Saturday, September 07, 2013

Elon Musk: gesture-controlled 3D printing rocket parts

Hyperloop creator invents Iron Man-inspired 3D software system to design ROCKET PARTS | Mail Online:

"Elon Musk has invented a gesture-controlled 3D printing system for rocket parts inspired by the design process in the first Iron Man film
In the video he uses hand gestures and a special controller to assemble wire frame blueprints that could be sued in a SpaceX rocket"

Leap Motion

@ Best Buy

Google's Chrome Apps

Google's Trojan horse: how Chrome Apps will finally take on Windows | The Verge

"on Chrome's fifth birthday, (2013-09-05) Google is announcing the rollout of what it's calling Chrome Apps... Chrome has been serving up web apps since 2010 when the Chrome Web Store opened up alongside the launch of the Chrome OS. Chrome Apps, however, are different than what's been offered before...

The new apps look and behave much like the native apps you find on Windows and OS X. They're built using web technologies, but also with Chrome-specific code that means they won't be able to run on other web browsers...

They can exist outside of your browser window as distinct apps, work offline, and sync across devices and operating systems. They can also access your computer's GPU, storage, camera, ports, and Bluetooth connection. "

Essentially, this is an equivalent of PhoneGap now bundled with Chorome browser, so web-based apps can access other resources of computer (to work offline), and to avoid tabs, address bar and other "chrome" of the browser... Clever, but how secure it is?

"HTTP Performance Is a Solved Problem"

an opinionated and informative presentation:
HTTP Performance Is a Solved Problem @ InfoQ
Take away message:
HTTP Performance is a solved ... for now.
SPDY/HTTP/2.0 does not help
Varnish will rock on:

'Android KitKat' Candy Bars $

Google's 'Android KitKat' Will Appear on 50 Million Candy Bars | Adweek

"Hershey and Google are offering consumers the chance to win 1,000 Nexus 7 tablets, 150,000 Google Play credits worth $5 apiece and 20,000 coupons for eight-ounce bags of Kit Kat Minis. Starting Friday and running through Jan. 31, 2014, the giveaways will be advertised on Kit Kat packaging."

Google's Android already garners 46 percent of the domestic (USA) smartphone OS market, besting Apple's iOS (38 percent)