What do Larry Page, Sergy Brin, Eric Schmidt, Ross Perot, K Ram Shriram, James Cameron, Peter H. Diamandis and Cahrles Simonyi have in common? Last week one may have surmised ‘Their Pubicist’.
The group had the internet all wobbly over rumours that they we’re about to start-up an inter-planetary galactic mining company.
The press release – bottom of this page – was all about combining space exploration with resource extraction made it all but obvious that somebody was going to announce some very ambitious plans surrounding asteroid mining. Turns out it’s not a new idea, just a press junket!
Planetary Resources has officially unveiled its plans to mine in space.
April, 1976 Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. Shortly thereafter they began selling the Apple I. Thirty-six years on, Apple has released hundreds of products. Some have been flops, others have revolutionized – even created – entire markets :: Read the full article »»»»
Tens of thousands of young Poles hit city streets across the country in a mounting wave of offline and online protest against a government decision to sign an international anti-online piracy accord.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement – ACTA – which Poland’s centrist prime minister Donald Tusk has vowed to endorse, aims to create international standards for intellectual property protection. Internet groups including global hacker collective Anonymous oppose it as limiting online freedoms.
Poland, an ex-communist state which joined the European Union in 2004, has committed to signing ACTA on Thursday.
A protest by thousands organised largely via Facebook in the central Polish city of Kielce on Wednesday turned violent when some protesters trashed cars and attacked police, the commercial TVN24 news channel reported. Protesters also turned out for anti-ACTA rallies in Wroclaw, Szczecin, Olsztyn and Bialystok.
Online protest pages on Facebook have attracted more than 300,000 supporters, while an anti-ACTA online petition had drawn about 130,000 signatures by Wednesday evening.
Protesters are upset Mr Tusk’s government pushed ahead with ACTA after meetings with record companies and commercial media, but held no public consultations with online rights groups :: Read the full article »»»»
The Google designers have been flatout lately, they’ve done some serious make-overs on everything from Analytics control panels to Youtube. Smack in the middle of all of this is the make-over Gmail has had bashed into it, and as always with Google updates and makeovers many punters aren’t happy.
This new clean white look Google is heavier on specs, however the clean white makes everything look a little less, infact all of the Google products that have undergone the clean white make-overs now offer much much more, including Gmail.
As always with Google products, there is a quick and übersimple – but hidden – FIX!
Getting a clue is often the first stumbling block for creatives, all the skill in the world is next to useless without a great idea. Hooman Khalili first got the idea to make a feature film shot entirely on a smartphone in January 2010. A little less than two years later, his film Olive, shot on a Nokia N8, is going to be shown in a Los Angeles theatre for a week. Read the full article »»»»
Fellow robot fanatics Rejoice!! A brand new source for the objects of our desires has appeared on the web. My Robot Nation’s website has recently opened for business allowing any citizen of the web to design their own Robot and then at the click of a button have it 3D printed. Designing your Robot couldn’t be simpler, with the latest 3D WebGL interface the site feels more like a character builder in the latest computer game, this is point and click design at its simplest and best. The full 3D view lets you customize every millimeter of your new Robot. Once your satisfied with your creation hit the make my robot button and relax until your custom robot is delivered to your door. When unwrapping your robot you are required to pronounce, like an over-eager Dr Frankenstein, “It has Arrived”.
Built a top the latest web technology – WebGL and HTML5 – which limits to access Chrome and Firefox users at the moment. For Chrome users the My Robot Nation app can be downloaded from the Chrome Store, giving a slightly smoother and faster feel to the application. Read the full article »»»»