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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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VentureOut Fund Seeks To Invest in LGBT-led Startups

VentureOut-Logo-with-text-300x200Launch Angels, a Boston area venture capital firm, is looking to breathe life into fledgling startups helmed by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender founders with its VentureOut Fund. Much of the innovation that comes out of Silicon Valley is a direct result of angel investing, VC funding, and mentorship within startup incubators. Currently in the process of raising $2 Million from some 15-20 investors, VentureOut hopes to connect with 15-20 startups currently in their seed stage.

Affinity funding, the idea of investors partnering together around a central idea or purpose, has been Launch Angels CEO Shereen Shermak’s primary focus in guiding the firm. Currently Launch Angels has focused primarily on mobile and consumer companies, but it’s looking to diversify its portfolio.

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“So many more folks are out of the closet in the business world than were even five years ago,” Said Greg Wiles, the managing director of the VentureOut Fund. According to Wiles, funds like VentureOut would have languished in the recent past, considering that the world of venture capitalist is composed of primarily straight, white men.

VentureOut, says Wiles, wants to set its fund apart by reaching out to those founders who might have an amazing idea, but perhaps not as much experience with the startup world. Moreover, the fund sees the potential in tapping into the closely-knit, grassroots-y social networks that are often the driving force behind social causes spearheaded by LGBT organizations.


Barack Obama Becomes First U.S. President To Be 3D Printed

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The Smithsonian Institute revealed the first ever 3D printed sculpture of a U.S. president last week, adding to the collection of Barack Obama portraits in the National Portrait Gallery. The bust was on display at the White House Makers Faire, an event celebrating the use of technology in creative enterprises.

Mashable reports:

A team of Smithsonian 3D digital-imaging specialists scanned the president earlier this year. They used the University of Southern California's Light Stage face scanner to capture Obama's face in high resolution, and handheld 3D scanners and SLR cameras to create a reconstruction of his bust.

Next, experts in 3D graphics at the software company Autodesk produced high-resolution models, which were printed using 3D Systems' selective laser sintering printers.

The bust comes as part of the Smithsonian Insitute's X 3D initiative which began in 2013. Aimed at using scanning and imaging technology in order to make artifacts more available to researchers, the X 3D scans can be found online and anyone with a 3D printer can print their own.


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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The AirDog is a Personal Selfie Drone, Hopes to Revolutionize Sports: VIDEO

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For $1,195 you can own the world's first auto-follow drone — a 3.08 pound, foldable, portable, weather-resistant aerial quad-copter capable of flying 40 miles per hour and recording 10 to 20 minutes of footage on a GoPro camera. It's called AirDog, and its developers will send one to anyone who gives the aforementioned amount to its $200,000 Kickstarter.

Moto-droneThe AirDog comes with a two-axis gyro-stabilized camera to help create steady shots. It has six follow modes programmable via smartphone and easily replaceable, impact-resistant parts. Basically, you use a wrist controller called an AirLeash to launch the AirDog and whenever the drone runs low on battery, it lands back at its launch point.

Although AirDog was developed with the aim of recording extreme sports, the technology will undoubtedly catch on in indie filmmaking and broadcast TV. Its developers say:

"For too long, the drone has been synonymous with warfare. We’ve designed a drone with a very different purpose. We think it’s time for a new generation of drones that inspire creativity, enjoyment of nature, healthy lifestyles, and self expression."

One should note that the modern prevalence of drones have forced courts and state legislatures to create their own laws regarding drone use until the Federal Aviation Administration completes its guidelines for use of "unmanned aircraft." Thus far, the FAA guidelines require drones to have sense-and-avoid technology to prevent potentially deadly mid-air collisions with manned aircraft. They're still sorting out the larger question of privacy concerns.

Also, you may be interested to know that the GoPro Camera has been used on many adventures we've shared here on Towleroad including Felix Baumgartner's tumble to Earth, this man's close encounter with a Great White Shark and a first-person ride on Sochi's Olympic luge track.

Watch video of the AirDog AFTER THE JUMP...

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