Twine and Spool

Twine and SpoolUnless you’re living in Bill Gates’ house, chances are most of the objects around you aren’t Internet-connected.  In fact, the vast majority of appliances, mechanical systems, and even doors/windows are “dumb” with respect to their ability to tell you much of anything unless you’re standing immediately in front of them.   Continue reading

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Wikipedia blackout

Censored - Wikipedia

Now that SOPA and PIPA are effectively dead (okay, shelved but not actually dead), it is worth circling back and looking at what the world would look like without some of the sites that have transformed the Internet.  For example, YouTube announced yesterday that it is streaming over four billion videos a day – a figure that is up 25% from just eight months ago.   Continue reading

Geek-out Sunday part XX: science party tricks

Don Herbert, Mr. WizardEver since I was a kid I’ve been a sucker for the fine line where science and parlor magic seem to coexist thanks to the likes of Don Herbert (a.k.a. Mr. Wizard) and others.  Thanks to his Mr. Wizard’s Supermarket Science I had my parents and grandparents constantly running to the grocery store to pick up random odds and ends that on more than one occasion required clean-up efforts on par with an EPA Superfund site.   Continue reading

Stop SOPA and PIPA

Internet on strike

I’m not going to rehash what is already getting a tremendous amount of press today, but as of midnight several of the leading Internet services and destinations have “gone on strike” to protest the proposed Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).   Continue reading

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2012: The Year of Facebook

FacebookThere are those who would say that any one of the past several years could be called “The Year of Facebook” although I would argue that none will be larger than 2012.  First of all, the social networking giant will be floating their monster IPO this year which will doubtlessly be met with a tremendous (and perhaps disproportionate) level of rabid enthusiasm.   Continue reading

Samsung’s Smart Window

Wow.  There’s been a lot of press lately about Samsung being the next Apple which is a pretty bold statement in and of itself but when you take a look at the breadth of products Samsung produces – as well as the high attention to user experience, quality, and design – it might be a little easier to imagine.   Continue reading

Class conflict

Occupy Wall Street

66%

The Pew Research Center recently announced the results from a public perception survey focused on the class conflict that is emerging in the U.S. due to the widening gap between the wealthy and the poor.  According to the survey, 66% of the 2,048 adult respondents believe there are “strong” or “very strong” conflicts between America’s top 1% – who saw their incomes rise 275% between 1979 and 2007 – and the remaining 99%.   Continue reading

Tim Cook’s pay package

Tim Cook$378 million ($378,000,000)

What do you give the CEO of the world’s most influential and admired technology company for his partial first year on the job?  Start with a base salary of $900,000, throw in $376 million (yes, million) in restricted stock that vests over ten years, and top it off with the bragging rights as the highest paid U.S. CEO for 2011.   Continue reading

Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

As I mentioned back on 13 December 2011, about once a month a robotics or cybernetics related article crossed my inbox that really piques my curiosity.  True to my word, I was perusing some of the myriad updates from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that’s kicked off today in Las Vegas and I came across the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0.   Continue reading