Moving World Wednesday 20130731

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Hello everyone, here’s this weeks roundup of business, tech and creative news from across the Moving World! Many thanks to all who submitted links!

 

Leap

So the real world has finally caught up to Minority Report with Leap Motion, the world’s first serious competitor to the mouse-keyboard monopoly in 30 years has started arriving on desks. At £69.99 it is a relatively cheap price to pay to not have to touch anything to control what you’re looking at. It went on sale at the start of the week in Britain and we are proud to announce that ours has arrived. MB’s Ben L has been getting to know our new friend and said “the level of fidelity is great; it can track all 10 fingertips at once in 3D space just like the promo videos. At the moment it’s clear nobody has decided on the ‘correct’ gestures for each function (e.g two finger scroll vs circular motion), so the experience is inconsistent across apps with more complex interfaces. It’ll be interesting to see how it matures as the successes and pitfalls are identified.”

Though the Leap itself is ready to go, the software to support it is still in its infancy. Leap have created their own Airspace app store which has a collection of ways to exercise your hands including Google Earth, AirHarp and Frog Dissection.

 

BLOCKS

It’s been a big week for all things in the name of web blocking as we hear of non-porn websites like popular TV torrent site EZTV being blocked. It was also found that a web filtering system backed by David Cameron is being controlled by the controversial company Huawei, which is said to have ties with the Chinese Government, famous for their national web blocks of social media. This recent blocking of websites and web filtering through network providers like Virgin beg questions for the future freedom of the World Wide Web. Maybe the WWW will need a rebrand in years to come as it becomes less wide and more webbed.

 

Google unveils Chromecast

Last week Google unveiled their tiny $35 solution to streaming all things audiovisual through your TV. The Chromecast dongle works not only with YouTube but Netflix, Google Music and Pandora and seems like a good solution to getting streamed video to larger screens in HD. Controversially, it is also possible to play Flash and MKV files on Chromecast that you might have downloaded from a torrent tracker (if it hasn’t been blocked). Having sold out on Amazon, Best Buy and via the Netflix Promotion in less than 24 hours, it seems we’re interested. The only query is that it’s being launched alongside Google TV, so there is question over whether the two can co-exist. However, Warren Rehman, a Google employee, assured us on Google+ : “I’m still gainfully employed working on Google TV – no it isn’t dead and yes it will support Cast.”

 

Ubuntu Edge

They claim to be the Formula 1 of mobile phones and they have just hit the $7.2million mark on Kickstarter. The idea behind the first ever crowd funded mobile phone is that not many are made but they use and develop the latest technology in the hope it will gradually seep into the current duopoly that it iOS and Android devices. Ubuntu are now doing so well that they have just slashed fifty dollars off the Edge. Hard luck for the people who bought it at full price but it’s still not cheap at $725.

 

YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

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Samsung moves in on Apple’s turf with plans for $300 million Silicon Valley HQ

Google gives San Francisco free WiFi in parks

Thai government rules BitCoin illegal

Hyper-real CGI – killing photographers, thrilling product designers.

Ever fancied learning Chinese? Why not try it through graphics

Start-up Madam brand themselves. Literally.

Disney’s 3-D printed air cannons mean you can now touch the digital world

The first crowdsourced airplane is being developed so you can fly for the cost of a hatchback

“Natural stained glass” – images of the beauty held within a meteorite

A face-recognising coffee machine that gives you free coffee if you’re yawning

The power of circles. Why a more curvy map could help New York’s subway users

9 common startup ideas you should have thought of

Omnicom and Publicis merger creates communications giant

Another great example of Digital imaging at Le Louvre

Five men charged in largest financial hack ever

Bill Gates publishes interactive book review from his favourite author

The V&A is launching a new series of podcasts about rediscovering the identity of the V&A including an episode featuring a certain Wally Olins

3D printing exhibition at Science Museum coming later this year

The Rise of the Intangible Economy: U.S. GDP Counts R&D, Artistic Creation

(Thanks to Andy)

When ‘Smart Homes’ Get Hacked

Why YouTube buffers: The secret deals that make—and break—online video

 

LOLS

How Gangnam Style gave PSY’s father an 800% stock boost

The uncarriable carrier bags with dubious shadows

A new Wi-Fi-enabled tooth sensor rats you out when you smoke or overeat

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