Day: September 18, 2013

Hulu Kicking Back Into Action Says CEO, Adding New Content

cagraham writes “While rival Netflix dominated the news this summer with original programming and content deals, the only news from Hulu was a July announcement that they might be sold off. Parent companies Disney, 21st Century Fox, and Comcast seem to have decided against that now, and acting CEO Andy Forssell says they’re ‘kicking back…

Red Cross ready to heal hurt SimCities

When disaster strikes, the Red Cross helps real people in need, and thanks to a new SimCity add-on, the organization can simultaneously help virtual citizens, too…….

Linus Torvalds doesn’t want to be Microsoft’s CEO and other Linuxcon ramblings

In a free-wheeling Q&A session Linus Torvalds and other top Linux programmers, talked about Linux, scuba-diving, and other odds and ends of the developer life…….

Google beefs up patent engine to include China, Germany, and Canada

Already hosting documentation about seven million U.S. patents and counting, Google is adding four more international agencies to the mix…….

South African Research Team Creates World’s First Digital Laser writes in with news about new laser technology developed in South Africa. “The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced in Pretoria on Tuesday that it had developed the world’s first digital laser. ‘I am always very cautious about using the term “breakthrough”,’ noted Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom. ‘We scrutinized this…

Victorian agencies criticised for poor telecomms management

Auditor-General not impressed……

No Pixar film in 2014, as reported production issues hit studio

For the first time since 2005, Pixar will go more than a year with no movie. A report said production problems on “The Good Dinosaur” have forced the studio to delay the film until 2014…….

Emotional Attachment To Robots Could Affect Battlefield Outcome

vinces99 writes “It’s becoming more common to have robots sub for humans to do dirty or sometimes dangerous work. But researchers are finding that, in some cases, people have started to treat robots like pets, friends or even as an extension of themselves. That raises a question: If a soldier attaches human or animal-like characteristics…

Spray-on NeverWet street art appears after it rains

Spraying this liquid-repelling coating on a stencil provides a unique way for people to share messages that become visible after the design comes in contact with water…….

oDesk plans to turn around hiring with Upstarts for startups

Startups often run into the catch-22 problem of being too small to hire someone full time, but not having that perfect hire who can help grow the business. oDesk thinks it has the solution to the problem — hire half a person — and is willing to freely prove its point…….