Archos' electric scooter taps Android for directions
Feb20

Archos' electric scooter taps Android for directions

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. It’s not just bicycle makers hoping Android will improve your two-wheeled transportation. Archos has unveiled a Citee Connect electric scooter with a 5-inch Android computer in between the handlebars. The hardware won’t rival your phone (it an uses unnamed quad-core chip, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage), but it does have 3G built-in for directions and other tasks that might be handy while you commute around town. There’s also a dedicated mobile app that can control the scooter’s built-in reel lock. As for the scooter itself? The 250W motor is enough for a 15.5-mile range and a 15.5MPH top speed. Neither is particularly mind-blowing, but they’re enough for downtown travel. It’ll take you 2 to 3 hours to charge between rides. The Citee Connect arrives in the summer for €500 ($617). Archos hasn’t said whether or not its scooter will be available outside of Europe, but we wouldn’t count on it. The company is relatively new to scooters (it entered the space in January 2017 after years of focusing on mobile devices), and it’s clearly catering to densely packed European cities where a scooter may be all you need. Via: The Verge Source: Archos (PDF) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Robots that pick up and sort objects may improve warehouse efficiency
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Robots that pick up and sort objects may improve warehouse efficiency

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Sorting and organizing may not always be the most difficult tasks, but they can certainly get tedious. And while they may seem like prime examples of something we might like robots to do for us, picking up, recognizing and sorting objects is actually a pretty difficult thing to teach a machine. But researchers at MIT and Princeton have developed a robot that can do just that and in the future, it could be used for things like warehouse sorting or cleaning up a disaster area. The team first trained the robot how to determine the best way to grip an object. They showed it bins of various items and then demonstrated which of four main grasping behaviors — suction onto it vertically, suction onto it from the side, grip vertically and grip vertically while also using a flexible tool to coax objects away from a wall — was the best option for a particular object. They did this over and over again, labeling which attempts were successes and which were not and eventually they plugged all of the information in a deep neural network. That allowed the robot to approach new objects with a strategy based on what it learned from its previous attempts. Once the object is gripped and lifted out of the bin, the robot then has to figure out what it is. In their setup, the researchers have a set of cameras that take pictures of the object from all sorts of angles and those images can then be compared to a library of other images the robot has access to. Once it finds a close match, the robot then moves the object to another bin, based on what the item is. At the Amazon Robotics Challenge last July, the robot was able to successfully grasp objects 75 percent of the time (though only 54 percent of the time when using its suction grip) and it correctly classified each novel item it was presented with. The team is now working to improve the design and plans to present a paper on their work at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in May. “This can be applied to warehouse sorting, but also may be used to pick things from your kitchen cabinet or clear debris after an accident,” Alberto Rodriguez, a researcher on the project, said in a statement. “There are many situations where picking technologies could have an impact.” You can see the robot in action in the video below. Via: MIT Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow...

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Mattel and Tynker will use Barbie to teach kids to code
Feb20

Mattel and Tynker will use Barbie to teach kids to code

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. A couple of years back, Mattel and Tynker partnered up to produce programming lessons based on Hot Wheels and Monster High. Now the two companies are expanding their partnership to launch seven new Barbie-themed coding lessons this coming summer. The curriculum, aimed at teaching girls about computer programming, will also expose them to them potential careers like becoming a veterinarian, astronaut or robotics engineer. The larger goal is to introduce coding to 10 million kids by 2020. The Barbie programming curriculum has been designed for beginners grades K and up. It puts learners in career roles alongside Barbie as it introduces concepts gradually. It’s not all just Barbie, of course, with a few different initiatives coming in 2018, including a Mattel code-a-thon and teacher outreach program as well as involvement in the Hour of Code in December. “For close to 75 years, Mattel has taken a visionary approach to advancing play for kids around the world, most recently promoting computer programming and other STEM skills alongside iconic brands like Barbie, Hot Wheels and Monster High,” said Tynker’s Krishna Vedati in a statement. “We are very excited by this expanded partnership and the ambitious — but achievable — goal of teaching 10 million kids to learn to code by 2020 using Mattel brands.” Source: Mattel Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Judge rejects AT&T request for White House records on Time Warner merger
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Judge rejects AT&T request for White House records on Time Warner merger

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. After the Department of Justice filed suit last November to block AT&T’s intended $85 billion merger with Time Warner, the telecom giant wanted to find out how much the White House was involved. The company had good reason to wonder how much direction the DOJ may or may not have taken from the Trump Administration given how much the President had publicly opposed the merger during his 2016 campaign. But today, a federal judge denied AT&T’s request for any communications records between the DOJ and the White House. AT&T might have wanted the records to see if there was evidence that President Trump discussed the proposed merger with government lawyers, according to a Reuters report. From there, the telecom may have argued that politics played a role in the DOJ’s decision to block the merger. The DOJ sued to block the merger out of antitrust concerns. While AT&T planned to dodge regulatory scrutiny by selling off some of Time Warner’s FCC licenses, and eventually plotted more drastic measures to dump other assets like CNN that appeared to jeopardize the merger. But the DOJ went ahead with a suit that argued the combined companies’ media properties would mean higher prices for rival television and online content companies. Source: Reuters (CNBC) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Microsoft Mixer lets viewers buy games straight from livestreams
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Microsoft Mixer lets viewers buy games straight from livestreams

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. A few weeks ago, Microsoft outlined new plans for its Mixer streaming service, including Direct Purchases. The feature would enable viewers to buy whatever game (or DLC) they’re watching direct from the company’s store, which would then give streamers a cut of the revenue. Today, that goes live, making it easier for players to get content — and ensure they’re buying straight from Microsoft. Direct Purchases should indeed make it easier to acquire the content users are watching — just click on the stream and a window will pop up to buy the matching game or DLC, no switching to a separate storefront necessary. Nor do you need to fiddle with codes or tokens; Once bought, content sits in a user’s Windows 10 or Xbox library, waiting to be downloaded. Buying directly from a streamer gives them a 5 percent cut of the purchase price, which is a nice feedback loop for viewers to give back to their favorite channels. And it makes things easier on the broadcaster’s end: Aside from choosing what version (base, collector’s edition, etc) or extra content (DLC, cosmetic packs, etc) they want the in-stream shop window to promote, content creators don’t have to remember to drop the right links in the video description or mention them mid-stream. Obviously, Microsoft makes out by funneling viewers toward their own shop, but at least it’s a convenience for consumers. Plus, Direct Purchase is available for all 5,000-plus games in the Microsoft Store,including Xbox, Windows 10 & Xbox Play Anywhere games and DLC. Streamers have to activate the feature for each stream, but there are plenty of incentives (including promotional options) that should make it a no-brainer to switch it on. Source: Microsoft Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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'Santa Clarita Diet' returns to Netflix on March 23rd
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'Santa Clarita Diet' returns to Netflix on March 23rd

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Netflix’s show about managing suburban life with a zombie wife, Santa Clarita Diet, proved popular enough to secure a second season last spring. A year from that renewal, fans will finally get to watch when it arrives on March 23rd. We’re fine! pic.twitter.com/MKKvaATZIC — Santa Clarita Diet (@SCDiet) February 20, 2018 The second season sees husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and wife Sheila (Drew Barrymore) Hammond trying to keep things seeming normal while she slakes her zombie hunger on hapless neighbors. They’re joined by rival couple Chris (Joel McHale, Community) and Christa (Maggie Lawson, Psych), along with retired army colonel Ed (Gerald McRaney, This Is Us) and an amateur zombie sleuth (Zachary Knighton, Happy Endings). Via: Entertainment Weekly Source: Santa Clarita Diet (Twitter) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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ASUS' Windows Mixed Reality headset is now on sale for $429
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ASUS' Windows Mixed Reality headset is now on sale for $429

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. We liked what we saw of the ASUS’ foray into Windows Mixed Reality hardware at IFA 2017, but we always figured it would likely be pricey. That’s been proven true now as the HC102 headset and two controllers are finally on sale in the US for $429. While this might be the best mixed reality headset so far, it’s a little late to the party, too. Both Samsung and Acer released their take on the tech last year. They’re also both less expensive, with the former coming in near $300 and the latter for $400 with two controllers. HP has its own model, as well, which retails for $450. Via: The Verge Source: B&H Photo Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Facebook makes it easier to share detailed 3D objects
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Facebook makes it easier to share detailed 3D objects

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Facebook has had the option to post 3D objects for a while, and now you’ll have some better reasons to use it. The social site has introduced support for a standard 3D file format (gITF 2.0) that not only allows for richer objects with more realistic rendering like textures and lighting, but easier ways to share those objects. New developer hooks in Graph let any app share 3D content, including things you’ve created on your phone. Xperia XZ1 owners can capture an item in 3D Creator and send it directly to their Facebook feed, for instance. You can also share objects directly from libraries like Oculus Medium or (eventually) Google Poly. The company has also hinted at “higher quality” 3D models, animations and more augmented reality. Facebook isn’t shy about why it’s pushing these improvements. It has a vested interest in fostering as much VR-friendly material as it can, and that means encouraging people to share in 3D on a regular basis. The more you see in your News Feed, the more likely it is that you pick up an Oculus Rift to get a more immersive experience. Source: Facebook for Developers Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Jessica Jones confronts her anger in new season two trailer
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Jessica Jones confronts her anger in new season two trailer

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The long-awaited second season of Jessica Jones will finally debut next month and today Netflix gave us another look at what we can expect from it. In the first trailer, released earlier this month, we saw Jones grappling with her past and trying to get some answers to the many questions she has about her powers and the car crash that killed her entire family. In the second trailer we see how her anger affects, and often complicates, the life she has now. The trailer opens with Jones in an anger management session, throwing a ball at a wall with increasing force as she runs down all of the reasons she has to be angry — the death of her family, being experimented on, and the abduction, rape and mind control perpetrated against her by Kilgrave. Throughout the trailer we see Jones trying to resist a life she didn’t ask for while also acknowledging a growing threat that could affect the people she cares about. And ultimately we see her doing what she does best — harnessing that anger and taking down the bad guys. The new season hits Netflix on March 8th and you can check out the trailer below. Source: Netflix Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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'Rocket League' DLC adds DC superhero flair on March 5th
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'Rocket League' DLC adds DC superhero flair on March 5th

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. When car-soccer game Rocket League arrived last November, it included two DC Comics-inspired customization options like The Flash wheels and player banner. On March 5th, the game will get an entire roster of Justice League cars from Warner Bros., including two different Batmobiles — one from the 1989 film and the other from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the ’89 version of Batman’s sweet ride in a video game. Both it and the Batsuit from the film appeared in Batman: Arkham Knight a few years ago. Still, this is the whole group of top tier DC heroes. In addition to the custom Batman cars, Rocket League players will be able to kit out their soccer cars with decals and player banners representing Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman. The Flash and Wonder Woman get their own set of wheels, while the former also receives a special Speed Force Boost for getting to the soccer ball fast. The entire set of comic book customizations will run $4 as a DLC for the full game. Via: PlayStation Blog Source: Psyonix Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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If NBC can’t improve its VR Olympics coverage, it should just stop
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If NBC can’t improve its VR Olympics coverage, it should just stop

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. If you’re watching the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics on TV like a normal person, you may not realize there’s another option. I viewed the opening ceremonies, skiing, curling, figure skating and other events in virtual reality on my Samsung Gear VR (2017) headset via NBC’s app. I didn’t expect the coverage to be as smooth as TV, but I thought it would be a cool way to watch the events as if I were a live spectator. Sadly, with one exception, the experience was spotty and disappointing. During the Rio Games in 2016, NBC broadcast the Olympic opening ceremonies in virtual reality for the first time, so I tuned in to have a look. It was a solid start: Despite problems like poor resolution, I felt like I was there, not watching on TV. Two years is a long time for tech like VR, so when NBC and Intel announced they’d cover the opening ceremonies and several live events once again in 2018, my expectations were higher. Accessing the Games in VR in the US is relatively smooth, provided you have a live TV/cable option and the right headset. Among the models that will work are the Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. You simply install NBC’s app at the Oculus, Microsoft or Google Play store and enter the name of your cable provider, along with a username and password. This grants you access to live coverage of several events per day, along with full replays of those events as well as the opening ceremonies and highlights of others. Some broadcasts are available in 180-degree 3D VR, and others in 360 degrees and 2D. Once you’re set up, the fun (and problems) begin. On the Gear VR, every time you want to tune in — and even when you want to change sports — you have to go through an annoying intro. The app is also pretty glitchy, and I was often greeted with a black screen when loading sports. The only way to fix it was to quit the app and go back in. The first event I wanted to watch was men’s downhill skiing. Unfortunately, it was canceled due to high winds, so I watched the training run instead to get a taste of it. This was probably the worst event to view on this technology. Both the downhill and giant slalom are ill-suited to VR, at least the way NBC handled it. The skiers zoom by the fixed camera positions in blink-or-you’ll-miss-them blurs, so the only real way to follow it...

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’Elite Dangerous: Beyond’ Chapter One arrives on February 27th
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’Elite Dangerous: Beyond’ Chapter One arrives on February 27th

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. If you’ve been eagerly waiting for the third season of Elite Dangerous, your time has almost come. Today, Frontier Developments announced that the first chapter of the new season of the space MMORPG, called Beyond, will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on February 27th. The company also released a trailer for the third season, which you can see below. Beyond will be free for all Elite Dangerous players and will incorporate core gameplay changes based on user feedback. The overhaul includes a redesigned response to and consequences for criminal activities, the introduction of GalNet Audio to allow news updates without leaving the game’s action, increased chances to acquire tech based on personal narrative and the inclusion of a trade data overlay to help increase the profitability of trading. The developers have also overhauled the mission rewards system. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Installation begins on Bezos-backed 10,000 year clock
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Installation begins on Bezos-backed 10,000 year clock

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. How will our actions affect our grandchildren? Our great-grandchildren? And their great-grandchildren? That’s the kind of long-term thinking that the non-profit organization the Long Now is trying to foster. And now Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has revealed that construction has begun on the organization’s ambitious project, the 10,000 year clock. The 10,000 year clock is designed to measure time in years and centuries, rather than minutes and seconds. It will tick once a year. The century hand will advance, you guessed it, once a century, and the cuckoo will emerge once a millennium. The idea is to give us a greater sense of the impact of our decisions, and to think about long-term consequences of what we do. According to Bezos’ tweet, the clock will be powered by day and night thermal cycles and synchronized at solar noon. The team just finished drilling a 500 foot deep vertical shaft for the clock. You can see a video about the process embedded in Bezos’ tweet below. (His connection to the project: The clock is being installed on a plot of land that he owns in Texas.) Installation has begun—500 ft tall, all mechanical, powered by day/night thermal cycles, synchronized at solar noon, a symbol for long-term thinking—the #10000YearClock is coming together thx to the genius of Danny Hillis, Zander Rose & the whole Clock team! Enjoy the video. pic.twitter.com/FYIyaUIbdJ — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) February 20, 2018 Source: Twitter, 10,000 Year Clock Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Fox News' streaming service will cater to 'superfans'
Feb20

Fox News' streaming service will cater to 'superfans'

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Fox News is joining the ranks of conventional broadcasters launching stand-alone streaming services. The channel has revealed plans for Fox Nation, an internet-only subscription video service for “superfans” of its ultra-conservative programming. The service will focus on opinion shows, and will include special events as well as access to 20 years of back catalog videos that won’t be available elsewhere. The service doesn’t yet have a price ahead of its debut in the fourth quarter of 2018, although we’d expect it to be relatively inexpensive given that it’s an offshoot of a single channel. This isn’t the same as watching the TV network on the road, though. Fox News is only promising “interaction” with its familiar opinion hosts, so you’ll probably have to stay glued to a TV if you can’t get enough of the company’s big-name presenters. Whether or not the service succeeds isn’t certain. Fox News is counting on those “superfans” precisely because they’re religiously loyal — paying a little extra per month could be worth it to them if it means never having to go without their favorite brand. However, that doesn’t mean they’re willing to embrace a streaming-only service. As the New York Times observed, the median Fox News viewer is 65 years old — these aren’t exactly millennials hooked on streaming video. They may not sign up for Fox Nation simply because their viewing habits don’t involve smartphones or the web. Via: New York Times, EW Source: Fox News Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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The ESA says preserving old online games isn't 'necessary'
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The ESA says preserving old online games isn't 'necessary'

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The video game industry as a whole does a piss-poor job at preserving its history — especially when it comes to online games. The Entertainment Software Association — responsible for E3; counts Electronic Arts, Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and Ubisoft as members — is petitioning the US Copyright Office to not make DMCA exemptions for abandoned online multiplayer games. It’s an effort to block the folks at the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment in California who would like to see an exemption made to how the DMCA treats titles like the original Everquest. The ESA’s reasoning for opposing? It thinks that letting third parties operate online servers will result, more or less, in a library or museum committing copyright breach. Giving access to the proprietary server code could hypothetically lead to preservation societies building their own infrastructure and charging for access. Thus, they’d be a direct competitor to the original developers and publishers, which is something the ESA isn’t exactly keen on. As Torrent Freak notes, MADE already does this with offline games, charging $10 admission for all-you-can-play games. This is something the ESA doesn’t seem too happy about either, saying that non-profit organizations “enjoy no special immunity” from copyright violations. There’s also a worry that it’d lead to more people jailbreaking their consoles so they could play online from home. In its (admittedly weak) defense, the ESA says its members do work to maintain gaming’s history. “The prevalence of reissues of older games belies any claim that game companies lack incentive to preserve older titles,” the ESA writes. Sure, but those remasters rarely if ever feature the full-fat original online multiplayer experience. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, for instance, only shipped with a handful of the original game’s classic maps. The ESA suggests the proposed DMCA expansion should be rejected, saying that although the Copyright Office has said “properly crafted exemption for preservationists can satisfy their needs without impacting the market,” the expansion is “far from properly crafted.” “Although the proponents purport to seek the broadened exemption for the purpose of preservation, proponents appear to view recreational gameplay as within the ambit of ‘preservation,'” the ESA writes. “Online multiplayer gameplay is not necessary for preservation or for subsequent scholarly purposes.” Tell that to the academics studying human behavior in online multiplayer games, or, in a few years, to someone who wants to play vanilla World of Warcraft so they can see how their parents met. There’s a 40-plus page legal document at the source link below if you want to read the ESA’s full reasoning. The...

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Existing EV batteries could be recharged five times faster
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Existing EV batteries could be recharged five times faster

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Lithium-ion batteries have massively improved in the last half-decade, but there are still issues. The biggest, especially for EVs, is that charging takes too long to make them as useful as regular cars for highway driving. Researchers from the University of Warwick (WMG) have discovered that we may not need to be so patient, though. They developed a new type of sensor that measures internal battery temperatures and discovered that we can probably recharge them up to five times quicker without overheating problems. Overcharging a lithium-ion battery anode can lead to lithium buildup, which can break through a battery’s separator, create a short-circuit and cause catastrophic failure. That can cause the electrolyte to emit gases and literally blow up the battery, so manufacturers impose strict charging power limits to prevent it. Those limits are based on hard-to-measure internal temperatures, however, which is where the WMG probe comes in. It’s a fiber optic sensor, protected by a chemical layer that can be directly inserted into a lithium-ion cell to give highly precise thermal measurements without affecting its performance. The team tested the sensor on standard 18650 li-ion cells, used in Tesla’s Model S and X, among other EVs. They discovered that they can be charged five times faster than previously thought without damage. Such speeds would reduce battery life, but if used judiciously, the impact would be minimized, said lead researcher Dr. Tazdin Amietszajew. Faster charging as always comes at the expense of overall battery life but many consumers would welcome the ability to charge a vehicle battery quickly when short journey times are required and then to switch to standard charge periods at other times. There’s still some work to do. While the research showed the li-ion cells can support higher temperatures, EVs and charging systems would have to have “precisely tuned profiles/limits” to prevent problems. It’s also not clear how battery makers would install the sensors in the cells. Nevertheless, it shows a lot of promise for much faster charging speeds in the near future. Even if battery capacities stayed the same, charging in 5 minutes instead of 25 could flip a lot of drivers over to the green side. Via: Clean Technica Source: University of Warwick Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Play 'Doom' with motion controls on Nintendo Switch
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Play 'Doom' with motion controls on Nintendo Switch

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Doom‘s arrival on the Nintendo Switch back in November was something of a surprise, given the limitations of the platform, but it’s quickly captured the hearts of many a gamer. Now, developer Bethesda has improved the gameplay experience even more. Polygon notes that a patch released today enables motion controls for the game. Once you install the update, head into the menu and toggle “motion aiming.” This allows you to aim by moving the right Joy-Con, similar to controls in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2. Sean Buckley, one of our associate editors, spent some time with Doom before the game was released, and he was impressed with the port. He was surprised by the fact that “Doom on the Nintendo Switch feels identical to Doom on other platforms,” given the Switch’s hardware limits. He was enthusiastic from his limited time with the demo, and it looks like Bethesda has done the game justice. A new update is now available for #DOOM on #NintendoSwitch, which includes Motion Aiming and multiplayer party support! https://t.co/UmNUdWunLk pic.twitter.com/GnRIj7TVip — DOOM (@DOOM) February 20, 2018 Via: Polygon Source: Bethesda Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Engadget giveaway: Win a pro controller package from Scuf Gaming!
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Engadget giveaway: Win a pro controller package from Scuf Gaming!

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Edge. That’s what helps elevate pro gamers to the next level and Scuf Gaming offers a lot of it in its competitive controllers. The company has beefed-up versions for both PlayStation and Xbox, so you can focus on natural moves with custom settings that work for you. This week, Scuf has provided us with a B.O.T.G bundle along with a second Impact controller (both for PlayStation / PC). As always, these are built to spec at Scuf workshops in the US and UK. The bundle provides limited edition swag, a custom B.O.T.G. Impact controller, cabling and thumbstick and ring & lock kits. Plus, there’s the additional Impact controller so you don’t have to roll solo. These competitive units offer on-the-fly interchangeable thumbsticks, adjustable trigger mechanisms and four paddles for improved reach. You can play via Bluetooth or a wired set-up with improved cable retention to avoid accidental breaks in the action. All you need to do is head to the Rafflecopter widget below to give your gaming a professional boost. You’ll have up to three chances at winning all the edge you’ll need for your next mission! a Rafflecopter giveaway Entries are handled through the Rafflecopter widget above. Comments are no longer accepted as valid methods of entry. You may enter without any obligation to social media accounts, though we may offer them as opportunities for extra entries. Your email address is required so we can get in touch with you if you win, but it will not be given to third parties. Contest is open to all residents of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec), 18 or older! Sorry, we don’t make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so direct your anger at our lawyers and contest laws if you have to be mad. Winners will be chosen randomly. One (1) winner will receive one (1) SCUF Boots on the Ground Bundle ($289.95, army green controller, PS4/PC) and one SCUF Impact controller ($159.95, honeycomb black, PS4/PC). If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within three days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen. Make sure that the account you use to enter the contest includes your real name and a contact email. We do not track any of this information for marketing or third-party purposes. This unit is purely for promotional giveaway. Engadget and AOL are not held liable to honor warranties, exchanges or customer service. The full list of rules, in all of its legalese glory,...

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Snapchat adds Giphy's GIF stickers to liven up your Stories
Feb20

Snapchat adds Giphy's GIF stickers to liven up your Stories

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Usually you see Instagram borrowing features from Snapchat, but the reverse is true this time around. Snapchat has added GIF stickers from Giphy’s library to its Android and iOS apps, giving you a considerably wider selection to choose from when crafting your Stories — just like Instagram did a few weeks ago. The stickers are singled out in the app when you search for them, so you don’t have to wade through regular Snap-created stickers if you’re looking for some variety. There are some interface tweaks coming along for the ride, too. The Snapchat app now has tabs in both the Discover and Friends sections, which should help you find just the Stories you want. You can look just at friends with active Stories, for instance, or your subscribed Stories in another. The Giphy addition reflects Snap’s determination to keep pace with Instagram and add new users. It doesn’t want to lose you just because your favorite sticker is only available elsewhere. At the same time, this signals just how much influence Giphy has on the tech world. Its animated GIFs are quickly becoming omnipresent. They’re for all devices and uses, not just desktop users searching for clever memes. Via: VentureBeat, TechCrunch Source: App Store, Google Play Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Toyota's next EV motor could use 50 percent less rare earth metals
Feb20

Toyota's next EV motor could use 50 percent less rare earth metals

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Toyota has designed a magnet that halves the amount of rare earths needed in its electric cars, which could help mitigate the fall out of a looming materials shortage. Like other electric carmakers, Toyota has traditionally used neodymium, terbium and dysprosium in its electric vehicles, but it believes demand for these materials will outstrip supply come 2025. The new magnet uses the rare earths lanthanum and cerium instead, which are more plentiful and cost 20 times less than neodymium. A neodymium shortage would be serious news for the electric vehicle market as it stands, and we’ve already seen the consequences. Last year a clampdown on illegal mining in China (which supplies 80 percent of the planet’s rare earth materials) caused neodymium prices to skyrocket by more than 30 percent in just one month. Toyota’s plans will help protect the company and keep it on track to sell 5.5 million electrified vehicles by 2030, which will certainly be achievable if its cars are also cheaper as a result of this switch. Source: Bloomberg Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Modders turn Nintendo Switch into a full-fledged Linux tablet
Feb20

Modders turn Nintendo Switch into a full-fledged Linux tablet

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. For all of its Nintendo customizations, the Switch is ultimately a tablet running a garden variety NVIDIA Tegra processor — and that means it can potentially handle the same software as other mobile devices. To prove that point, the fail0verflow team has shown a Switch running an honest-to-goodness Linux distribution. The touchscreen, networking and accelerated 3D graphics are all functioning, as evidenced by the modders tweeting from the Switch and running a benchmark. You’re not about to run Steam games on it (many Linux apps aren’t built for ARM-based chips), but you could theoretically use the Switch as a basic computer. Fail0verflow hasn’t explained exactly how the necessary exploit works, but it may be easier than you think. The team previously noted that it’s taking advantage of a bug in the Switch’s bootrom (the fixed low-level code that runs the moment you turn the device on), which prevents Nintendo from patching it on current consoles. You don’t need a mod chip, either. The only way for Nintendo to thwart this is to release updated hardware, and that might not happen for a while. There’s no word yet on whether or not the exploit and techniques involved will be made widely accessible. Don’t expect to try this at home, then, even if you’re willing to throw caution (and your warranty) to the wind. As it stands, this is more of a because-we-can hack than something many Switch owners would find practical. You’d probably get better value out of running homebrew games, and that’s a tougher challenge given that Nintendo can easily update its operating system to block unauthorized software. Code execution is all the rage these days, but can your Switch do *this*? 😉 #switchnix pic.twitter.com/NMnBq61tOM — fail0verflow (@fail0verflow) February 17, 2018 Via: The Verge Source: fail0verflow (Twitter 1), (2) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Lyft offers more rides to non-urgent medical appointments
Feb20

Lyft offers more rides to non-urgent medical appointments

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Lyft is continuing its bid to become the go-to choice for non-emergency medical trips. It’s launching a new partnership with Hitch Health that will offer Lyft rides to health care appointments across the US. The basic concept is familiar, but there’s a personalized twist: Hitch offers technology that can identify the patients most likely to need a ride. In a 6-month trial run, the partnership focused on low-income, uninsured and vulnerable patients that couldn’t realistically consider driving, taking the bus or asking a friend. As with some of Lyft’s other team-ups, patients don’t need a smartphone or even a credit card. In Hitch’s case, riders get a text message offering a pickup. The deal helps bolster Lyft’s role in medical transportation. It also repeats a familiar competitive strategy for Lyft: matching Uber on key fronts as quickly as possible, and looking for opportunities to one-up its rival in the same space. It’s not necessarily original, but it’s hard to complain when it leads to improved health care for those who need it most. Source: Lyft Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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South Korea won't ban cryptocurrency trading after all
Feb20

South Korea won't ban cryptocurrency trading after all

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. South Korea has been flirting with banning cryptocurrency trading for some time now. However, now it appears the country is backtracking. Bloomberg reports that South Korea’s regulators have indicated that they will continue to support “normal” trading of the cryptocurrency. In late 2017, South Korea, which is the third largest market for cryptocurrency, began cracking down on Bitcoin traders. It banned initial coin offerings and stopped allowing anonymous cryptocurrency accounts. At the beginning of this year, South Korean officials announced an outright ban on cryptocurrency trading was in the works. Many cryptocurrencies were priced higher on South Korea’s exchanges than in the rest of the world, and officials in the country thought of it as gambling. There was also the fear that cryptocurrency trading could lead to tax evasion. Apparently, South Korean regulators have worked out their concerns, because Choe Heungsik, the governor of South Korea’s Financial Supervisory Service, has said that his organization is trying to normalize cryptocurrency trading. This is a big shift in rhetoric against digital currencies. Bitcoin has undergone quite the drama over the past few weeks, as the value of the cryptocurrency plunged. According to Bloomberg, much of the loss in value was due to speculation that countries would begin banning cryptocurrency trading. Since these indications of support began to surface, however, Bitcoin has begun rebounding. Source: Bloomberg Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google Pay is the new Android Pay
Feb20

Google Pay is the new Android Pay

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Google recently admitted that Android Pay and Google Wallet probably didn’t need to exist as two different services. After a fictional, Highlander-style battle, it was Google Pay that emerged victorious, taking on a new name to define this united brand. And so today, Android Pay becomes Google Pay. The app still does everything you’d expect it to, though there’s a new Home tab that puts recent transactions, nearby stores and rewards in one place. The Cards tab, on the other hand, is more a catalog of your payment cards, gift cards, loyalty schemes and offers. Unexpectedly, Google Pay doesn’t actually include Google Wallet functionality, meaning you can’t use it to send or request money. Not yet, anyway. For that, you still have to use Google Wallet, which is now called Google Pay Send to keep it on-brand, if a bit awkwardly. The services won’t be split for too much longer, though, as people in the US and UK will be able to send and request cash through the actual Google Pay app “within the next few months.” So, beyond the new naming scheme and Android Pay redesign, not a great deal is changing on day one. But soon enough, you’ll start to see the brand name appearing in more apps and on more sites, as well as a Google Pay checkout option popping up in new places like Chrome and the Assistant. Source: Google Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Intruders 'borrowed' Tesla's public cloud for cryptocurrency mining
Feb20

Intruders 'borrowed' Tesla's public cloud for cryptocurrency mining

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Tesla isn’t immune to the plague of cryptocurrency mining hijacks, it seems. Security researchers at RedLock have reported that intruders gained access to Tesla’s Kubernetes console (where it deploys and manages containerized apps) without needing a password, exposing the EV brand’s login credentials for Amazon Web Services. From there, the attackers both abused Tesla’s cloud resources for cryptojacking and accessed private data held in Amazon’s S3 service. The culprits were creative, too. While many of these mining attempts rely on a public mining pool, the perpetrators here installed mining pool software an d pointed a script to reach an ‘unlisted’ destination. The move made it harder to simply block the cryptojacking based on internet addresses. The intruders also masked the address of their mining pool server through CloudFlare, and minimized processor use to avoid giving away its presence. RedLock said it notified Tesla right away when it discovered the breach, and that the automaker has already patched the flaw. It’s not clear at this point what private data was involved, although this doesn’t necessarily mean customer data. We’ve asked Tesla for comment on the incident and will let you know if it can share more. There doesn’t appear to have been much damage at first glance, but the intrusion continues a recent trend of companies and even militaries leaving sensitive info relatively unprotected. RedLock pointed out that there have been “hundreds” of instances like this at other companies. While the solutions in these cases are sometimes straightforward, that they’re necessary at all suggests it’ll take a while before companies are diligent about preventing slip-ups like this. Source: RedLock Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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UK National Grid plans superfast country-wide EV charging network
Feb20

UK National Grid plans superfast country-wide EV charging network

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Range anxiety could soon be a thing of the past for electric vehicle drivers in the UK, as National Grid is proposing a network of superfast charging points that would mean 90 percent of motorists would always be within 50 miles of a charging station. The strategically-placed points would offer up to 350KW of power, drawn directly from the country’s high-voltage power grid, which is managed by the company, and could charge a car in between five and 12 minutes — much faster than the 20 to 40 minutes it currently takes. The proposal covers 100 motorway-adjacent chargers, equating to around 35MW of electricity — enough to power 14,000 homes. According to National Grid estimates, the infrastructure required to get the fleet up and running would cost between £500 million and £1 billion, or just 60p per driver per year. “If you overlay the motorway network over the electricity transmission network, there is a synergy,” says Graeme Cooper, project director for electric vehicles at National Grid. “We want to show that infrastructure needn’t be a barrier to EV growth and a structured and co-ordinated roll out of rapid chargers is achievable.” We’ve seen other examples of companies pioneering EV charging across the UK before — Ecotricity has points at service stations around the country, while the government has made noises about installing charging points at petrol stations — but National Grid is the first to propose an offering that could make a meaningful difference to EV drivers. The company is currently in talks with the government about rolling out the program, and there’s no timescale involved yet, but as Cooper says, “It’s about doing it once and doing it right.” Via: FT.com Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Spotify might be building a smart speaker of its own
Feb20

Spotify might be building a smart speaker of its own

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Spotify appears to be working a smart speaker that it says will be “category defining,” according to new job listings. “Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products and set up an operational organization for manufacturing, supply chain, sales and marketing,” one ad states. So far, it has relied on other products like Google’s Assistant, Amazon Echo and Sonos:1 to stream its service. However, Apple recently launched its HomePod speaker with only native Apple Music support, showing Spotify’s need to take action on its own hardware. The ads show that the new “operations manager,” “senior product manager: hardware production” and “project manager: hardware production and engineering,” would be handling manufacturing and supply for the new product. That suggests Spotify is ready to start manufacturing soon, as the Guardian points out. Spotify is easily the most popular streaming app and works just fine on most hardware products. However, it’s impossible for Android users to stream it over the Apple’s HomePod (Mac and iOS users can do it via Apple’s proprietary AirPlay protocol). That eliminates a bit chunk of users from both Apple and Spotify’s ecosystems, depending on their loyalties. If Spotify does release a smart speaker, it could support Alexa or Google Assistant, or both, like models from Sonos and others. The company is taking a bit of a risk of stepping on its partners’ toes, though it seems unlikely that anyone but Apple — which wants to promote its own streaming service — would block the app and its 70 million worldwide paid subscribers. Via: The Guardian Source: Spotify Jobs Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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3D-printed smartphone microscope is good enough for scientists
Feb20

3D-printed smartphone microscope is good enough for scientists

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Your smartphone could soon be a fully functional microscope capable of examining samples as small as 1/200th of a millimeter. Australian researchers have developed a clip-on device that requires no external light or power sources to produce a clear picture of microscopic organisms and cells from animals, plants and blood — and it can be made by anyone with a 3D printer, as the team is sharing the 3D printing files publicly. Unlike other phone-based microscopes which use bulky LEDs and other power sources, the device works using internal illumination tunnels, which use light from the camera flash to illuminate the sample from behind. Lead developer Dr Anthony Orth said: “We’ve designed a simple mobile phone microscope that takes advantage of the integrated illumination available with nearly all smartphone cameras,” adding that the device can be used as “an inexpensive and portable tool for all types of onsite or remote-area monitoring.” The team anticipates the microscope being used to test water cleanliness, to detect disease and to analyze blood samples for parasites. This isn’t the first time scientists have tried to turn smartphones into microscopes, but it’s comparatively the most successful. In 2016, Italian company Smart Micro Optics revealed its set of Blips lenses that could turn a phone’s camera into a digital microscope capable of magnifying up to 80 times, while 2013 saw a YouTuber demonstrate how it can be done using Plexiglas and a laser pointer. Via: ZDNet Source: Scientific Reports Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Amazon will reward Prime members for shopping at Whole Foods
Feb20

Amazon will reward Prime members for shopping at Whole Foods

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Amazon has announced that its Rewards Visa will now offer users the same level of reward when they shop at Whole Foods as they receive at Amazon itself. Eligible Prime members will now receive a flat five percent bonus on all purchases at Whole Foods, just as they do online. By comparison, shopping beyond Amazon’s universe will net you two percent back at restaurants, gas stations and drugstores, and a single percent elsewhere. The key note here is that if you’re a Prime member, then you’ll receive the five percent bonus, for lesser mortals, the return is three percent. But as Amazon’s vast ecosystem of products and services begins to coalesce, users will have less reason not to sign up to Prime. And the more you succumb to that pull, the more time you’ll be spending inside Amazon’s benevolent embrace. Source: Amazon (BusinessWire) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Samsung has the world's largest SSD, again, at 30TB
Feb20

Samsung has the world's largest SSD, again, at 30TB

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Nearly two years ago Samsung released a 15.36TB drive that it said had the most capacity of any SSD. Now, it has topped that with a new effort that it claims features twice the capacity and performance. Inside its 2.5-inch frame, the PM1643 has 30.72 TB ready for whatever enterprise storage needs you have, with sequential read/write speeds of 2,100MB/s and 1,700 MB/s. That’s all created with 512GB 3D vertical NAND chips, half the size of the newest 1TB ones announced late last year. Now that it’s able to mass produce them at this size, we’ll naturally see Samsung trickle these down into drives with smaller capacity (15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB). After that, we’d expect it will eventually increase the memory size available in PCs that fit on your desk, or the chips that go in devices like your phone. Source: Samsung Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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