The space agency says of its smartphone-enabled twins: "Orbiting about 250 miles above Earth, Nodes will demonstrate the ability to receive and distribute commands in space from the ground, while periodically exchanging scientific data from their onboard radiation instruments, a first for small satellites.Comms are provided by "one S-band radio for ground communication, one ultra high frequency UHF radio for crosslink communication, and an additional UHF beacon radio that transmits state-of-health information", according to the mission outline PDF .Roger Hunter, program manager for NASA's Small Spacecraft Technology Program SSTP , which funds Nodes, said: "The technologies demonstrated during this mission are important, as they will show that a network of satellites can be controlled without communicating to each satellite directly."Nodes will demonstrate inter-satellite communications and autonomous command and control; this will help enable future constellation command and control capabilities."Bootnotes*Here are the two Nodes CubeSats packed into a NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer with at left the St Thomas More Cathedral School STMSat-1.Pic: NASA**The EDSN's eight CubeSat cluster was destroyed in November last year due to the failure of the Super Strypi lifter, shortly after lift-off from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.
Despite projects like Google's self-driving car not featuring, BGR says that 2016 was "easily the best show in years", thanks to a number of new mobile additions that are coming out later on in the year.It's set to work across all Google-related devices, including a new piece of hardware introduced during the keynote – Google Home.It's a home hub, designed to interact with things around the house alongside being a beacon for Google's Assistant and a voice-activated music speaker.For example, you'll be able to bring the assistant in on conversations between friends.Called Daydream, it encompasses advancements in third party hardware from Google's rudimentary Cardboard VR viewer, as well as new software – the Daydream hub and apps will be built into Android N.It's a new smartphone operated VR platform, but Google won't be making a VR headset – third parties will work from its designs to make the Samsung Gear VR rivalling viewers, and when Android N releases, the handsets powering it later this year will have to be certified "Daydream ready".For instance, click a link online and you'll be redirected to an app page rather than a webpage if one is available – the entire app isn't downloaded, only the part you'll need.
Chromebooks are proving to be a shining beacon of hope amongst all the doom and gloom in the PC market.Q1 2016 financial records estimate that Apple sold roughly 1.76 million Macs while Dell, HP, Acer and Lenovo sold nearly two million Chromebooks in the same amount of time.This is good news for Chromebooks, especially when rumors last November suggested Google was going to abandon its Chrome OS platform.However, consider the reality that users can buy roughly five Chromebooks for the price of one MacBook Air.It also took the combined might of four major PC manufacturers to overpower Mac sales.That said, we'll still happy take this silver lining of news in a world of dwindling PC sales.
Lionhead became a studio with two masters; inspirational co-founder Peter Molyneux, and later, Microsoft Photograph: LionheadFor almost 20 years, Lionhead Studios was a beacon of the UK games industry.Black & White Photograph: LionheadThe idea was to search for a crazily inventive game concept and a small team of 30-35 people who could build it.My brother Simon, Ian Lovett and I were desperate to do something by ourselves, away from a big corporate structure, and hopefully recreate some of the magic we d seen dissipated by the takeover.The first game Lionhead made as a Microsoft first-party studio is what many consider its finest work: Fable 2.Many of its innovations, though, were a target of scorn before people got their hands on it.Even at the time people wondered how much smoke and mirrors was involved, but the technology behind Milo was real if limited – players who tried to break it could do so easily, but those willing to accommodate its quirks were rewarded.
Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group The East Bay economy and job market turned in a solid performance during 2015, marking an upswing that is expected to continue thanks in large measure to the region's edge in office costs and housing prices, according to a new forecast released Thursday."Office space is cheaper, the environment is good, housing is less expensive and companies are coming to the East Bay," said Christopher Thornberg, principal executive with Beacon Economics, which presented its study to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.The East Bay, consisting of Alameda County and Contra Costa County, last year added 30,000 jobs, which produced a 2.8 percent increase in jobs compared with 2014."Economic growth in the East Bay is expected to remain strong in 2016, building on the gains achieved in 2015," Beacon's report said.However, both Santa Clara County and the San Francisco-San Mateo region grew more rapidly last year.The job market grew by 4.2 percent in Santa Clara County and by 4.4 percent in the San Francisco-San Mateo area.Major hiring booms by big Silicon Valley companies such as Cupertino-based Apple and Mountain View-based Google, coupled with expansions of Facebook in Menlo Park, along with a tech boom in San Francisco, have caused the economy to surge.We want to become the place of choice because the East Bay is such a good place to do business," said Darien Louie, executive director of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.In the technology sector, computer systems design and related services generated 2,100 East Bay jobs over the 12 months that ended in February, according to Beacon.
Xiaomi looks set to launch its own consumer drone, according to a post by the Chinese tech firm on its official forum.It ll mark the company s entry into the increasingly competitive and fast-expanding drone market, and in time could give established rivals like DJI and Yuneec a run for their money.The big unveil is lined up for Wednesday, May 25, and beyond a close-up image of the flying machine showing what appears to be a spherical camera and part of the frame, details are scant.Recently leaked tidbits suggest the camera likely records 4K video, while the flying machine could also use the Mi band – or something very similar – as a beacon for follow me functionality.Something wonderful and cool is flying to us very soon, a Xiaomi moderator proclaims in the teaser post, which also asks us to guess the name of its debut copter.Of course, whether it lands in the U.S. market anytime soon is another question.
Named the mBeaconSense sensor, it can measure acceleration, light, magnetic force, temperature, and vibration.The sensor also has a clock, an RFID tag, and a coin battery that lasts for over a year.1See Also: London startup SAM Labs wants everyone to try out IoTNetclearance says that the sensor can be used in all types of IoT systems, everything from wearables to city furniture.The launch of mBeaconSense addresses a gap in the market by offering a tiny IoT device that can be used alone or with our suite of gateway beacon devices to make it a fully internet capable device, said Jonathan Duffy, executive director of EMEA at Netclearance.Adding an inexpensive sensor to its line of software and services might make Netclearance an complete solution for some companies.Having such a small sensor could be useful for all sorts of projects, especially since the company can leave it to run for over a year, which could be useful for wearable manufacturers that want to trim a few millimeters off the size of their devices.That said, the battery life is still a factor that is negating the opportunities of small sensors.
Robin is a company that helps offices organize, track, and monitor their spaces.The company just raised $7 million in Series A led by FirstMark capital, with participation from existing investors such as Accomplice, Boldstart, Fundfire, Space Pirates, and Mike Germano.FirstMark s Amish Jani will join the board of directors.With Robin, all of that information becomes searchable and trackable.Plus, Robin uses beacon integration, so users don t necessarily have to sign in to meetings but rather just show up, and the system automatically knows they re there and when they leave.That means employers can see analytics about the way that their office space is being used in order to plan for the future or better organize their workflows in the present.
Romulus Capital has raised its third—and largest—fund to back early-stage startups, many sourced in labs at MIT, the alma mater of the firm s two young General Partners, Neil Chheda and Krishna K. Gupta.The duo closed their newest fund, Romulus Capital III LP, at $75 million.Originally, Romulus Capital wanted to support great technical entrepreneurs they met on campus who would likely, after graduation, abandon their very early-stage startups for day jobs in finance or consulting, Gupta said.The investors youth was seen as a sign of inexperience to some potential limited partners in their fund s earlier days, Gupta and Chheda said.It has also seen one company deadpool, however– Beacon, the all-you-can-fly travel startup, which closed shop in spring this year after raising a tranched Series A round from Romulus and others.The Romulus portfolio also includes: ClassPass, which lets customers book and take classes at any listed gym or fitness studio for a flat monthly rate; Placester which provides site creation and other tools to help real estate agents do business online; E la Carte, a maker of tablets for restaurant tables that allow patrons to pay without waiting on a check; and Ginger.io an app that tracks a user s mental health then alerts and helps them when they need counseling.
We interrupt your regular Apple news to bring you a report from the Journals of Improbability!He meant will never happen in a gazillion years .The Macalope s not sure if this is a case of too much book learnin overshadowing how the real world works or if it s a result of the new axiom for academics that says publish something totes cray-cray or perish .However, a year and a half later, it's impossible to get a reliable experience using ApplePay sic .Samsung Pay still works without contact almost everywhere because it features a system that works with the old swipe-style card readers by emitting a magnetic field the readers pick up.It s a neat technology, but it s like saying a particular edition of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is typewriter-compatible .
SAN JOSE -- Although the South Bay economy went through a soft patch in recent months, Santa Clara County is poised to boom again in a big way and won't tumble into a recession, an economist said Thursday."The crucial technology sector is helping keep the economy strong throughout the nation, and especially in the Bay Area and Santa Clara County."The employment surge in the past few months has tightened the Santa Clara Valley's labor market, sending the jobless rate below 4 percent; caused home prices to soar; and fueled retail spending in the South Bay, according to a Beacon Economics report presented by Thornberg.Over the 12 months that ended in March, total payroll jobs grew by 3.6 percent -- a respectable pace of annual job growth but well off the highs of 4 percent and 5 percent growth that had typified employment expansion in Santa Clara County from June 2015 through December.The summit also included presentations by other luminaries, including state Controller Betty Yee, who said that an array of reforms are needed to address long-term issues in California."We need revenue reform, but we need more than that," Yee said during a question-and-answer session.South Bay business leaders presented the concept of creating innovation zones in San Jose to encourage tech entrepreneurs in the region.
My considered assessment is that the French government, and to an extent the larger French tech scene, lacks ambition, boldness, and confidence, and their technology strategy is doomed to failure.Among our many meetings was one with Axelle Lemaire, Minister of Digital Affairs for the spectacularly unpopular current French administration.And it bespeaks a curious lack of ambition, as if the ultimate goal of any self-respecting tech startup is to become a division within LVMH or Total or Peugeot, rather than an Uber or Google or Tesla in their own right.The good news is that, outside of the government, the French tech scene is decidedly in the middle of a sea change for the better.Another beacon of francophone hope is Xavier Niel, the multibillionaire who last decade singlehandedly overturned the government-approved order of things in the French mobile-phone industry.Neil has since created and continued to fund the genuinely revolutionary engineering school 42, a branch of which will soon open in California, and is now constructing a vast complex in Paris to house 1,000 startups.
In South Korea are testing now a system of so-called beacons to aid for pregnant women to find seating in public transport. It all works by pregnant women carrying around a small beacon in the form of a tray, and when they come into a subway car lit a lamp with a pregnant symbol up. This is supposed to make the other passengers aware that there is someone in the coach will probably need their seats better. When the pregnant well have sat down, the system detects this and the light goes out. The project is called "Pink Light" and is currently installed on a subway line in the South Korean city of Busan. bbc.co.uk
Despite both the Bay Area and the state being at or near those thresholds, the plateaus don't necessarily signal that a downturn is lurking for the respective regions, economists said.Typically, it's tied to a period of extremely low unemployment that's comparable to other periods of low jobless rates, but it goes beyond that.Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group "California was last at full employment in 2007," Nickelsburg said.The Bay Area's three major urban centers -- Santa Clara County, the East Bay and San Francisco-San Mateo -- are removed by about a decade or more from the last occasions they achieved full employment, according to figures from Beacon Economics that were adjusted for seasonal variations.Santa Clara County, over the six months that ended in April, averaged 3.9 percent for its unemployment rate.AdvertisementThe East Bay has averaged 4.4 percent for its jobless rate during the last half-year.However, the pace of job growth is expected to fade over the next few years.Full employment, analysts believe, will help improve wage growth throughout the Bay Area and in California.
Credit: GoogleGoogle s Nearby platform is ready to get a little more in-your-face.According to the Official Android Blog, Nearby will be able to fire off a notification when you're near a Bluetooth beacon, with details about apps to download or use based on your location.Google offered a few real-world examples to drive this home:The ability to print photos from your phone at CVS Pharmacy.Another example is a Chromecast, which could alert you that it needs to be set up, instead of you needing to look for it on your list of Bluetooth devices and navigate to a setup web page.It's like an extension of the "physical web" feature designed to work primarily with Chrome.If you want to dive in deeper, you can check out this video from I/O:This feature could also be a useful aide to Android Instant Apps, once they become a reality, as you could get pinged about an app and then use it right away without installing it.
The update will see it become twice as fast as the current standard, offer up to four times the operating range, and looks to usher in new location-based services.In the age of IoT Internet of Things where smart, connected devices are popping up all over homes and about our persons Bluetooth is an increasingly important technology to allow them all to communicate with each other.Faster and furtherThe latest standard is expected to be twice as fast as the current Bluetooth v4.2LE, allowing for much speedier transfer of data.New location-based technologyBut where things get really interesting is how Bluetooth 5 will offer far more location smarts, with its use in adoption of location-based service such as beacon technology that could ultimately help users navigate indoors and around places like shopping malls.Mark Powell, executive director of Bluetooth SIG, said in a statement: "Bluetooth 5 will provide significant new functionality for connectionless services like location-relevant information and navigation.The group will reveal more on its latest wireless protocol and its expected impact on smart homes, automated industry and the wider IoT landscape at an event in London on 16 June.
Less than 24 hours after a gunman killed 50 people at a Florida gay nightclub, the 70th annual Tony Awards kicked off with an impassioned statement from host James Corden about the attacks, followed by an awards-speech reference to the massacre by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.On behalf of the whole theater community, and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity, Corden told the audience at Manhattan s Beacon Theatre.Tonys: James Corden Gives Somber Opening on Orlando Shooting https://t.co/vVdfltQoHb— Hollywood Reporter @THR June 13, 2016Corden continued by saying, Hate will never win.Miranda, on stage to accept his award for Best Original Score, read a pre-written sonnet in which he noted that senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised and we live through times when hate and fear seem stronger, before noting that love lasts longer—and love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love… and cannot be killed, or swept aside.Lin-Manuel Miranda recites passionate sonnet to Orlando in TonyAwards acceptance speech https://t.co/uvZKLVh3Ft https://t.co/DXOx552QBN— Hollywood Reporter @THR June 13, 2016In the hours before the show, it became clear the Florida attack—during which more than 50 people were wounded—would have a notable affect on the event.Representatives for the multi-nominee Hamilton noted that the cast members would not be using muskets during their performance.
Right now, we can only speculate as to the precise nature of the new standard, though we do have an indication of how it will perform and what its key strengths will be.Bluetooth is a wireless connection standard intended to connect disparate devices and transfer data over short distances.The last major version of the standard, Bluetooth 4.0, was officially rolled out in 2011, while the last iterative update was Bluetooth 4.2 on December 2, 2014.Bluetooth 5 has longer rangeThe new standard will be effective over twice the range of Bluetooth 4.2, which will come in particularly useful for things like portable speakers.In particular, its extra range and capacity will help more smart household devices talk to each other.In particular, it should boost the uptake of beacon technology, which will result in significantly improved indoors navigation in shopping centres and the like.
Just as the Bluetooth 4 standard introduced the Bluetooth Low Energy profile to facilitate development of those types of devices, the upcoming Bluetooth 5 spec will put a focus on increasing Bluetooth's range, speed, and spread in order to further drive the development of the Internet of Things IoT , as well as "beacons", which are mostly used for serving location-relevant information, a.k.a.Wi-Fi has greater bandwidth but is quite uncommon among devices outside of smartphones and tablets and has limited broadcasting capability.In particular, the new spec will focus on three areas: the range that data can travel, the speed at which it travels, and its ability to broadcast messages to myriads of recipients at the same time.These concerns weren't chosen at random, of course, and serve to help push the budding IoT and beacon markets.Being able to carry messages farther and faster will be of extreme help in houses, where data has to navigate through walls, sometimes outside the house.Market analysts predict that more than 371 million such beacons will ship by 2020, making it a rather lucrative market for device makers, establishments, and, of course, advertisers.