The Book Smugglers | SpecFic 2013 – The Book Smugglers are editors of the 2013 edition of Speculative Fiction: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary – a collection that celebrates the best in online Science Fiction and Fantasy non-fiction.
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Apple loses US trade panel ruling in Samsung dispute – You win some; you lose some. That must be the credo in the law offices of Samsung and Apple. They are fighting a pitched patent battle both here in United States and abroad. Apple won a fairly major trial court case against Samsung over things like swipe and the rectangular shape of the iPhone but Samsung has been handed a win against Apple by the International Trade Commission over 3G wireless technology. The result of the ruling could halt the sale of some older iPads and iPhones. BBC News
Tesla CEO fights for new electric-car sales model in U.S. – I thought Dear Author readers would be interested in the fight Tesla Motors, the manufacturer of the Model S electric luxury sedan, is having with dealerships around the country given the disruption in the publishing industry. Tesla wants to sell its vehicles direct to consumers but in the United States, most motor vehicle purchases are made through an independent dealership. These independent dealers would be cut out of the transaction and have had some success in making it legally difficult for Tesla Motors to enter a new market and sell direct to consumer.
Most states do not allow for a direct to consumer sale of a motor vehicle.
Self-publishing has brought direct to consumer sales; albeit on a much lower scale because they still use retailers to facilitate most purchases. But the self-publishing business model is built around reducing the interference between the content creator and the customer.Reuters
Mind-controlled quadcopter takes to the air – In Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh, the Psy assassin Judd Lauren is a power telekenetic who actually intercepted and redirected a missile. Science may be making it easier for all of us to be more Judd Lauren-like.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a helicopter that can be controlled with your mind. An EEG cap fitted with 64 electrodes reads the electrical impulses of the brain and translates those impulses into controls over the helicopter.
With the Dominoes invention of delivery drones, we can simply put on our EEG caps and direct our drone helicopter to pick up and deliver things to our homes. Don’t worry. I’m sure Amazon will be selling these soon. Crave