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Gay Social Networking App Hornet Helps Users Find HIV Clinics

HornetAs mobile social networks like Grindr, Scruff, and Tinder continue to grow in popularity, the developers behind the apps race to add new features to entice users to their services. Hornet, a San Francisco-based relative newcomer to the game, is banking on a commitment to public health in order to expand its userbase. Typically used to help gay men find one another using their phones’ geo-location functionality, Hornet can now also assist its users in locating nearby HIV clinics.

Incorporating a locator tool developed by AIDS.gov, Hornet’s app will display the 10 closest clinics that administer HIV screening and counseling. Additionally, Hornet’s profile creator will emphasize the importance of knowing one’s status. Along with height, weight, and eye color, Hornet will provide users with the ability to designate their HIV status, as a part of its “Know Your Status” campaign. Once a user designates the date of their last HIV test, the application will automatically remind them to get tested again after a designated amount of time.


Towletech v.119: Robin Williams Zelda Petition, QR Graves, Interstellar, Robot Butlers

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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 Robin Williams fans are petitioning Nintendo to have the comedic actor memorialized in the next Legend of Zelda video game. Williams was a long-time fan of the game series and even named his daughter after the franchise's titular princess. He also appeared in a series of Nintendo ads a few years back for the franchise. 

Road Amazon jumps into the mobile card reader field - hoping to knock out Square and PayPal with lower flat charges.

Road Anchorage city council has voted to let families place QR codes on gravestones -  giving families and visitors an interactive obituary for departed loved ones. 

This Doctor Who fan-made opening shown below is so amazing that showrunner Stephen Moffat plans on using it as the basis for the actual opening credits for the upcoming 8th season. 

 

Road Interactive yoga mats are in the works - which can track progress, provide feedback, and help perfect your downward dog.

InterstellarRoad New images of Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in Chris Nolan's upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar.

Road Comcast and Time Warner have backed out of a combined $132,000 in spending to honor the FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn following pressure from net neutrality advocates and a DC-based watchdog group. The FCC is also giving people until September 15th to weigh in on net neutrality.

Road Actor Michael Cera releases lo-fi indie folk album True That.  

Road The team behind Apple's Siri is building a new artificial intelligence that will be able to teach itself and do anything you ask. Hmm..

Road 5G network coverage might begin its rollout by decade's end.

Road Harvard researchers have developed mass-manufactured 'Kilobots' that can self-assemble in some impressive thousand-robot swarm formations.

Road Check out "Humans Need Not Apply" a video about the coming reality of technological unemployment. “Just as mechanical muscles made human labor less in demand, so are mechanical minds making human brain labor less in demand.”

 

Road New details emerge about Star Wars: Episode VII's rumored Sith villains.

Road Want a streaming device but don't know the difference between Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Chromecast? IGN has you covered with a comprehensive breakdown of each devices' pros and cons.

BotlrRoad A Palo Alto hotel is rolling out two robotic butlers ("Botlrs") for room service requests. "When a guest calls down and asks for a toothbrush or extra towels, hotel employees simply load up the robot with the requested items, dial in the room number, and the Botlr handles the rest."  

Road A new app can tell you which other apps are sapping your phone's battery life. Perhaps one of them is Tom Hanks' new typewriter app?

Road "I'm sorry," says Ethan Zuckerman, the man who invented pop-up ads. 

Road Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the ice bucket challenge. 

Road Twitter suspends the account of hactivist group Anonymous after it falsely identifies a Missouri man as Darren Wilson, the Ferguson cop who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. 

Road The internet is now officially more popular that cable in the U.S.

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Towletech v.118: Supermoon, Eddie Redmayne, Jurassic Wedding, Curiosity Rover

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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 Tonight's supermoon will be the biggest of the year

 Road Tesla and Space X founder Elon Musk says artificial intelligence could potentially be "more dangerous than nukes" 

 Road Check out the debut trailer for The Theory of Everything - the upcoming film starring Eddie Redmayne as renowned physicist Stephen Hawking:

  

 Road Researchers can now listen to voices in a room by filming a bag of chips and analyzing the video of the vibrations on the bag. 

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 12.47.30 PM Road Terminator 5 gets official title Terminator: Genisys. The film, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, and Jai Courtney, opens July 1, 2015. 

 Road Jeff Goldblum really knows how to inject some adrenaline into a wedding.  

 Road Samsung is reportedly working on a new phone with a wraparound, flexible display. 

 Road Legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli announced it will be taking a "brief pause" from making films. 

 Road Neil deGrasse Tyson tells people to "chill out" about genetically modified food (GMOs), issues follow up message after people proceed to not chill out. 

 Road Tyson also narrated a new video this week celebrating the Mars 'Curiosity' rover and how it has exceeded all expectations these past two years on the martian surface.  

 

 Road Optical computers, the kind that could perform calculations at the speed of light, could be on your desk by 2020.

 Road Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 1.02.01 PMHBO's upcoming re-imagining of Michael Crichton's sci-fi western thriller Westworld adds James Marsden to its cast, which already includes Sir Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood.  

 Road Introducing the washing machine that can fit in your backpack

 Road Wired looks at what happens when technological innovation leads to jobs becoming obselete. "The idea that robots could make employment itself optional may sound fantastic. No more work! But the end result could be more, not less angst. We’d still have to find our place among the robots, except this time without work as a guidepost for defining a sense of purpose. By eliminating the need for people to work, robots would free us up to focus on what really makes us human. The scariest possibility of all is that only then do we figure out what really makes us human is work."

 Road Amazon and publisher Hachette continue to be at each other's throats over the price of ebooks with Amazon raising prices on Hachette books, stopping pre-orders, delaying shipping times, and getting readers to sound off until the dispute is resolved. 

 Road President Obama spoke out in favor of net neutrality this week and the tech community was understandably pleased


Towletech v.117: Game of Thrones, NASA, Robot Olympics, Ghostbusters 3, Bill Murray

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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 George R. R. Martin is writing a Game of Thrones novel for children titled The Ice Dragon

Road UK to start allowing driverless cars on roads starting in January. 

Road  A Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers crossover film is in the works. To help refresh your memory on all the Marvel films that have come before, check out the video below:

 

Road Martha Stewart pens TIME piece on her love of drones. "The shots of my farm were breathtaking and showed not only a very good landscape design — thanks to the surveyors and landscapers who worked with me on the overall vision, much as le Notre worked with Louis XIV — they also showed me what more I can do in the future, and revealed unexpected beauty."

LucyRoad Movies like Scarlett Johansson's Lucy toy with the idea of the average human using only 10% of their brain's capacity. Wired breaks down this longstanding myth in 60 seconds. 

Road The lifespan of every Doctor Who Doctor based on episode duration in one handy infographic. 

Road With Gamestop's new credit card, you could buy a new $60 game each month and spend the next eight years paying off  the extra $914 in interest fees

Road King Kong prequel 'Skull Island' movie announced

Road Nintendo still struggling with sales of Wii U console despite decent sales numbers this quarter. 

Road NASA's Mars rover Opportunity breaks off-world driving record.

Road The space agency also recently tested "impossible" no-fuel quantum space engine - and it ended up actually working. 

Road A supercut of Tom Haverford's craziest (greatest) inventions and business ideas on Parks and Recreation.

 

Road Japan is planning a "Robot Olympics" for 2020.

Road The Internet's latest wacky pet project - the Kickstarter-backed potato salad - has just concluded its fundraiser with a whopping $55,492 raised from an initial goal of just $10. 

Road The long-awaited Ghostbusters 3 film might be getting an all-female lead cast with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig at the helm.  

MurrayRoad So while Bill Murray might not be getting involved with Ghostbusters 3, he will be providing the voice of Baloo the bear in Disney's live-action/animated remake of The Jungle Book

Road The so-called "internet of everything" where everyday objects like our fridge, washer and dryer, and thermostat are "on-line" will open up fantastic technological possibilities in the future. It may also unintentionally become a hacker's paradise

Road Walmart is snatching up faltering tech start-ups at everyday low prices. 

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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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