Technology Weekly Roundup 3/7/14




Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ designer discusses Steve Jobs’ involvement and Stanford campus influence (9to5Mac)

Apple rebrands iOS in the Car as CarPlay, compatible vehicles launching later this year (9to5Mac)

Apple’s Peter Oppenheimer to Retire at the End of September (Apple)

CarPlay Shown Off in New Promo Video from Volvo, Wi-Fi Connections Coming Soon (MacRumors)


Video shows off Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant in action (Engadget)

With Free Version of Windows, Microsoft Gives In to the Google Way (Wired)


New HTC One dual-lens camera shown off in detailed leak (Engadget)

Mobile World Congress 2014 report card: who made the grade? (Engadget)


Getty Images opens up its stock photo vaults for free, legal use with new embed tools (Engadget)

Newsweek defends Satoshi Nakamoto story (Circa)

Play-i is building an ecosystem for its robots to teach coding in schools (The Next Web)

How to measure the ROI of your ongoing SEO efforts (The Next Web)


Science Weekly Roundup 3/7/14




The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia (Ars Technica)

NASA’s Kepler mission announces 715 new worlds (

 –Jumbo Black Hole’s Dizzying Spin Twists Space (National Geographic)

Spin of distant black hole measured at half of speed of light (Reuters)

Carl Sagan: Astronomy Icon’s Legacy in Pictures (Gallery) (

Expedition 38 (NASA)

Strange Signal From Galactic Center Is Looking More and More Like Dark Matter (Wired)

How big is space? – interactive version (BBC Future)

Space Research Pays for Itself, but Inspires Fewer People (Op-Ed) (


Born To Swim? (Popular Science)

Five-tonne dinosaur species discovered (The Guardian)

There Are 10 Times More Fish In The Sea Than We Thought (Popular Science)

Scientists can now control flies’ brains with lasers (The Verge)


A Bright Year for Solar in the U.S.—But There Are Clouds on the Horizon (Time)

In The New Globalized Diet, Wheat, Soy And Palm Oil Rule (NPR)

Bizarre Organic Quasicrystal Accidentally Created in Lab (Wired)


Scientists create accurate predictor of the next year’s flu virus (Ars Technica)

This Pacemaker Membrane Can Keep A Heart Beating Perfectly (Popular Science)

Baby born with HIV reported to be clear of virus after urgent treatment (The Guardian)

Screws Made From Silk Could Be Used In Surgical Implants (Popular Science)


British schoolboy, 13, becomes youngest to build nuclear fusion reactor (The Telegraph)


Not Exactly Rocket Science (National Geographic)

SAT overhaul to make essay optional, end penalty for wrong answers (LA Times)

Technology Weekly Roundup 2/28/14


Time Magazine


Apple formalizes iBeacon Bluetooth spec in the hopes of wider adoption (Engadget)


WhatsApp plans to add Facebook Messenger-like voice calling features by next quarter (9to5Mac)

Telegram Saw 8M Downloads After WhatsApp Got Acquired (TechCrunch)


Google Barge bids farewell to San Francisco, to make Stockton its new California home (Engadget)

Google’s Project Ara could go on sale next year for $50 (The Verge)

Google wants its Project Ara modular smartphone to cost $50 (Engadget)

Google’s Nexus 5 experience now available for other Nexus devices (The Verge)


Microsoft experimenting with free version of Windows 8.1 (The Verge)


Samsung To Release A Galaxy S5 With An 8-Core Processor (TechCrunch)

Samsung Galaxy S5 preview: simpler in some ways, more ‘glam’ in others (Engadget)

Samsung Galaxy S5 owners will be able to use fingerprint authentication to pay with PayPal (The Next Web)

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. the competition: the battle of Android flagships has new contenders (Engadget)

The ‘Galaxy S5’ problem (iMore)

Samsung Unveils the (No Longer Galaxy) Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo + More Details on New Samsung Gears (TechSci)


What app developers must do to stay ahead of competition (The Next Web)

Canonical gives developers a preview of a dual-booting Ubuntu and Android future (Engadget)

Blippar brings object image recognition to Google Glass (GigaOm)

Tesla to raise almost $2 billion for a $4B-$5B huge battery factory (GigaOm)

Ever wondered why your mouse pointer is angled, not straight? (9to5Mac)

Science publishers withdraw more than 120 computer-generated papers (The Verge)

Starting to Demo the Wolfram Language (Bioinformatics/Wolfram Blog)

New partnership could produce a 3D printer that prints objects 500 times faster and 10 times larger (GigaOm)

Science Weekly Roundup 2/28/14

New Scientist

New Scientist


Kepler’s Exoplanetary Universe in a Nutshell: Video (

NASA Will Unveil New Discoveries from Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft Wednesday (

Twin telescopes record video of meteoroid slamming into the moon (Ars Technica)

X-flare! Most intense flare of 2014 so far (EarthSky)

Father of big bang carries its hiss on his cellphone (New Scientist)

What Escapes a Black Hole? (Popular Science)


Pancreatic cancer’s killer trick offers treatment hope (New Scientist)


How does your memory work? (BBC Future)


Scientists Make Largest Quark, Solving A 20-Year Mystery (Popular Science)


Science publishers withdraw more than 120 computer-generated papers (The Verge)

First Amputee Has Touch Restored With Bionic Hand (Forbes)

Technology Weekly Roundup 2/21/14 (and 2/14/14)



Investor Carl Icahn abandons Apple share buyback effort (BBC)


Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 effort (BBC)


‘Flappy Bird’ Removed from App Store by Developer (MacRumors)


Google Hopes Its Roadshows Will Help Normalize Glass (TechCrunch)

ATAP Project Tango (Google)


HTC admits it took its ‘eyes off the ball’ in neglecting low-end phones (Engadget)


Wundercar is bringing Lyft-style ridesharing to Europe (The Next Web)

Science Weekly Roundup 2/21/14 (and 2/14/14)

Universe Today

Universe Today


Largest solar system moon detailed in geologic map (

Mars Rover Heads Uphill After Solving ‘Doughnut’ Riddle (NASA)

Are we alone in the Universe? (BBC Future)

Liquid Water on Mars? (Yahoo)

Set of NanoRacks CubeSats Deployed From International Space Station (NASA)

How NASA Prints Trees (TechCrunch)


Modern Genes Reveal 100 Major Population Shifts In Human History (Popular Science)

Ancient statue of Greek god Apollo discovered in Gaza strip (The Verge)


US grants patent for disgraced scientist’s fraudulent cloning research (The Verge)


Nuclear Fusion Achieves Energy Gain (TechSci)

Why People Resist the Notion of Climate Change (Universe Today)


A computer made a math proof the size of Wikipedia, and humans can’t check it (The Verge)

Neutrino beam ‘major physics experiment’ (BBC Future)


Spellbound Valentines: DIY Art from 3D Printed Sound (Bioinformatics/Wolfram Blog)

Technology Weekly Roundup 2/7/14




Apple Patents Autocorrect Review System, Language Auto-Detect For Mobile Messaging (TechCrunch)

Flagship San Francisco Apple Store Approved by Planning Commission (MacRumors)

Tim Cook Says Apple Working on ‘Some Really Great Stuff’ in New Product Categories (MacRumors)


Microsoft Names Satya Nadella New CEO (TechSci)

Ctrl, Alt, Nadella: can Microsoft’s new CEO reboot the software giant? (The Verge)

Windows 8.1 Update 1 now rumored to arrive in April (The Verge)


Samsung could reveal Galaxy S5 at event later this month (The Verge)


Sony cutting 5,000 jobs, reverts forecast to loss (The Verge)

Sony quits the PC business to focus on mobile (The Verge)


The Questions That Computers Can Never Answer (Wired)

Ex-Googlers announce Beep, a Pandora-enabled WiFi controller for streaming music to any speaker (The Next Web)

KnowRoaming’s international sticker SIMs begin shipping to backers today (Engadget)