View-Master: The Motion Picture...The assless eco-scooter...Apple picks a fight with one Filipino too many...Scientists figure out how to replace your brain with a machine...
Star Trek/Transformers/Fringe masterminds Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been tapped to produce a DreamWorks film written by Fringe collaborator Brad Caleb Kane, in the Goonies and Young Sherlock Holmes youth adventure vein, centered around...Fisher-Price's View-Master. Hey, it could be worse: Robert Rodriguez could be doing it. [Reuters via BBG]
The Stinger is one of those striking vehicle concepts that had a decent chance of ending up on the pages of Giz. After all, it's "adaptive and robust just like an insect." But 1) fuel-cell powered eco-friendly vehicles built with renewable resources are a dime a dozen—inside the minds of optimistic design students and 2) I can't figure out where I'd put my butt. [Tuvie]
A dude out in the Philippines is pissed off because Apple rejected his iManila tourism app. The cited reason was a "copyright violation" pertaining to the nation's flag used in his app icon. He interprets this to mean that Apple is claiming that it holds the copyright to the Filipino flag, and boy howdy, he is steamed about that. He went so far as to dig up the Filipino government's specific prohibition of any commercial usage of the flag to prove Apple can't own it.
That's the point, guy: Apple is saying you can't use it, for that exact reason. Read the friggin' letter carefully, and you'll probably see I'm right. And to you kind readers, sorry to drag you through this legal gobbledygook. [applei.ph]
Your brain's nerve cells communicate by releasing chemicals called "neurotransmitters." Up until now, brain tech has focused on electrically triggering existing nerve cells to release neurotransmitters—a microscopic version of shock therapy that's only just as effective in many cases. Now, some scientists have built a system that replaces nerve cells with machines that can pump neurotransmitters down a nerve path. We're not anywhere near "productization" here, but isn't it nice to know that one day your kids will sign a waiver allowing that, in the event of derangement, your brain can be replaced by a hunk of plastic? [PopSci]