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Intel has a guy whose job is to predict the future of computing! So how can you tell if he's doing a good job?

Weather reporters on the local news try to tell the future a day in advance. When they're wrong, which is all too often, they get hell for it. There is a guy at Intel who's job it is to predict what it will be like to live in 10 to 15 years. Once that time comes around, everyone will have forgotten your predictions to be mad at you!

Intel's Futurist helps the company anticipate where technology is headed in order to start building the future of processors and computing. Predicting the future of computing has been a large part of the company since its co-founder, Gordon Moore, predicted the number of transistors of an integrated circuit would double every couple years.

The Futurist position is likened to science fiction writers Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.

Current Futurist, Brian Johnson, is working on Intel's CPU circa 2019. That is some serious forward thinking. Intel also has the Tomorrow Project that promotes public discussion on where the future of computing is headed and what its impact on society might be.

It's clear that to be successful in the technology industry, you can't live in the moment—instead, you've got to live far, far in the future.


Volkswagen made a car that had fuel efficiency of 235 miles per gallon!

Volkswagen is a car manufacturing company from Germany, famously producing the Volkswagen Beetle, or as you may know it, the Punch Buggy. Besides making cars that are destined to create a punching war among friends and family, Volkswagen has produced a car named the L1, or rather 'the 1-litre car'.

On a single tank of diesel fuel, the car is able to drive 100km, which is an incredibly fuel efficient turn around. Don't worry, the car is completely road safe and up to all the necessary qualifications the vehicle needs to drive on the road legally.

The reason the car can get so far on such little fuel, is through a combination of elements that make up the car. The car is made of lightweight materials, designed with a streamlined body, and with an engine and transmission designed and tuned for someone who's looking to drive cheap.


A 15-year old was arrested for stealing virtual goods in the game Runescape

Runescape is a Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). In its medieval setting, players can hone their characters skills in things like mining, fishing and woodcutting. Now, also some real life thievery.

An unnamed minor in the Netherlands was convicted for stealing virtual items from another boy back in 2007. The perp allegedly held the victim at knife-point at his computer until he logged in and dropped his items.

The defense argued that the items could not be considered 'stolen' because they weren't tangible and had no economic value. However, the court said that the objects had an intrinsic value because of the time and energy invested.

Man, we've been playing a lot of Minecraft around the office, but I don't think I would threaten Gaby with a knife for a diamond sword, no matter how hard they are to get.


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The increasing size of smartphones is having an effect on clothing companies. You can say it is hitting their pockets...

Is it a phone or is it a tablet? No, it is a phablet. The size of smartphones has been steadily increasing and Samsung, in particular, is going bigger and bigger with their ‘Galaxy’ range. Phablets are becoming more unwieldy and it is not only Samsung’s competitors who have to keep up!

Clothing companies had to rethink their designs as far as pocket sizes go. A pocket that could easily accommodate a smartphone three years ago is falling dismally short of being nearly the right size for a phablet. Smartphones have become so massive that clothing companies actually have to re-engineer their pants in order to accommodate these huge new handsets.

“We recently increased the size of our ‘coin pocket,’ which is the pocket-within-the-pocket on the wearer’s right, from 3×3 to 4×4 to accommodate today’s larger phones,” Dockers vice president of global design Doug Conklyn said.

Dockers also had to rework the concealed ‘mobile pocket’ on some of their Khaki pants so that the new super-size smartphones will be able to fit into them. But clothing companies will have to keep their eye on the smartphone size race. “They’re going to keep getting bigger, for sure,” Samsung VP Nick DiCarlo told


What do you get when you combine the sound of an elephant call with a car driving on wet pavement?

TIE fighters are fictional starfighters in the ‘Star Wars’ universe and the acronym stands for the "Twin Ion Engines" by which these machines are propelled. TIE fighters' solar panels power the twin ion engine system that accelerates gases at a high speed along almost any vector, affording the ships tremendous speed and maneuverability.

They are depicted as fast, fragile starfighters produced by Sienar Fleet Systems for the Galactic Empire. These machines feature in the original Star Wars trilogy. The models created for the movie are grey for better filming against a bluescreen background. Combat scenes between TIE fighters and the Millennium Falcon resemble dogfights in World War II air combat.

Ben Burtt created the distinctive sound effect of the TIE fighters by combining an elephant call with a car driving on wet pavement. A TIE fighter model used in filming the climax of A New Hope sold at auction for $350,000. In 1994, LucasArts released the TIE Fighter flight simulator, which casts the player as an Imperial pilot flying a variety of TIE starfighters. Several TIE fighter replicas and toys have also been manufactured and sold.

Fans of ‘Star Wars’ built a 16-foot-by-20-foot, 1,000-pound TIE fighter float to commemorate the epic’s thirtieth anniversary as part of the 2007 Crystal Lake Gala Parade.



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