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SXSW 2014 - Witness The Technology That Will Make Holodecks A Reality:VIDEO


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Sxsw_2014_bugWhile at the SXSW Gaming Expo, we spoke with Jordan Williams the President and CEO of Captured Dimensions, a company that uses image capturing technology to create three-dimensional figurines, holograms and computer images.

According to Williams, 3D imaging will inevitably lead to the creation of real-world virtual environments like the one seen on Star Trek’s holodeck. As the technology improves and becomes gains more video capability, it could also help render realistic 3D digital images of the human anatomy, complex costumes, archeological sites, famous sculptures, theatrical sets or even wholly artificial environments viewable through devices like the Oculus Rift.

See? We told you 3D imaging was the future

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SXSW: Has Apple's CEO Tim Cook Let Steve Jobs' Dream Die?

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Yukari Iwatani Kane — author of Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs — just held a SXSW Interactive discussion in which she discussed whether Apple's vision died with Steve Jobs.

Sxsw_2014_bugKane covered Apple from fall of 2008 (right around the time that Jobs’ dramatic weight loss fueled public speculation about his demise) all the way to the end of Jobs' life, during the iPad launch and the controversy over iPhone 4’s antenna problems.  Apple did not help Kane with her book (apart from letting her attend one meeting). However, she interviewed nearly 200 company insiders, experts and business partners to reach her conclusions and also owns an Apple computer, iPhone and iPad.

In short, her talk suggested that Apple’s current CEO Tim Cook lacks Jobs’ celebrity marketing savvy and inflexible managerial style. As a result, while Cook has maintained that Apple has not changed, his statement rings hollow considering some of company’s cultural changes and product stumbles after Jobs' passing.

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They Only Serve Gay Republicans at This Watering Hole: VIDEO

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Nancy Reagan serves drinks at Chicago's premiere gay conservative bar, the Log Jam, in a new web series:

The Log Jam follows three lonelyhearts as they search for reasonable, fiscally responsible same-sex romance. Arnold is an unemployed former Blackwater contractor looking for Mr. Hard Right. Betsy is an investment banker/power lesbian hell-bent on getting the GOP to eventually come around to recognizing her choice of lovers. Phil is a powerful CEO with a passion for Family Values at odds with his lust for exotic fetish play.

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To Catch an Internet Troll: VIDEO

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The BBC tracks down an online racist:

"There you go. An internet troll. That's what they look like."

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(via reddit)

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Jon Stewart Explains What's Scary About SOPA: VIDEO

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Last night, Jon Stewart was forced to turn to the news after Wikipedia went dark, to explain the dangers of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA.

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The Atlantic reported that it's likely the SOPA/PIPA threat should pass, although lawmakers will continue with similar bills as "the urge to reign in the Internet's free wheel remains." Support for PIPA appears to be collapsing.

However, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released a statement yesterday that he expects the Committee to continue its markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act in February.

"To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America's intellectual property, we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy.

“Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February.

“I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property."

Google said 4.5 million people signed its anti-SOPA petition yesterday.

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FCC to Pass (Fake) Net Neutrality Measure

A measure that some, like Al Franken, are calling "fake net neutrality" is poised for a vote today by the FCC:

Franken Net neutrality — which broadly speaking is an effort to ensure open access to Web sites and online services — is on the agenda of an F.C.C. meeting Tuesday in Washington. The F.C.C.’s chairman, Julius Genachowski, outlined a framework for net neutrality earlier this month, touching off a debate about the role of the government in regulating Internet access.

As it stands now, the order would prohibit the blocking of any Web sites, applications or devices by fixed-line broadband Internet providers like Comcast and EarthLink, essentially forbidding the providers from picking winners and losers on behalf of consumers, F.C.C. officials said Monday.

The F.C.C. officials also said that the order would broaden the government’s enforcement powers over broadband. They spoke only on condition of anonymity ahead of Tuesday’s meeting on the matter. The F.C.C. order has not been made public.

Said Franken:

“Maybe you like Google Maps. Well, tough. If the F.C.C. passes this weak rule, Verizon will be able to cut off access to the Google Maps app on your phone and force you to use their own mapping program, Verizon Navigator, even if it is not as good. And even if they charge money, when Google Maps is free...If corporations are allowed to prioritize content on the Internet, or they are allowed to block applications you access on your iPhone, there is nothing to prevent those same corporations from censoring political speech."


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