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Impossible's Instant Lab printer now works with almost any smartphone

Impossible's Instant Lab printer now works with almost any smartphone:

To bridge the growing analog-digital divide, Polaroid experts The Impossible Project (TIP) crowdfunded an instant photo printing kit back in 2012. The idea was simple: you took your smartphone, opened a photo and placed it face down at the top of the machine. The light from the display would then shine through the Instant Lab’s underlying lens and down the tower to expose the Polaroid film, creating a new print.

I really love the idea of this. Turning a cell phone snap into a physical instant print via chemistry. The $250 price is way to high for me.

Google simulates the human brain with 1000 machines, 16000 cores and a love of cats

Google simulates the human brain with 1000 machines, 16000 cores and a love of cats

Mountain view’s secret lab stitched together 1,000 computers totaling 16,000 cores to form a neural network with over 1 billion connections, and sent it to YouTube looking for cats.

This might make it easier to find videos of cats on YouTube. About time.

Tesla CEO tweets that crash testing is complete, Model S production ready to roll

Tesla CEO tweets that crash testing is complete, Model S production ready to roll

CEO Elon Musk has triumphantly tweeted (it was a busy night) that the car has passed all crash testing for a five star rating. The upshot, other than assuring prospective owners of their safety even if their limited edition ride gets dinged, is that cars can be built for sale and the first customer deliveries are scheduled for June 22nd — just ahead of the original July projections.

I’ve only seen a few Tesla Roadsters on the road out here and can’t wait to see the first S in the wild.

First Chrome OS laptop

this is our first actual glimpse of Google’s new unbranded “Cr-48,” the very first Chrome OS laptop. Google will distribute the laptop through its Chrome OS Pilot Program, in a sort of public beta. You actually have to apply to join the program, and there’s going to be a limited number of the laptops available — retail Chrome OS models from Acer and Samsung will be available in the middle of 2011.


From Google unveils Cr-48, the first Chrome OS laptop — Engadget


This might be a netbook game changer. I can imagine a future where laptops, netbooks and even desktops have a web mode where they load a slim OS that is just a browser running in a restricted sandbox.

NASA discovers arsenic-born organisms, search for life gets broader parameters

Researchers in Mono Lake, California have discovered a microorganism (pictured) that uses aresnic instead of phosphorous to thrive and reproduce. The latter, as far as human life is concerned, is a buildng block of life along with carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur, integral to DNA and RNA. Arsenic, meanwhile, is generally considered toxic to life as we know it. In other words, NASA’s proven that life can be made with components different than our current assumptions — both locally and beyond the stars.


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Amazing news. Wonder what the ID folks will make of this.

Criminals constructing ATM skimmers from DAPs --

A recent article from Brian Krebs highlights a new trend in ATM skimmers: by using parts from cut-rate audio players and spy cams, criminals are able to construct something called an audio skimmer that records the data from the magnetic strip for later playback

From Criminals constructing ATM skimmers from DAPs — Engadget

As William Gibson mentioned in the 1980s: technology, no matter how advanced, almost immediately falls to the level of the street. The street finds its own uses for things.