Greetings fellow tech lovers and welcome to yet another exciting week of this week in technology for September 16, 2013. It’s hard to believe that we are already in the middle of September with holidays looming right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean that our staff is taking a break from tracking down the latest and greatest technology stories from all around the web. This week’s edition is certainly no exception. We are taking a closer look at Twitter’s decision to go public, the first man-made object to leave the solar system and the rapid advancement of what 3-D printing can deliver to businesses nationwide. So without further ado, let’s get right down to business and along to our lead story.
Twitter Decides to Go Public
Last Thursday, Twitter took to the blogosphere to inform investors nationwide that they have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to take their company public. A confidential IPO was actually filed sometime within the past few weeks but thanks to the new regulations passed under the JOBS act, companies with less than billion dollars in revenue can completely hide their revenues and financial statements up until 21 days before the stock becomes public. So what does that mean? It means that Twitter doesn’t have to tell anyone a thing until they’re good and ready.
Reactions were mixed within the tech world considering that Facebook stumbled out of the gates in May of 2012, but the stock market has been much more favorable to social media websites over the past few months. In fact, both Facebook and LinkedIn hit all-time highs last week, so this may well be the perfect time for Twitter to seek public funding. This is definitely a story that will keep up with the following weeks as more information becomes available.
Voyager I Has Left Solar System
In other out of this world news, NASA was proud to announce this week that the Voyager 1 probe has literally gone where no man, or their inventions, has gone before. The Voyager 1 is the first man-made object to ever leave the heliosphere, which is the invisible magnetic border that encircles our solar system. That places this durable probe that was launched way back in 1977 approximately 11.7 billion miles from Earth, which is about 2.2 billion miles further out than its twin Voyager 2.
Then again, the Voyager 1 is currently traveling at speeds in excess of 30,000 miles per hour, so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this historic spacecraft actually departed from our solar system. In fact, some scientists believe that this proud moment could have occurred as far back as August of 2012, but those reports were based purely on speculation since our solar system does not have clearly defined boundaries. Regardless of when the Voyager 1 actually accomplished this feat, it is a milestone that humankind will remember for centuries to come. Since NASA reported this legendary feat earlier this week, that will be the official date of record that our great-grandchildren will be forced to memorize.
London Acquires First 3D-Printed Firearm
You may remember that several months ago, we reported that a Texas law student named Cody Wilson had successfully created the first firearm that was developed completely through 3-D printing technology. Named the Liberator pistol, Wilson proudly uploaded his blueprints online and was promptly downloaded by over 100,000 users within the first few days. The US government didn’t quite take to the idea of unregistered, do-it-yourself firearms available to anyone, however, and quickly took to build plans off-line.
The Liberator pistol is not quite dead in the water yet, and two prototypes will be on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London this week. This story is not necessarily about stances on gun control or legalities, but instead serves as an example of how 3-D printing can revolutionize numerous aspects of business and technology. Six months ago, no one would’ve dreamed that a fully operational, semi-automatic pistol could be made solely from plastic, and it gives those in the industry hope of what inventions may be on the close horizon.
Well, that’s all we have for you in this Week in Technology for September 20th, 2013. As always, we appreciate you stopping by, and next time feel free to bring a few friendly as well. It’s just more fun that way.