Jaguar is far from the only car manufacturer making the switch to producing electric vehicles, but it might one of the first to jump into the electric boat game.The company didn’t just dip its toe in water, it went all out and set a new world record for maritime speed.Jaguar teamed up with racing partners at Vector and Williams Advanced Engineering to build a small, single-person speedboat with an all-electric drivetrain.Dubbed the Jaguar Vector Racing V20E, the boat reached speeds of 88.61mph while being piloted across eight miles of the Coniston Water lake in England.This easily broke the previous world record of 76.8mph, which has stood since 2008.The trio of companies have decided to keep quiet on the vessel’s details, including the motor and battery, revealing only that it shares technology and hardware with Jaguar’s vehicles for the all-electric Formula E racing series.
Mars will be at its closest point to our planet in 15 years throughout July, making for some prime nighttime viewing.That's because of a phenomenon called perihelic opposition, in which Earth's and Mars' orbits align, bringing the two planets closer together.Perihelic opposition only occurs once every 15 to 17 years, so get out there and find the red planet in the sky.Mars will look brighter in the night sky over the next six weeks than it has appeared in 15 years.That's because the red planet will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003 throughout June and July, as our planet passes between Mars and the sun.Perihelic opposition occurs only once every 15 to 17 years, when Earth's and Mars' orbits align to bring the two planets close together, according to NASA.
The Meizu 16 and 16 Plus will be successors to the 15 series that was launched recently by Meizu.While the predecessors are still on the market, the 16 series launch is right around the corner.A fresh set of images has confirmed some of the specifications, variants and pricing of the upcoming smartphones.Just a couple of days ago, Jack Wong, founder of Meizu confirmed that the Meizu 16 will sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and will see the light of day in August.Today’s leak confirms that there will be two variants, the Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus.Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 will be a part of the 16 Plus while the 16 will sport a Snapdragon 710.
On May 31, Xiaomi released the Xiaomi Mi 8 flagship in Shenzhen.This smartphone is hardly in-stock so many buyers have to rely on third-party retailers to own this device.Now, the second official sale of this smartphone took-off by 10:00 this morning.You can now make reservations for this smartphone and the 6GB+64GB version is priced at 2699 yuan ($422) while the 6GB+128GB will sell for 3299 Yuan ($469).You can get this smartphone on Mi Mall and Xiaomi Youpin for the launch price.However, if you don’t have access to these stores or your Chinese is bad like mine, then you may want to check on other big Chinese stores like Banggood (6GB + 64GB – $569.99) or Geekbuying (6GB + 64GB – $549.99).
This November, Californians will head to the polls to vote on a peculiar ballot measure that asks, "Hey, how do you feel about splitting into three states?"If a majority of California voters who cast ballots agree to divvy up the state into three, the plan would then go onto the US Congress for approval.All states have a special process for amending their state constitution.The ballot measure put forth by Draper, a well-known tech investor, establishes new boundaries for three new states within the existing California and provides the "legislative consent" of the people of California.With a few choice words, the initiative argues that it doesn't need state congressional approval before moving onto US Congress.The California Constitution says through the initiative you can change the constitution only so much.
Augmented reality (AR) has played prominently in nearly all of Apple's events since iOS 11 was introduced, Tim Cook has said he believes it will be as revolutionary as the smartphone itself, and AR was Apple’s biggest focus in sessions with developers at WWDC this year.Most users don’t think the killer app for AR has arrived yet—unless you count Pokémon Go.The simplest, shortest explanation of ARKit is that it does a lot of the heavy lifting for app developers in terms of working with the iOS device’s camera, scanning images and objects in the environment, and positioning 3D models in real space and making them fit in.The device needs uninterrupted sensor data, and this process works best in well-lit environments that are textured and that contain very distinct features; pointing the camera at a blank wall won’t help much.Limited: Some factor has prevented an adequate world map from being built, so functionality and accuracy may be limited.Previously, AR world maps were not saved across multiple sessions, and they were not transferable between devices.
In the early 2000s, a small community of coder-cosmologists set out to simulate the 14-billion-year history of the universe on a supercomputer.Like mutant cells in a petri dish, mock galaxies grew all wrong, becoming excessively starry blobs instead of gently rotating spirals.When the researchers programmed in supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies, the black holes either turned those galaxies into donuts or drifted out from galactic centers like monsters on the prowl.The simulations have also granted researchers such as Di Matteo virtual access to the supermassive black holes that anchor the centers of galaxies, whose formation in the early universe remains mysterious.These immeasurably dense, bottomless pits in the space-time fabric, some weighing more than a billion suns, act as fuel-burning engines, messily eating surrounding stars, gas and dust and spewing the debris outward in lightsaber-like beams called jets.In a superbubble, “a small galaxy over a few million years could blow itself apart,” said Wadsley, who integrated superbubbles into a code called GASOLINE2 in 2015.
Rapporteur David Kaye not impressed with Article 13The campaign against a key aspect of new European copyright legislation has picked up a significant backer: the United Nations' freedom of expression expert.David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur, has sent a lengthy letter to the European Commission outlining his concerns about Article 13 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive, which would require large internet platforms to introduce automated upload filters that remove copyrighted content.Earlier this week, 70 internet luminaries including Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and Jimmy Wales warned that the proposal risked damaging "the free and open Internet as we know it" by shifting legal liability from users to platforms.Kaye agrees with that overall concern and has some additional concerns."I am very seriously concerned that the proposed Directive would establish a regime of active monitoring and prior censorship of user-generated content," Kaye - whose official title is special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression - says in the nine-page letter [PDF], noting that such an approach would be "inconsistent" with international treaties in civil and political rights.
Elon Musk's dream of circumventing traffic via high-speed underground "skates" has seemed like pie in the sky -- or rather, treasure in tunnels -- until this week.The city of Chicago and Musk's tunneling startup announced this week that The Boring Company has been selected to build and operate an express service between the city center and O'Hare International Airport.Musk originally conceived a network of tunnels that Los Angeles drivers could use to take an underground shortcut around traffic jams.The Boring Company has been building a demonstration tunnel beneath the California headquarters of SpaceX, another Musk joint.As if to drive the reality of his vision home, the Boring Company shared what seems to be the first full-scale test of a vehicle running down one of its tunnels.The short video above, published to YouTube Thursday.
My email to the company has already leaked to media.Here it is unfiltered: pic.twitter.com/4LToWoxScx— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 12, 2018Retching intensified minutes later when he assured us the cuts weren’t profit-motivated — the company hasn’t been profitable in 15 years, after all — but a pruning measure to remove redundancies.It’s Silicon Valley boilerplate, the type of language used to pacify shareholders while ensuring the media that [insert company here] values its employees above all else.They’ll pick up the pieces and move forward, one step closer to achieving their goal of making the world a better place and blah blah blah disruptive force.
Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have built prototypes for an aluminum electric field cage inside a particle detector for an international physics experiment conducted at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland."UTA's key role in the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment prototype developments in Switzerland demonstrates the high regard in which we are held by the international physics community," said Duane Dimos, UTA vice president for research.Last year, UTA had research expenditures of $3.5 million carrying out leading roles in the world's most prestigious new particle physics experiments in the United States and around the world.Total grants over the next decade are expected to surpass $35 million."UTA is participating in all the important projects - upgrades to the Large Hadron Collider's ATLAS experiment, the International Linear Collider in Japan, DUNE with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois and the IceCube experiment in the South Pole," said Kaushik De, UTA physics professor and director of the Center for Excellence in High Energy Physics.The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment or DUNE is a U.S.-led international experiment that focuses on neutrinos, subatomic particles that may offer an answer to the lingering mystery of the universe's matter-antimatter imbalance.
The upgrade will allow the machine to collide even more particles, potentially helping physicists see new stuff.The Large Hadron Collider is essentially two 16-mile-round rings that overlap in four places.Bunches of protons (or heavier atoms) race around the tracks at nearly the speed of light and collide in one of the four intersections.Discoveries are made when these resulting collisions behave differently than the existing laws of physics would predict—or when they behave in predicted but never-before-seen ways.Currently, the LHC can produce a billion collisions between protons per second, according to a press release.The High-Luminosity LHC ties into some of the larger issues in physics right now, the biggest being that, since the official observation of the Higgs boson, there have been no new particles discovered (at least, not any confirmed ones).
Earlier today Apple Maps was unusable for hours, apparently.It took us quite some time to notice, but the Apple aficionados at 9to5Mac reported this morning that the app wasn’t working for most users.While you could still open the app and see your location, when you tried to get navigation information, you were hit with a message that said “Directions Not Available.Route information is not available at the moment.” Nearly all of the app’s real functionalities appeared to be down.VentureBeat reported that Siri was failing to respond to mapping requests, telling users, “Can’t seem to access that data right now, try again in a little while.”Apple’s own support site mentions that there is an issue with certain maps functionality.
Blockchain technology should be considered the most disruptive technology invention of the fourth industrial revolution.However, the sector it is aiming to transform, and hopes to have the highest impact on day to day consumer and seller activities, is the e-commerce industry.The e-commerce industry has arguably changed the way we shop and live, which to many people has basically become one in the same.The convenience, affordability, and vast array of products offered by e-commerce platforms shows some of the benefits of the e-commerce industry, but with the growth of the industry (a global online retail market that is expected to surpass $4.5 billion by 2020), large e-commerce companies like Amazon, Alibaba, EBay and a large group of other companies which account for over 50% of that market valuation, the problems associated with e-commerce are beginning to emerge.The current e-commerce business model will have a hard time resolving all these issues in one fell swoop, with the only solution to these problems is blockchain technology.Payment solutions for international e-commerce is far from perfect, and even with payment solutions like PayPal and Skrill, the payment industry still needs some reworking.
AT yesterday completed its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., two days after a federal judge ruled against a Department of Justice (DOJ) attempt to block the deal.The DOJ could still appeal the ruling, but it agreed not to seek a stay pending appeal, allowing the merger to be completed.You can expect more personalized advertisements as AT combines a major programmer with its DirecTV, home broadband, and mobile services.By adding Warner Bros., HBO, and Turner to AT's TV and broadband services, the combined company will "bring a fresh approach to how the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers," AT CEO Randall Stephenson said in the merger completion announcement.Turner networks will be part of a separate business unit, which is distinct from the AT Communications division that operates DirecTV, U-verse, and the company's home and mobile broadband businesses."AT Communications will have no role in setting Turner's prices or other terms to unaffiliated distributors, and Turner will not consult with AT Communications in setting Turner prices or other terms for programming provided to unaffiliated video distributors," AT said in a letter to the DOJ yesterday.
The Galaxy Note 9 is due to be unveiled precisely on Agust 9 at a dedicated event in the York City of US, so we’re probably going to see more leaks pertaining to the device in the coming weeks.While it is now almost certain the device won’t get the in-display fingerprint sensor, a newly leaked case renders of the upcoming Note 9 which emanated from China just recently suggest the device could come with an extra physical button on the frame of the device, which is speculated to be both a shutter button and a screenshot key.However, well-known leaker Ice universe seems to have dispelled such rumors backing his claim with a new case render which reveals the actual use of the cutout meant for the purported extra button.Ice Universe in a twitter post shared this morning revealed a couple of Galaxy Note 9 protective case which appears to be made of plastic.The leaked cases reveal a protective case with a slight bump with holes for a lanyard.In essence, the Galaxy Note 9 ain’t getting no extra button for selfies or what so ever, instead Samsung will stick with the usual volume rocker, power key, and the controversial Bixby button that will have access to the updated version of the assistant upon launch in August.
The cast of "Solo" had no idea about that major appearance from an iconic Star Wars character at the end of the movie.Han Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich said he only learned about the cameo a few months ago.Please don't read this post if you don't want to know about the spoiler.Read at your own risk.And if you haven't seen "Solo" yet, do it.Director Ron Howard and the crew did everything they could to avoid spoiling the major cameo at the end of "Solo: A Star Wars Story," including keeping the film's cast in the dark about it as long as possible.
The European Commission has launched a new group to support the implementation of the European strategy on artificial intelligence, including contributions to policy development and socio-economic challenges.The group, which will have 52 members from academia, civil society, as well as industry, will aim to guide the technology world towards a responsible, ethical and profitable rollout of AI, an important pillar in the European efforts to remain relevant in the digital economy of tomorrow.“Artificial intelligence brings huge potential benefits, but also challenges, and therefore it is essential to involve all actors, including from academia, business, and civil society,” said Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel.“I am confident that, together, we will ensure that AI systems are developed for good and for all, respecting our values and fundamental rights.”Meeting for the first time on June 27, the group will be headed up by Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Chairman of the Board of packaging company Huhtamaki, media company Sanoma and Netcompany as well as a member of the Supervisory Board of SAP, featuring representatives from various universities and technology heavyweights such as Google, SAP and IBM.The breadth of experience does look suitably comprehensive, though we do worry there is not enough of a presence from the private sector.
On my first attempt at a corner kick in decades, the soccer ball peels up and away, well behind the goal and clear over the fence surrounding Stanton Field, the practice pitch at Santa Clara University."You've got good bend, now we just have to make sure we get you in the right direction."The Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Cup champion offers to show me how it's done: She grabs a ball and places it inside the 90 arc of white paint at the corner of the field, steps away at an acute angle, breathes deep, and bounds forward.Her right foot connects with a viscerally satisfying thwok, and the ball heads for a point several yards wide and right of the goal.Chastain barks, and the ball obeys, swooping toward the goal and bouncing into the back right hand corner of the net.So-dubbed in 1924 for a direct-from-corner point against Uruguay (then the Olympic title holder), few players in the 94 years since have managed to incorporate the shot into their shooting repertoires, and fewer still have executed one during a match—intentionally, at least.
That rumor first started circulating in March, now the power bump is official for Japan and will indeed mean that the lithe little MX-5 has 181 hp.There are some other tidbits that the 2019 MX-5 will get along with the extra power.The redline for the 2019 version of the car is moving up to 7,500 rpm and Mazda is reportedly adding a telescoping steering wheel.That telescoping wheel is a big deal for drivers that like to have legs close to the pedals but want the seat to recline and have the steering wheel still close at hand.This is a position many track day hounds and autocrossers are familiar with if its wet or cold and you want to run with the top up on the car and not bash your helmet on the roof with each bump.The updated MX-5 is reportedly launching in Japan and looks exactly like the 2018 version of the car looked.