stephendavion writes: easyJet has unveiled its 2016 uniforms that feature in-built sensors and LED lights. The garments will be used by engineers, crew and pilots, and will feature a set of microphones so staff can communicate with each other. Cabin crew's uniforms will also be fitted with LED lights on the shoulders that continuously display the flight's number and destination.
stephendavion writes: There have been many attempts to build a fully functioning jetpack, with mixed results. The concept is not without its risks, yet the sci-fi dream is slowly becoming a reality thanks to the sheer will of inventors. The compact dimensions allow the jetpack to vertically take-off and land (VTOL), and operate in confined spaces that other aircraft simply cannot reach. Here is the list of the world’s most innovative means of allowing people to fly.
stephendavion writes: Scientists have developed a brain inspired computer chip which mimics the neurons inside your brain. The chip consumes just 70 milliwatts of power and can perform 46 billion synaptic operations per second. Since 2008, scientists from IBM have been working with DARPA's Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) programme. They have developed the chip, or processor called TrueNorth, which is claimed to be efficient, scalable, and flexible non-von Neumann architecture using contemporary silicon technology.
stephendavion writes: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first 3D printed drug product, dubbed Spritam. Aprecia Pharmaceuticals developed the new product using its ZipDose technology formulation platform to treat epilepsy. The company claims that the platform uses three-dimensional printing (3DP) to produce a porous formulation that rapidly disintegrates with a sip of liquid even at a high dose of up to 1000 mg.
stephendavion writes: Google has introduced Eddystone, a beacon technology with cross-platform capabilities similar to Apple's iBeacon. It will support Android, iOS or any platform that supports Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacons. Just like most beacon technologies, Eddystone will communicate with devices through BLE to provide information about a particular thing when user's device reaches in the range of Eddystone. Users can get multiple information including like details about a nearby restaurant, museum or transit info about buses etc. Google has published Github resources as well two APIs for the platform.
stephendavion writes: A virtual supercomputer created by IBM has helped scientists in discovering a phenomenon that can enhance access to clean water for one billion people. Scientists at Tsinghua University in China used IBM's World Community Grid to discover the conditions required for moving water via carbon nanotubes 300% faster without the need of further energy. The project saw the use of massive computing power from volunteers to create simulations of water flow at the molecular level.
stephendavion writes: A new survey has revealed that even though deployment of Linux application containers is likely to rise in the next few years, concerns about security and certification remain. The survey found that two-thirds are planning Linux container production roll outs in the next two years. Of those, 83% said they are planning deployments on top of virtual environments. Half of the respondents plan to use container-based applications in cloud deployments, while 56% intend to leverage them as vehicles for web and e-commerce software.
stephendavion writes: Twitter Inc will start curating tweets on live events, the microblogging service said, as it plans major changes to make its real-time news feed more user friendly. Dubbed Project Lightning, the changes will let users follow events instead of just people, and instantly upload photos and videos that can be shared across websites, social news and entertainment website Buzzfeed reported on Thursday.
stephendavion writes: The 'resource curse' is biting deep in Venezuela, where the oil price crash is laying waste to an economy entirely dependent on oil revenue. With import cuts forcing citizens to queue in their hundreds for basic goods and the Maduro government unwilling to overhaul its policies in the face of the crisis, economic stability and social order in the country are balanced on a knife edge.
stephendavion writes: KYOCERA Document Solutions has launched its next generation 3D printer, ProJet 4500 professional, in collaboration with 3D Systems. According to KYOCERA, its new device is a photo realistic full-colour plastic 3D printer, which is the first of its kind in the industry and capable of creating flexible and strong full colour parts. The printer is expected to be suitable for R&D, concept design, product verification, and can be used to fulfil small production requirements. The ProJet 4500 is capable of printing 3D models faster with minimal wastage and producing multiple designs in one build. When compared to the presently used 3D printing devices, ProJet 4500 consumes less time and is costs effective, said KYOCERA Document.
stephendavion writes: Nvidia has upgraded its GRID cloud gaming service to support speeds at up to 60 frames per second (FPS). The service will also be able to play games at 1080p, which is the same resolution as many games running on Xbox One and PS4. Users will need to sign up for the Shield Hub Beta group to access the cloud service through a Shield gaming device. On Nvidia’s blog, the company stated: “Movie services are already streaming at 1080p. But streaming a video game is harder because of the interactivity required for games.
stephendavion writes: Beijing strongly condemned on Wednesday a proposed U.S. military plan to send aircraft and Navy ships near disputed South China Sea islands to contest Chinese territorial claims over the area. “Do you think we would support that move? We are severely concerned about relevant remarks made by the American side. We believe the American side needs to make clarification on that,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. The unusually strong comments came after U.S. officials said Defense Secretary Ash Carter had asked his staff to look at options to counter China’s increasingly assertive claims over disputed islets in the South China Sea. Those options, officials said, include flying Navy surveillance aircraft over islands and sending U.S. Navy ships within 12 nautical miles of reefs that have been built up in recent months around the Spratly Islands.
stephendavion writes: China's smartphone market has contracted year-on-year for the first time in six years. According to IDC, Q1 2015 saw 98.8 million units shipped, a decline of 4 percent compared to the equivalent period last year. Compared to the previous quarter, the market saw a decline of 8 percent, which IDC attributed to a large inventory build-up at the end of 2014. The research showed that Apple was the top smartphone vendor in China in the quarter, with 14.5 million shipments. This represented year-on-year unit growth of 62.1 percent. Xiaomi followed with 13.5 million units and Huawei came in third with 11.2 million units. Most of these gains came at the expense of Samsung, the biggest loser in the quarter. The South Korean company saw its sales plummet 53 percent to 9.6 percent million. In Q1 2014 it was the biggest vendor, shifting a mighty 20.5 million units.
stephendavion writes: A new survey by cloud firm Exponential-e has found that 35% of UK firms are not well prepared for Windows Server 2003's end of life on July 14 this year. The survey of 100 UK IT professionals also found that 63% don't know what Windows Server 2003's termination means for their business. Exponential-e lead technologist Steven Harrison warned that the significance of this end-of-life milestone should not be underestimated. "In less than 100 days time, there will be no updates to software for Windows Server 2003, which brings serious security and operational risks to an organisation's infrastructure.
stephendavion writes: During the VII Summit of the Americas held in Panama from 10 to 11 April, presidents from several Latin American countries, including the Panamanian host Juan Carlos Varela, Cristina Fernandez of Argentina, Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, and Ollanta Humala of Peru posed for a photo with a special guest: Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook and spokesperson for Internet.org. Internet.org is a project led by Facebook that brings together technology companies, NGOs and local communities, with the aim, as advertised on their website, of connecting "two thirds of the world without access to the network." Joining Facebook are companies like Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm, and Samsung, collaborating on a joint project to create and distribute tools and services that provide free basic services in markets where Internet access may be less affordable.