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Cubify – Home 3D Printing

We’ve seen 3D technologies crash onto the scene in everything from re-released Hollywood movies and 3D video cameras for your smart phones to 3D television for your home entertainment center. Now, enter 3D printing technology for your home computer workstation. Grandma’s sewing machine has nothing on this new 3D home printer which is very reminiscent of the original HP LaserJet printers when they first hit the consumer electronic market in the 1980s and costing around about the same price. At just over $1200 dollars they are not going to be for every home, but I can see that this printer will definitely fit a niche of early adopters and home inventor’s that need a quick turn around for prototyping.

As reported on KTLA, there are already masses of independent trinket vendors jumping on the bandwagon to make everything from home grown cell phone covers to netted rubber or plastic gloves.

If I had $1200 to put down on one of these right now I’d be right there in line waiting for it to be released tomorrow, May 25, 2012. If you’re interested in pre-ordering your Cubify, visit their website and place an order today!


New Testbed for Self-Driving Cars!

As a follow up to my posts about Google’s self-driving cars project I wanted to bring attention to this news article regarding a new billion dollar venture to create a city in the middle of America for testing automation technologies.

The point of the town is to enable researchers to test new technologies on existing infrastructure without interfering in everyday life. For instance, while some researchers will be testing smart technologies on old grids, others might be using the streets to test self-driving cars.

Read more here: Hobbs, NM, picked as site of scientific ghost town

Facebook Social Readers Are All Collapsing

According to BuzzFeed the Washington Post social reader for Facebook has proven to be a miserable failure.  Apparently the failure is not limited to Washington Post as many top brand news sources that have a social reader for Facebook are also seeing their subscriptions plummet this year.

This is a disaster for WaPo, but they were always an odd fit for Facebook autosharing anyway. How’s everyone else doing? Not so well, apparently. This week’s loser list on AppData.com is full of social reader apps:

This is an interesting predicament though I can’t help but wonder if their numbers aren’t dwindling because there are that many people shutting down their Facebook accounts after so much controversy over the privacy issues they’re having to deal with now.

I shut down my Facebook account two months ago. Not because of privacy issues but because I just don’t find the service all that useful. Of course I was never one of the power users that had thousands of friends on Facebook. I kept a close knit group of actual friends which was under 100. I have no problem ditching that service and moving over to Google+ because I figure anyone that is really a friend still will also find me here on Google+.

What do you think?  Do you still use Facebook?

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Japan Shuts Down All Nuclear Plants

Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power station in Kashiwazaki City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

After the earthquake and tsunami responsible for the world’s greatest nuclear disaster since since the September 30, 1999 disaster in which 116 workers were exposed to excessive radiation Japan’s population no longer feels safe with nuclear power and as a result not one of the nuclear power plants that have been shut down in over a year have been restarted.

According to PBS, Japan has shut down it’s last power plant and has no plans to restart them.  This was just reported today on PBS News Hour, “Japan Flips the ‘Off’ Switch on Its Last Nuclear Reactor“.

After reading this I had to see when the last real nuclear disaster took place and I found this great resource which outlines the time line for every nuclear disaster in history.  Obviously it only had to cover about 100 years, but it’s a very nice job by whomever felt it necessary to chronicle nuclear disasters in the world.  Thanks for the great work!  Here’s the link in case you want to see for yourself.

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If you’re a gaming fan you’ve heard of the Internet Gaming Network (IGN), the premier gaming source on the Internet for online and downloadable games. IGN is also the company behind one of the most well known gaming download managers, the well known GameSpy application. So widely known is IGN that they claim to reach 1 in 4 males in the United States between the ages of 18-34. Well I’m over 34 and I know who IGN is so I’m inclined to believe that statistic.

To the point however, IGN now has an XBox 360 application! Now you can enjoy all of the best of the Internet gaming world on your XBox 360 through XBox Live!

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This is certainly very convincing evidence.

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Arctic sea-ice loss didn't happen by chance.

Climate researchers use a new tack to try to eliminate the many variables which may have contributed to the recent extreme ice-cover loss being witnessed near the arctic poles and have discovered that only “green house emissions” can explain the current conditions at the poles.

Arctic Ice Melting

“In the end, only the increase in greenhouse gas concentration showed a physically plausible link with the observed sea-ice retreat. We expect a decreasing sea-ice cover for increasing greenhouse gas concentration, which is exactly what is observed,” Notz explains.

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If you’re still saving up for that XBox 360 or just can’t justify the cost of a $300 game system you might be happy to learn that Microsoft is planning on launching a new promotion which will include an XBox 360 4GB system for $99.  Apparently this will come with a bundle that includes a $15/mo. subscription to XBox Live Gold.

Read more about it on Geek-O-System,  “Report: Microsoft Planning To Launch $99 Xbox With Subscription Plan

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I just read about this so I’m sorry to say I can’t give you all the details right now but I’m so excited about it I had to post it before I forget about!

I’ve been developer desktop applications (including video games) for over 15 years now and I was excited about Microsoft giving independent and amateur game developers a real chance to develop titles for the XBox 360 with their XNA Game Development kit.  I’m still working on this but as I’ve taken a recent job working for a web design company I’ve been thrilled with the rate at which Google+ has been gaining popularity.  Well this just takes the cake now that they’re opening the doors for real native and hardware accelerated games which should allow game developers to create games of the same caliber as PC desktop games with their Native Client API for Google+.

I just saw one example of this new game development interface with the title, “GT Racing: Motor Academy”.

Read more about it on Games.com News, “Google+ and Native Client: A safe haven for hardcore game makers?

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Will Apple’s growth continue in China? Or won’t it?

This is a very interesting thread on the future of Apple in one of the fasting growing mobile phone markets (still) in the world. If I may quote myself here as saying the following,

I hate to beat a dead horse here, but I also have to point out that Apple is in last place when it comes to “Cloud” technologies which is another upcoming technology that should spur on innovation in mobile phone software development.

I think the investors today don’t understand how critical software development is to any hardware platform these days. Google is far superior to Apple when it comes to fostering the development community for so many reasons, not the least of which is the barrier to entry. The cost to develop for Google which includes the Google Marketplace, Google Apps and Android is practically zero.

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Senate Voting On Postal Reform Bill

Sen. Sanders talks about the senate voting to pass the Postal Reform bill on The Ed Show.

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