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.
After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.
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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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.
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.
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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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