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

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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 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. 


Towletech v.121: Game of Thrones VFX, Mars Rocket, Google Cars, 3D-Printed Castles, Apple iWatch

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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 A new Jurassic Park set photo reveals a tribute statue for John Hammond - the park's eccentric founder played by actor Lord Richard Attenborough who passed away Monday at the age of 90.

Road 'Spiral of silence' - Facebook users are shying away from discussing hot-button political/social issues out of fear that others will disagree.

Road Even video game characters are taking the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Road If you're as big of a Game of Thrones nerd as me, you'll love this behind the scenes video of how the show's Emmy-award winning visual effects come to life. 

Road NASA sets a 2018 launch date for the rocket that will eventually take us to Mars.

ComicRoad The GOP has a retro-style new video game that helps teach you why it's so important for them to retake the Senate in this year's midterm elections.

Road The world's most expensive Superman comic just sold for $3.2 million on eBay. 

Road A Shutter Island TV series is being developed by HBO. 

Road Amazon to buy livestreaming video platform site Twitch for nearly $1 billion. 

Road Reports are hinting that Apple's iWatch may be coming to stores early 2015. 

Road How virtual reality could lead to an explosion in "immersive journalism" content: 

Road Star Wars' new, streamlined canon has offically begun with the release of the new book Star Wars: A New Dawn

Road Avoiding potholes, navigating through rain and four other simple things that Google's self-driving cars still can't handle

CastleRoad Engineer builds gorgeous 3D-printed castle in his backyard garden. No word yet on any dragon sightings. 

Road Liam Neeson wants to reprise his Batman Begins role as Ra's Al Ghul on the Arrow TV series.  

Road Check out the incredible hi-resolution imagery coming soon to Google Maps. 

Road Smartphone "kill switch" becomes law in California. 

Road Nintendo has a new 3DS handheld coming to Japan. 

Road Apparently Thor, the God of Thunder, has found himself working for Amazon's customer support line during his down time between films. 


Towletech v.120: Drones, Patrick Stewart, Doctor Who, Matrix California, Quantum Mechanics

Cooper

BY KYLER GEOFFROY

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

Road Anderson Cooper to make his Marvel Comics debut in an upcoming "Black Widow" storyline. "'It’s Anderson doing what he does best: looking for the truth and reporting on events. We imagine that in Black Widow’s world, as would be the case with many other Avengers, things she does can’t be ignored by the media and all it takes is somebody who knows how to ask the right questions to make her world very uncomfortable for her but in a way that is perhaps not unjust.”

 Road Amazon may be launching its drone delivery service as early as this October....in India. 

 Road Patrick Stewart adds some class to the Ice Bucket challenge. 

 

 Road Matthew McConaughey is reportedly up to play the villain in the long-gestating adaption of Stephen King's The Stand

Who Road 5 reasons not to worry about artificial intelligence destroying humanity. 

 Road Texas gay couple's Doctor Who-themed engagement photo goes viral - just in time for the Season 8 premiere tonight.

 Road Economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of The Internet of Things and its potential role in the future fall of capitalism. 

Controversial video-hosting site LiveLeak bans ISIS following their release of the James Foley execution video. 

 Road Google is testing its self-driving car in a complete virtual "Matrix California" - "According to the Guardian, this virtual world is housed inside computers at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, and provides a complete map of California’s entire road network. It even throws in some real life obstacles to trip the cars up, like overzealous motorists and jaywalking pedestrians.

 Road An informative little video explaining quantum mechanics and quantum entanglement - featuring adorable kitties!

 

 Road Indicted Texas Gov Rick Perry, expressing concern that ISIS could come in through Mexico, is hoping to get more drones patrolling the US-Mexico border

CavillRoad Henry Cavill on set in his full superhero suit for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

 Road Verge looks at how the U.S. goverment's online presence could use an upgrade: "Imagine a single, central website that could answer any question you had about government and whether it can help you. One portal where you could log in, and with a tool as familiar as Google search, ask: "how can I apply for a passport?" "is it illegal to fish without a license in Washington, DC?" "where do I vote?" "what do I do if my disability claim is taking too long?" "what forms do I need to establish my business?" No matter your query, you are met with an actionable answer, or a way to contact a human being who can help you with your request."

 Road Another way to prove Moon landing hoax conspiracy theorists wrong: moon dust

Road Check out what a circa 1987 Apple thought the world would be like a decade later

Road How does the iPhone 5 camera hold up against Fujifilm's X-T1?


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.109 - A Round-Up of the Best Tech, Science, and Geek-Related News from the Web

BY KYLER GEOFFROY

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

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 3.49.32 PMRoad (1) This oven-baked lens costs less than a penny and can turn your smartphone into a microscope.  

Road (1) The future of photography is here. "Unlike other cameras, which essentially capture a 2-D approximation of a scene, the Illum’s lens takes in the 4-D light field and renders that data into a manipulatable, interactive image. This means you can take a picture, and then refocus or shift the perspective slightly."

Road (1) The cast for Star Wars Episode VII has finally been revealed.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 3.53.26 PMRoad (1) The Department of Homeland Security is advising computer users to refrain from using Internet Explorer until a fix is found for a serious security flaw that allows hackers to control your PC.

Road (1) Is Apple gearing up for a Paypal/Google Wallet-style mobille payment service?

Road (1) Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.09.35 PM The limitless posibilities of Google Glass and the wearables revolution. "Bicyclists will use info-glasses as a heads-up display for everything from road speed and map route to heart rate and glucose levels...Parents who are out to dinner will be able to discretely listen in on the baby monitor back home or view streaming video off a bedroom webcam…imagine an app that uses face recognition to tell you the name of the acquaintance walking toward you and your spouse at a cocktail party, sparing everyone the embarrassment of a fumbled introduction." 

Road (1) Cosmos explores the birth, death and chemical composition of stars.

Road (1) Wired looks at the budding relationship between Silicon Valley entreprenurs and the cannabis industry. "For the science and technology set, it’s a classic opportunity to disrupt an industry historically run by hippies and gangsters. And the entire tech-industrial complex is getting in on the action: investors, entrepreneurs, biotechnologists, scientists, industrial designers, electrical engineers, data analysts, software developers. Industry types with experience at Apple and Juniper and Silicon Valley Bank and Zynga and all manner of other companies are flocking to cannabis with the hopes of creating a breakout product for a burgeoning legitimate industry."

Road (1) We all know how frustrating it is trying to watch a movie over a laggy internet connection. But what if your entire life was lagged? Enter Oculus Rift and Swedish internet provider ume.net:

 

Self_cleaning_car_06-660x440Road (1) Does Nissan's first self-cleaning vehicle mean that car washes will soon go the way of the record store? "The [car’s] paint, developed by engineers at the Nissan Technical Centre in the UK, is hydrophobic and oleophobic. That means it repels water and oil. That means the gunk and goo that normally sticks to your ride slides right off. It’s like wax, but better. Nissan’s engineers have applied the finish, called Ultra-Ever Dry, to a Nissan Note and say it does a remarkable job repelling rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water. If the video is to be believed, mud literally slides right off." 

Road (1) In other automobile news, Google’s self-driving cars now demonstrate an impressive understanding of cyclists’ gestures and pedestrian behavior.

 

AtariRoad (1) The Holy Grail of video game artifacts has been found. "Digging in Alamogordo, New Mexico [Saturday], excavators discovered cartridges for the critically-panned Atari game E.T., buried in a landfill way back in 1983 after Atari couldn't figure out what else to do with their unsold copies. For decades, legend had it that Atari put millions of E.T. cartridges in the ground, though some skeptics have wondered whether such an extraordinary event actually happened."

Road (1) SpaceX shows off controlled Falcon 9 rocket soft landing, a possibe laying of the groundwork for the company’s long-term goal of bringing humans to Mars.


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