Touchscreen infotainment systems are the all the rage these days.For most drivers, the idea of a touchscreen that controls all of a car's functions is sci-fi that only recently became reality.However, in 1989 General Motors equipped its Oldsmobile Toronado Trofeo with a touchscreen system that was decades ahead of its time.Called the Visual Information Center VIC , the touchscreen gave the driver access to everything from the radio to engine management data.This must have been mind blowing for drivers a quarter century ago.In a 1992 review, the Orlando Sentinel's Richard Truett was astonished, writing "I have never seen this in a car."In 1990 video review of the Oldsmobile Trofeo by MotorWeek, the VIC's glorious capabilities were on full display.First, the $1,300 option controlled the car's radio and optional CD player:Then the reviewer adjusted the car's climate control using the touchscreen:The Visual Information Center gave the driver access to a slew of diagnostic information:Amazingly the The VIC even had a "Navigation" function.Unfortunately, in the era before GPS, the screen only provides access...to a compass!To top it all off, for another $999, buyers of the Trofeo could get an in-car telephone controlled through the VIC.For the record, GM shut down Oldsmobile in 2004.
DETROIT AP — Car companies don't just show current models at auto shows.These so-called concept cars help them gauge the public's reaction to new designs or technology.The "buzz" refers to the whirring sound of the electric drive system, which can take the minivan up to 270 miles on a charge.Buzz seats up to eight and lets the driver's seat face the rear when the minivan is in self-driving mode.VW minibuses haven't been sold in the U.S. since the 1970s, but the company has released several concepts over the years that take their styling cues from the beloved minibus.This one would fit neatly with VW's goal of selling 1 million electric vehicles annually by 2025.
A local attorney has While there have been other legal challenges regarding stingrays, they often fall into two types of cases: one where a criminal defendant alleges a stingray was unlawfully used, and civil cases where a plaintiff seeks stingray-related public records.The CPD is likely to eventually counter with the legal argument that using a stingray, at least in a public place, is not a search under the Fourth Amendment.Police lawyers also could argue that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy while in public, under the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision,
This week begins the Pirkanmaa district court for trial, where for ten nokian Tyres ex-employees accused the company of secret crimes.according to the Charges, corporate secrets had been used many of the accused in terms of new jobs, Black Donuts Engineering company.nokian tyres ' attorney Tom free mountain anticipates that the day may end in the middle.in Practice, all parties understanding that the processing days are needed more," a law firm Bird Tom Vapaavuori said.the Challenging thing is that the police is seized by reason tens of thousands of nokian Tyres originating from the recordings."nokian Tyres aims to ensure that its representative is as much as possible the spot reading, because it is the company important", Vapaavuori said.
Amazon Alexa, Apple s Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft s Cortana.These intelligent agents, and their more limited bot cousins, have taken up positions as new interfaces between customers and marketers.For decades before they emerged, marketing and advertising had been based on getting the product pitch in front of the potential customer.But how does this pitching work when there is an intelligent agent of some kind standing between the seller and the buyer?Research firm IDC predicts that, within three years, an astounding 40 percent of e-commerce transactions will be enabled by cognitive agent/artificial intelligent shoppers.One recent sign: the Alexa-containing Amazon Echo Dot was the best selling item in the Amazon superstore this past holiday season.
According to the Samsung page SamMobile is sharp Android 7.0 Nougat now on the way out to the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge.those who participated in The beta program get first dibs, and for these users, the update is only 215MB.We have not seen any reports that Swedish customers got their hands on the update yet but it should hopefully not be too long now.Samsung has previously said that they would do their best to deliver the Nougat in January and they will be to succeed with that ambition.
Roambee uses the Internet of Things, or making everyday objects smart and connected, to improve the supply chain and track enterprise assets.The Silicon Valley startup has raised $4.1 million for that task from Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments DTSI .Santa Clara, Calif.-based Roambee has also created an alliance with T-Systems, the corporate communications arm of Deutsche Telekom, which owns the mobile phone service company T-Mobile.DTSI has a strong history of success and high bar for choosing their investments, said Sanjay Sharma, Roambee CEO and founder, in a statement.We are delighted to be a part of their portfolio.DTSI brings more than just investment, we are working with T-Systems, a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, and its various local business units to create joint industry solutions that can be offered to their enterprise customers.Roambee will use the funds to grow global sales, marketing, and IoT technology innovation.
President-elect Donald Trump at his news conference on January 11, 2017.President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to blast the leak of unsubstantiated anti-Trump documents that touch on everything from Russia allegedly having leverage to extort him, to sexual escapades, and even to a potentially treasonous act.The soon-to-be 45th president tweeted: "Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public.One last shot at me."It certainly never should have been released," he said.The documents, and portrayals of them, began widely circulating in the Internet Tuesday and were even published by BuzzFeed, which said they were unverified.
The desire to eat a greasy kebab at 3am when drunk, can often be overwhelming and seem like a terrible idea in the cold, hungover, light of day.The brain cells that promote hunger are activated by alcohol, a new study published in the journal Nature claims.Agrp neurons, which are responsible for provoking hunger, were stimulated in the brains of mice when they were given alcohol over a three-day period.It has previously been shown that Agrp neurons "potently increases motivation" for eating and can cause "rapid overeating".Before and after the binge-drinking the mice were given a saline solution.Dubbed an "alcoholic weekend" experiment, the mice ate "significantly" more when they were binge-drinking.
It s inconceivable that it s taken this long.Honest Trailers, the YouTube channel from Screen Junkies that recreates trailers of beloved movies with the addition of some all-too-true quips, has finally gotten around to creating one for The Princess Bride.It was worth the wait.
Discover and re:Invent; infrastructure vs servicesThe Storage Architect As we enter 2017, many people look back at 2016 and attempt to predict what might happen with technology during the coming year.The past isn't always a good reflector of the future hence the disclaimers on many UK financial institutions' advertising .However, it does do some good to look at where we've been as an indicator of where we are headed.During the first week of December 2016, I attended HPE Discover in London.It's unusual for me to attend a major tech conference in the capital and unfortunately the ExCel centre isn't the most ideal location, being so far east of the centre of London.
Twitter binges are Donald Trump's lifeline — often the thing that gives him comfort after someone says something remotely critical about him.But apparently most Americans are not fans of the late night and early morning ramblings, according to a recent poll by Quinnipiac University.In fact, 64 percent of voters polled said the soon-to-be U.S. president should just delete his account altogether.And young people are even more tired of it — 71 percent of those between ages 18-34 say Trump should close his Twitter account.It's worth noting just 899 voters nationwide were polled between Jan. 5-9.But even Republicans weren't exactly lining up to defend Trump's love of Twitter; just 49 percent said he should keep his account.
Suomen IBM on nimittänyt Mirva Antilan uudeksi toimitusjohtajakseen.Antila aloittaa tehtävässään maanantaina 9. tammikuuta.Antila on aiemmin toiminut Suomen IBM:n varatoimitusjohtajana vastaten terveydenhuollon, julkishallinnon ja rahoitusalan liiketoimintayksiköstä.Hänellä on myös pitkä kokemus liiketoiminnan johtamisesta ja kehittämisestä kansainvälisessä toimintaympäristössä.Antila on ensimmäinen naispuolinen toimitusjohtaja Suomen ja koko Pohjoismaiden IBM:n historiassa, yhtiö kertoo tiedotteessa.Antila seuraa tehtävässään Tuomo Haukkovaaraa, joka puolestaan siirtyy uuteen pohjoismaiseen johtavaan rooliin vastaamaan muun muassa kognitiivisten eli Watson-pohjaisten ratkaisujen tarjoomasta.
Created for the "Fear and Love" exhibit currently running at the Design Museum in London, Staples highlights the most commonly consumed foods around the world.Kenya Hara The differences that separate these staples might seem trivial at first, but they can inspire admiration upon inspection.The differences that separate these staples might seem trivial at first, but they can inspire admiration upon inspection.The differences in basic foodstuffs are worth noticing for more than their looks.They speak volumes about the cultures that produced them.Kenya Hara 9 / 10 Hara drew the images by hand, and polished them up in Adobe Illustrator.
Sony is launching new products that deliver the ultimate movie experience at home; 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray-player UPB-X800, Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar HT-ST5000 and THE av receiver with DTS:X, the STR-DN1080.the Sony UPB-X800 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate Blu-ray player to view Ultra high-definition technology and the best way to watch a movie.This player has been created in cooperation with Sony Pictures Entertainment to ensure the best possible playback of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs so that the filmmakers wanted their work to be enjoyed, and with the benefits that 4K gives.With Hi-res audio playback reproduces the X800 audio with audiophile-quality regardless of its source.DSEE HX scales up the original signal's sample rate and bit depth.You'll get a better fidelity and a wider dynamic range to what you're listening to as well as closer to the high-resolution sound quality.
Google s artificial intelligence bot DeepMind squared off against South Korea Go player Lee Se-dol right and eventually won.This photo shows the fourth showdown between the players during a challenge head in Seoul on March 13, 2016.Baidu s Deep Learning Lab, which is leading the artificial intelligence efforts for China s dominant internet search engine, will showcase its advanced problem solving skills in a duel against human competitors scheduled to be broadcast live across China on Friday.Deep Learning Lab will enter its artificial intelligence robot in the popular television game show Super Brain in China.The challenge will involve using facial and voice recognition skills in three rounds against human challengers.But rather than a threat to humans, AI is going to help people solve many problems and increase efficiency and productively
The Laws laser weapon was deployed for tests aboard a US Navy ship in 2014The UK Ministry of Defence has officially awarded a £30m contract to produce a prototype laser weapon.The aim is to see whether "directed energy" technology could benefit the armed forces, and is to culminate in a demonstration of the system in 2019.The prototype will be assessed on how it picks up and tracks targets at different distances and in varied weather conditions over land and water.Peter Cooper, from the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory DTSL , headquartered at Porton Down, said the project "draws on innovative research into high power lasers so as to understand the potential of the technology".He added that this could "provide a more effective response to the emerging threats that could be faced by UK armed forces".
For whatever reason, controlling blinds in a smart home has always been a bit of a holy grail for hobbyists.DIYer James Wahawisan figured out how to control some with an Amazon Echo, Raspberry Pi, and a few other parts.As you d expect, the Echo gives you control over the blinds, while the Raspberry Pi packs the code to convert that into instructions for the blinds.The blinds themselves are hooked up to the Pi with a Stepper Motor HAT and powered by a small motor.This isn t an easy project and it ll take a lot to adapt it for your own usage, but it s pretty neat nonetheless.Head over to Wahawisan s site for the guide.
After a year of criticism and allegations around fake news, censorship, and bias, Facebook s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is using his yearly challenge to educate himself on the needs and problems of his users around the United States.That could help Facebook become a better platform for the voices and ideas of everyone, not just those on the coasts or who work in technology.This is especially important now since tech threatens to replace low-skilled workers, and the presidential election has polarized the population..Zuckerberg writes My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice.I want to personally hear more of those voices this year.In past years, Zuckerberg has run 365 miles, learned Mandarin Chinese, read 25 books, and built a personal AI for his house.
In the world of gigantic infrastructure projects, there s a fair amount of hurry up and wait.Cost overruns, construction delays, unforeseen hiccups—it s all de rigueur in this multi-billion dollar space.The worldwide economic slump that began in 2008 did not help out these ambitious undertakings.And yet, a few big-deal projects got their acts together and managed to open this year—including one New Yorkers have been waiting on for nearly a century.Intercontinental bridges, endless tunnels, shiny new railways and more: These are the most majestic infrastructure projects of the year—and the one we re most looking forward to in 2017.What s $1.8 billion in cost overruns?