There has been a lot of action in the Bitcoin realm recently. Two Las Vegas hotels recently announced that they were accepting payments for food and lodging using bitcoin. Major online retailer Overstock.com also announced that it was accepting bitcoin payments as well for any item on its website. Another major online retailer has now added bitcoin to its payment options.
Genome research promises to unlock many mysteries in due time, whether by proving Bigfoot exists (or not) or ushering in the cure for terrible diseases. Playing a part in this future, Sony has announced that it will be collaborating with M3 and Illumina to launch what it calls a "genome information platform" in Japan. A new company will be established for this by the end of next month.
Technology comes in many varieties, and though the left arm may be doing something vastly different than the right arm, both intersect at the same point -- the human element, where for better or worse technological innovations alter our lives. Many innovations have both taken place and grown in the tech industry's recent past that promise to shape our future, from 3D-printed eye cells as a potential cure for blindness to virtual reality and artificial intelligence. In part because of these innovations, the poverty in present-day poor countries will more or less be eradicated by the year 2035, says Bill Gates.
Samsung and illycaffe have announced a new "multiyear" partnership that, according to the Korean company, enhances the experience for shoppers at the retailer's various so-called flagship stores. The details on what exactly the partnership brings is a bit on the light side, but it seems Galaxy tablets and related devices will be coming to the coffee shop's stores, as well as what is being referred to as "Samsung Angels".
It is a shift that is expected to happen soon but one that no one really knows when. It seems, however, that Paramount Pictures will be the one to get the ball rolling as sources say the studio will no longer be distributing its major movies on 35 mm film, starting with the Oscar-nominated "The Wolf of Wall Street".
Europe's long-sleeping spacecraft, Rosetta, will be roused from its sleep to complete a mission that has been ongoing for several years. This coming Monday at 5AM EST, the spacecraft will awaken after a 2.5 year slumber ahead of a scheduled mission with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This follows its launch back in March 2004.
These days have been marked by efforts to bring to the masses certain products or production capabilities that have mostly been reserved to companies or larger entities. Examples of this are rising popularity of hackerspaces, microcontrollers such as the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi, and 3D printing. The latest addition to this group is the Open Brain-Computer Interface or OpenBCI, which aims to create an affordable yet high-quality open source device, platform, and community around measuring brain waves.
3D printing has grown from a fascinating novelty to the means by which dreamers will usher in the future. One such dreamer is professor Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California who has developed a massive 3D printer that, he says, can "print" an entire house over the course of a mere 24 hours. With the invention comes the collective melancholy of all those who work in construction.