches, feeds on the cockroach, pupates, and soon emerges as an adult.”

Road (1) Hong Kong venture capital firm appoints artificial intelligence learning program as new board member. 

Road (1) Speaking of Harry Potter, Universal Studios is expanding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a new ride set inside the Gringotts Bank...and it looks awesome.

  

Road (1)  Great red spotNeil DeGrasse Tyson dismisses philosophy as "useless," philosopher responds.

Road (1) Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the Earth-sized storm that's been raging on the gas giant for over 400 years, is mysteriously shrinking in a dramatic way.

Road (1) The FCC is moving forward with the creation of internet fast (and slow) lanes. 

Road (1) The Bluetooth bike lock Skylock has keyless entry, anti-theft protection, is solar powered, and will even alert emergency responders if you happen to get into a wreck.

Road (1) Diplomats, engineers and tech experts from around the world have gathered this week at the United Nations in Geneva to debate whether “killer robots” should be banned from future warfare.

  

Road (1)  Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 12.09.37 PMYou’ve heard of virtual reality headgear like Oculus Rift for humans, but what about VR for animals? Enter Second Livestock, a fictional company and service that would simulate a Matrix-esque blissful, free-range life for caged chickens and other livestock. 

Road (1) Russia is threatening to ban the U.S. from using the International Space Station over Ukraine sanctions. 

Road (1) 3-D Printed guns are becoming even easier to make...and more deadly. 

Road (1)  BoeingBoeing’s new CST-100 manned space capsule (pictured) is looks like something straight out of Star Trek.

Road (1) Not to be outdone in the space-geek news this week, NASA has unveiled a TRON-inspired spacesuit that they hope to use during the first manned mission to Mars. 

Road (1) Wired looks at the coming end of television as we know it. "The half-hour sitcom? The hour-long drama? These are conventions that came into existence for reasons that don’t matter anymore. Soon, the conventions themselves won’t matter anymore, either. Welcome to the real new golden age of television — television without limits."


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