Justin Cornell

Justin Cornell

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A NASA photographer was able to salvage a camera's memory card and watch the final moments before the device was engulfed in flames while filming a launch at a California air base.Longtime NASA photographer Bill Ingalls wanted to shoot the launch of Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on, or GRACE-FO, at Vandenberg Air Force Base last Tuesday and set up six cameras around the launch pad, the agency wrote in a blog post Friday."I had six remotes, two outside the launch pad safety perimeter and four inside," Ingalls said."Unfortunately, the launch started a grass fire that toasted one of the cameras outside the perimeter."The camera that was placed a quarter of a mile away from the launch pad, the farthest location, was engulfed in flames from the brush fire, destroying the device’s body in the process.Ingalls returned to the site hoping there was one salvageable piece of the “toasty” camera.
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The Blu X Link watch has an introductory price of $50, but lacks the WearOS platform.Blu’s watch might not have an app store, but it does have cellular connectivity via 2G networks.The wearable also offers a heart rate monitor, pedometer, and sleep tracking functionality.If your name isn’t Apple, chances are good that you’re not selling loads of smartwatches.Now budget U.S. mobile brand Blu has taken a different approach with its X Link watch.The new watch is available to pre-order on Amazon for an introductory price of $50.
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Didi announced via their official WeChat account on May 24 that their food delivery service, Didi Foodie, will formally land in its second city, Nanjing, on June 1.According to the company, the service in Nanjing will follow strict food safety and delivery standards.Didi also hopes to cooperate with municipal administrative parties including traffic management department to improve service.The company solicited ideas for their next city after Wuxi and Nanjing got the most votes (86,455).Read more: Fresh and driver-friendly: Meituan Dache’s first day in ShanghaiHowever, the announcement cannot guarantee business success.
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Bootstrapping is an attractive way to launch and run a startup for many founders, primarily because it gives more freedom to the founders than getting investors to invest in the company.Too many promising startups have failed because the founders neglected to make informed decisions with their limited funds or utilize their available resources to their full potential.Once you’ve defined what your company does, what it offers, and the problem it solves, you must focus your attention on the branding and marketing of your company.Restrict your pitch emails to two short paragraphs or less when engaging with your media contacts to pique their interest without boring them.Establish yourself as a well of industry knowledge and an expert in your field to increase your chances of attracting more attention from journalists.Research your industry to develop your startup’s unique selling propositions.
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But knitting is everywhere, producing just about everything you put against your skin each day, from socks and t-shirts to hoodies and beanies.This “seamless” or “whole garment” knitting technique was first developed in Japan 20 years ago, but high costs have prevented it from hitting the mainstream until recently.While weaving likely came first, one of the oldest surviving items of fabric clothing is a pair of Egyptian socks made through nålbindning, an early form of knitting that used one instead of two needles.The first automated loom, introduced in the early 1800s, was the forefather to the modern computer, utilising early binary code and inspiring the original Luddite revolts.When I asked Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, the founder of Interwoven Design Studio, why knitting has been a focus for e-textile makers, her answer was simple: “The majority of what people own is already knitted,” she said.“It’s what people want to put on their body.”
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They cost money, but the amount they save in time and, more importantly, convenience make them an absolute necessity in most kitchens.Moen is one of the leading faucet makers, and their MotionSense Wave line takes style and usability to the next level by adding a motion sensor that flips the water on and off with a wave of your hand.This isn’t particularly new technology, of course.We installed the Moen Essie Pull-Down Touchless Kitchen Faucet with MotionSense Wave ($625) in one of our test kitchens to take its hands-free technology for a test drive.Unfortunately, it pops off much too easily (especially when plugging in the power cords) and is challenging to click back on.The MotionWave comes with a battery pack (and batteries) to power the unit, but the AC adaptor is strangely a separate $125 purchase, which seems rather extreme.
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People often think about the internet of things in an industrial or commercial setting, providing sensors and data to a well-defined process or activity.But there’s one fundamental part of our society that can benefit immensely from IoT technologies, one that’s being left behind because it’s not traditionally seen as a technological activity: agriculture and, more specifically, farming.Microsoft’s AI for Earth initiative supports a wide selection of academic and nongovernment organization projects with Azure resources and access to its Cognitive Services APIs.The six-month-old program has already showing interesting results, using machine learning to identify areas affected by natural disasters with satellite imagery and using game theory to predict where to find poachers before they can kill endangered animals.Microsoft has also worked with the Snow Leopard Trust to improve its image-recognition services, training its neural networks on images and streams of highly camouflaged big cats, helping to deliver a comprehensive survey of endangered animal numbers.It’s research that’s led to new thinking about how to process imagery and how to work with historical data.
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A story of anthropomorphised rabbits is one of the most beloved and memorable animated films in the history of the medium.This fan trailer, using footage from Watership Down and its followup The Plague Dogs, is a fantastic and emotional ode to the classic.Using a track called “Time and Tide” by Alan Price as its backing audio, the lovely trailer is deftly edited by MoonlightButterfly, a YouTuber who specializes in compelling film editing work, including cutscene montages that turn all the Dark Souls games into eerie, atmospheric films.Their work here is equally masterful, conjuring a mood and a powerful sense of place and time in their presentation of these films.Watch the trailer below, and feel some emotions about the films of our shared filmic youth.
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I’m less keen on the weird not-orange flavors though.Peach Fanta tastes a bit like mouthwash, and I’m pretty sure that Fruit Punch Fanta is repurposed industrial slurry that would otherwise be pumped directly into the Hudson River.That said, compared to some of the Fanta flavors conceived by this truly bonkers Twitter bot, fruit punch Fanta is positively tame.For those craving a potassium fix, how do you feel about Bitter Banana Fanta?It’s like normal banana-flavored Fanta (which isn’t a thing, thank god), but hardened by the relentless cruelty of life.Chill alongside a Bitter Banana Fanta pic.twitter.com/hNVRceAE6T
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Det är inte enbart i de svenska storstäderna som nya elbilar ökar kraftigt.Tätt efter Stockholm följer Jämtlands och Hallands län på listan över störst andel nyregistrerade laddbara bilar under årets fyra första månader, visar siffror från branschorganisationen Bil Sweden.– Det var förvånande även för oss, säger Bil Swedens vd Mattias Bergman.Andelen nyregistreringar av laddbara bilar, det vill säga elbilar och laddhybrider, ökade under årets första fyra månader i Sverige med 66 procent, jämfört med samma period i fjol, enligt Bil Sweden.Inte helt oväntat leder Stockholms län elbilsligan.Där var uppgången på strax över 70 procent jämfört med månaderna januari_april förra året.
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Fyrhjulsdrift och galen acceleration – men den är dyrare än instegsmodellen på Model S.Dubbla motorer, fyrhjulsdrift och den gör noll till hundra på 3,5 sekunder."Körupplevelsen är fantastisk", skriver en lyrisk Elon Musk på Twitter.About same as BMW M3, but 15% quicker & with better handling.Will beat anything in its class on the track.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 20 maj 2018
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Faced with a cross-country jaunt, the super-rich – those for whom the 2019 Bentley Continental GT’s six-figure price tag would not be a deal-breaker – have an enviable choice.Flying privately is, of course, the go-to for the 1-percent.Yet the allure of a super-luxe grand tourer, combined with the right road, could be enough to make you leave the Learjet behind.The original Continental GT changed the game back in 2003, both for Bentley and in the luxury grand tourer market more broadly.It wants new customers; to lure in those who might not have previously considered this distinctive British bruiser.Those stunning headlamps may be based on traditional craftsmanship, but they’re illuminated by super-bright matrix LEDs that can be intelligently switched on and off to light the road yet not dazzle oncoming traffic.
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A new world is quickly taking shape in which machines are linked to factories, warehouses and power grids, and they are connected to the world to share data, turn this data into valuable business insights, and create new efficiencies.However, given the mission-critical nature of these applications, increasingly put under the Industrial internet of things (IIoT) fold, these systems must be well designed and rigorously tested.Figure 1: The mission-critical IIoT systems demand smarter test solutions to ensure greater reliability and operational continuity.And these systems encompass both device-to-device communications and automated analytics.Moreover, advanced technologies like machine learning are being added to the equation, demanding a new approach for creating testbeds for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.The IIoT systems are constantly evolving, so piecemeal hardware systems with software built from scratch don't hold much sway in this new technology realm.
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Vodka makes everything a little bit louder, and Stoli is capitalizing on that with its new sonic-driven campaign.In collaboration with agency Fred & Farid, Stoli launched a new global advertising campaign featuring Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and his collaborator, Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Lorne Balfe, as well as Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison.The spot also features award-winning photographer Rankin and graphic designer Tyrsa.“There are so many anecdotes about Stoli that are cool and iconic,” said Hugues Pietrini, global CEO, Stoli Group.We wanted to create something to disrupt the category.”With the campaign, the beverage-maker hopes to set itself apart from heavily branded vodka products that have cropped up in recent years.
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Förra månaden biffade Volvo till sin utannonserade elektrifieringsstrategi ytterligare genom att gå ut med att upp till hälften av den globala försäljningen år 2025 kommer utgöras av bilar med ren eldrift.Nu gör sig tillverkaren redo för nästa års lansering av nya S60 – och sedanmodellen kommer bli den första Volvon på väldigt många år som inte har en dieselmotor som alternativ.S60 kommer inledningsvis att erbjudas med en rad fyrcylindriga bensinmotorer ur Drive-E-familjen, samt två plug-in-hybrider med bensinmotorer.Nästa år kommer även mildhybrid-versioner av modellen.– Vår framtid är elektrisk, och vi kommer inte längre utveckla en ny generation av dieselmotorer.Vi kommer fasa ut de bilar som bara har en förbränningsmotor – mot bensinhybrid-versioner som ett övergångsalternativ i takt med att vi rör oss mot en fullskalig elektrifiering.
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HMD Global just announced a new Nokia-branded phone bound for China under the X-series moniker.Its most recognizable feature is a notched 5.8-inch FHD+ (2280 x 1080) display with 19:9 aspect ratio with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protective layer.Overall, the front of a Nokia X6 will be 95 percent screen with metal frames that come in blue, black, and silver variants.The Nokia X6 is powered by a Snapdragon 636 SoC (system-on-chip), 4GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB of internal storage.A higher-end model exists with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.But don’t worry, all models receive microSD card slots and back-mounted fingerprint sensors.
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We brought you some hands-on pics of the Galaxy J6 yesterday.If those weren’t clear enough, then we now have official renders of the unreleased smartphone.With the renders, it is now clear that Samsung’s J series is poised to get a facelift very soon.The renders reassure us of what we saw yesterday, in other words, the Infinity Display.However, don’t think this is the same as the one on the A series.The A series has a much more elegant look to it.
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Firebrand Training’s Alex Bennett assesses cloud salaries in 2018.As businesses drive their cloud projects forward in 2018, they need professionals that can support them.Cloud Architects are ultimately responsible for overseeing an organisation’s short- and long-term cloud computing strategy.Cloud Architects are also responsible for analysing application portfolios, common infrastructure platform components and assessing migration feasibility for cloud infrastructure.Experienced professionals will find themselves engaging with C-level executives to define cloud strategies across a business or enterprise.This role demands a broad knowledge of cloud computing technologies and providers.
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The internet has brought us the next thing to fight over, and it doesn't involve debating the color of a dress.Instead, people on Twitter are arguing over whether an audio recording is saying "Yanny" or "Laurel."A user on Reddit shared the clip a few days ago, and people on the internet have been arguing over what they hear.Apparently, playing with the bass levels can help you hear both pronunciations.But even after listening to this, all I'm able to hear is "Yanny."A YouTube video also plays with pitches to try to understand how people are hearing different things.
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Computers still aren't very good at recognising faces, according to research, which says that police use of facial recognition software is a massive waste of money and effort, and routinely results in randoms being plucked out of photographic databases.The campaigners at Big Brother Watch say their research found one case of camera software in use with London's Met Police where the systems was wrong a staggering 98 per cent of the time, with it incorrectly telling human bosses it had identified a suspect's face from a linked database 102 times.South Wales police had a go at the future of law enforcement too, testing s similar system with a £2m grant from the Home Office -- but local tests at public events resulted in the wrong man being pointed out 91 per cent of the time.A much larger trial at the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff last year resulted in 2,297 false positives and just 173 positive-positives.Maybe the police ought to go back to the old methods of picking out people who look a bit dodgy.BBW's Silkie Carlo said: "We're seeing ordinary people being asked to produce ID to prove their innocence as police are wrongly identifying thousands of innocent citizens as criminals.
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