Weekend tech reading: Fireworks as seen from a drone, Wozniak on Galaxy Gear, plastic graphene

By on July 6, 2014, 12:00 PM

Fireworks filmed with a drone Be sure to watch in HD! Flying through a firework show with a DJI Phantom 2 and filming it with a GoPro Hero 3 silver. The quad was not damaged. 

Android Wear software review: Smartwatch software that doesn't suck Google wearables: take two. Believe it or not, Google has been a leader in the wearables space for some time with Google Glass. Glass gives users fast access to information and an easy way to see and deal with (certain) incoming notifications, but the form factor is physically and socially awkward. Wear seems like an evolution of the quick information access that Glass pioneered, all in a more comfortable, less invasive device. Ars Technica (also, Steve Wozniak on Galaxy Gear, Google Glass, & future of wearables)

Interview: Damian Conway Damian Conway is one of the Guardians of Perl (our term) and one of Perl 6's chief architects. But he’s chiefly a computer scientist, a brilliant communicator and an educator. His presentations are often worth crossing continents for. He was the Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Melbourne’s Monash University between 2001 and 2010, and has run courses on everything from Regular Expressions for Bioinformatics to Presentation Aikido (and of course, lots of Perl). Linux Voice

Polymer-based graphene substitute is easy to mass-produce For all the attention graphene gets thanks to its impressive list of properties, how many of us have actually encountered it in anything other than its raw graphite form? Show of hands. No-one? That's because it is still difficult to mass-produce without introducing defects. Now a team at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) has developed a graphene substitute from plastic that offers the benefits of graphene for use in solar cells and semiconductor chips, but is easy to mass-produce. Gizmag (also, IBM betting carbon nanotubes can restore Moore's Law by 2020)

Advancing our encryption and transparency efforts In December, we announced our commitment to further increase the security of our customers’ data. We also announced our plans to reinforce legal protections for our customers' data, and continue to increase transparency in how we engage with governments around the world. We are making positive progress on all of these fronts. TechNet (also, Microsoft backs open source for the Internet of Things)

Hospitals are mining patients' credit card data to predict who will get sick Imagine getting a call from your doctor if you let your gym membership lapse, make a habit of buying candy bars at the checkout counter, or begin shopping at plus-size clothing stores. For patients of Carolinas HealthCare System, which operates the largest group of medical centers in North and South Carolina, such a day could be sooner than they think. Businessweek

Nearly one-third of Americans aren't ready for the next generation of technology Thanks to a decade of programs geared toward giving people access to the necessary technology, by 2013 some 85% of Americans were surfing the World Wide Web. But how effectively are they using it?  A new survey suggests that the digital divide has been replaced by a gap in digital readiness. AAAS

You've never seen a Doom mod like this Doom II was released in 1994, but people are still making new content for Doom II. Total Chaos is one such mod, and 24-year-old Sam Prebble of New Zealand has somehow come up with this... GiantBomb

In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post. The Washington Post

Truck of the future aims to drive itself Tractor-trailer drivers, if you text while driving in the middle of the freeway, then the future may belong to you. If you can afford a Mercedes truck, that is. The German vehicle maker sent an 18-wheeler barreling down the Autobahn recently, while the driver surfed the Internet for food recipes on tablet computer -- at least that's how media photos told the story. CNN
 

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