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Flying Cars: Science Fiction or Near Future?

AeroMobil’s CEO, Juraj Vaculik, has announced the company’s plans to make a functional flying vehicle available to consumers by as early as 2017. The vehicle will be based on the prototype AeroMobil revealed back in October 2014. Its initial price is expected to amount to some couple of hundred thousand euro.

The idea of constructing a flying vehicle was born out of AeroMobil founders’ desire to overcome barriers and restrictions faced by air travelers and drivers, including traffic jams, inefficient short-distance air travel, and lack of infrastructure.

For now, though, both Juraj Vaculik and his co-founder Stefan Klein admit the introduction of flying vehicles is concerned with a number of technical, financial and regulatory issues which need to be immediately addressed. Thus, Aeromobil has not found yet the right materials to construct a light enough flying car, while complying with all crash and safety requirements. However, they expect it will only take two years to solve the problem. All the more, the company enjoys strong EU support, both in terms of certification and funding.

The concept of the first consumer vehicle to be manufactured is a posh “flying roadster,” like that from Tesla’s playbook. Packed with Garmin avionics and two-axis autopilots, the carbon-fiber two-seat roadster is expected to be categorized as a light sports aircraft. It will provide for a travel range of around 430 miles, and its operation won’t require any special license. Mr. Vaculik also claims his flying cars will be able to use grass landing strips and will only need 650 feet to take off or land.

Next generation mass-market flying cars, according to Aeromobil, will be fully autonomous hybrids with four seats and a range twice as long as that of roadsters. However, their introduction is rather a matter of distant future, which implies a lot of regulatory and psychological aspects to be taken into consideration before the future can actually happen.

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New Bluetooth keyboard by Logitech. Want to connect three devices simultaneously? Easily!

New Bluetooth keyboard Logitech K480 is the best choice if you use several devices and want operate them simultaneously with keyboard. Logitech K480 allows you to connect up to three devices so you can switch for example between PC, phone and a tablet which are put in special row on the keyboard.

At $50 you will get great functionality and attractive styling:  fluorescent ergonomic keys, compact size, two color options and wireless connection above all. Logitech K480 will be a real gift for those who want to swap between devices and main computer without KVW switches and other yesterday’s tools. Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard should be available in late September. 

 

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Android Wear to gain more powers

The Android team announced new Android Wear features upcoming, which include GPS support and ability to communicate with other Bluetooth devices. There are also plans to implement a number of other updates, such as navigation and voice control improvements, by the end of this year.

All of the above is to make Android Wear devices more autonomous. Thus, with a GPS chip built in their smart watches, users won’t have to rely on their smartphones to run activity trackers and similar apps. As for the Bluetooth communication feature, it is claimed that, once it’s there, users will be able, for instance, to play back music directly from their watches, without connecting a smartphone to a Bluetooth headset. Google gives no other details as to what this new feature will mean, but one can assume a range of new possibilities opening up, from smarthome control to direct keyboard input.

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Twitch is currently revising its policies as to storage of past game broadcasts, explaining that it is necessary to overcome current video on demand limitations, while going mobile. It has been announced that, for free users, full broadcasts will be kept for two weeks, while Turbo subscribers as well as Twitch’s partners will be able to enjoy those for 60 days. These are only highlights of up to two hours that can be stored for unlimited time.

Besides, Twitch is introducing muting of audio records, using the same technology that was used for YouTube some time before the Content ID. So, playing unauthorized tunes is no longer possible.

The changes are to take effect in three weeks, so users still have time to save whatever game clips they want somewhere else.

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The answer is positive, at least, when it comes to nano-sized ones, which are actually controlled sound ripples.

A research team from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology found out that these ripples could change electronic properties of substances. Thus, when the researchers tested it on a photoluminescent 2D material, the material tended to emit more light as the sound ripples grew more intensive.

The discovery can be useful for enhancing performance of cellphone cameras under dim light conditions, efficiency of solar cells and smart windows, and for a lot of other purposes. All the more, the above effect of sound waves is not permanent and disappears as soon as the “earthquake” stops.

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It has been reported on the Texas Governor’s web-site that the world’s first spaceport is to appear 27 km away to the north-east of Brownsville. The project has already been approved by Brownsville’s mayor and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Plans have it that the spaceport’s annual throughput will be 12 space launch vehicles. It is to be used both for NASA purposes and for private companies’ projects. The new spaceport will create 300 jobs, the state’s benefit amounting to around $85 mln. So, the authorities are expected to invest some $15 million in it.

The project was initiated by SpaceX company, namely, Elon Musk, its founder and chief designer (and PayPal originator). The company specializes in manufacturing and launching Falcon space launch vehicles and Dragon recoverable capsules.

The first three attempts to launch Falcon family space launch vehicles failed. Only the fourth one was a success, with Falcon-1 placing into orbit a test payload of 165 kg and, a year later, – Malaysia’s RazakSAT satellite.

In 2010, the new Falcon-9 delivered a Dragon spaceship to the earth orbit, which, having accomplished its mission, splashed down successfully in the Pacific Ocean. In 2012, the Dragon spaceship delivered its first cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Later, SpaceX and NASA concluded a $1.6 bln contract for Dragon to take another 12 space flights to the ISS.

Currently, SpaceX is developing a new Falcon modification – Falcon Heavy, while launching space vehicles, using the Cape Caneveral spaceport and Vandenberg Airforce base.

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Google Androidis the most popular mobile OS in the world, far from being named the most secure.

On the scale of vulnerability threatening the security of personal data of Google Android users, specialists of Bluebox Labs said, but the portal of PCWorld noted that it is probably one of the biggest in the history of Android system. The first informations about this problem were obtained in 2010, and the Google company, of course, has taken steps to close the breach in security that prevents malware to actually penetrate smoothly to mobile devices, making their users helpless in the face of intruders. Nevertheless, to eliminate Google problem was managed only in the latest version of Android, so that all users of previous OS versions should remain on the alert.

This problem, or «FakeID», as it is called in the Bluebox Labs, according to the same Bluebox Labs, is associated with deficiencies in the mechanism of verification of certificates and fraught with consequences not only for users of Android, but also for the reputation of Google company. Taking advantage of the privileges granted on the mobile devices in some applications, intruders can break into the system that give them access to personal photos and passwords, and credit card numbers. So what is the advice to all users of OS Android versions 4.3.1 and below: arm with reliable antivirus and beware!

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According to In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV division at LG Electronics, the EC9300, boasting a large cinema design screen on a neatly shaped stand plus LG’s WRGB OLED technology, is made for everyone to enjoy high-quality picture and feel the difference.

Announcing new releases upcoming this year, In-kyu Lee also explained that the company would be further expanding its range to give as many consumers as possible a chance to experience the true value of the LG OLED TV.

Ultra-slim and ultra-thin, EC9300 offers webOS based LG Smart+ TV, CINEMA 3D, incorporating LG’s proprietary FPR technology, and an advanced 2D to 3D conversion engine.

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A citizen of the United Arab Emirates was fined for insulting SMS

"Verbal restraint caused heavy fine for one resident of the United Arab Emirates", - reported by local Newspapers. Fine in the amount of 5000 dirhams (equivalent to $273) was appointed by the court for insulting message that the accused in the SMS sent his opponent.

The accused did not want to admit their guilt, turning in a few instances in the proceeding. However, direct evidence in the form of saved messages in the phone of the victim has not left the court has doubts about the guilt of the defendant. In the message of a man named plaintiff's a liar, accusing in the falsehood of his wife and close relatives, reported by the local media.

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Toshiba has crossed the line. New 7-inch Windows tablet for $120

Evolution of Windows-based tablets is a long tale about how to make device… smaller and cheaper. Indeed, every new product sets a record in price and new 7-inch Encore Mini by Toshiba is not exclusion. Priced for only $120 it passed the lowest $200-line common for 8-inch tablets. However, do not expect high-end specs for such a price: based on Windows 8.1, Encore Mini has a quad-core 1GB RAM Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1024 x 600 display, 16GB of storage, 2MP main camera and 0.3MP frontal camera. It’s a bit heavier than Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, but nevertheless it won’t be a problem to keep additional 350 grams in your bag.

Definitely good news that purchase of Encore Mini grants you with a free year of 1TB storage on One Drive and either Office 365 service. Moreover the tablet is designed with additional microSDXC slot, so you can increase the storage up to 128GB.  Producer did it best to improve the scaling, thus you will always feel comfortable to work with on-screen objects in desktop mode. Attractive price, compact size, a plenty of storage – if you are tempted, Encore Mini is already in stores.