Explore the evolution of video game streaming from Twitch.tv to YouTube gaming to the flurry of start-ups that are now entering this space.

According to the GEM Global Report 2015, around 100 million businesses are launched annually. That’s quite a lot of entrepreneurial spirit. It’s also great news for anyone who fancies exploring their next big idea or who enjoy the fruit of other people’s brilliant labor. Video game showcasting is also getting a taste of global success. From Twitch.tv to YouTube Gaming, plus a flurry of start-ups which are making this their focus, video game broadcasting has become big business.

Here’s a round up of the latest Science & Technology news ranging from Physics to AI, from Space travel to Mathematics and of course the coolest gadgets around. 

Iron Man As You’ve Never Seen Him Before

Columbia University has created the most practical robot of all time: a domestic dream come true. Meet ‘Iron Man’ the robot who will do your ironing for you. The research team led by Li published a paper on “Multi-Sensor Surface Analysis for Robotic Ironing” (PDF). The challenge itself was for the robot to systematically flatten an uneven surface automatically. The robot had to be able to repeat the flattening process on different parts of the cloth until it was truly ironed.

For the last forty years, television has evolved fairly slowly. That might raise eyebrows in this age of on-demand content, but it’s important not to confuse streaming and binge watching with the technical process of creating television programming. Now, just as 40 years ago, cameras capture two-dimensional pictures that are projected onto a rectangular screen in our living rooms. Aspect ratios have improved and picture quality is far superior, but the passive nature of our viewing experience remains similar to the 1970s.

Imagine a world where civic life is transformed by a perfect storm of converging technologies – most notably ubiquitous high-speed cloud and smartphones – a slew of Internet-connected sensors, controllers and other devices (the Internet of Things), plus intelligent tools for aggregating and analyzing the huge volumes of big data that these devices will generate, often in real time. This is the idea behind smart cities.

The cloud is often portrayed as a perfect solution to IT concerns. From affordability to accessibility, its merits are championed by many. However, the cloud isn’t a nebulous theoretical concept – it involves expensive hardware and requires ongoing maintenance and supervision. There’s no doubt that cloud services can represent a simple and reassuringly robust alternative to in-house platforms, but sometimes there’s a fiscal sting in the tail which comes in the form of bandwidth costs.

Welcome to part 3 of our series on securing a web directory in Apache using the .htaccess file.

In part one we looked at what the .htaccess file is and how it works. In part two we looked at the auth directive and how it can be used to provide authentication level access restrictions to a website directory. In case you haven’t yet, I’d recommend reading over the previous parts before continuing with this one.

In this article we will be looking at using the .htaccess file to either block or allow access based on where the request comes from.