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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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Join Google I/O 2014 Live Broadcast

Today, the 25 th day of June, is when Google I/O 2014 conference, a major mobile technology event, is to kick off. For users’ convenience, the company has launched an official web-application for online broadcasting, accessible through Play Market – predictably under the Google I/O 2014 option. All one needs to enjoy a live broadcast is to download and install the app.

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ASUS gives ZenWatch to the world

ASUS gives ZenWatch to the world

ASUS announced  its first smartwatch. This Android Wear-powered ZenWatch is furnished with square 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 touchscreen, the top whereof is covered by 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3. ZenWatch timepiece features a genuine stitched-leather strap and aquick-release clasp out of the box, a curved stainless-steel case with rose-gold-colored band.

ZenWatch has mostly the same specs as LG G Watch and G Watch R: 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It also has a 1.4Wh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 (duh), a microphone and a bio sensor. What is important, ZenWatch meets the IP55 standards.

Moreover, ASUS preloaded some useful functions for your convenience. Watch Unlock ensures unlocking of your phone or tablet by touching the face.  Tap Tap allows to change over the functions. Besides, they added some other services, which need no comments: Cover to Mute, Find My Phone, Remote Camera and Presentation Control. Also, the device offers such features as heart rate tracking, step counting, and determination of relaxation level. Afterwards, you may get some advices on further improvements with your health. To take advantage of these features, you should first install theZenWatch Manager phone app, allowing to sync with your smartphone. Furthermore, you will need to download the Remote Camera app and the ASUS Remote Link app to your phone.

 

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NASA Counting on Electric Propulsion

With 18 electric motors and one-third the wing area of a regular aircraft, the electric planes of NASA’s design seem too good to be true. But however illusive the concept of electric aviation might seem, NASA is determined to make it work within the next ten years.

First of all, NASA plans to test its carbon composite prototypes equipped with lithium iron phosphate batteries at low speeds, and then provide for truck-based testing of its LEAPTech wing at speeds of up to 70mph. Finally, if the previous tests are successful, the wing will be mounted on a commercial Tecnam P2006T plane to be tested under actual flight conditions.

The LEAPTech technology NASA nurtured in cooperation with two private companies is supposed to be able to provide for uniform increase of air velocity across the entire wing area, while boosting the lift and reducing the drag. Plus each of the engines is to be controlled by a separate computer, which allows for a better performance flexibility. Thus, though the speed and flight range issues remain, the use of the above technology is expected to result in a higher efficiency, faster speed and lower noise of electric aircrafts.

Anyways, NASA has sure a lot of work to do before it can even dare to use pilots to test the aircrafts.

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Taken today’s highly competitive smartphone market, BlackBerry has had to come up with a unique sales approach to beat its major competitors, such as Samsung and Apple. So, under the current CEO, John Chen, the company is focusing on making BlackBerry the world’s “most secure and complete communications network.”

With this idea in mind, BlackBerry recently joined its efforts with Samsung and IBM to design a tablet to meet the demand of governmental agencies and industrial enterprises for a secure communications infrastructure. The collaboration resulted in the novelty SecuTABLET, which is currently under the certification process in Germany. The device was designed based on Samsung's S10.5 Galaxy Tab and is claimed to be up to the highest security standards.

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WD to Launch New Power-Efficient Hard Drives

The new Re+ hard drives by WD are intended to address the power consumption issues of modern high-capacity datacentres. With 6 Gb/s transfer rates, sequential data rates of up to 225 MB/s and a capacity of up to 550 TB per year, these are claimed to combine the high reliability of Re hard drives and the industry’s best watt-per-gigabyte ratio. In fact, WD claims the Re+ family products have the lowest power consumption of all 3.5-inch hard drives available on the market today.

According to WD, the Re+ hard drive platform is currently the most power-efficient, high-intensity and high-capacity one in terms of total cost of ownership, i.e. capacity-price-power consumption relation. Considering that watts have become a currency, like the dollar, massive deployments of these under today’s large web-scale cloud infrastructures could result in enormous savings of millions of dollars per year, while providing for enhanced performance and reliability as required for high-intensity datacentres.