08/17/2014

technology : first he was in a wheelchair, now he is kind of walking again

source http://www.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/ekso-bionics-multiple-sclerosis-pariplegia/Content?oid=3079551

they call it private transportation

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08/09/2014

that is why the number of followers can just be a scam

you can buy them - even free services now sell them as an additional service

I don't have money for that

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08/08/2014

there is an app for everything even for making a workout of your sexlife

source http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sexfit-helps-measure-increase-mens-performance-bed-1460190

imagine if you lose that data or a phone on which you can read that app or that your partner publishes that data on the web or mails it to friends after your breakup

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hospitals are looking forward to replace your organs with 3D printouts

source http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/bio3d-life-printer-x-3d-print-human-cells-antibodies-proteins-bacteria-just-2400-1460233

maybe we will just print our perfect wife or children

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08/06/2014

The solarenergy-parking of the future for electric cars (one pic)

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08/02/2014

will US soldiers be eating 3D printed food soon ?

“You would like a sandwich, where I would like ravioli. You would print what you want and eliminate wasted food,” said Mary Scerra, an NSRDEC food technologist, in a recent statement

 

Widening soldiers’ menu options would be an obvious improvement to life in the base camps—soldiers, like any other human beings, would enjoy more choices of cuisine. But the technology holds some potentially lifesaving implications, as well: Soldiers can count on getting the nutrients that they most crucially need, whenever they need them. A soldier who is worn out from battle and needs carbohydrates or protein could print out protein- and carbohydrate-rich food, while another soldier who is Vitamin-D-deficient could print out a meal rich in Vitamin D. A 3D printer could be fed with all of the above nutrients ahead of time and dispense them in ready-to-eat meals as needed.
http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2014/07/army-developing-3...

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07/30/2014

Microsoft made a Selfiephone for wannabees

source http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/microsoft-launch-windows-phone-8-1-selfie-smartphone-plus-another-high-end-device-1458993

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07/03/2014

No more plasma tv's - get one fast when they dump their stock

"Plasma screens were initially touted as the next-generation TV display technology in the early to mid 2000s to replace the thick, cathode-ray tube TVs.  They competed head-to-head with liquid crystal displays, but manufacturers had a hard time mass producing smaller screens at higher resolution and ultimately LCDs began to be adopted more widely in consumer electronics.

 

Some analysts argued that plasma TVs had more advantages over LCDs including better viewing angles and faster response time.

 

But LCD technology has improved significantly over time and plasma displays became less attractive.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/07/03/plasma-tvs-no-more/

it is also said that they are much more energy consuming and more expensive to make (except if they want to liquidate the last stock that is)

advanced organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens  are the most energy efficient for now

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uber wins first legal fight in London, other hurdles to take

"The decision by Transport for London, or TfL, to allow Uber to continue operating in the British capital is centered on the technology that powers the start-up’s service. Under London’s taxi rules, only licensed black taxis can use meters in their vehicles to charge customers based on distance and time. The city’s licensed taxi drivers had said that Uber’s technology, which uses a smartphone-like device to charge customers at the end of the journey based on the length of their trip, broke this regulation.

 

Transport for London, however, disagrees. “Smartphones that transmit location information between vehicles and operators have no operational or physical connection with the vehicles,” the regulator said on Thursday in a statement. The phones are “not taximeters within the meaning of the legislation,” it said.

 

To clarify whether or not Uber’s technology can be considered a meter, Transport for London said it was asking a British court to make a final ruling. That decision must now wait until legal cases brought by a London taxi union against six individual Uber drivers had been completed, the regulator added.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/03/london-transport...

but in the end Uber will be as regulated as any other service because of insurance, taxes, quality, security-incidents to happen and lawsuites that may be expected

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06/25/2014

weathersensors on US airplanes make it easier to have correct weather predictions for airports

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-19/airliners-become...

"The prediction of storms and atmospheric conditions like turbulence is undergoing a revolution that has the potential to trim airline delays, cut costs and reduce in-flight injuries. Even incremental improvements in delays are important when late flights cost airlines as much as $8 billion a year.

By feeding better data into U.S. National Weather Service computer models, the devices are also helping the government make more accurate predictions, said Richard Mamrosh, a senior forecaster at the Weather Service’s office in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) has equipped 25 of its planes with the Houston-based SpectraSensors Inc. devices and, together with Southwest, provides more than 50,000 reports a day across North America. American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) has started getting real-time turbulence reports, and Panasonic Corp. (6752) has helped outfit 225 U.S. planes with humidity-measuring equipment.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-19/airliners-become...

so even if sensors can be abused to invade our privacy and our lives in every aspect, it can also be used for very interesting applications for the better of us all

 

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make a 3D selfie of yourself (for 100 Euro's)

source

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/asda-launches-60-3d-printed-self...

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05/21/2014

the real facts behind your uptime percentage

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05/19/2014

follow the earth from the international space station (live)

go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload

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05/17/2014

your old cd collection may be dying

Fenella France, chief of preservation research and testing at the Library of Congress is trying to figure out how CDs age so that we can better understand how to save them. But it's a tricky business, in large part because manufacturers have changed their processes over the years and even CDs made by the same company in the same year and wrapped in identical packaging might have totally different lifespans. 'We're trying to predict, in terms of collections, which of the types of CDs are the discs most at risk,' says France. 'The problem is, different manufacturers have different formulations so it's quite complex in trying to figure out what exactly is happening because they've changed the formulation along the way and it's proprietary information.' There are all kinds of forces that accelerate CD aging in real time. Eventually, many discs show signs of edge rot, which happens as oxygen seeps through a disc's layers. Some CDs begin a deterioration process called bronzing, which is corrosion that worsens with exposure to various pollutants. The lasers in devices used to burn or even play a CD can also affect its longevity. 'The ubiquity of a once dominant media is again receding. Like most of the technology we leave behind, CDs are are being forgotten slowly,' concludes LaFrance. 'We stop using old formats little by little. They stop working. We stop replacing them. And, before long, they're gone.'"
http://beta.slashdot.org/story/202019

especially those from the 70's  80's and 90's are becoming too old

those that are not Flac and were cheap and also some cdr are of very bad quality after a few years

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04/27/2014

Japan has a plan for a new GPS systems that could be correct on the centimeter

source http://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/satellites/japans-plan-for-centimeterresolution-gps#.U1xSjt2bV7Q.twitter

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04/09/2014

new timeclock NTP standard developed by NIST

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has officially launched a new atomic clock, called NIST-F2, to serve as a new U.S. civilian time and frequency standard, along with the current NIST-F1 standard.

NIST-F2 would neither gain nor lose one second in about 300 million years, making it about three times as accurate as NIST-F1, which has served as the standard since 1999. Both clocks use a "fountain" of cesium atoms to determine the exact length of a second.

NIST scientists recently reported the first official performance data for NIST-F2,* which has been under development for a decade, to the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM), located near Paris, France. That agency collates data from atomic clocks around the world to produce Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the international standard of time. According to BIPM data, NIST-F2 is now the world's most accurate time standard.**

NIST-F2 is the latest in a series of cesium-based atomic clocks developed by NIST since the 1950s. In its role as the U.S. measurement authority, NIST strives to advance atomic timekeeping, which is part of the basic infrastructure of modern society. Many everyday technologies, such as cellular telephones, Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite receivers, and the electric power grid, rely on the high accuracy of atomic clocks. Historically, improved timekeeping has consistently led to technology improvements and innovation.
http://www.nist.gov/pml/div688/nist-f2-atomic-clock-04031...

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04/02/2014

before you switch the fonts by following the hype : it is not that simple

this article explains why

"Last week, media outlets from CNN to the Economic Times reported on a story that pretty much everyone could feel good about: a 14-year-old font nerd in Pittsburgh crunched some numbers and figured out how to save the U.S. government nearly half a billion dollars a year, just by printing all of its documents exclusively in the light-stroked typeface Garamond. One problem: There's very little reason to believe that Garamond would save the government any money at all.
http://www.fastcodesign.com/3028436/why-garamond-wont-sav...

so it was a bad example of the journal not to check the arguments with some real specialists in the field and so just to take everything without discussion or analysis

so every time, let the headlines pass and the hype disappear and wait for the real analysis to come in before you act

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04/01/2014

Apple kills the need for datasubscriptions if your phones want to exchange files

The idea behind FireChat is simple. It’s a chatting app. After registering with a name — no email address or other personal identifiers required — you’re dropped into a fast-moving chatroom of “Everyone” using it in your country. The interesting aspect, however, is the “Nearby” option. Here, the app uses Apple’s Multipeer Connectivity framework, essentially a peer-to-peer feature that lets you share messages (and soon photos) with other app users nearby, regardless of whether you have an actual Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

 

You read that correctly. You’re able to send and receive messages even when you don’t have a data connection. FireChat accomplishes this magic by allowing each device to connect directly to others nearby using Bluetooth, peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, or traditional Wi-Fi networks. Because you’re connecting directly with other users, you don’t actually need to be connected over Wi-Fi or a cellular network
http://www.wired.com/2014/03/apple-multipeer-connectivity/

just don't forget to cut those connections as bluebooth is not so safe and WIFI is used for middle in the man attacks

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03/31/2014

#kiev the US sanctions that will hit the most Russia are those that aren't published

So what exactly would releasing oil from there do? Let's say U.S. production and imports from Canada and Mexico were to hold place. The U.S. would need to release about 950,000 barrels per day to meet all of the United States' current demand. Based on the SPR's 727 million barrels in storage, we could do this for well over two years and drive down global prices significantly. Surprisingly, though, we don't even need to go to that extreme. According to economist Phillip Verleger in a recent Quartz article, if the U.S. were to release only 500,000 barrels per day from the SPR, it would lead to a $10 drop in oil prices and would cost Russia $40 billion in sales. At this pace, we could maintain this pace for more than four years and could potentially cause Russia's GDP to drop by 4%. 
http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/03/30/america-...

stealth sanctions

we don't do it to punish Russia but to help Europe

but if we hit Russia hard enough with it so that it will go back to a normal international behavior and relationship, that would be more than welcome

it also shows the advantage of building up strategic reserves when prices are low to use them at your strategic advantage

if you are running enormous datacenters, the same idea can be implemented by you because it will mean that your energy costs may stay down while those of the other big players will increase because they are totally dependent on the external price without any assets to limit the impact

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03/30/2014

never lose baggage again with this new tracking technology

source http://kpnm2m.pr.co/73262-never-loosing-luggage-again-thanks-to-connected-suitcases

maybe aviapartner could invest in this technology just lost a backpack of a friend of mine and never seemed with all their tracking interfaces to know where it was

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