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July 23, 2021

Adding Intelligence to the Grid

Aspencore -- EETimes - Power grids around the world are facing similar challenges. One of the biggest is the rise in renewable energy generation of all kinds; solar and wind energy are great for the planet, but they are as unpredictable as the weather. Schemes designed...

July 23, 2021 05:15 PM

The Little (Mars) Helicopter That Could

Life -- NASA Image of the day - Ingenuity, the helicopter that arrived on the Red Planet on the Mars Perseverance rover, has made nine flights on Mars.

July 23, 2021 05:06 PM

Novel self-healing materials developed for testing on the International Space Station

Life -- Phys.org - Some materials used in aerospace applications such as polymers can degrade and erode with prolonged exposure to atomic oxygen, ultraviolet radiation, and extreme temperature cycling in the outer space. Also, because orbiting spacecraft such...

July 23, 2021 04:57 PM

It's Time for a New International Space Treaty

Life -- Undark - With satellite traffic increasing and space tourism poised to take off, space is much busier than it used to be. Before extraterrestrial conflicts erupt, debris makes space travel unsustainable, and pollution irreversibly tarnishes other worlds,...

July 23, 2021 04:55 PM

View from Juno during its flyby of Ganymede and Jupiter

Life -- Phys.org - Visualizations shape how we perceive space exploration. Whether it's the Pale Blue Dot, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, Earthrise, or any other myriad images captured as part of this great endeavor, they all help inspire the next generation of...

July 23, 2021 04:45 PM

The Do's and Don'ts of Buying a Refurbished Laptop

Life -- Lifehacker - Buying a new laptop-a good one-is a costly endeavor. Even base model MacBooks costs more than a thousand dollars, and it's much the same story for a Dell XPS.

July 23, 2021 04:28 PM

Visa to Acquire Currencycloud

Business Wire -- Visa (NYSE: V) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Currencycloud, a global platform that enables banks and fintechs to provide innovative foreign exchange solutions for cross-border payments. The acquisition builds on an existing...

July 23, 2021 03:59 PM

July 20, 2021

Wally Funk Is Going to Space Aboard Jeff Bezos's Rocket. Here's Why That Matters

Media -- Time - Science - There's a good reason for all the fuss about Wally Funk this week. On July 20, Funk, 82-an aviator, the first female air-safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the first female inspector for the Federal...

July 20, 2021 04:05 AM

Warby Parker's new iPhone eye test is its next step into telehealth

Media -- Fast Company - Warby Parker is updating its vision-testing iPhone app in a big way. It can now perform an eye test requiring only 10 feet of space, 10 minutes, and good lighting. It's also only $15 and is available in 29 states.

The app, which is changing...

July 20, 2021 03:19 AM

Hubble space telescope restored after failure

Media -- eeNews Europe - NASA has successfully re-started the Hubble Space Telescope after a month long shutdown NASA has successfully switched to backup hardware on the Hubble Space Telescope after a failure that was first put down to a fault memory module.

Instead,...

July 20, 2021 03:18 AM

July 18, 2021

Microsoft unveils Windows 365 - ushering in a new category of computing

Enterprise -- Microsoft - Windows 365 will deliver a full, personalized PC experience from the cloud to any device, giving workers and organizations power, simplicity and security for hybrid work.

July 18, 2021 06:46 PM

JetBlue to give pilots iPad Pro for flights

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - According to JetBlue, iPads are used in cockpits for operational tracking apps, hosting system maintenance checks, checking real-time weather patterns to avoid turbulence and accessing procedures and manuals.

July 18, 2021 06:40 PM

Laptop shipments set to reach a record-breaking 236m in 2021

Enterprise -- TechCentral.ie - Global laptop shipments increased 26% in 2020 and are expected to continue to surge in 2021 to potentially reach a record-breaking 236 million units. The surge in demand comes as a result of home working and remote learning, with notebooks...

July 18, 2021 06:39 PM

The Warthog and the Senator: the Politics of Retiring a Warplane

U.S. News -- The U.S. Air Force is desperate to get rid of some of its fleet of expensive, slow and outdated A-10 Warthog...

July 18, 2021 05:58 PM

Microsoft to Offer Cloud-Based Version of Windows Operating System

U.S. News -- Microsoft Corp on Wednesday said it will offer its Windows operating system as a cloud-based service, aiming to make...

July 18, 2021 05:51 PM

United Airlines to Buy 100, 19-Seat Electric Planes From Heart Aerospace

U.S. News -- United Airlines said on Tuesday it would buy 100 19-seat ES-19 electric planes from Swedish start-up Heart Aerospace,...

July 18, 2021 05:49 PM

The Best Single Board Computers for 2021

Aspencore -- EETimes - 2020 was an excellent year for single-board computers (SBCs), which ushered in the Raspberry Pi 4, an updated Nvidia Jetson Developer Kit, and the release of the Odyssey J4105 x86 series that offers native support for Windows and Linux operating...

July 18, 2021 05:43 AM

Defining Future Power Grids with Open Source Software

Aspencore -- EETimes - If a Linux Foundation effort succeeds, the next-generation power grid will be based on open source tools using commodity software and hardware. That software-defined approach is promoted as encouraging joint development and investment while...

July 18, 2021 05:43 AM

AmateurLogic 158: Distortion, Field Day & SDRangel

Tech -- AmateurLogic.TV - AmateurLogic.TV Episode 158 is now available for download.

George's Distortion Exploration. Tommy and the One Man Field Day Team. Mike discovers SDRangel software.

July 18, 2021 03:55 AM

How to install Gnome 40 on Debian 11

Tech -- Addictive Tips - If you'd like to use the latest version of the Gnome Shell desktop on Debian 11, you can, thanks to the "Debian Experimental" software repository. In this guide, we'll walk you through all the steps to try out this new desktop.

July 18, 2021 03:51 AM

All clear, it should be safe to update your Chromebook

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - At the end of June, Google pushed out an incremental update to Chrome OS 91. Almost immediately, users learned that the update came with a nasty little bug that was taxing the CPU on a wide range of Intel and AMD-based devices. Shortly...

July 18, 2021 03:06 AM

Google Pixel 6 XL's camera will be really powerful, new leak shows

Tech -- Mashable - Google's Pixel phones have always been capable of taking good photos, but mainly due to the company's software wizardry, while the hardware lagged behind the competition. This might change with the upcoming Pixel 6 XL (it might also be called...

July 18, 2021 03:04 AM

Could Cloud PCs be Microsoft's gateway to Chromebook-like hardware?

Tech -- TechCrunch - When Microsoft announced this morning that it was releasing a cloud PC service called Windows 365, it got me thinking. While Windows 365 is about packaging a virtual Windows business desktop in a cloud context, if you think about the announcement...

July 18, 2021 03:03 AM

Your Chromebook is getting a new and improved wallpaper picking experience

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - The standard experience for changing your Chromebook's wallpaper has been unchanged for many years. We've been watching a new update to the Wallpapers app for quite some time now, and not until recently did it mature enough to discuss....

July 18, 2021 02:50 AM

Microsoft Brings Windows to the Cloud With Windows 365

Tech -- ExtremeTech - Microsoft is taking a big step today with Windows 365. No, it hasn't skipped from Windows 11 all the way to 365. This is Microsoft's new cloud PC platform, which will allow businesses to run Windows desktops online for easy access from myriad...

July 18, 2021 02:48 AM

Chrome Tab Groups and Bookmarks may become one and the same which makes sense

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - As I've previously said, Chrome users will no longer need to rely on extensions like Toby Tab Manager to collapse and save tab groups for later. After having introduced the feature and included several ways to automatically collapse...

July 18, 2021 02:47 AM

AmateurLogic Shorts 10: MT007 Pen Type Multimeter

Tech -- AmateurLogic.TV - Mike reviews the Mustool MT007 pen type multimeter.

July 18, 2021 02:47 AM

As techies flee Silicon Valley, Chicago is jostling to be the next unicorn machine

Media -- Fast Company - The pandemic did a lot to diminish the primacy of coastal cities as meccas for the brightest minds in tech. As tech work migrated from the office space to virtual space, suddenly the cost-benefit calculus of life in the tech centers completely...

July 18, 2021 02:37 AM

July 16, 2021

With Virgin Galactic's launch of Richard Branson in the books, all eyes are on Blue Origin and Jeff Bezos

Life -- Live Science - Richard Bransons' flight Sunday (July 11) was just the first of two planned billionaire spaceflights this month. Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos is scheduled to fly on July 20.

July 16, 2021 03:31 AM

July 14, 2021

Lenovo ThinkStation P350 Tiny is a compact workstation with up to Intel Core i9 & NVIDIA P1000

Tech -- Liliputing - Lenovo's new ThinkStation P350 Tiny is a computer that supports up to a 65 watt Intel Core i9-11900 octa-core processor, NVIDIA Quadro P1000 graphics, 64GB of RAM, and up to two PCIe Gen4 NVMe solid state drives. But it's also a compact computer...

July 14, 2021 04:19 PM

July 12, 2021

Repurposed communications satellites could help save humanity from an asteroid impact

Life -- Live Science - Large telecommunication satellites used for TV broadcasting could be quickly and easily repurposed as anti-asteroid weapons according to European aerospace company Airbus.

July 12, 2021 05:52 PM

Your Company Needs a Digital Nomad Policy

Think -- HBR.org - It will help you retain in-demand workers and protect you from legal risk.

July 12, 2021 05:44 PM

DNS-over-HTTPS takes another small step towards global domination

Infosec -- Malwarebytes Unpacked - Firefox recently announced that it will be rolling out DNS-over-HTTPS (or DoH) soon to one percent of its Canadian users as part of its partnership with CIRA (the Canadian Internet Registration Authority), the Ontario-based organization...

July 12, 2021 05:42 PM

gzip is append"able"

datafireball.com -- gzip is a common used data compression file format and application that works with this file format. Recently I came across a use case where I need to do apply some data transformation to a large dataset stored in S3. The data is so large that I cannot...

July 12, 2021 04:14 AM

Chrome OS 91 broke Linux, here's the workaround

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Last week, numerous Chromebook users reported a CPU-crippling bug had arrived in the latest incremental update to version 91 of Chrome OS. Shortly thereafter, Google pumped the brakes on the update and paused the server which essentially...

July 12, 2021 03:40 AM

A Nearly Perfect Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

SupplyChain -- Evolving Excellence - Apologies to people who subscribe to this blog as this is not my traditional type of content!

In June 2021 we visited Iceland for 11 days, driving the famous Ring Road and seeing a variety of sights. I did considerable research...

July 12, 2021 03:38 AM

Google adds another killer feature to the Tote holding space on Chrome OS

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Google is steadily bringing more and more productivity tools to Chrome OS. While projects such as the Linux container on Chromebooks have expanded the capability of the OS exponentially, it's the constant subtle add-ons that continue...

July 12, 2021 02:54 AM

Chromium OS Integrates CloudReady Installer

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Ever wanted to have a Chrome OS experience on a device that isn't a Chromebook or a Chromebox? To do so, you need Chromium OS - the free and open source base of Chrome OS - and until now, the CloudReady operating system from Neverware...

July 12, 2021 02:45 AM

This upcoming change could make searching on Chromebooks more frustrating

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Google is currently testing the ability to include helpful solutions to common Chromebook questions in the device's launcher for quick access. With just one tap of the 'Everything button', you will soon be able to find anything that...

July 12, 2021 02:15 AM

How to use split screen on your Chromebook

Tech -- Digital Trends - Ready for a multitasking session on your Chromebook? Here's how to use split screen on your Chromebook so you can view two sites or apps at the same time.

July 12, 2021 02:05 AM

Google pauses Chrome OS update, breaks Linux container

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Last week, Google rolled out an incremental update to Chrome OS 91 and it didn't take long for numerous users to start reporting a serious bug that was crippling the CPU and a number of Chromebooks. The bug report, now triaged, has been...

July 12, 2021 02:03 AM

AmateurLogic Shorts 9: 18650 Battery Wraps

Tech -- AmateurLogic.TV - Tommy follows up on a previous short and shows us why and how we should replace damaged battery wraps on reclaimed 18650 batteries.

July 12, 2021 02:00 AM

Tested: Intel's Jasper Lake delivers big performance gains for affordable Chromebooks

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - It hit me just yesterday that we've been previously unable to share performance numbers on the one Jasper Lake Chromebook we have in the office right now. The Acer Chromebook 317 is a monster device in numerous ways, but hiding inside...

July 12, 2021 01:59 AM

Heatwaves, The Grid, and Your Electronics

Aspencore -- EETimes - Last week was brutally hot in many parts of the U.S., including areas of the country that aren't accustomed to sidewalks hotter than a match head. That put the electrical grid to a severe test, including here in New York, where summer in the...

July 12, 2021 01:29 AM

Image: Lunar hardware delivered to NASA Goddard

Life -- Phys.org - A new instrument that will fly to the moon has been delivered to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

July 12, 2021 01:23 AM

Russia to launch new International Space Station module

Life -- Phys.org - The long-delayed Russian module for the International Space Station is set to be finally launched this month, but the date has been pushed back several days, the head of the country's space corporation said Thursday.

July 12, 2021 01:15 AM

BlueJeans by Verizon Enables Next Generation Mobility

Globe Newswire -- Verizon Business today announced new BlueJeans Meetings features for iPadOS, iOS and Android to support the reality of today's mobile workforce, as well as new device partnerships and applications aimed at unlocking the power of Verizon Mobile Edge Compute...

July 12, 2021 12:50 AM

July 11, 2021

Microsoft issues emergency Windows patch to fix critical 'PrintNightmare' vulnerability

Tech -- The Verge - Microsoft has started rolling out an emergency Windows patch to address a critical flaw in the Windows Print Spooler service. The vulnerability, dubbed PrintNightmare, was revealed last...

July 11, 2021 11:06 PM

These Chromebooks have a reported performance issue after latest Chrome OS 91 update

Tech -- About Chromebooks - Last week, I mentioned a small Chrome OS 91 update to the Stable Channel arrived. I was happy because it fixed a clipboard issue between Chrome OS and Linux. Now I see that some people are reporting a high-impact performance issue...

July 11, 2021 11:00 PM

RS signs STEM deal with LEGO Education

Media -- eeNews Europe - LEGO Education products and resources will be available from RS Components for hands-on engineering learning RS Components (RS) has signed an agreement to be an authorised reseller of LEGO's Education products in the UK.

RS is initially...

July 11, 2021 10:30 PM