Sources: Mavs to sign PG Chris Wright

The Dallas Mavericks will fill their freshly-vacated 15th roster spot by calling up Iowa Energy point guard Chris Wright from the D-League, according to sources familiar with the decision.

Sources said Wright will receive a 10-day contract before Tuesday’s game at Milwaukee to fill the opening created by Saturday’s release of 2011 championship alumnus Dominique Jones.

Wright was a McDonald’s All-American in high school and then starred at Georgetown before going unselected in the 2011 NBA draft. He went to training camp with the New Orleans Hornets in October and then joined the Energy after failing to stick.

The 6-foot-1, 210 pounder averaged 15.5 points, 7.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 37.0 minutes per game for Iowa, earning a spot in last month’s D-League All-Star game in Houston.

In March 2012, Wright was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but he has continued to play in the wake of the M.S. findings and was widely considered overdue for an NBA callup based on his development at the point.

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Researchers print biometric sensors directly on skin, make wearable health monitors more durable

Researchers print biometric sensors directly on skin, make wearable health monitors more durableMC10 might be best known for its wearable electronics aimed at athletes, but the company also makes a medical diagnostic sticker called a biostamp. Its creator (and MC10 co-founder), John Rogers has refined that design so that it’s no longer an elastomer sticker — now he can apply the biostamp’s thin, stretchy electronics directly on human skin, and bond it with commercially available spray-on bandage material. By losing the elastomer backing of the original biostamp and applying the circuits directly to the skin, Rogers and his team at the University of Illinois were able to shave the device’s thickness to 1/30th of the (already quite thin) biostamp. That super thin profile means it conforms even better to the contours of human hide and makes it shower- and swim-proof during the two weeks it lasts before being naturally exfoliated with your skin.

For those unfamiliar with what the biostamp does, it’s a mesh of circuits and sensors that can record electrophysiological data like skin temperature and hydration state of the wearer. The new biostamp won’t be in your doctor’s tool box any time soon, however, as Rogers and his team are still refining the wireless power and communication technologies it leverages. Of course, once those problems are solved, there’s a good chance we’ll see MC10 turning it into a commercial product.

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Ouya’s keynote convo polarizes SXSW

Ouya founder and CEO Julie Uhrman in conversation with The Verge’s Josh Topolsky at SXSW 2013.

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AUSTIN, Texas–The annual South by Southwest conference here prides itself on being a place for “disruption,” but the only real disruption during a fairly pedestrian conversation between the founder of crowd-funded Ouya and the editor-in-chief of The Verge today were angry tweets followed by empty seats.

Ouya founder Julie Uhrman got on stage with The Verge Editor-in-Chief Joshua Topolsky to discuss her company’s enormously successful Kickstarter campaign and the product it funded: an
Android-based, open-source gaming console. The torrent of Tweets that followed revealed the audience members to be critical of just about everything except the room they were sitting in.

A brief sampling of the Tweets indicates a lot of discontent, but about many different aspects of the keynote.

The conversation itself covered a wide range of Ouya history, with Uhrman boosting the console as often as she could while playing down any mistakes that were made on the road from its Kickstarter beginnings to landing on store shelves.

One of the mistakes that Uhrman attempted to spin positively was the fact that some critics initially thought Ouya was a scam because of a glaring oversight for an Internet-based business: “I didn’t even have a Web site when we launched the Kickstarter,” she admitted. A PC Magazine article that accused Ouya (and the Pebble watch) of being a scam was the top Google search result for the console for months after the Kickstarter launched.

The crowd’s frustration with the conversation was only somewhat unjustified. Uhrman remained tight-lipped except for restating already-known Ouya facts. In addition to not revealing a firm release date in June, she danced around questions from Topolsky about manufacturing partners, the number of pre-sold consoles, and even the nature of the aforementioned mistakes. She explained not having a Web site early on because she and her team were simply too busy.

Uhrman did confirm that Ouya consoles will start shipping to Kickstarter supporters on March 28 and will be in Best Buy and Target stores in June. She also emphasized that game developers are “interested” in working with Ouya, stating that there were more than 7,000 registered developer accounts so far.

She spent noticeably less time talking about why gamers themselves would be interested in yet another console platform, at a time when mobile games are garnering the most consumer interest.

That last one might be the most emblematic of the conversation. Topolsky started soft but pushed harder as audience members bolted, with a packed room dwindling to 50 percent capacity by halfway through the keynote. Uhrman, for her part, avoided even the most tame comments that might’ve revealed more about Ouya or why she’s so passionate about it.

During a
South by Southwest Interactive conference noted for its dearth of news, the crowd seemed eager to glom onto something more tangible. But instead of feeding them a hearty meal, attendees got only the kind of lukewarm appetizer served up at so many SXSW parties.

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Blow then start: The future of alcohol & driving. CNET On Cars, Episode 13


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We have the best from the Geneva Motor Show in this episode, including LaFerrari, Lamborghini’s Veneno and the Corvette Stingray convertible.

Car Tech 101 explains “connected cars”, which is a term that has come to mean a lot of things. You’ll understand them all.

Cooley blows hard into the current in-car booze detectors, but then shows you the future that may put alcohol lockout tech in every car: A federal initiative called DADSS that would radically change the state of alcohol and driving.

And if you’ve been envious of the latest car tech we show you here at CNET, this episode’s Top 5 is just for you: How to put the latest tech in your current car.

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3-pointer: Mavs three games out of playoff picture

At first glance, the math doesn’t look too daunting. After winning four of the last five games, the Dallas Mavericks are only three games out of eighth place in the Western Conference.

They’ve given themselves a slim chance at extending the franchise’s playoff streak to 13 years. They’ve at least earned the opportunity to make the last quarter of the season meaningful.

“We’ve got 20 games left and we’re going to let it all hang out there,” Dirk Nowitzki told reporters after Sunday’s rout of a depleted Minnesota squad. “Now, the games are going to get tough.”

Beginning with Tuesday’s road game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Mavs will face teams in the playoff picture in 14 of their final 20 games. After leaving Milwaukee and getting a day off, the Mavs go into a stretch of four games in five days that includes matchups against the West’s two best teams – the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder.

As Nowitzki noted, for the Mavs to have any hope, they need everyone in the rotation to be “firing on all cylinders.”

As of now, the Mavs have pulled even with the Portland Trail Blazers in 10th place. The free-falling Utah Jazz are a spot ahead of them.

The question is whether the Mavs can catch any of the last three teams holding on to playoff bids.

It’s hard to see that happening with the star-loaded Los Angeles Lakers, who moved into the eighth seed Sunday. L.A. is 13-4 since the beginning of February and is three games up on the Mavs.

The seventh-seeded Rockets have a four-game cushion on Dallas. The Mavs own the tiebreaker over Houston, but the Rockets have a favorable schedule down the stretch, playing 12 of their remaining 18 games at home.

The sixth-seeded Warriors might be the team most likely to fall out of the West playoff picture despite being five games up on the Mavs. Golden State has lost 12 of its last 17 games but owns the tie-breaker over the Mavs.

“We’re definitely watching the standings,” Mavs big man Elton Brand told reporters. “We want to get in the playoffs. That’s our goal. That’s the real season. We’re trying hard to get back in there. We’re not going to quit.”

A few more notes from the Mavs’ blowout of the Timberwolves:

1. Wright on: Brandan Wright, who has floated in and out of Rick Carlisle’s rotation this season, has made a major impact during the Mavs’ three-game winning streak.

Wright, the lanky, high-leaping center/forward, has averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and shot an eye-popping 79.2 percent from the floor over the last three games.

As well as Wright is playing, his minutes might dip when Shawn Marion returns, which the Mavs hope will happen Tuesday night in Milwaukee. Wright has been getting minutes as a backup power forward, a role Marion usually fills.

2. Bench boost: Give Darren Collison credit for being professional and productive after losing his starting job yet again.

That doesn’t mean he’ll earn back the starting gig at point guard. Carlisle strongly indicated that he believes the reserve role is the right fit for Collison, who has come off the bench for each game of the Mavs’ winning streak.

“I think he’s a great off-the-bench guy in this league,” Carlisle told reporters. “Off the bench, I think he’s a special player.”

Collison has had the Mavs’ best plus-minus in both games of this road trip. He was plus-27 during his nine-point, eight-assist outing in Minnesota and plus-21 during his 11-point, eight-assist performance in Detroit.

3. O.J. OK?: The only player on the roster who has played every game this season suffered a scare when O.J. Mayo turned his right ankle after coming down on a defender’s foot in the second half.

Mayo left the game, but he soon returned and showed no ill effects while finishing off an eight-point, eight-rebound, seven-assist night. Mayo will get treatment and is expected to be in the starting lineup again Tuesday night.

“He’s pretty tough,” Carlisle said of Mayo, who has missed only one game due to injury or illness during his five-year career.

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Visualized: Apple’s iPhone development device circa-2005


Wanna see what an iPhone development device looks like before Sir Jonathan has had his way with it? Then Ars Technica’s got a treat for you at our source link.

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