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Summer music festival trickery

Posted August 1st, 2013

From Wired

The massive summer music festivals are a great way to catch short sets from your four favorite bands while tolerating 25 mediocre acts you’ve never heard of. But like anything that involves leaving the house for an extended period of time, you need to be prepared. And when we say prepared, we mean it’s time to get your smartphone ready for the crowded, lonely grasslands.

See the full skinny HERE.

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US judge sends Apple, Samsung to settlement talks

Posted April 18th, 2012


(Reuters) – Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd agreed that their chief executives would participate in settlement talks to try to resolve a patent lawsuit over smartphone and tablet technology, according to a court filing.

Apple sued Samsung in the United States last year, saying the South Korean company’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets “slavishly” copies the iPhone and iPad. Samsung then countersued Apple.

In a court filing late on Monday, both companies agreed to the settlement conference. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday then referred the companies to a San Francisco-based magistrate judge who will lead the talks.

Representatives for Apple and Samsung could not immediately be reached on Tuesday.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Barry Diller to broadcasters suing TV service Aereo: Bring it on!

Posted March 11th, 2012


by Paul Sloan

Barry Diller knew full well that the TV broadcasters would go to battle to stop Aereo, a streaming service that’s scheduled to go live in New York City on Thursday. And he couldn’t care less.

Speaking at SXSW, Diller explained why he loves the service, and then said, “”Another reason I love it. It’s going to be a great fight.”


The service, as explained in detail HERE by my colleague Greg Sandoval, was slammed with two complaints early this month, one from NBC, ABC and CBS (parent company of CNET) and the other from Fox, Univision and PBS. The broadcasters say “no amount of technological gimmickry” changes copyright law or the fact that Aereo needs permission to distribute their shows. They want the court to block the service from launching.

See the full skinny HERE.

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Robot bee assembles in pop-up origami trick

Posted February 27th, 2012


Army-funded researchers at the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory are popping out Harvard Monolithic Bees (“Mobees”) from multi-layered, laser-cut blocks about the size of a quarter.

Inspired by pop-up books, the manufacturing process could allow for rapid production of dozens of flying robots and other electromechanical devices. The research is being published in the March edition of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.

In the RoboBees project, Pratheev Sreetharan and colleagues want to build bee-size robots that can fly and act autonomously as a colony. Until recently, it used a painstaking manual assembly method.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Manifold Clock: A 3D timepiece for math geeks

Posted February 8th, 2012

From Amanda Kooser on CNET

The Manifold Clock doesn’t just tell time with flat hands, it expresses it with ever-changing shapes created by a flexible sheet of Tyvek attached between the hands. Every minute looks slightly different.

There’s some delightful mathematical geekiness behind all of this. The design uses the concept of Riemann surfaces.

See the full story HERE.

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Lufthansa to Gray Powell: Drinks Are On Us

Posted April 22nd, 2010


If Gray Powell, the Apple engineer who lost his iPhone prototype at a German beer hall in Silicon Valley, is thinking about drowning his sorrows somewhere, Lufthansa wants to help him indulge.

In a message put up on Twitter, Lufthansa’s marketing director for the Americas, Nicola Lange, invited Powell to fly for free to Munich.

“At Lufthansa we also noted with great interest your passion for German beer and culture. We thought you could use a break soon–and therefore would like to offer you complimentary business class transportation to Munich, where you can literally pick up where you last left off.”

See full story HERE.

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