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Chang-rae Lee’s “On Such a Full Sea” Features The First-Ever 3D-Printed Book Cover

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Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea is available today (January 7, 2014) in a special limited edition with what the publisher, Riverhead Books, is calling the first-ever 3D-printed slipcover.

The result is a collaboration with the 3D-printing company Makerbot. The white slipcover, into which the book fits neatly, features the letters of the title rising off the surface at an angle, and the idea all along was to do something unlike anything ever seen in the world of publishing.

Designed by Riverhead’s art director, Helen Yentus, each individual slip cover took 15 hours to print and only 200 signed copies are for sale.

Lee will be reading from “On Such a Full Sea” on January 16th at 7pm at the MakerBot Store, in New York. Space is limited, so please register in advance HERE.

You can also order a copy of the limited edition for $150 by clicking HERE.

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Amazon Prime Air: Your Amazon Packages Could Soon Arrive By Flying Drones

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed tonight on 60 Minutes the company’s future delivery method: drones. You can watch the segment below (The drone portion kicks in at the 11:15 mark):

The goal of this new delivery system called Prime Air is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. The airborne robots will be capable of delivering packages up to five pounds (86 percent of orders are apparently less than that) with a range of 10 miles.


As Amazon puts it, “Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations” and Bezos himself added in the TV segment that it won’t be before 2015 at the very earliest.

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Things You No Longer Need Because of Smartphones

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BuzzFeed takes a look several things that you no longer need now that you have a smartphone.

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World View Aims To Take Tourists To The Edge of Space

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Tucson, Arizona-based start-up World View wants to fly tourists to the edge of space — 19 miles or 100,000 feet up — in a pressurized capsule suspended from a helium balloon.

The balloon would take one and a half hours to ascend, and passengers would spend two hours admiring the view.

“The sky’s going to be completely black. You’ll be able to see the curvature of the Earth,” said company CEO Jane Poynter.

Test flights are scheduled for this year, and commercial flights are expected to cost $75,000 per ticket and begin in 2016.


 

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MIT Researchers Create M-Blocks, Modular, Self-Assembling Robots

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Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created M-Blocks, a set of modular, self-assembling robots.

Each M-Block contains a flywheel that can reach speeds of 20,000 revolutions per minute that, when braked, provides momentum for the cube to move, flip, or even jump. Each cube face contains four pairs of magnets that help the M-Blocks line up with one another and connect, and each edge has a pair of rolling-pin-like magnets that come closer and act as anchors when the robots pivot.

Next, the researchers hope to build an army of 100 cubes that can be programmed to work together using algorithms rather than manual controls. “We want hundreds of cubes, scattered randomly across the floor, to be able to identify each other, coalesce, and autonomously transform into a chair, or a ladder, or a desk, on demand,” researcher John Romanishin told MIT news.

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Introducing PayPal Beacon: Shopping Made Seamless

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Merchants now have the ability to plug in PayPal Beacon to provide their customers with a completely new shopping experience. The first device of its kind, PayPal Beacon allows merchants to connect directly to their customers PayPal app for automatic check-in.

Faster than swiping a credit card or tapping a mobile phone at the point of sale, PayPal Beacon will make the payment experience get out of the way. It will leverage Bluetooth Low Energy; a breakthrough technology that enables connected devices to communicate with each other seamlessly, while keeping the energy consumption at a very low level. By using BLE, transactions can take place without having to open up an app, without GPS being turned on, and even without a phone signal. When its time to pay, customers don’t have to lift a finger to take advantage of offers or complete the payment — its all done securely with no cash, no card and no signature required.

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Consumers will have full control of stores they will want to check in to, those they will want to get prompted to confirm payment for, and stores they will want to enable a complete hands-free experience for. We value our customers’ privacy, so PayPal Beacon won’t constantly track a user’s location. If a consumer enters a store and declines to check in, or just ignores the prompt entirely, no information is transmitted to PayPal or the merchant.

PayPal Beacon devices will be available for merchants to purchase early next year. At that time, consumers will be able to download or update a new version of the PayPal app to take advantage of Beacon-enabled shopping experiences.

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DuPont To Embed Wireless Charging In Corian Countertops

DuPont Building Innovations has joined the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) to develop embedded wireless charging technology into its popular Corian countertops.

PMA’s efforts have brought embedded wireless charging into public and commercial spaces around the New York City area such as in Starbucks stores, Regis Hair Salons, Delta Airlines terminals, Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn under the banner of its Power 2.0 initiative, but the embeds are essentially Duracell Powermat charging pads countersunk into tabletops.

DuPont’s entry in the category may open the door for other furniture and design materials manufacturers to consider including wireless charging in household and commercial construction and installations.

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A rendering of the new PMA compatible Duracell Powermat wireless charger for the iPhone 5 being charged on a DuPont Corian kitchen countertop.

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Honda Hands Ad

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Let’s see what curiosity can do?

The Honda “Hands” film celebrates the curiosity of Honda engineers, which has led to some of the most successful Honda innovations over the past 65 years.

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Batman ’66 #1 Blasts Off Today, DC Entertainment’s New Digital-First Comic Featuring DC2 Interactivity Now Available for Download

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Holy high tech, Batman! Today marks the release of highly anticipated new Digital-First comic Batman ’66 #1. The first chapter takes the digital reading experience to the next level by incorporating DC2,the latest digital reading innovation from DC Entertainment. DC2’s dynamic artwork brings the classic TV show’s action and retro attitude to life for comic readers through an expanded storytelling canvas as each comic panel tells a multi-dimensional story through layered artwork and sequences. DC2 interactivity is built exclusively on the comiXology platform and will be offered to readers using the DC Comics or comiXology apps or online through www.readdcentertainment.com or comixology.com

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Batman ’66 is inspired by the classic TV series and features many fan-favorite characters like Catwoman, The Riddler, The Joker and, of course, the dynamic duo of Batman and Robin. Written by Jeff Parker, the series features artwork by Jonathan Case and a cover art by Michael Allred. Readers will put on their go-go boots and get ready to “Batusi” back to the Swingin’ 60s. The all-new stories portray The Caped Crusader, The Boy Wonder and their fiendish rogues gallery just the way viewers remember them. In the first adventure, The Riddler’s out to steal valuable artwork from under the nose of Gotham’s police force and Batman gets help from an unlikely source: a certain femme fatale dressed in feline finery.

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The first chapter of Batman ’66 is available for download today, and monthly print issues that collect three digital chapters will also be for sale in comic book shops across the U.S., with the first print issue hitting stands on Wednesday, July 17. Non-DC2 versions of BATMAN ’66 will also be available for download on other digital platforms including iBookstore, Kindle Store and Nook Store.

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ComiXology Debuts Subscriptions & Bundles

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Today comiXology debuts two new ways to shop that comic book fans have been clamoring for – subscriptions and bundles. Subscriptions let fans everywhere subscribe to their favorite series so they’ll never miss an issue. Bundles allow comiXology fans to buy curated collections – be it entire series, or multi-issue events – at steep discounts and all at a click of a button.

And while purchases made with either of these features allow comiXology fans to read their comics anywhere and on any device, fans wanting to take advantage of the of subscriptions and bundles features will need to shop at www.comiXology.com.

Currently subscriptions are offered for every ongoing title on the entire comiXology platform – just click the “Subscribe to Series” button for the series on comiXology.com

The debut bundles – all offering deep savings – currently available to purchase are:

Marvel – Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender – The Complete Series

Marvel – X-Men: Schism – The Complete Event

Marvel – Infinity Gauntlet Trilogy

Marvel – Marvel Masterworks

Marvel – Wolverine: Origins – The Complete Series

Marvel – Marvel NOW! Starter Bundle

MonkeyBrain – MonkeyBrain Firsts

Valiant – Valiant Starter Bundle

Archaia – Archaia Digital Firsts

BOOM! Studios – Adventure Time Bundle

Dynamite Entertainment – Project Superpowers Bundle

Fantagraphics – Love & Rockets: Locas Bundle

IDW – Richard Stark’s Parker Omnibus

IDW – Joe Hill Sampler

Image – Image Collections Starter Bundle

Image – Chew Bundle

Zenescope – Zenescope Starter Bundle

With over 35,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of English language digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s availability across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web makes it the best digital platform for newly interested, current and lapsed comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.

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