Tech 2.0 for Monday, May 6, 2013
3D printers are a hot technology right now, and Sen. Chuck Schumer is taking aim at something they can do. The New York Democrat says one of the machines made a fully functional handgun last week and because it's made out of plastic -- it can slip through metal detectors. Schumer wants the gun making to be illegal.
Sen. Charles Schumer/(D) New York, "Now anyone, a terrorist, someone who's mentally ill, a spousal abuser, a felon can essentially open a gun factory in their garage. And, the only thing they need a computer and a little over a thousand dollars. No background check and you don't even need to leave your house to make hundreds of these guns."
Schumer and representative Steve Israel are planning to introduce the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act. There is legislation on the books that bans non-metal weapons but it expires at the end of the year and doesn't include 3D printing.
Netflix switches out hundreds of flicks. The movie service is losing more than a thousand titles and adding more than 500 others. A spokesperson says most of the movies which are gone are older, and "this ebb and flow happens all the time".
Barnes & Noble is trying to get its Nook into more crannies. The bookstore chain is teaming up with Google to increase the number of apps available on its Nook high-definition tablets. Barnes & Noble is adding its Google's Play app to its 7-inch and 9-inch products in the United States and in the U.S. The access to Google Play is being created through a software update that has been available to tablets connected through Wi-Fi since Friday. That will expand the number of apps available from the roughly 10,000 the Nook already offered in its own store -- to 700,000-plus apps and games offered on Google Play.
A third of Facebook users have deactivated their accounts at one time or another and ten percent never come back. That comes from a study by researchers at Cornell University. They found a variety of reasons for people de-friending the social network, ranging from "using it too much" to distrust of privacy policies. Others left for professional reasons, or to avoid awkward situations. The study polled more than 400 people.
RT @NewYorkObserver: Chuck Schumer Takes A Stand Against 3D-printed Guns http://t.co/uHVrCE3Ge1
Texas company's release of 3D-printable gun plans could lead to garage gun factories: Sen. Charles Schumer http://t.co/7sfe0pprrc
@ThatBuddha I'm disappointed that Netflix is removing Robotech from its roster on 5/8.
Hokey Smoke! Thanks @netflix for ruining bedtime by removing seasons of Rocky and Bullwinkle from streaming!
Netflix is removing Insidious on May 9th. Dang it.
B&N to Offer Google Play on Nook Tablets http://t.co/ks651OpX7x
Amazon, take the hint: http://t.co/jltsigIHHp
Barnes & Noble Nook Slate Owners Can Soon Go Shopping on Google Play http://t.co/m10WChaGZo
Trying in quit Facebook but can't? You are not alone. http://t.co/FTGAaybP9x