July 30, 2015

Green 3D Printer Prints Living Designs From Organic “Ink”

Green 3D Printer Prints Living Designs From Organic "Ink"
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Project PrintGREEN is turning 3D printers into on-demand gardeners after designing a "green" 3D printer in 2013. The printer produces living prints, printing customized objects in a variety of sizes and forms. The project was created at the University of Maribor in Slovenia, conceived of by students Maja Petek, Tina Zidanšek, Urška Skaza, Danica Rženičnik and Simon Tržan, with help from their mentor Dušan Zidar. The project's goal is to unite art, technology, and nature, creatively producing living designs with the help of technology.

The "ink" in the machine is a combination of soil, seeds, and water which can be designed to print in any shape or letter. After drying, the muddy mixture holds its form and begins to sprout grass from the organic material. PrintGREEN's slogan is a twist on the old conservationist motto, "think before you print," telling their audience to "print, because it is green." You can follow the project's progress on their Facebook page here. (via My Modern Met)

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July 26, 2015

Hack of connected car raises alarm over driver safety

SAN FRANCISCO — Don't send your old clunker of a retro-mobile to the automotive junk yard just yet. It may be the safest machine on the road.

In an article published Tuesday, Wired magazine reports on how it engaged two hackers to see if they could take control of a Jeep Cherokee from the comfort of their living room while writer Andy Greenberg sat nervously at the wheel while the SUV cruised the highway at 70 mph.

Read more... http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/07/21/hack-connected-car-raises-alarm-over-driver-safety/30462317/

Video of gun-shooting drone in Clinton prompts FAA investigation

CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The FAA is investigating after a video of a drone shooting a hand gun in Clinton, apparently created by a local teen, was posted to YouTube. You may think military officials are the only people who can legally have a machine like this but Clinton Police tell News 8 what is seen in the video doesn't appear to violate any state laws.

Bill Piedra is CEO of a Manchester based company called Flying Robots. He is also a drone enthusiast who, as part of his business, constructs drones that deliver flotation devices to people in danger of drowning, but with this video he has concerns it may have ramifications for his entire industry.

Read more... http://wtnh.com/2015/07/17/video-of-gun-shooting-drone-in-clinton-prompts-faa-investigation/

FCC approves AT&T–DirecTV merger

The FCC has approved AT&T's $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, bringing one of the nation's largest wireless carriers together with the largest satellite TV provider. The combined firm will have around 26 million TV subscribers, making it the largest pay TV company in the country. That created some concern for regulators, but apparently not enough to stop the deal. Instead, it's been approved with conditions, including the expansion of the company's high-speed internet program. Additionally, the conditions are meant to ensure that the combined company will still include affordable internet options and give subscribers the option to access rival video services online. The Justice Department said this week that it had closed its investigation of the deal.

Read more... http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/24/8876267/att-directv-merger-approved

July 25, 2015

Nike and Apple court defeat underlines fitness trackers' dirty little secret

Nike and Apple have agreed to settle in a class action lawsuit alleging that the two sold the Nike FuelBand fitness tracker knowing that the device's biometrics measurements were inaccurate.

As a result, Nike will pay out $2.4 million in claims to people who bought the FuelBand between January 2012 and June 2015. Apple, which sold the FuelBand in its stores up until March of this year, will pay nothing.

Read more... http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/25/apple-and-nikes-court-defeat-underlines-fitness-trackers-dirty-little-secret/

July 13, 2015

Galaxy Note 5 will have 4GB RAM

Leaks for the supposed Samsung's next phone, the Galaxy Note 5, have been emerging in quickfire succession, and the latest one from SamMobile on Monday claims the Note 5 will run with 4 GB of RAM.

RAM stands for random access memory, and it's the short-term memory where often-used apps stay in your phone's proverbial back pocket, ready to open quickly when you need them. 

Read more... http://www.businessinsider.com/galaxy-note-5-will-have-4gb-ram-2015-7

Dropbox tip leads to arrest of army corporal on child porn charges

Dropbox played an instrumental role in arresting a corporal in the US Army Reserve on charges of child porn possession, according to an arrest affidavit from the Austin Police Department seen by Business Insider.

The affidavit said a 27-year old man named Michael Nieto is in custody at the Travis County Jail after a tip from Dropbox indicated he had 38 child porn videos uploaded to the cloud storage service.

Read more... http://www.businessinsider.com/dropbox-tip-leads-to-arrest-of-army-corporal-on-child-porn-charges-2015-7

July 5, 2015

Chicago Levies "Cloud Tax" on Spotify, Netflix, Other Streaming Services

Starting this September, users of streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix in Chicago will be subject to a 9 percent "cloud tax," the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The city voted on Wednesday to extend its amusement tax, which taxes entertainment industries such as cinema and sports, to digital services, and expects the tax to bring in $12 million a year.

Read more... http://pitchfork.com/news/60238-chicago-levies-cloud-tax-on-spotify-netflix-other-streaming-services/

July 1, 2015

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg thinks telepathy tech is on its way

Besides virtual reality, laser-toting satellites and artificial intelligence, what other futuristic technologies is Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg interested in? Oh, you know, telepathy.

"One day, I believe we'll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You'll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you'd like," wrote Zuckerberg during his latest online "townhall Q&A".

Read more... http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/01/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-telepathy-tech


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