Tech & Science Uber Flying Cars Uber is accelerating its plan to bring flying taxis to the public. At the Uber Elevate conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the ride-hailing company announced new details for its electrically powered vertical takeoff and landing aircraft—otherwise known as eVTOL. UberAir uses propellers mounted on wings for lift and a tail-mounted front-facing propeller to move forward. Despite the futuristic design, Uber Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said there is “no magic or huge leap of science that needs to occur here. There’s amazing headroom to improve on urban mobility." Helicopters have been ruled out because they are too noisy and have high emissions. The newest model Uber eVOLT was revealed at the Uber Elevate Conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Uber Recommended Slideshows 51 In Pictures: The 50 Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 37 Hawaii Volcano Eruption: Devastating Photos of Kilauea's … [Read more...] about Uber’s Big Breakthrough: San Francisco to San Jose in Just 15 Minutes
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April 30, 2018 - Written By Alexander Maxham With the Meizu 15, the company has shown it can provide a great camera for under $400 USDMeizu announced its latest smartphone, the Meizu 15, just a little over a week ago. This release was to celebrate Meizu’s 15th anniversary, after opening its doors in 2003 making MP3 players and then moving into smartphones in 2008. It supposedly has Meizu’s best camera ever put into a smartphone, and is a pretty well built phone that will cost around $400 USD. But is it worth the cash? Well let’s find out.SpecsOn the Meizu 15, the company has put a 5.46-inch display with a 1920×1080 resolution here. Meaning that it has kept the 16:9 aspect ratio, but it does have very minimal bezels, with a 79.8-percent screen-to-body ratio here. That’s about the best you can do on a phone that is this small. The Meizu 15 sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset which is an octa-core chipset with four 2.2GHz cores and four 1.8GHz cores. … [Read more...] about Meizu 15 Review: A Beautiful Flagship, Without The Flagship Price
By CAROLYN HAX, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST Published 9:35 am, Sunday, April 22, 2018 Dear Carolyn: I married late in life, at 46, and prior to my marriage I was (mostly) happy as a single person. Husband had been married before and really identifies as part of a couple. He has this thing he does that I find super annoying, and then feel guilty about being annoyed by, and I can't quite decide if it's a sweet thing I should learn to embrace or if it's subtle controlling/gaslighting behavior. I am absorbed in reading/cooking/cleaning/other, and husband intently tries to get my attention: Honey? Hey Honey? Hooooooney? And when I answer (sometimes annoyed, sometimes sweetly), he says, "I love you!" Latest videos Now Playing: Now Playing Bad Habits Doctors Want You To Break Now Daily Press Orlando Fringe 2018 - For Love, Sir: Letters of Life, Love, and Sacrifice Orlando Sentinel These 5 Breakfast Foods Will Help You Lose Weight Buzz 60 US Open Champ Sloane … [Read more...] about Carolyn Hax: Husband interrupts her 20 times a day just to say ‘I love you’
For those getting ready for their next trip to Kronos – the homeland of the fictional Klingons in "Star Trek" – the popular language-learning site Duolingo now has a course in Klingon. Duolingo's website promises Trekkies (or do you prefer Trekker?) they can learn the language in just 5 minutes a day; the metric refers to the time it takes to complete one of Duolingo's language exercises. Aspiring Starfleet cadets can experience Klingon through reading, speaking and writing on both computer or mobile. The "beta" course already has nearly 675,000 subscribers, Duolingo's website says. [What Makes a "Star Trek" Fan? (Slideshow)] Some of the phrases learners will memorize include "The Klingon does not understand English" (Dlvl’ Hol yajbe’ tlhIngan) or "Success and honor" (Qapla' batlh je!), according to StarTrek.com. The lead course creator, Felix Malmenbeck, told Mashable that the new course will "lower the barrier to entry" for fans because it offers a regular, … [Read more...] about Qapla’! Speak Klingon Like a Warrior with Duolingo
I hope you have enjoyed our reviews of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, however since this is the first time that a phone has had the words “Phone by Google” engraved on it, I think it is worth taking another look at the Google Pixel, not to look at the user experience (which we have already covered) but to take a look at the technology, the geeky stuff, that Google has put into these devices. To do this I am going to delve a bit deeper into the display, the SoC, the battery, the camera and the software of the Google Pixel. I will be using the smaller Google Pixel for my tests, however a lot of what I cover will also be applicable to the larger Pixel XL. Want to know more? Let’s go. Specifications A quick look at the table below will reveal just how much tech has gone into the Pixel and Pixel XL. Hopefully we can expand on this list of specifications a bit and get to understand the significance of some of these items: Google PixelGoogle Pixel XL … [Read more...] about Google Pixel review: a technical deep dive
When Tal Golesworthy was told he was at risk of his aorta bursting, he wasn’t impressed with the surgery on offer – so he came up with his own idea. Lunchtime at a small medical engineering company in Tewkesbury. The entertainment thoughtfully laid on to garnish our sandwiches is a colourful video: a neat bit of cardiovascular surgery featuring someone’s heart and blood vessels. Someone? Well, not quite anyone. The exposed and beating heart at which we’re gazing belongs to one of my dining companions. Tal Golesworthy, 60, is balding, quick-talking and often outspoken. He’s also – a clue here – tall, with unusually long fingers. Getting on for 15 years ago Golesworthy learned that unless he was prepared to undergo major surgery on one of the vessels carrying blood away from his heart, he faced an increasing risk of premature death. He didn’t relish the prospect of an operation; but even more upsetting was the knowledge of what this … [Read more...] about This engineer fixed his own heart with a mesh sleeve
The Acer Aspire E 15 is a budget laptop that's a bit of a throwback to laptops of days gone by. It's thick, it has an optical drive, and it has plenty of legacy ports for connecting your aging hardware. Although it has many features that are going extinct, it also has an eighth-generation Intel Core processor (CPU), 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD), and an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card (GPU). Part of this laptop's charm is how easy it is to upgrade the RAM and storage. You undo three screws, pull off the cover, and slip in some new hardware. Despite the simplicity, is it really worth buying more RAM? See the Aspire E 15 at Amazon What will you do with your Acer Aspire E 15? The biggest factor when thinking about upgrading RAM is for what purpose you'll be using the laptop. Remember that the Aspire E 15 comes with 8GB of RAM, which is already a decent amount. For productivity purposes — word processing, video watching, and light web browsing — you … [Read more...] about Should you upgrade the RAM in your Acer Aspire E 15?
The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of year: Family dinners, twinkling lights, maybe a high school reunion or two — but the fact remains that buying the perfect present for loved ones takes some serious work. What kind of present will accurately show your love for your mom and not make dad feel left out? What the heck does dad even like? What do you get for the uncle who has everything or the other uncle who also has everything?! This holiday season, consider a present that can bring joy to everyone in your life at once. No, it’s not a bag of chocolate-covered gold doubloons — we’re talking about the Amazon Echo. Here’s why this hands-free smart speaker is the perfect present for everyone in your household. The impossible-to-please audiophile Ah yes, the music expert. The person in your life who’s constantly asking you if you’ve heard the newest band (that no one’s ever heard of, by the way) and always … [Read more...] about Hate holiday shopping? Amazon Echo is a gift everyone (yes, everyone) can enjoy (Paid Content by Amazon)
Editor's note: This piece has been updated numerous times and will continue to be updated as new revelations emerge. Facebook played a vital role in the outcome of the 2016 election—ask any digital director on one of the presidential campaigns, or maybe some Russian propagandists. News that Facebook took at least $100,000 from Russian troll farms to promote socially and politically divisive content reignited discussion around just how much of an impact Facebook had in getting Donald Trump elected. It also begged a serious question: Had Facebook helped Russia manipulate the outcome? "They can stop me from selling a gun to my neighbor on Facebook, but they can’t stop Russians from buying ads that are fake news?" said Wesley Donehue, senior digital strategist for Marco Rubio's campaign and CEO of Charleston based Push Digital. "That’s just negligence." In the past year, Facebook's message on its role in the election has changed dramatically. CEO and cofounder Mark … [Read more...] about A timeline of everything we know about how Russia used Facebook, Google, and Twitter to help Trump win
There are two reactions to a paper regarding space junk that was published this week by researchers at China’s Air Force Engineering University. One, it seems good that the spacefaring nations of the world are considering ways to clean up an increasingly cluttered low Earth orbit. And the Chinese are putting forward a new plan, one that proposes to use a laser to zap the debris. Then there’s the other reaction—maybe it's not just about space junk. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below There’s been a lot of talk in Washington D.C. and Asia about China’s increasing military posture when it comes to space. The 2017 U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which is appointed by Congress, reported that China is very interested in shooting down U.S. satellites. There are many ways to do this: launch a suicide sat to collide with the target, shoot sats with lasers from the ground or jam them with dazzling light and electronic noise. China, the … [Read more...] about Could a Chinese Space Junk Laser Double as a Weapon?