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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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Teens React To Bizarre '90s Internet Instruction Video: WATCH

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"Email? I heard that's really neat!" Only in 1997 would a prepubescent kid utter such words, and now, we have the pleasure of watching modern-day teenagers react with awe and glee to this and many other gems.

YouTube users TheFineBros have brought back their web series "Teens React To..." with this 90's internet edition, and the results are hilarious. "If that kid were standing right here when he said that," says one subject, "I would punch him in the face." Technology may change, but the teenage ability to overreact never will. 

Get a blast from the past, AFTER THE JUMP...

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John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality: 'If You Want to Do Evil, Put it In Something Boring' - VIDEO

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Net Neutrality has a branding problem and people just aren't paying attention. Why? As John Oliver explains, "the only two words that promise more boredom in the English language are ‘featuring Sting."

Adds Oliver: "The internet in its current form is not broken and the FCC is taking steps to fix that."

Nobody's paying attention to the way the American public is being scammed by monopolistic corporations seeking to control the internet, but Oliver has a solution, calling on the trolls of the internet to take control of the situation and hit up the FCC:

"Good evening monsters. THIS may be the moment you've spent your whole life training for."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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."


Towletech v.110: Roller Coasters, Drinkable Books, Prehistoric Bugs, Nintendo

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BY KYLER GEOFFROY

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

Road (1) 5 new "record-breaking" theme park rides that will make you s**t your pants this summer. The 17-story Verrückt waterslide [pictured above] is taller than Niagara Falls and shoots raft-riders down at 65 mph. Verrückt, German for insane, seems like an apt name for the jaw-dropping plunge. 

Road (1)  FrankenSenator Al Franken has a new petition you can sign to help "save the internet" and net neutrality

Road (1) Google launches same-day delivery service for household items and non-perishable goods in New York City and Los Angeles.

Road (1) Speaking of Google, if it really only costs them $80 to make Google Glass, then its $1,500 price tag is quite the markup.

Road (1) The humanitarian org Water is Life has come up with a revolutionary new way to combat the 3.4 million worldwide deaths due to waterborne illness each year – The Drinkable Book. Basically, it's an educational manual for safe water habits that's also printed on technologically advanced filter paper designed to kill diseases like cholera, typhoid and E. coli. The paper costs only pennies to produce and each book is capable of providing someone with clean water for up to four years. 

 

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 8.53.09 PMRoad (1) Retro gamers who grew up with the Nintendo Entertainment System can now preorder the gorgeous Analogue Nt machine to play old NES games on your hi-def television. 

Road (1) Virtual reality company Oculus VR wants to build a billion person massive multiplayer online (MMO) experience with its new owner Facebook.

Road (1) Roku’s new Streaming Stick gives you access to your HBO, Hulu, and Netflix content on the go. 

Road (1) Cosmos takes a look at the terrifying and enormous insects of the past.

 

MicroRoad (1) What should consumers expect from 3D printing in the near future? “Beyond the hype, [current] consumer 3D printers can’t make anything your heart desires—they mostly make junk, and there are only so many synthetic orange dinosaurs in top hats one person can collect. While this argument is true, after a fashion, the field is continuously improving. And not so long ago, affordable consumer 3D printers didn’t exist at all. The selection of desktop machines is growing. Desktop printers are increasingly available for around $1,000 or less. And setup is easier. Whether the printer connects by WiFi or USB, more printers are nearing plug-and-play."

Road (1) Your cell phone can now alert you if you're near a store that sells items or products you've searched for online. So excuse me while I go delete my browser history...

PhonesoapRoad (1) And lets face it, your cell phone's screen is probably a dirtier surface than even your toilet seat. Just think about all the random door knobs and body parts you touch in-between your Candy Crush play sessions. Luckily, the folks over at Phonesoap have developed a combination sanitizer and charger that uses ultraviolet rays to zap all manner of gross bacteria. It's like a mini tanning bed for your phone!

Road (1) Scientists can now reprogram skin cells into sperm cells. The tricky question, however, remains whether or not they should.   
 


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