Bigelow’s expandable station modules are made of as many as 30 layers of high-strength fabric, including Kevlar. They take up 127 cubic feet when compressed for launch.
Once in orbit, the modules fill with air from onboard tanks to expand to their intended size. The fabric resists impacts from micrometeoroids and debris more effectively than standard aluminum designs.
“If you still think Chinese tech companies are only about replicating the innovations that others have made, then you've got some catching up to do. Today's Chinese tech sector is filled with a number of disruptive companies that are not only competing but leaping ahead in the race to build better products and use tech to solve important problems.
I spent a week in Beijing in April, meeting with Chinese companies, talking with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from across the globe, and getting a look inside some of the most important innovators on the Chinese mainland at GMIC Beijing 2016.”
He mentions Alibaba, Baidu, Didi, Hauwei, Tencent and several others. GMIC is the CES equivalent in China
Dell's new monitor will pique your interest, with a 43-inch 4K display and the option to run as four separate 1080p screens, without bezel breaks.The Dell P4317Q monitor can show content from four separate inputs simultaneously in full HD (four USB 3.0, two HDMI, one DisplayPort, one Mini DisplayPort, and one VGA port are available), and you can zoom in to any single display to take advantage of that 4K display at will. If you're considering throwing your multi-monitor setup out the window and going all-in with Dell — which the company says will save you 30 percent in energy consumption —prepare to spend some serious cash. This monitor will cost you $1,349 and is expected begin shipping on May 23rd.
Worn under Kanaan’s firesuit, the shirt acts as both fireproofing protection and sensor. The fabric of the shirt — not wires or a separate device — senses electrical activity.
“We’re not talking about a bracelet or a separate device; it’s the fabric itself,” said Adam Nelson, vice president, industry solutions, healthcare and life sciences at NTT Data, a Tokyo-based global system integration company. “Because it’s electroconductive polymer, it picks up the heart’s electrical activity. If you position the fabric on certain muscles, it picks up the muscle activity. … It’s a very different type of bio-signal that we capture with the fabric.”
Austin Burt, a professor of evolutionary genetics at Imperial College and the developer of the technology, didn’t set out to commit mosquito genocide. “Our target is malaria, not mosquitoes,” he says. “Mosquitoes are a means to an end.” But once unleashed, Burt’s mosquitoes have no kill switch. They will carry out their mission until there are no females left. To some experts, it’s a small sacrifice. But others worry about the implications of leaving a biological niche empty.
That concern is part of what drove Anthony James, a molecular biologist at the University of California, Irvine, to take a different tack. He’s working to make mosquitoes incapable of carrying malaria and, eventually, other pathogens like Zika. This technique leaves the mosquitoes in place while disarming them. “Nobody likes mosquitoes, but you can live with them if they are not giving you disease,” he says. “Better to fix the ones you have than deal with whoever comes along next.”
All the large food producers say they’re trying to reduce their financial dependence on sugar. In fleeing the storm, they’ve darted for varying types of cover. Coca-Cola has shrunk soda cans; Mondelēz International, the maker of Oreos, has become a power in the gluten-free movement; PepsiCo has tried shifting toward healthy-ish snacks such as hummus.
Nestlé has chosen a radically different path. It wants to invent and sell medicine. The products Nestlé wants to create would be based on ingredients derived from food and delivered as an appealing snack, not a pill, drawing on the company’s expertise in the dark arts of engineering food for looks, taste, and texture. Some would require a prescription, some would be over-the-counter, and some are already on store shelves today.
Google Home project lead Mario Querioz held the device in his palm, revealing a design that was shorter and wider than Amazon's cylindrical Echo, which is powered by Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa. Microsoft also has its own personal assistant, Cortana, but as yet no at-home device.
Google Home will use its new Google assistant, which leverages Google's search and the contextual queries it's been developing with a decade of research into artificial intelligence. It will be able to play music, complete a range of tasks and answer questions that one would ask of Google search.
Someday, the dusty back shelves of America's warehouses could be replaced by UPS and SAP-enabled 3-D printing.
To do that, the package-delivery company and business software company are working with an Atlanta-based company that has Louisville, Ky. production facilities called Fast Radius to do 3-D printing of parts.
Genetically engineered drugs known as biologics typically have to be injected rather than swallowed because their complex proteins break down in the stomach. Rani Therapeutics is developing a pill that will protect those proteins.
The patient swallows the pill, currently about the size of a large vitamin. The coating starts to dissolve when the pill reaches the high-alkaline level of the digestive tract, mixing its Alka-Seltzer-like components, which create carbon dioxide.
The CO2 inflates a small plastic-film balloon underneath one or two injector darts made of molded sugar, propelling them into the intestinal wall. The darts dissolve and the medicine they contain is absorbed into the bloodstream.
General Electric (GE) is known for creating technologies that can withstand thousands of degrees. To help the world better understand the stress those technologies are under, the company created a limited edition hot sauce called 1032K, named for the absolute hottest temperature (in Kelvin) at which matter can theoretically exist. The company only produced 1,000 bottles, all of which sold out shortly after it was announced – Popular Science
Harper’s Bazaar lists its top eateries with a great view to go along including 360 Bar & Dining “with sweeping views of the Sydney skyline, at the top of the Sydney Tower is a 'rooftop' you won't want to miss. With dark wood finishes and soft light sculptures, the mood sets itself as you dine on a 2-3 course meal of everything from oysters to handmade tagliatelle.”
Popular Science has several contraptions that could redefine breakfast for most including the Bacon Alarm Clock
Traditional alarm clocks wake you with annoying beeps. Tech entrepreneur Matty Sallin decided to make mornings more pleasant—with a bacon-scented alarm clock. “You probably have a memory of waking up to the smell of breakfast,” Sallin says. “It’s a completely effective alarm.” With help from friends, including engineer Josh Myer, he built a pig-shaped device. Partially inspired by the Easy-Bake oven, it uses two halogen lights to heat up precooked bacon in about 10 minutes. Once he’s awake, Sallin simply eats breakfast in bed.
the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. PICI (pronounced “pie-sea”), as it’s called by its member scientists, is doing something unprecedented in academic medicine: combining and coordinating the efforts of six of the top cancer immunology centers in the country—MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Penn Medicine, Stanford, UCLA, and UCSF—in order to greatly expand and, more important, to accelerate our understanding of why some immune-based treatments work miraculously in some patients and not at all in others. Carl June, an oncologist at Penn and a PICI team member, says he almost can’t believe Parker pulled it off. “Never before would I think you could get all these institutions to sign the exact same document,” he says.
It’s only 20 minutes or so, and I think every young person should listen to Larry Ellison’s recent commencement speech at USC.
It is eloquent and inspirational about the ups and downs of life and discovering yourself:
“This was a pivotal moment in my life. My family was still mad at me for not going to medical school and now my wife was divorcing me because I lacked ambition. It looked like a reoccurrence of the same old problem. Once again I was unable to live up to the expectations of others. But this time I was not disappointed in myself for failing to be the person they thought I should be. Their dreams and my dreams were different. I would never confuse the two of them again.
I had discovered things that I loved; the Sierras, Yosemite, the Pacific Ocean. These natural wonders brought me great joy and happiness and would for the rest of my life. I had an interesting job programming computers and more money than I needed. For the first time I was certain that I was going to survive in this world. A huge burden of fear had been lifted. I'll never forget that moment. It was a time for rejoicing. I bought the sail boat and lived on board, just me and my cat, in Berkeley Marina. In the words of James Joyce, "I was alone and young and willful and unheeded, but I was happy and near to the wild heart of life.”
The old-school suitcase is getting an upgrade. Though innovation has been slow to hit the luggage industry, which accounts for $3.3 billion in revenue in the U.S., according to the Travel Goods Association, more companies have introduced high-tech luggage equipped with location tracking, phone chargers, and other savvy features that cater to connected travelers. Bluesmart and Samsonite were the first with smart bags, and now Tumi has partnered with AT&T T -1.01% and LugTrack to develop its Global Locator, coming later this year.
The security at NY4 bears this out. To get from the parking lot to a spot where you could touch one of the servers you’d have to go through five checkpoints. One of them is a so-called man trap with two automatic steel doors that never open at the same time. Your palm print is required twice in addition to your PIN code. A wall of video monitors captures every nook and cranny of the 338,000-square-foot building.
Once you’re in, the space is enveloped by a rush of white noise from the thousands of computer fans whirring away to keep the servers cool. To help maintain the temperature, the ceiling is 45 feet high, roughly four stories up. It’s barely visible—not just because of its height, but also thanks to all of the suspended trays of cables and cooling ducts running overhead. All this goes toward one statistic: Equinix says in its annual filing that it kept its facilities up and running 99.9999 percent of the time in 2015.
At the Chanel boutique in Bushwick, Brooklyn, black-and-white tweed skirts hang near gold lamé gowns. Classic black-toed beige pumps are on display on a glass platform lit from below. A quilted leather handbag with a gleaming gold clasp is also on view, perfectly paired with a rabbit fur coat.
Alas, this shop is not open to the public. That’s because it’s just two feet long by two feet tall, and it’s inside the apartment of a man named Phillip Nuveen.
Mr. Nuveen, 27, is a designer who works almost exclusively in miniature, often making minute versions of the most sought after luxury goods. Each item is made by hand or with the help of a 3D printer. He has designed little Hermès bags, Eames chairs and Louis Vuitton steamer trunks that Barbie most likely would be only too happy to have Ken carry for her.
In other words, this is more than an art repository. It’s a beautifully designed experience, a template for other museums—a mix of flamboyance and subtlety, reverence and playfulness, right down to the perfectly seamless tour guide app. Some of the upgrades, exemplified by the shimmering exterior, smack you in the face. Other technological innovations, like the sensors that monitor the living wall, are subtle or hidden.
The SignAloud glove captures ASL gestures with sensors that measure everything from XYZ coordinates to the way individual fingers flex or bend. That sensor data is sent via Bluetooth to a nearby computer and fed into coding algorithms that categorize the gestures, which are translated into English and then audibly spoken via speaker.
What is different today, though, is that companies have become much more adept at identifying their top customers and knowing which psychological buttons to push. The goal is to create extravagance and exclusivity for the select few, even if it stirs up resentment elsewhere. In fact, research has shown, a little envy can be good for the bottom line.
When top-dollar travelers switch planes in Atlanta, New York and other cities, Delta ferries them between terminals in a Porsche, what the airline calls a “surprise-and-delight service.” Last month, Walt Disney World began offering after-hours access to visitors who want to avoid the crowds. In other words, you basically get the Magic Kingdom to yourself. When Royal Caribbean ships call at Labadee (pictured below), the cruise line’s private resort in Haiti, elite guests get their own special beach club away from fellow travelers — an enclave within an enclave.
That is why, after spending nearly 60 years building the Standard Model, particle physicists are now terribly excited at the prospect of finally breaking it. The flaws of the model were well known, but no one knows what the right model might be. Theorists have been stuck for decades, exploring a vast array of ideas but lacking the data to tell them if they were on the right path. Only an experimental breakthrough can help them move forward, and the LHC (Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the powerful accelerator at CERN (the European Laboratory for Particle Physics) near Geneva) might have already made it.
Over my career I have presented in settings of every shape and color but mostly in large hotel or convention ball rooms. They tend to be insipid but can hold large audiences. In the last few weeks, I have really enjoyed presenting to small groups as part of the Rimini executive briefing series aimed at SAP customers in some really interesting venues
L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel, Montreal
This is the oldest inn in N. America and the artifacts are centuries old
This tall ship which means fearless in Seneca had seen many hardy journeys over its century long life, before being moored on the Delaware river
Hampshire House, Boston
If you go up above the iconic Cheers bar (from the TV series) you come to a superb old library in this turn-of-the-century mansion on historic Beacon Hill
Townsend Hotel, Birmingham
This is a classy setting in the well kept Detroit suburb
Rosewood Sandhill Hotel, Palo Alto
Nestled in 16 acres of stunning real estate in the middle of venture capital world
This is a highly rated restaurant with meeting rooms with a stunning view of Lake Michigan, especially when the day is not foggy as this one was
Mckendricks Steakhouse, Atlanta
This 40s style restaurant had the smallest room of all the venues but the food and ambiance was excellent
A California start-up called View, which has raised a whopping $500 million from investors including Corning, General Electric and Khosla Ventures, is making high-tech windows that have the potential to bring to buildings what high-resolution touchscreens did for smartphones.
View’s windows eliminate glare, change hue, moderate internal temperature — and at some point, could show entirely different views of the outside world — via a process that uses a pane of glass sprayed with electrochromic material, which alters light transmission.
The result is smart glass that increases energy efficiency and promises better worker productivity, via technology accessed through an app.
To go along with the Time 100 Must Influential People issue, columnist Joel Stein, partly tongue in cheek, came up with a similar animal list here
“To do so, I formed a panel consisting of seven top animal experts. The Animals 100 board consisted of PETA president Ingrid Newkirk, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel president Rich Ross, environmentalist Philippe Cousteau, Farm Sanctuary president Gene Baur,BuzzFeed Animals editor Chelsea Marshall, my friend Phil Johnston—who not only co-wrote Zootopia but also wrote the scene in The Brothers Grimsby in which the characters get stuck in an elephant’s vagina—and Moby, the vegan musician who lives a few houses away from me and was walking by my driveway while I was working on this.”
“The Animals 100 board members agreed that we were embarking on an important endeavor. “We would all have the same basic answers with the 100 most influential people, like Obama and Malala,” said Zootopia co-writer Johnston. “If you talk about influential animals, other than that dog from the French silent movie, most people would say their house pet. Which is why this is a much more difficult list and makes you a better journalist.””
It’s a fun read, especially if you are an animal lover like me.
Jordan built a variety of obstacles, including a deluge of water and walls that collapsed inward, Indiana Jones-style. But what he really wanted was a trap that behaved unpredictably. That would really throw his friends off guard. How to do it, though? He obsessed over the problem.
Then it hit him: the animals! Minecraft contains a menagerie of virtual creatures, some of which players can kill and eat (or tame, if they want pets). One, a red-and-white cowlike critter called a mooshroom, is known for moseying about aimlessly. Jordan realized he could harness the animal’s movement to produce randomness. He built a pen out of gray stones and installed “pressure plates” on the floor that triggered a trap inside the maze. He stuck the mooshroom inside, where it would totter on and off the plates in an irregular pattern.
Presto: Jordan had used the cow’s weird behavior to create, in effect, a random-number generator inside Minecraft. It was an ingenious bit of problem-solving, something most computer engineers I know would regard as a great hack — a way of coaxing a computer system to do something new and clever.
This coin-size device clips on to whatever you want to locate in a hurry—your purse, golf bag, pet, bike, laptop, keys … whatever. Once clipped on, you pair the TrackR bravo device with the companion smartphone app and then assign each item (up to 10) to a unique icon to create a log of all your tracked items. When you need to locate one of these devices, just click on the app and choose the item you’re tracking. The TrackR uses a Bluetooth distance indicator to find the missing item within 100 feet and can ring the bravo tracking device.
Now, of course, every smartphone is a GPS device—if advances in chip design have allowed us to carry around powerful computers in our pockets, as often as not it’s the 24 GPS satellites circling the planet that make us take them out and use them. Milner argues that ubiquity has begun to exact a price. Part of that price is the ease with which we can now be located and tracked, but he also writes about another cost. He opens his book with an enchanting account of how ancient Polynesian navigators figured out how to cross thousands of miles of open ocean in outrigger canoes, guided only by the stars and the currents. Today, he points out, people blindly follow their turn-by-turn instructions into lakes or drive miles before they realize they mistyped the name of their dinner destination. He speculates, citing some suggestive psychological research, that our reliance on the technology may be altering the structure of our brains.
Rwanda’s minister of youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana recently signed a new agreement with the San Francisco-based company Zipline, whose aerial vehicles — aka vampire drones — will be able to deliver blood to more than 22 transfusion facilities throughout the country. The life-saving potential of this technology has been tested by Doctors Without Borders, which used drones to fight tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea. And if the Rwandan experiment works, it won’t be long before other countries in the region decide to follow suit. For Rutayisire, the prospect of aerially connecting hospitals, tech hubs and markets across the continent is simply too exciting not to try. “With so much potential,” he says, “it’s hard to not be optimistic.”
Back to hiring employees and owning good old fashioned assets
“These entrepreneurs are not launching technology companies or even "on demand" companies. They are instead starting child-care companies, retail stores, restaurants, and laundry services that use mobile technology not only for delivery, but as a way to be more efficient at every step of their operations. "You’re seeing models evolve," says Ron Johnson, the former CEO of J.C. Penney and creator of the Apple Store, who nine months ago started a mobile-enabled electronics retailer called Enjoy. "And that’s what you’d expect in a new area of the economy."”
Ed Bastian is Delta’s new CEO. He is a long term Delta executive most recently its President. He is also a new age executive. For many a compliment or complaint or research request for profiling Delta in my blogs and books, I have emailed him for years now and he often responds within minutes.
I was pleased to see in his first letter in the airline’s Sky magazine, he focused on technology. As he says “As the next generation of travelers becomes a significant part of our customer base we want to meet their expectations that a top brand be a leader in technology regardless of their business. That’s why we look to companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Salesforce.com, among others, as examples of global leaders in technology that provide a great product and great customer service.”
He describes some of the innovations that Delta frequent fliers have enjoyed for years now
“..last month, we were among the earliest companies, along with Starbucks and Hyatt to use Twitter’s new direct message button within a tweet—something that’s essential for communication private customer information”
“..we have invested heavily in making the FlyDelta app an essential travel tool with the ability to book,change and monitor flights. track bags at all points of the journey and even watch the Earth scroll by via the unique ‘Glass Bottom Jet’ feature.”
“We have upgraded our flight attendants’ handheld devices with more information and functionality; we’re investing In radio-frequency identification, or ”RFID,’to improve maintenance and baggage handling and we’re deploying thousands of tablets to Delta pilots to serve as electronic flight bags.”
Look forward to more innovations from Delta under his new role.
Photo Credit – Delta of Guest Service Tool flight attendants use to personalize service in the air.
There’s a modest body of literature on the psychology of vacations, and one of its findings is that much of the pleasure comes from anticipation—a 1997 study found that people are happier thinking about a trip beforehand than when they’re actually taking it. The goal of Expedia’s usability researchers is not only to make Expedia’s various sites and mobile apps more efficient but also to make them an extension of the vacation fantasies that are always running in the back of our heads.
I had two moments of self-doubt this week in Detroit where I attended Plex’s user conference. Was I safe walking down the riverfront from the Marriott at Renaissance Center (or the more contemporary name, RenCen) to the Cobo Center, which buzzes with visitors from around the world at the annual North American International Auto Show? And was I out of mind waiting all alone in deathly quiet for several minutes at the platform for the People Mover?
As I recounted both moments to locals and they laughed at me, I felt guilty. Like so many others I have this negative stereotype of an unsafe, decaying city, and my time this week went far to dispel the image.
The Renaissance Center, after all was the world’s largest private development in the early 70s. The John Portman designed Marriott is the tallest hotel skyscraper in the Western world. I took several walks down the riverfront which overlooks Canada and is host to a tall ship, an Appledore and a riverboat, the Detroit Princess – reminders of centuries of history this city has witnessed and contributed to.
The People Mover in a driverless, 3 mile loop glides by GM’s spectacular world headquarters, and is being enhanced with a 70-foot-by-80-foot LED screen to cover the light train stop. Once on the train, I felt completely safe as it took us past downtown attractions like Ford Field, home of the 2006 Super Bowl (and where Plex offered tours at its PartyPlex), Comerica Park, home of the 2005 Baseball All- Star Game, Joe Louis hockey arena and several museums which celebrate the city’s ethnic diversity – African-American, Arab-American among them and pay tribute to Motown, auto history and much more.
The Plex conference was an optimistic mix of over 1,200 manufacturing executives, as I describe here. I had a chance to have lunch in Birmingham, one of Detroit’s best preserved suburbs.
And I took the opportunity to revisit the Light Tunnel at Detroit Airport. Some of the Phillips LED lights have survived since their installation in 2001. It is a good reminder this is a city which is easy to write off but keeps bouncing back.
Minerals are combinations of chemical elements arranged into crystalline structures. Earth's rocks are built from different aggregations. Think of feldspar, quartz and mica - these are the ubiquitous species that everyone knows.
But cobaltominite, abelsonite, fingerite, edoylerite - these are examples that will not form unless the "cooking conditions" are absolutely perfect.
The atomic ingredients must sum exactly, the temperature must be precise to the degree, and the pressure will have to be defined in the narrowest of margins.
And then, some will immediately fall apart when they get wet or the sun shines on them.
When you hear the word "drone," you probably think of something either very useful or very scary. But could they have aesthetic value? Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D'Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight — from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to an eight-propeller craft that's ambivalent to orientation ... to a swarm of tiny coordinated micro-quadcopters. Prepare to be dazzled by a dreamy, swirling array of flying machines as they dance like fireflies above the TED stage.
Haier is now the fastest-growing provider of appliances in the world. Since 2011, it has held the largest worldwide market share in white goods. With its upscale brands in China, such as Casarte, and its growing presence in the United States, Europe, and Japan, this US$38 billion company has moved out of the value-priced and niche appliance domain to compete directly with top-of-the-line appliances from more established companies. It has accomplished this by being a consistently coherent and capable company: staying true to its core identity as a company dedicated to solving problems for consumers, while continually reinventing itself with imagination and verve.
The Express Drive program will initially offer 125 Chevy Equinox crossovers to Lyft drivers in Chicago. Drivers can rent the car between one and eight weeks and will be rewarded the more they drive. The cars will be rented out for $99 a week and 20 cents a mile to drivers who complete 40 rides or less a week. Once they surpass that number, the per-mile charge is dropped. If a driver completes 65 rides or more in a week, the rental is free. The rental fee covers the cost of insurance and maintenance.
actually it has built its own cloud, moving out of the Amazon cloud. From Wired
“Amazon’s cloud computing service lets anyone build and operate software without setting up their own hardware. In other words, those billions of files were stored on Amazon’s machines, rather than machines owned and operated by Dropbox.
But not anymore. Over the last two-and-a-half years, Dropbox built its own vast computer network and shifted its service onto a new breed of machines designed by its own engineers, all orchestrated by a software system built by its own programmers with a brand new programming language. Drawing on the experience of Silicon Valley veterans who erected similar technology inside Internet giants like Google and Facebook and Twitter, it has successfully moved about 90 percent of those files onto this new online empire.”
This reflects a growing availability of advanced-driver assistance systems, or ADAS, such as lane-keeping assist, automatic braking or adaptive cruise control in the market. As auto makers offer the components needed to power these functions in option packages as low as $1,800, they are being snapped up at a far higher rate than electrified vehicles.
After a decade of spending much of its time and billions focused on boosting fuel-efficiency, Washington is increasing its focus on technology that could save lives.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering ways to make ADAS features more ubiquitous, and Congress will hold a hearing Tuesday from Alphabet Inc.’s Google X team and General Motors.
Thor carries 57 sensors analyzing 140 variables like chest compression, sternum acceleration, and skull shifting. The old dummies typically measured about 20 such factors.
NHTSA says it plans to use Thor as part of its public, nationwide crash-test analysis beginning in 2019. Once that happens, auto companies will also have to make their vehicles markedly safer, says Warren Hardy, head of Virginia Tech’s Center for Injury Biomechanics. “We’re going to be able to design things to prevent a wider range of injuries and keep people intact,” he says, “not just keep them alive.”
Pair the paint with related tech like infrared-reflecting windows, and the effects are amplified. When the DOE tested a Cadillac STS with infrared-reflective glass (offered by automakers including Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Volvo) and solar reflective paint, it found the car’s cooling demands dropped by 30 percent (from 5.7 to 4.0 kW).
To combat icy buildup, researchers at the University of Michigan developed a spray-on ice repellent coating that can be applied to equipment, aircraft and car windshields to make removing the frozen stuff a breeze. In fact, the team of engineers say all it takes to clear off a treated surface is the force of gravity or a light breeze thanks "iceophobic" material.
The team says the rubber-based coating could also lead to more efficient household and industrial freezers. The substance will not only help a freezer stay frost-free, but can make them 20 percent more energy efficient as well. In fact, the research effort has already developed hundreds of ice-repelling formulas for a variety of uses. So, what's expected to be the first application for the material? Frozen food packaging.
More important, just like the early iPhone, Amazon has managed to turn the Echo into the center of a new ecosystem. Developers are flocking to create voice- controlled apps for the device, or skills, as Amazon calls them. There are now more than 300 skills for the Echo, from the trivial — there is one to make Alexa produce rude body sounds on command — to the pretty handy. It can tell you transit schedules, start a seven-minute workout. read recipes, do math and conversions, and walk you through adventure games, among other possibilities.
Makers of digital home devices like Nest are also rushing to make their products compatible with the Echo. Alexa can now control your Internet—connected lights, home thermostats and a variety of other devices. Hardware makers can also add Alexa’s brain into their own devices, so soon you won’t need an Echo to consult with Alexa — you could find it in your toaster, your refrigerator or your car.
It may not look like much at first glance, but a map created by University of Wisconsin computer science professor Paul Barford and about a dozen colleagues took around four years to produce. He believes it could make the Internet more resilient to accidents, disasters, or intentional attacks.
The map shows the paths taken by the long-distance fiber-optic cables that carry Internet data across the continental U.S. The exact routes of those cables, which belong to major telecommunications companies such as AT&T and Level 3, have not been previously publicly viewable, despite the fact that they are effectively critical public infrastructure, says Barford.
Actually nothing to do with icrecream, but CSO highlights a variety of digital breaches
The Verizon RISK Team performs cyber investigations for hundreds of commercial enterprises and government agencies annually across the globe. In 2015, they investigated more than 500 cybersecurity incidents. They shared some of the details in a recent report of how they solved the cyber crimes.
Sea travel on the Caribbean became a routine for Spain, this is why it had detailed records of ship travels. Storms accounted for many of the shipwrecks in the Caribbean.
Florida Keys' tree-ring records extend all the way back to the 1707. These tree-rings show when there is a hurricane in a particular year, because the ring growth slowed down whenever one occurs. The team gathered wood samples from shipwrecks and began dating them.
The team used two books in the study to combine shipwreck data with tree-rings data, namely "Shipwrecks In The Americas: A Complete Guide To Every Major Shipwreck In The Western Hemisphere" by Robert F. Marx and "Shipwrecks Of Florida: A Comprehensive Listing" by Steven D. Singer.
I was assigned a Hyundai as a company car in Saudi Arabia in the mid 80s. So pleasant was the experience that I avoided the brand for the next 3 decades
Their long warranty helped dispel lingering quality concerns and I finally got one of their SUVs. Since then, every member of the family has got one for the value, and increasingly for the curvy looks.
“Fluidic Sculpture is not a physical form, but a spirit. The lively beauty Hyundai Motor wishes to express is sometimes portrayed as dynamic curves, and at others, as more refined inner strength. Although expressions may vary, there is only one essence - Fluidic Sculpture.”
Design philosophy or marketing slogan? Probably a bit of both but the cars have come a long, long way.