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Towletech v.124: Made in Space, Black Holes, MacWorld, Net Neutrality, Oculus Rift

Interstellar

BY KYLER GEOFFROY

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

Road New Interstellar posters tease plot details of the upcoming Christopher Nolan-helmed sci-fi blockbuster. 

Road Early this morning, NASA launched the first 3D printer into space. The demo printer, created by California-based Made in Space, is off to the International Space Station to help aid in the understanding of the long-term effects of microgravity on 3D printing. Said Made in Space CEO Aaron Kemmer: “This is more than a 3D printer. It’s more than a machine shop in space. It’s a landmark for humanity. For the first time in the history of our species, we will be manufacturing tools and hardware away from the Earth. Now that we’ve made this breakthrough, the sky is no longer the limit for additive manufacturing – the era of off-world manufacturing has begun.” Check out a CNET video on the historic moment below:

Road X-Men spinoff film Deadpool gets a February 12, 2016 release date - with Ryan Reynolds expected to reprise his role as the "Merc with a Mouth."

Road Longtime Apple magazine Macworld will be shutting down its print publication. 

BlackholeRoad Hubble Space Telescope finds supermassive black hole at the center of the smallest galaxies ever discovered. Via NASA: "The finding implies there are many other compact galaxies in the universe that contain supermassive black holes. The observation also suggests dwarf galaxies may actually be the stripped remnants of larger galaxies that were torn apart during collisions with other galaxies rather than small islands of stars born in isolation."

Road Study finds over 99 percent of the 3.7 million comments submitted to the FCC about net neutrality were in favor of net neutrality. 

Virtual reality company Oculus Rift had its first ever keynote event yesterday - where the company announced its new prototype: the Crescent Bay and teased what the future holds for VR. Check out the conference below:

 

Road Scientists are re-engineering photosynthesis to grow more food. 

Road If you've ever flown Southwest Airlines, it can be a little jarring not having assigned seats on your flight. But as a recent episode of Mythbusters proves - there's a method to the madness. Gizmodo reports: " In another test, they boarded the plane in free-for-all fashion, without assigned seats, and found it took the least amount of time at 14 minutes, 7 seconds. Passengers gave it the least favorable score in comparison to the other methods tried. Southwest has been using this method since 1971."

AlpsRoad Check out this amazing aerial footage from the top of the Swiss Alps taken by drones.

Road 5 tech startups that could radically transform our world

Road Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk says self-driving automobile technology still has another 5 to 6 years before full implementation - but once it's here, we can expect our roads to be much safer. 

Road Check out this visual breakdown that shows why moon landing conspiracy claims are completely bogus. 

Road Mystery Science Theater 3000 has arrived on Vimeo. You owe it to yourself to check out (or revisit) this cult classic. 

Road Shocker: Texas is considering middle school textbooks that misleadingly teach students that there is significant scientific disagreement about the cause of climate change. Wonder if the Exxon Mobil logo will be on the front cover? 


Ellen Introduces Kids to Old Technology: VIDEO

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With smartwatches and smartphones exploding on the market nowadays, Elllen thought it would be a good opportunity to show kids the technology of the past and remind them how far we've come.

Mostly though, she just wanted to push these kids' buttons and see how they'd react to an old handheld phone, a typewriter, and an answering machine. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towletech v.123: Mars, Apple, 3D Printed Cars, Robot Writers, Windows 9, Chewbacca Dog

Stormtrooper

BY KYLER GEOFFROY

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

Road Batman V Superman director Zack Snyder is having fun with his friendly Twitter crossover competition against Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams. 

Road Space X founder and eccentric billionaire Elon Musk has long-term plans to "establish a city on Mars." No word yet if he's taking name suggestions yet. 

Road After two years and nearly five miles of driving, the Mars Curiosity rover has finally reached the base of Mount Sharp. One of the rover's primary goals now is to study the mountain's clay-rich lower layers that could reveal information about the planet's  past - a past that may even indicate signs of life. Check out a video on the milestone below:

 

Road Turns out the U.S. would rather side with the Galactic Empire than the Rebel Alliance. At least, everywhere except North Dakota (rebel scum...)

StratiRoad Clash of the Titans: Apple's newly unveiled iPhone 6 vs Google's Nexus 5? And how does the Apple Watch stand up against the smartwatch competition?

Road RIP iPod Classic

Road Check out the Strati - the world's first 3D printed car that just made its debut at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.

Road The rise of artificially intelligent journalism. "Automated writing will soon be showing what it can really do, when it merges with another technological advance: individual tracking of billions of consumers, thanks to their purchases, internet browsing habits, mobile communications and such. 'One day President Obama explained to the media that if Americans made sure their tyres were properly inflated they could save 7% on fuel. This claim went unheeded because folks didn’t want to do the math. But in the future your favourite news website will explain things differently: it’ll know who you are, the make of car you drive and how much it consumes, how far you travel every week, the type of fuel you buy, and so on. It’ll draft an article specially for you, telling you exactly how many dollars you’d save if your tyres were properly inflated,' Hammond says. The same approach could be used in countless other sectors, from healthcare to politics. 'One day, there will only be a single reader for each article.'"

Road Apple CEO Tim Cook shares why he thinks TV is stuck in the 1970s in a recent interview with Charlie Rose below: 

 

Road A first look at the upcoming Windows 9 multi-desktop display. 

Road Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says the American public should be more concerned about drones. "There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that’s happening on what we consider our private property. That type of technology has to stimulate us to think about what is it that we cherish in privacy and how far we want to protect it and from whom. Because people think that it should be protected just against government intrusion, but I don’t like the fact that someone I don’t know…can pick up, if they’re a private citizen, one of these drones and fly it over my property."

ChewdogRoad This adorable 'Chewbacca Dog' looks ready for next year's Star Wars: Episode VII.

Road 7 times Batman bent his "no guns" rule. 

Road Will advances in technology lead many of us to live in nomadic, tech-savvy communities? "Living in tiny but technologically advanced mobile houses, we’ll form ad-hoc communities with individuals who share similar interests, in a manner similar to subreddits. 'Mass digital nomadism will act a little bit like Reddit: agglomerating geeks together in proto-cities (gamers, psychonauts, artists, vegans, nudist, queers), and create super cool homogenous communities,' said Logomachy’s Guillaume Dumas, adding that this system would make it easier for individuals to find friends and potential partners."

Road PHOTOS: Patrick Stewart surprises child Star Trek fan who has life-threatening illness.

Road Audi is set to debut in the near future a semi-autonomous car - one that includes a system that drives itself in stop-and-go urban traffic. Wonder if it will also includes horn-honking and road rage simulation features?


New Out US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith Talks Debugging Bias Against Women And Minorities: VIDEO

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Megan Smith, the former Google executive and former CEO of the online LGBT community site PlanetOut who was recently selected by President Obama as the new Chief Technology Officer of the U.S., is profiled in a new video put out by Makers, a site that aggregates and shares videos of women’s stories. In the video, Smith talks about her experience growing up as a girl in the at times misogynistic world of math, science and engineering. She also speaks about her experience as a lesbian working in the tech world:

“The world is not accepting. But eventually you get to a point where you realize it’s you, this is who you are. And you have to become willing to really let go of all your most important relationships in order to be yourself. When you’re gay you come out every day because everyone assumes you’re straight. But you have to be your whole self. You just do. ‘Cuz it will kill you not to…Right now as an industry we’re working hard on understanding bias against women and minorities that has just been with us through all of history and trying to in our tech way debug that.” 

In her new role, Smith will "lead Administration-wide efforts to unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our citizens.”

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Towletech v.122: Pixar, Donkey Kong, Deadmau5, Neutron Stars, Smartwatches, Net Neutrality

Pixar

BY KYLER GEOFFROY

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

Road A Chinese lawyer and activist has launched the first-ever lawsuit against the country's widespread internet censorship. Ironically, the attorney for the state-owned Internet service provider was unable to answer questions from the judge in the case because of worries about what can and cannot be publicly said on the subject of state censorship. 

Road Bill Murray has given his blessing to the all-female Ghostbusters reboot. 

Road To call the Pixar team anything less than masters of their craft would be a gross understatement. And one of the many components that goes into the animation studio's visual storytelling is the use of the color to convey emotions. Check out the video below to see how:

 

Road The Donkey Kong world record for highest score has once again been beaten - this time by competitive gamer Robbie Lakeman. 

Deadmau5 mickeyRoad Deadmau5 and Disney are currently embroiled in a rather nasty trademark dispute - with Disney arguing that the progressive-house music producer's "mau5-head" logo is too similar to Mickey Mouse to trademark. 

Road The possible future Internet scenarios if net neutrality is axed. 

Road Mark Zuckerberg hopes that the WhatsApp - the messaging service app that Facebook purchased back in February for a cool $19 billion - becomes the "global messaging platform" of tomorrow. 

Road Reddit has banned "The Fappening" - the subgroup that became a depository for the hacked nude celebrity photos over this past week. At its peak, the group had over 100,000 live viewers from around the world.

Road Neutron stars are one of the most extreme and fascinating things in the entire universe - with one cubic centimeter of the stellar remnant containing the same mass as Mount Everest. For more on these bizarre stars and how get the way they do, check out the nifty video below: 

 

Road Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse to begin shooting in Montreal next April.

Road The International Space Station has been launching its microsatellites into orbit entirely on its own - as in, without being commanded to by actual humans. "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that"

DreadnaughtusRoad Behold Dreadnoghtus schrani - a newly unveiled supermassive dinosaur that may claim the title of "Largest Land Animal Ever" Dreadnoughtus, meaning “fears nothing,” seems like an apt description. 

Road Yada Yada Yada: Seinfield recreated in Sims form. 

Road In an effort to increase accountability and transparency the New York Police Department has announced that it will start equipping officers with wearable body cameras. 

Road Hands on with the Moto 360 and Samsung Gear S smartwatches. 


Openly Gay Google Exec Megan Smith Named U.S. Chief Technology Officer: VIDEO

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Megan Smith, a Google executive and former CEO of the online LGBT community site PlanetOut, has been selected by President Obama as the new Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. 

As CTO, Smith will "lead Administration-wide efforts to unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our citizens."

Said Obama of Smith's selection:

Megan has spent her career leading talented teams and taking cutting-edge technology and innovation initiatives from concept to design to deployment. I am confident that in her new role as America’s Chief Technology Officer, she will put her long record of leadership and exceptional skills to work on behalf of the American people. I am grateful for her commitment to serve, and I look forward to working with her and with our new Deputy U.S. CTO, Alexander Macgillivray, in the weeks and months ahead.

The Washington Post adds:

Smith, the new U.S. CTO, is an MIT-trained mechanical engineer and entrepreneur with deep roots in the California tech world. She currently serves as a vice president at Google[x], the company's lab for ambitious next-generation projects, like its delivery-by-drone Project Wing and its balloon-borne Internet connectivity program Project Loon. For nine years, Smith led Google's team responsible for developing new business, where she led the acquisitions that would become Google Earth and Google Maps. And she's familiar to Washington's burgeoning "civic tech" community through her work with the Google Crisis Response project.

Check out a Bloomberg report on how Smith might shape the tech policy landscape in her new position, AFTER THE JUMP...

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