The system is based on what is known as a low-work-function tether, a thin km-size aluminum tape of a few centimeters width with enhanced electron emission properties on receiving sunlight and heat.Conversely, if there is available power for on-board use, the tether can be used to produce a thrust force that increases the altitude of the orbit.The two patents "System for generating electrical power in orbit by means of floating conductor cables" and "System for in-orbit propulsion via floating conductor cables" are based on an electrodynamic effect known as the Lorentz drag.Our contribution to this technology comes from a strikingly simple design in which two lightweight aluminum tape deployed from a satellite without any active electron emitter are able to supply power and/or propulsion to a spacecraft.The system provides useful power in orbit while the satellite deorbits, that is, its altitude is decreased until reentry and burning in the atmosphere.For this reason, "this technology is ideal for eliminating space debris", the researchers point out.
Snap is reportedly laying off around 2 dozen employees, according to reports from Cheddar and The Information on Thursday.Most of the layoffs are said to affect Snap's team of human editors on its content team, though Cheddar reports some Snap employees based out of its New York and London offices were informed they needed to relocate to Snap's main Los Angeles campus.Get the latest Snap stock price here.
Today at the Detroit Auto Show, Jeep unveiled the latest iteration of the Cherokee, a compact SUV for folks who want the option of off-road prowess to go with their family-hauling duties.While it's not fully reinvented for 2019, the Cherokee gets a third engine option and a refined front fascia that's far less polarizing than its forbearer.Available in Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland and Trailhawk trims, the Cherokee will come standard with the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine while the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 will be available, both carryovers from the previous generation.However, in a bid to increase overall fuel economy, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four cylinder with start/stop technology is also available, pumping out 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.We got some time with that power plant and found it to be lag-free and fairly zippy, although in the case of the Wrangler, it's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.The controversial face of the previous Cherokee has gotten a bit of a makeover.
But once in a while, the marque decides to venture outside of its comfort zone, giving birth to vehicles like the LM002 “Lamborghini truck”.Disclosure: Automobili Lamborghini America, LLC paid for SlashGear’s flights and hotel accommodation for this trip to North America International Auto Show (NAIAS).It needed to be useful in any condition, road, or weather.For the first time, it is using a Turbo engine, specifically a V8 4 liter engine with an output of 650 hp.Lamborghini needed to balance those out lest the Urus become a Super Tortoise instead of an SUV.Not just any aluminum, of course, but one that delivered both a lighter mass but also a stiffer chassis.
The Nintendo Switch is becoming a great little platform, but it’s still far from perfect.Switch owners have complained about a variety of things since launch, including the lack of a virtual console and the need for a smartphone app for in-game communication.One of the most common complaints, however, is that the Switch is missing streaming apps that have already found their way to every other platform imaginable.This is particularly mind-boggling because it seems like the Switch would be the perfect fit for such apps, owing to its portable nature.As it stands, though, the only streaming app to launch on the Switch to date is Hulu.What about the others like Netflix and Amazon Prime?
The Tesla Model 3 might be off to a slower production start than the company would’ve liked, but there are big improvements coming for the vehicle once Tesla gets on top of its assembly backlog.Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to a customer question on Twitter (via Business Insider) regarding additional voice control options with an affirmation that indeed, plenty more voice-enabled features for controlling the car are on the way.Musk replied to the Model 3 owner that eventually, you’d be “able to do pretty much anything via voice command” in the vehicle.For now, the team working on Model 3 software is focused on getting the core product right, but the plan is to add additional features quickly once that’s taken care of.You will be able to do pretty much anything via voice command.Software team is focused on core Model 3 functionality right now, but that will be done soon, then we will add a lot more features.
Companies are competing on an increasingly-crowded stage for the business – and loyalty – of consumers.This is especially true when it comes to the contact centre, as people continue to seek out a human voice when they communicate with brands, particularly if there is something they aren’t happy about!Yet, with the ever-present threat of a data breach and instances of insider fraud increasing, ensuring top-notch service is becoming more and more difficult.Don’t hang up on a business opportunityThe desire for human contact is still strong.The threat from within – why it makes sense to be scared about data security
Considering how much players like to use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and streaming services like Twitch to show off their gaming experiences, it makes perfect sense that the PlayStation 4 includes some handy tools for creating and uploading gameplay clips online.The console even saves video automatically in the background as you play games, just in case something awesome happens that you want to save and share.Even worse, if you don’t know what controls to use — and when — you might accidentally wipe out your amazing moment by saving a video over it.First, hold down the “Share” button on your PlayStation 4 controller to open up the Share menu.You’ll need to use these settings later to upload your video, but for now, you want to prep the PS4 to record the exact length of your clips.To do this, go to the “set Video Length” menu.
Think Toyota hybrids and it might be earnest but less than soul-stirring cars like the Prius that come to mind, but the automaker is betting a 986 HP electrified supercar will change your mind.Say hello, then, to the GR Super Sport Concept, a sibling to the TS050 that currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and certainly not your parents’ Camry.Making its debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2018 today, the GR Super Sport Concept is the latest example of Toyota promising to take racing-honed technology and apply it to production cars.That’s not to say, before you whip out your wallet, that you’ll necessarily be able to buy this race-inspired monster any time soon.Under the bodywork is a twin-turbocharged direct injection 2.4-liter V6.That’s been combined with an electrification system of hybrid motors, the Toyota Hybrid System-Racing, or THS-R, developed by the Toyota Gazoo Racing team.
Easy as A, B, CTRL+PSecurity shortcomings in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) create a means for miscreants to bypass login credentials on corporate laptops.Weaknesses in the tech have been discovered before (examples here and here) but the latest flaw is nonetheless noteworthy because of the ease of exploitation."The weakness can be exploited in mere seconds without a single line of code," F-Secure reports.The attacker then may log into Intel Management Engine BIOS Extension (MEBx) using the default password "admin", as thi is most likely unchanged on most corporate laptops.The attacker would then be free to change the default password, enable remote access and set AMT's user opt-in to "None".
Back in early 2015, we took a look at what then seemed like a promising input device for use with VR, the 3DRudder.Now that device is available to the public, so we caught up with the company’s CEO, Stanislas Chesnais, to take a look at what makes the 3DRudder different from the other VR devices you’ll see in our coverage of CES 2018.While VR continues to innovate on a variety of spaces, movement in virtual reality spaces is far from a solved problem.Some companies are packing computers right into the headsets to eliminate cables, others are tracking full body movement, some are even tracking your eyes and brain activity.This works great for some things, but 3DRudder aims to provide a solution that is more backward compatible with existing games.“The idea is that you want to move in VR, you want to have your hands free to shoot, grab, pull, whatever,” Chesnais told Digital Trends.
Facebook users rang in the holiday season in style, as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day were the hottest of Facebook IQ’s Hot Topics on Facebook and Instagram in December.Football dominated the sports Hot Topics on both social networks, as Facebook users talked up three National Football League teams—the Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers—while the Steelers made the Instagram list, as well, along with NFL players Carson Wentz and Nick Foles and two college football bowl games.Office Depot and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention topped the brands and products list on Facebook, while Instagram users discussed cryptocurrency—Ethereum and Ripple—and Google Home.Star Wars: The Last Jedi dominated the entertainment category across both social networks.Facebook users discussed Kevin Gates and Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth in December, while people who heated up Instagram included Jeezy and Elon Musk.Facebook IQ measured subjects that drove disproportionately high volumes of discussion on both social platforms, marking the latest in a Facebook-Adweek Hot Topics monthly series that began in 2015.
Are you really eager to own a projector but you always find them to be slightly too expensive?Hopefully iRULU will change your mind with their BL20 projector that you can get for just $49.99 with the coupon they gently provided.Keep reading to learn more about it!The iRULU BL20 is an LED home theater video projector that features a 2000:1 contrast ratio, supports 1080p video resolution and it can project to a screen size going from 32 to 200 inches through the 5-inch LCD TFT panel.It projects a 16:9 aspect radio and its LED light have 20000 hours of life.The projector can be connected to lots of devices like computer, laptop, tablet, TV and smartphones.
The Viaroom Home, the product of a startup backed by ATES Networks, is a self-learning home controller connected to the internet.It's meant to round up all your smart devices and anticipate home automations based on AI that learns your habits.A 48-hour setup period allows the Viaroom Home to analyze what's happening in your house.It then begins to anticipate it, creating a room-by-room map of systems like your lighting, heating and appliance controls.After that, the system learns your habits in each room.For example, every time you switch on a lamp manually, the AI learns that and begins to anticipate what time you typically like the lamp to turn on, so you can automate that action.
Brilliant Control is trying hard to live up to its name at CES 2018.I was already intrigued by its list of abilities.Brilliant is a touchscreen that replaces your light switch and has Amazon's assistant Alexa built in.You can use it to control an impressive list of smart home partners.At CES, Brilliant is adding Amazon's Display Cards, so Alexa can show you more info on the screen when you ask a question.The Display Cards are the visual information Alexa uses on the Amazon Echo Show.
Credits cards and debit cards have chips in them to ward off fraud.The Wallet Card has the support of a consortium of financial companies, including MasterCard, which led the last financing round for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Dynamics.The Wallet Card has a cell phone chip and most of the working parts of a computer, including a display — all inside a piece of plastic that looks like any other credit card.Dynamics is showing the Wallet Card at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week.Jeff Mullen, founder and CEO of Dynamics, said in an interview that the new card will provide an “unprecedented level of security.”“We have worked on this for over five years,” Mullen said.
For most Twitter users, taking a quick scroll through your timeline you don’t give a second thought to being able to see images (all the memes) scattered among the 270 characters.But it is not that easy for everyone.A visually impaired man named Rob Long has asked users of the social media platform to help him, and other blind users, enjoy the same experience simply by changing the accessibility settings on your account.Increase your ability to reach us and help us interact with your pictures, it’s really simple and makes a huge difference to our twitter experiance allowing us to see your images our way.Thanks for the description pic.twitter.com/hCsjoFdmev— Rob Long (@_Red_Long) January 3, 2018
Instagram is experimenting with a new feature that allows its customers to cross-post Instagram Stories directly to WhatsApp, a feature that builds upon the Facebook cross-posting it officially launched in late 2017.Only some Instagram users are spotting this feature at this time, and they all appear to be in Brazil.When the feature may roll out more extensively is unclear.As far as Facebook goes, Instagram Stories is its most popular ‘stories’ feature, eclipsing the Facebook Stories alternative though both are similar.Facebook somewhat addressed that by making it possible to cross-post Instragram Stories to Facebook Stories, though how many users are taking advantage of that ability isn’t clear.According to TechCrunch, Facebook is now experimenting with another expansion of story cross-posting ability, this time focusing on WhatsApp.