President Obama takes to Reddit in a social media first, the strange world of 3D printing and the gun debate, and next month's mobile announcement madness. All of this and more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.

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I Am A President--Obamamania Shuts Down Reddit

In another social-media first, President Barack Obama took to Reddit today to become the first sitting head of state to moderate the site's "AMA," or, ask me anything, series, I Am A President--Obamamania Shuts Down Reddit.

 

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How 3D Printing Is Inflaming The Gun Control Debate

If you think the gun debate in the United States is heated now, technological advances are about to make it a whole lot more intense. Last week, Forbes highlighted a project called Wiki Weapon that wants to prototype the world's first fully printable gun, How 3D Printing Is Inflaming The Gun Control Debate.

 

Get Ready For The Madness: Next Month's Schedule of New Mobile Device Announcements

During any given year, new mobile devices are announced and released like clockwork. The Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress and other large conference herald the first round. The second round comes as the holiday shopping season approaches. Spurred by Apple’s expected announcement of the new iPhone on Sept. 12, announcement of new devices is about to hit fever pitch, Get Ready For The Madness: Next Month's Schedule of New Mobile Device Announcements.

 

Why Job-Hopping Is Essential For Startups

A lot of people in Silicon Valley are down on job-hoppers these days. They’re flaky, they’re bad employees, they steal all the Sharpies when they leave, blah, blah, blah. But it turns out that all that job-hopping is an important part of what makes the Valley so special, Why Job-Hopping Is Essential For Startups.

 

Why You Should Be Terrified Of A Free Trade Agreement You've Never Heard Of [Infographic]

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the most influential piece of recent legal work you’ve probably never heard of. Can a Free Trade Agreement really threaten Internet freedom, redefine copyright and alter the course of global healthcare? You bet, Why You Should Be Terrified Of A Free Trade Agreement You've Never Heard Of [Infographic].

 

“Screensucking” Is Sapping American Productivity And Innovation

You can thank Mark Zuckerberg, Evan Williams and others for turning America’s legendary productivity into wasteful social media “screensucking.” While social media may be engaging, it does not always help us accomplish what really needs to get done. It’s time to refocus America’s software ingenuity on making productivity software as delightful to use as social networking, “Screensucking” Is Sapping American Productivity And Innovation.

 

Dell & Samsung Join Parade of Windows 8 Convertible Laptop/Tablets

The launch of Windows 8 may still be two months away, but the tide of new hardware releases is beginning to swell - including hybrid notebook/tablet devices from Dell and Samsung, Dell & Samsung Join Parade of Windows 8 Convertible Laptop/Tablets.

 

HP Envy x2 Tablet/Laptop Combo Cuts Across Categories

Is it a tablet? Is it a laptop? The HP Envy x2 is actually both, but it remains to be seen how well this Windows 8 device actually performs in either one of its dual roles, HP Envy x2 Tablet/Laptop Combo Cuts Across Categories.

 

Futurist's Cheat Sheet: Quantum Computing

Moore's Law describes the phenomenon that makes this year's computer more capable and less expensive than last year's. But it won't go on forever. While engineers have come up with various schemes to keep it rolling, quantum computing is the best hope for extending it indefinitely. The concept has been proven in the lab, but working quantum computers are not a foregone conclusion. Here is a quick-and-dirty primer on a very complicated technology, Futurist's Cheat Sheet: Quantum Computing.

 

New Tech Incubator Focuses on Car-Based Apps

Tech entrepreneur Jim Disanto sees the automobile as the next great platform for connectivity. “There are a more than a billion cars in the world,” he said. “Every automotive OEM and Tier 1 supplier will tell you that within three years, every car will need connected systems, or you’re not going to be able to sell it.” That, Disanto believes, will spawn a new generation of app developers offering Internet-enabled enhancements to the driving experience, New Tech Incubator Focuses on Car-Based Apps.

 

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