They really do seem to be serious about building that new chunk of high-speed train track in the UK, with today seeing a key component of the line revealed in the form of concept images of what the 3.4km Colne Valley viaduct might look like.The images released by HS2 Ltd were created by architect Martin Knight with input from the Colne Valley Regional Park Panel and HS2's own design team, and are intended to start off an exploration of how this sensitive piece of countryside can be considerately scythed in half by a massive new train line.One of the key aims in the design brief is to go for a "well proportioned and elegant" look, which these images do indeed manage to portray; although after 20 years there's a chance that concrete could be as grey and grim as a 1960s motorway flyover, and who's going to be in charge of cleaning the bat-friendly transparent noise-reduction barriers that are currently envisioned?The Colne Valley Regional Park Panel seems to approve of this first step at least, with chair Jim Barclay saying: "The Colne Valley Panel which is drawn from local stakeholders, is very pleased to have been consulted and through a series of workshops, Panel Members have been able to understand the design principles for the viaduct.The Colne Valley Regional Park Panel looks forward to further engagement with HS2 and Align over the actual viaduct design."
Like many folks, we were super excited about this week’s Falcon Heavy rocket static-fire engine test.Unfortunately, the demonstration of the SpaceX rocket which Elon Musk hopes will one day wing its way to Mars was cancelled at the eleventh hour due to logistical and safety concerns.While no new date has yet been announced, you can entertain yourself in the meantime by feasting on some of these astonishing stats about Musk’s red planet rocket.It’s the world’s most powerful operational rocketBeing, essentially, three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together (a single Falcon 9 with two additional Falcon 9 first stages acting as boosters), the Falcon Heavy promises to swat away the pesky confines of gravity like a giant swatting away a fly.As Musk wrote on Twitter, the first Falcon Heavy’s “payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing ‘Space Oddity.’ Destination is Mars orbit.
Few headphones are as venerable in the audiophile world as Sennheiser’s HD 800 and its younger, more refined sibling, the HD 800S.But despite their spectacularly transparent sound, there’s one particular quality that has dissuaded me from spending the money after all thesIt’s an admirable fix to a very backwards flaw in Adobe’s system.Even one cent less than equally qualified men is too large a gap, and it’s good to see Adobe take the step.e years: The open-back design leaks sound in and out.Enter the Sennheiser HD 820 – Sennheiser’s first premium closed-back headphones.Disclaimer: they were playing pre-selected tracks out of Sennheiser’s own HDV820 amp (designed specifically to pair with the HD820) in a crowded CES hall.I don’t say that lightly, considering there’s a surplus of excellent headphones at almost every price point.
It seems like everything is smart in the home these days, and at CES we saw several smart home trends that gives us a clue as to what’s next in the space.Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google Assistant have been around for a while now on phones and computers.You might have heard about that smart blender that you can turn on via an app from your phone or the connected lock that you can control from afar, but what about monitoring the air around you and the water you depend on?For example, Elexa just introduced Guardian, a water leak-detection system that requires no installation and will shut your water off automatically in the event of an earthquake.New smart home security cameras, locks, and doorbells were everywhere at CES this year — and for good reason.Users can now even control devices via a voice assistant such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to make things like locking doors and checking video footage easier than ever.
This week, anticipation reached its peak after Nintendo laced its Twitter feed with cryptic, messages.), Hyrule Warriors, DLC for Super Mario Odyssey and surprisingly, two mature titles: Payday 2 and Dark Souls Remastered.Little is known about Nintendo's plans for its paid online service for the Switch, which promises to offer a selection of classic Nintendo games to subscribers.Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle DLC -- Speaking of Donkey Kong, guess who's going to be the next playable character in Nintendo's weird partnership with Ubisoft?We haven't seen any gameplay yet, but it looks like Kong wields not a gun, but a banana boomerang.Well, pretty much nothing, but in Kirby Star Allies, Kirby will be able to befriend up to three enemies -- changing the game into a four-player co-op platformer.
Razer has a history of bold experimentation.During last year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Razer showed off an outlandish three-screened gaming laptop concept that was a bit too crazy to end up in consumer's hands.In fact, the San Francisco-based gaming company may very well have figured out how we'll be using computers in the not-too-distant future.Razer's "Project Linda" is essentially a docking station for its Razer Phone smartphone that turns the Phone into a laptop with a 13.3-inch display and keyboard that can also re-charge the phone.When you think about it, it makes perfect sense.You can do the basic stuff with your smartphone like perusing the web, social media, and using basic apps.
Sometimes it feels like CES is all about big numbers — whoever plants their flag in the biggest, most impressive spec, wins.Pimax is a Chinese startup company which made waves in 2017 with its virtual reality headset that it claimed was the first 8K VR headset.The promise of the highest-resolution VR experiences won over nearly 6,000 backers invested more than $4.2 million into the Kickstarter campaign.Here at CES 2018, we got to try out the newest iteration of the company’s VR headset.It still promises an 8K resolution, but now includes head-tracking technology this time around, which was missing in previous models.Before we move any further, it is important to point out the marketing trick being used surrounding the phrase “8K VR headset.” The actual resolution of the headset is a pair of 3,840 x 2,160 LCD displays.
There's been plenty of nostalgic attention being paid to classic console hardware updates in recent years, from Nintendo's official plug-and-play Classic Edition consoles to third-party clone consoles.But for all the focus on the TV-based game consoles of yesteryear, we haven't seen much corporate interest in recreating the portable system of the past.That now seems set to change, as Gizmodo reports from CES on the Ultra Game Boy, an aluminum-cased portable console that resembles the slimmer Game Boy Pocket more than the bulky 1989 original system.The case's authenticity extends down to a cartridge slot that supports classic games and those familiar volume and contrast knobs on the edge, along with a new third knob letting players adjust the color of the system's backlight.Gizmodo reports a six-hour battery life with USB-C charging for the prototype, which also sports stereo speakers and dual audio outputs for targeted at chiptune makers.Hyperkin is reportedly still finalizing the hardware, which is aiming for a 2018 release at "under $100" according to the report.
From sleep trackers to brain-monitoring VR headsets, the wearable world has been expanding into some interesting new areas at CES 2018.But this new bike helmet from Coros might be the most interesting wearable gadget we've seen, if only for how elegantly it answers some big road safety questions.The Coros Omni appears at first glance just like any other cycling helmet, and at its core it serves the same main function – take a nasty tumble, and it'll protect your noggin from as many bumps, bashes and bruises as possible.But look a little more closely and there's some smart design considerations squeezed in.With bone-conducting audio points integrated into the straps, your ears remain free to listen to the traffic around you, while still hearing tunes rattle around your head.If you're cycling at night or in low visibility, the helmet also features two strips of light on the rear to help other road users more easily spot you.
We’ve launched Gym Buddies, an online fitness community to help you make lasting changes towards a healthier lifestyle.Millie Knight is just 18 years old and she’s already achieved more than most.The visually-impaired ski racer attended the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games aged just 15, coming fifth in two technical events.Since then, she’s gone from strength to strength, winning three events in the World Cup Globe and claiming gold in the downhill category at the World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, last year.It was during this time, before her eyesight deteriorated badly, that Millie gave skiing a go while on holiday in France.She loved it and, thanks to encouragement from her mum and dedication on her part, her passion transformed into an incredible career.
You might remember Rosie, the robot from the cartoon The Jetsons, rolling around the Jetsons’ home, making beds and serving meals straight out of a food machine with just the push of a button.But while we’re not quite there with the technology just yet, a trio of concept robots announced by LG this week at CES might be getting us closer to life at Skypad apartments.LG announced the new members of their Cloi robot squad for commercial use at a press conference Monday — the porter robot, the serving robot, and the shopping robot.All are larger, rolling versions of the Cloi home robot LG debuted at CES last year.They all have round, flat faces with eyes that blink, and are about three feet tall.“As an important part of our future growth engine, LG is committed to expanding its portfolio of robots that can deliver real convenience and innovation in our customers’ lives,” said Ryu Hye-jung, head of the smart solution business division for LG’s Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company.
The Wi-Fi Alliance, a clutch of companies responsible for certifying products as capable of transmitting data over Wi-Fi, is working on WPA3, a new wireless protocol that’s designed to replace the existing WPA2 and boost security.That’s big, because the WPA2 encryption protocol that protects your Wi-Fi router and connected devices from intrusions was cracked last October.And while that left many a router and Android device vulnerable to attacks, it was patched soon enough by the likes of Google, Microsoft and Apple.Hopefully, that’s the last major wireless security bug we see for a long while (WPA2 is now about 14 years old).To ensure enhanced security, the Wi-Fi Alliance is building four major features intoo WPA3:Robust protections even when users choose passwords that fall short of typical complexity recommendations.
Micron and Intel have blown their joint 3D NAND project apart but will continue to develop 3D XPoint memory together.Each company will now optimise their 3D NAND technology and products for their individual business needs.However, the two expect no change in their respective future nodes (cell sizes).Scott DeBoer, Micron's EVP of technology development, said in a statement: "Micron's partnership with Intel has been a long-standing collaboration, and we look forward to continuing to work with Intel on other projects as we each forge our own paths in future NAND development.Our roadmap for 3D NAND technology development is strong, and we intend to bring highly competitive products to market based on our industry-leading 3D NAND technology."Intel's SVP/GM for the NVMe Solutions Group, Rob Crooke, chimed in: "We've reached a point in the NAND development partnership where it is the right time for the companies to pursue the markets we're focused on."
The new entries include the V272 and V222 All-In-Ones, the Chromebox 3, two mini PCs, and a single-board computer called the Tinker Board S.Asus is introducing two new All-In-Ones: the AiO V272 and V222.These are all-in-one desktops, meaning Asus has stuffed all the internals components into the frame of the display.The first features a 27-inch, multitouch display, that the company says shows 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut.It didn’t mention anything about the AdobeRGB scale, or the resolution of the display.Asus didn’t offer details about storage or memory options.
This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Briefing" subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider.Honda is partnering with AutoNavi, a navigation and location-based services provider owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, to develop new services for connected cars, according to PYMNTS.The service that the companies are planning to develop allows drivers to make reservations using AutoNavi and payments using Alipay, the Chinese mobile wallet giant owned by Alibaba.The companies haven't specified what Honda models will be equipped with the connected service, or when it will be made available.Connected cars present payments players with the significant opportunity to process payments on an entirely new platform.BI Intelligence expects the number of connected cars on the road to triple to 293 million by 2025.
Google discovered the critical flaw in computer microprocessors that has the potential to compromise the security of machines running on Intel chips, according to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich speaking with CNBC on Wednesday afternoon."We were notified by Google a while back ago, a couple months ago," Krzanich told CNBC.Krzanich went on to say that it was working with other companies to come up with a fix, including "OS partners," AMD, and ARM.Information about the design flaw was "improperly" posted that the core of the security flaw was linked to Intel chips.Get the latest Google stock price here.
Israeli biotech startup SuperMeat has announced a $3 million seed round to bring its lab-grown meat products to market.Founded out of Tel Aviv in 2015, SuperMeat is one of a number of lab-made meat startups seeking to capitalize on the burgeoning sustainable food sector.The company’s “clean meat” is created by growing cells that have been extracted from chickens, bypassing the costly and environmentally taxing process of breeding, feeding, and slaughtering animals.SuperMeat reeled in more than $200,000 in crowdfunding via Indiegogo in 2016, so the company’s latest cash infusion represents its first notable external equity-based funding.Leading the round were U.S-based VC firms New Crop Capital and Stray Dog Capital, though PHW — a billion-dollar German poultry company — also participated.Maintaining animals raised for meat has a significant impact on the environment through the consumption of land, energy, and water, and a number of “meat substitute” companies have come forward with the promise of a more sustainable approach.
The parts that’ll make the Samsung Galaxy S9 were named by a number of South Korean sources this afternoon.It would appear that January production of both the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are both on schedule, even as several pieces of this smartphone puzzle have relatively major changes VS the Galaxy S8.One of these is a brand new circuit board manufacturing process, combining high performance capacity and a smaller substrate than before.Parts specialist Park Soo-ra for ET News today reinforced several elements of our larger picture of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and its release.See our most recent Samsung Galaxy S9 specs and rumor round-up to learn more about the event that’ll likely take place February 24th or 25th in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2018.Expectations from Park are that Samsung will begin manufacturing the Galaxy S9 in earnest in January, ramping up to a public release in March of 2018.
In a year where we saw new components release every month, Nvidia remained relatively quiet throughout the year.We’ll also do a little prediction as to what and how Nvidia will do in the coming year.Team green also announced a new Google Assistant-powered Shield set top box.With multi-billion dollar contracts, it’s how the company gets around making only a few new GPUs this year.The Nintendo Switch is one of the best hybrid consoles to ever release with the ability to quickly unplug from your TV and go into portable mode without having to turn off completely or any funky graphical glitches.Specifically, version 364.47 of Nvidia’s GeForce graphics drivers caused a range of bugs including game freezes, visual glitches and even caused GPUs to overheat.
Elephone and Gearbest have partnered up to bring you guys a nice New Year deal.The Elephone S8 can indeed now be purchased with a $50 discount over on the previously mentioned retail site.Let’s have a quick round up of the phones features before getting one!The Elephone S8 has been one of the best selling devices launched by the Chinese phone maker in the last years.The S8 features a beautiful tri-bezel-less design that encases a large 6-inch display with 2K resolution.In addition to that, you also get a powerful deca-core CPU to run pretty much any app really smoothly.