Weekly tech news roundup for October 30

Google Chrome_Hexus.netOne OS to rule them all: Google plans unify Chrome and Android operating systems
According to the New York Times, Google has been working to combine their mobile OS with their desktop OS for some time. The plan is to release the new, combined version in 2017, but they’ll probably show of a bit of it sometime next year. The Times says, “The move is a long-awaited recognition that the different computing approaches embodied by Android and Chrome are no longer relevant to Google.” (Image: Hexus.net)

Kickstarter of the week: Pico­, craft beer at home
People clearly like beer, if the success of this Kickstarter is any indication. It’s almost like Keurig…but for beer. You buy PicoPacks so you can brew beers with different flavor profiles, add water, personalize your beer, and brew. After your creation ferments in the keg for about a week, you carbonate it overnight, you’re ready for your next party. With 32 days left to go on their project, PicoBrew has already blown away their initial goal so if you want one, you’d better jump in fast.

Watch all 403 episodes of Joy of Painting on Twitch
If you ever wish you could have seen Bob Ross paint more “happy little trees,” you’re in luck. This week the streaming company Twitch announced they have the rights to every episode of the famous Joy of Painting series. Although that’s cool and all, it was also to make a splash with their new relationship with Adobe. Adobe is a launch sponsor of a homepage that will highlight artists doing their work…just like Bob did.

Sony’s Paris event underwhelming
Usually Sony makes any announcements at Gamescon, but this year they decided to head to Paris Games Week. There was a lot of anticipation about the move and hopes were high. But Endgadget for one, was #unimpressed. They said although there was news about a few biggies, such as No Man’s Sky, Gran Turismo Sport, and Detroit, the rest was, “a bit of a letdown” with no release date for PlayStation VR.

Protopiper turns a tape gun into a wireframe model maker
This seriously upgraded hand-held tape gun takes flat plastic tape on one end, and spits out tubes on the other. With if, you can “sketch” out whether that couch you saw at the store will fit in your living room. The tubes are light, but pretty strong, and you can connect them as you need to, or crease them to make hinges. The device was created by a team at the Hasso Plattner Institut for Design.

Miitomo screenshot_The VergeNintendo releasing first mobile game in March 2016
At their investor meeting this week Nintendo revealed they’ll be releasing Miitomo, their first-ever mobile game, in the spring. Although game play details are slim, reports say you can customize your Mii and then interact with others, making the game (whatever it is) with a heavy social focus (image: The Verge). By March 2017 Nintendo plans to release four more games.

What’s coming and going on Netflix and Amazon Prime in November
I won’t go over the details here, but if you’d like a summary of what you need to catch before it disappears, and what you have to look forward to, The Verge has a great summary worth checking out.

The science of sound: delightful foley artist video is great Friday fun
A foley artist is the person who creates (or recreates) just the right sound to go with the actions for a movie. This is because not every sound records well during movie production, so they’re added in later. This 3:35 minute award-winning short, is an homage to the skill and craft of a foley artist. I think it’ll make you smile so if so if you have time for a little break today, check it out:

 
 

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Missy works on the Corporate Communications team and reports stories to TDS employees and customers. This is right up her alley because she’s an extrovert and also a big fan of research (really, she’ll look up just about anything that strikes her interest). Missy is a native of Madison, Wis. with an undergraduate in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Life Sciences Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest in the Internet as a mass media shaped her work towards a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s also worked as an editorial assistant, copywriter, and production artist. In her off hours, Missy is a crafter, Pinterest addict, reader, wife, and mom of two kids. You can find Missy on G+ and on Twitter.

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