November 26, 2011

Creator of the first industrial robot arm dies at 99

Robotic Arm Manufacturing

According to Engadget, George Devol, the creator of the first programmable robotic arm, died last Thursday night in his home. The first robotic arms were used to stack hot cast components from molds in a GE automobile plant. Today, factories all over, and in all different industries use some sort of programmable robotics to manufacture [...]

Google acquiring Motorola Mobility is not all about smartphones


  In a Twitter post by gdarklighter, it is stated that the Google / Motorola deal does not only affect smartphones. This is absolutely true. In our earlier post, we mentioned that Motorola Mobility makes hardware for mobile phones AND TV set-top boxes. This can mean that Google is in a good position to push [...]

Google is going to buy Motorola Mobility for a whopping $12.5 billion


    To increase adoption of the Android OS, Google will buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. To do this Google will shell out $40 per share in cash. As you know, Motorola Mobility is headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois and manufactures hardware for smartphones and TV set-top boxes.  This is a awesome deal for both [...]

Thank you IBM for 30 years of PCs

IBM 5150 Personal Computer

In a previous post on CultureSpike, the World Wide Web turned 20 years old. Even before W3, was the birth of the personal computer. While there was stiff competition, IBM released a personal computer model that broke the mold and was used as a template for successful computer manufactures to come. In 1981, IBM had [...]

And the winner is.. Android OS!


  According to Gartner, an information technology research and advisory firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, Android OS now makes up 43.4% of all smartphone sales. This is quite a jump from last year’s 17.2% figure. Apple currently now has 18.2% which has a more modest jump from 14.1 from last year. Bad news for Symbian, however. [...]

“Unlimited PC Play” service to be available on GameFly


Scheduled to launch September 8th in it’s beta form, GameFly will offer an “Unlimited PC Play” service. According to EndGadget, Subscribers of the service will be able to access more than 100 downloadable titles. Although this new service plan is being released, the current process of exchanging games over postal mail will still be available. [...]

Zediva is ordered to shut down (for now)


On Monday, a preliminary injunction against Zediva was issued by the U.S. District Judge whom sided with the studios. This will force Zediva to shut down. If anybody that doesn’t know, Zediva offered streaming DVD releases as “rentals” through of what they perceived as a “loophole” . This enabled Zediva to offer Video On Demand [...]

Twitter finally switches over to #NewTwitter


With a great and better web interface, Twitter switches over to the new site redesign, dubbed #NewTwitter, that was announced last fall. For the last past year, Twitter users still were able to use the old version of the site. Link: Meet the new

Live Long and Prosper…. in my THEME PARK!


Apparently King Abdullah of Jordan is a big fan because he’s fitting the bill for $1.5 billion to do this. All you Trekkers out there may already know that he appeared as a guest cameo on Star Trek: Voyager in the episode “Investigations“. (Lucky he wasn’t wearing a red shirt) We’ll have to wait awhile [...]

The World Wide Web turns 20!


Interestingly enough so does Internet Porn. Link: Happy 20th Birthday, World Wide Web But that’s not the only big thing that came out of the World Wide Web. Sure, now we have Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, etc but there were some big hits during the 20 years. Do remember the first search engine you used (mine [...]