Fake 3D Models of 30,000-Year-Old Seeds

GeekSpeak for 2012-02-25

3D Printer Kickstarter, Really Old Plants, Multiple Photos or Video to make 3d files, 123 year old recordings, could your phone be your computer? And much more Week-In-Geek News with Lyle, Al and Lindsey.


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Printrbot: Your First 3D Printer— Kickstarter

I designed the Printrbot to be the simplest 3D printer yet.  There are some great kits out there – the Makerbot, the Ultimaker, the Prusa Mendel, and others – but none as small and simple as the Printrbot.  This all-in-one 3D printer kit can be assembled and printing in a couple of hours.  Other kits will not only take you many more hours to build, they will also have hundreds more parts, and they will cost more.  My design also does away with the finicky calibration and adjustment from which most 3D printers suffer.   This is the printer a kid could put together. We assemble the electronics, we assemble the hotend, and we put the connectors on all the motors and components… no soldering required!

AL
Autodesk 123D - Get Creative

Take photos of your favorite people, places and things and let the power of the cloud magically transform them into detailed 3D models.

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Airlines Use Social Media to Allow Seatmate Choice on Flights

Airlines, you’ve gone and done it again.

First it was the baggage fees, and charging for legroom. Then it was denying us our Words with Friends. Now, the New York Times reports, it’s bringing Facebook and LinkedIn to the seat-selection process, so you can gather more information on customers … I mean, pair up fliers with similar interests.
Soon enough, we’ll hear people’s no-longer-serendipitous tales of purposely meeting their soul mate, or maybe selling their company to the passenger in seat 24E.
I’ve got one word for you, airlines, or really, one word that’s used twice to create another single word: GoGo. Wasn’t it just a few years ago that Internet broadband access became an in-flight possibility, allowing us to bury our heads in laptop screens, plow through work while 30,000 feet above the ground, and effectively avoid human interaction? Even the subject at the top of the Times story, Jeff Jarvis, grumbles that he usually has work to do.

AL
New Apple fake: sent from my iPhone

There seems to be no limit to Apple-related knock-offs in China. Last year, a fake Apple store in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming made waves, and fake iPhones and iPads are easily found all over the place.

Now, the latest idea is to pay for a fake ‘sent from my iPhone’ tagline.

On Taobao, China’s largest consumer-to-consumer online marketplace, merchants are offering users of QQ, the world’s largest instant messaging tool, a service to hack into their accounts and make it appear as if they were sending their posts from an iPhone.

AL
Principles | Interactive Textbooks from Nature Education

Announcing Principles of Science
Textbooks for the 21st Century
From the publisher of Nature and Scientific American, Principles of Science is a series of textbooks designed for the world we live in today. The first textbook in the program, Principles of Biology, is a research-oriented, affordable interactive textbook for university-level introductory biology courses.

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Scientists Play World's Oldest Commercial Record - ScienceNOW

This scratchy, 12-second audio clip of a woman reciting the first verse of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” doesn’t sound like much. But the faint, 123-year-old recording—etched into a warped metal cylinder and brought back to life after decades of silence by a three-dimensional (3D) optical scanning technique—appears to belong to the first record intended for sale to the public. Made for a talking doll briefly sold by phonograph inventor Thomas Edison, the early record is the oldest known American recording of a woman’s voice and may be the oldest known record produced at Edison’s laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey.

LT
Gumroad - Selling should be as easy as sharing a link.

We handle all the payment stuff.
You focus on creating awesome content. We’ll take care of everything else.
Do what you already do.
Use the channels you already have with your fans and followers. You are the distribution. No store needed.

LL
Fuelly - Share and Compare Your MPG

Fuelly is a site that lets you track, share, and compare your gas mileage. Simply sign up, add your car, SUV, or motorcycle, and begin calculating your gas mileage.
http://www.fuelly.com/faq/28/Do-you-have-an-iPhone-Android-or-BlackBerry-app

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cellhelmet - Case That Guarantees the iPhone

The world’s first and only case to insure the iPhone 4/4S against physical damages (for US & Canadian residents).

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iPhone-branded cooking stoves seized in China

Police in China recently raided a warehouse and seized 681 iPhone-branded cooking stoves.

LL
Ubuntu's full desktop OS coming to Android

Canonical unveiled Ubuntu for Android, bringing the world’s favourite free desktop experience to multi-core Android smartphones docked with a keyboard and monitor.