A 3D-printed house has yet to be realized, but Swiss architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger are doing something a little more on the conceptual side at this point. In a project titled Digital Grotesque, they have engaged in what they're calling "computational architecture" by programming algorithms that can design deeply elaborate structures.
The resulting grotto contains more than 260 million surfaces, generated with 3D-modeling software in a process inspired by cell division. … Read more
Michael Bublé might be one of the most charming singers in the music industry -- and footage of him taking a fan's smartphone and recording himself at a recent concert probably won't hurt that perception.
A brief video clip that quietly emerged last week shows the moment from the perspective of the unidentified smartphone-carrying fan at a concert attended by thousands.
Bublé, walking nearby and singing "To Love Somebody," unexpectedly (but politely) grabs the young woman's smartphone and -- without missing a beat -- continues to sing while recording himself. Bublé looks directly into the camera and sings a few lines, then passes the phone back to its rightful owner. As expected, the young woman's priceless expression conveys an extreme level of excitement over the surprising act. … Read more
Former Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Administration Director Michael Hayden defended the PRISM program to an adult education class, saying that "Gmail is the preferred Internet service provider of terrorists worldwide."
He made the comment during a speech on "the tension between security and liberty" at The Forum at St. Johns Church in Washington, D.C., where he was arguing in support of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA) Section 702, the Washington Post reported. Section 702 provides the legal underpinning of the PRISM spying program.
He described the Internet as being "quintessentially American,&… Read more
Michael Dell, alongside his fellow investor Silver Lake Partners, has secured the required votes on Thursday to go private with the company he co-founded.Dell's shareholders cast their ballots this morning on whether they should sell off their shares to Michael Dell and watch the computer maker go private, and as expected, they voted in favor of the deal. The shift away from being publicly traded has been a long time coming, with several roadblocks along the way, but it appears Dell will now secure the deal.
Under the terms of the deal, Michael Dell and Silver Lake will … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- "Between San Francisco and San Jose something utterly remarkable is going on, something that has only occurred in one or two other places in the whole course of human history," said Sequoia Capital's Michael Mortiz, speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt conference on Monday.
He is talking about the shift from Industrial Age, which took root in places such as northwest England and Detroit and ushered in factories and centralized tools and distribution channels, to what he calls the "data factory." In the case of the data factories of Silicon Valley, increased bandwidth, storage, … Read more
Carl Icahn is throwing in the towel in his effort to wrest control of Dell.
In an open letter to Dell stockholders published by the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, Icahn said he determined that it would be "almost impossible" to win against the offer by Michael Dell and Silver Lake to purchase the company and take it private.
"We have therefore come to the conclusion that we will not pursue additional efforts to defeat the Michael Dell/Silver Lake proposal, although we still oppose it and will move to seek appraisal rights," he said.… Read more
I'm going to give you a free hand. And a free set of teeth.
Whom would you like to bring back to life? Einstein? Beethoven? Genghis Khan?
For Canadian dentist Michael Zuk, there will be an answer: John Lennon.
Zuk, you see, has already bought one of the Beatle's teeth for $31,000. Now, his intention is to take that DNA and re-create the whole Lennon.
Imagine.… Read more
Bebo is dead. At least in its current form.
Birch explained the move in a video posted to the Bebo landing page, where he acknowledges the site just wasn't worth running anymore. Over the last seven years, Bebo went from a Facebook competitor to having a following that mirrored Myspace's. In its place will rise a completely new, built-from-scratch Bebo that will only be available on … Read more