Netflix has announced that the company will soon be spinning off it’s DVD division into a completely separate company named “Qwikster”. Ugg, not too thrilled about that name! According to Netflix Co-Founder/CEO, Reed Hastings in an email to customers, they chose the name “… because it refers to quick delivery.” The email also contained an apology of sorts for not handling the new pricing announcements better, as well as an explanation for the split.
The good news is, for those who only cared about the DVD service in the first place, the newly formed Qwikster company will only focus on doing the best job they can for that service. Netflix will continue to provide a streaming service for customers who only want streaming. For customers who want both… well, that’s the bad news. You will have 2 separate web sites to deal with, and 2 separate ques, bills, etc., plus the already implemented price hike.
For those of you who have been asking for games to be added to the DVD service, your calls have been answered! Qwikster will be adding a games option to the DVD service, similar to the Blu-ray add-on option. No word if there will be a games only option, but I doubt it. It will be interesting to see how this option effects Gamefly which is a games only by mail service that also has an advertising relationship with Netflix.
UPDATE 10/13/2011: Well that didn’t last long! See: http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2011/10/netflix-kills-qwikster-after-customers-bash-spinoff-of-dvd-service.ars
This is so cool! I just came across this article on Dvice.com, and I’m not going to completely rehash it here, but basically an electron microscope was used to show the path electrons follow in a pentacene molecule, which closely resembles the diagram used to describe it.
Check out the complete article on: http://dvice.com/archives/2011/08/this-is-an-imag.php
This is what really excites me about modern technology, human-technology interfacing… Cyborgs! The new game “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” from developer Square Enix, centers around a not too distant future where cybernetics are no longer just prosthetic, but enhancements that people willingly give up working body parts for, in favor of their cybernetic enhanced alternatives. The reality of cybernetics, however, is not too far behind the game.
The 12 minute excerpt of the documentary “Eyeborg” below is made by filmmaker Rob Spence, who lost his eye in an accident and replaced it with a wireless video camera. Parts of the documentary are actually filmed using his implant. The camera is not wired to his optic nerve, however, but it is only a matter of time before that too becomes possible. Researchers are actively working on systems to send video signals directly to the brain via the optic nerve/retina, and test patients have had some success at regaining minimal sight capabilities.
This field is growing at an exciting rate, and I can only imagine what will be possible in the real 2027, instead of the imagined 2027 when the video game takes place!
Well, this looks promising! A new programming language for the web is fresh on the scene. It’s called “Opa”. It’s open source and proclaimed to be “the cloud language”. Cool! We like open source On the Opalang.org site, it’s described as “… a concise and elegant language for writing distributed web applications.” As I understand it, you write the Opa code, and when you compile your code, the compiler generates all the server, browser and database code you need for your app, and … BAM! you have a new web application.
I’m sure there’s more to it than that, but in the coming weeks I plan to play around with it and report back on my findings. In the mean time, go check it out on their site and let me know what *you* think!
Man, talk about a weird product, but I guess it does makes sense. Binoculars are already dual lens, 3D-ready beasts, so why not throw HD video recording into the mix? Sony has added 2D and 3D video recording into their new DEV-3 and DEV-5 binoculars.
I just wonder how easy these things will be to use. Binoculars have always been somewhat unwieldy for me, difficult to focus and find your subject, and I just can’t see shooting video with them.. ok, maybe a setup shot with a tripod.
MIT scientists have developed a drug called DRACO (Double-stranded RNA Activated Caspase Oligomerizers) that could soon put an end to most viral threats to human health. The drug targets and kills cells that have been infected with a virus, but leaves uninfected cells unharmed.
In recent tests, the drugs was effective at killing 15 different viruses. Considering how few anti-viral medications we currently have, this is great news! Imagine an end to the common cold, the flu, shingles, herpes, cold sores, and possibly even the dreaded HIV!
More details about MIT’s progress can be found on their web site: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/antiviral-0810.html