Bill Gates is Buying Land in Arizona to Build a “Smart City”

The community will integrate technology and high speed data into its infrastructure.

“The new ‘smart city’ to be built by, Belmont Partners will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs,” Belmont Partners, the Arizona real state investment company involved in the deal, said in a news release.

Source: Bill Gates is Buying Land in Arizona to Build a “Smart City”

Microsoft CEO tells iPad users to ‘get a real computer’

Commentary: In India, Satya Nadella spots two journalists with iPads. He isn’t entirely impressed.

Microsoft, for example, has insisted that Windows 10 computers can do more than Macs. The company has laughed at Apple’s claim that the iPad Pro is a computer. One of its executives has also suggested that the iPad Pro is merely an example of Apple copying Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft CEO tells iPad users to ‘get a real computer’

IBM announces 20-qubit quantum cloud computer for public use

IBM on Friday announced a significant upgrade for clients using its quantum computing-based cloud services. Thanks to improvements in superconducting qubit design, connectivity and packaging, IBM is upgrading its online machines to 20 qubit processors.

The company said clients will have online access to the new IBM Q systems by the end of the year with a series of upgrades planned for 2018

Source: IBM announces 20-qubit quantum cloud computer for public use

Discovery of a big void in Khufu’s Pyramid by observation of cos

The Great Pyramid or Khufu’s Pyramid was built on the Giza Plateau (Egypt) during the IVth dynasty by the pharaoh Khufu (Cheops), who reigned from 2509 to 2483 BC.

For the first time since the 19th century, scientists have discovered a new area inside the Great Pyramid of Giza. Originally published in Nature, Egyptologists are calling the find a significant discovery but aren’t sure exactly what it may mean yet. To locate this new area, named “ScanPyramids Big Void”, the archaeologists partnered with particle physicists to scan inside Khufu’s Pyramid.

Source: Discovery of a big void in Khufu’s Pyramid by observation of cos

Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant Will Open in Norway

The exterior will be covered by an artificial mussel reef.

Oslo- and New York-based architecture firm Snøhetta is giving us another reason to book a trip to Scandinavia: an underwater restaurant on Norway’s southern coast, about five hours southwest of Oslo. Dubbed “Europe’s very first underwater restaurant” by the firm, the appropriately-named Under will be half-sunken some 16 feet into the sea.

While the building’s primary purpose is as a 80- to 100-person restaurant, Under will also serve as a marine research center.

Source: Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant Will Open in Norway

The Solar Boom In The Middle East

There has never been a more exciting time for solar power in the Middle East, and this September the Intersolar Conference will bring together all the most important solar power stakeholders in the region. This historical energy hub is now tapping into its abundant sunshine as a path towards a clean, profitable, and independent energy future.

And if you’re interested in solar and EVs, at InterSolar Middle East 2017 there will be a special session on electric vehicles (EV)s underlining their growing importance globally, in the UAE, and around the Middle East.

Source: The Solar Boom In The Middle East

Honda will offer electrified option of all new vehicle models in Europe

Honda offering hybrid and fully electric cars on all new models going forward and Europe should help in terms of providing consumer choice. The Honda CR-V Hybrid, a prototype for which was introduced at the show, will be Honda’s first hybrid SUV on sale in Europe starting in 2018. Honda intends to add even more EV options throughout its lineup to come, including the Urban EV concept it also debuted at Frankfurt.

Source: Honda will offer electrified option of all new vehicle models in Europe

BBC – Future – The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run

“MDZhB” has been broadcasting since 1982. No one knows why.

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the last three-and-a-half decades, it’s been broadcasting a dull, monotonous tone. Every few seconds it’s joined by a second sound, like some ghostly ship sounding its foghorn. Then the drone continues.

Once or twice a week, a man or woman will read out some words in Russian, such as “dinghy” or “farming specialist”.

Source: BBC – Future – The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run

Pilotless plane tests face resistance – BBC News

Remotely controlled planes could save more than £20bn in costs, a survey says, but passengers are wary.

Source: Pilotless plane tests face resistance – BBC News

GM recalling about 700,000 Chevy and GMC trucks – Aug. 5, 2017

General Motors is recalling hundreds of thousands of Chevy and GMC pickups due to potential steering issues.

The vehicles may have a software problem that can cause them to spontaneously lose their electric power steering assistance for about one second, according to the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 “If [the power steering] assist is lost and suddenly returned, the driver could lose temporary control of the steering wheel, increasing the risk of a crash,” NHTSA said in a public document.

The cars are particularly vulnerable to the issue when a driver performs low-speed turns, according to NHTSA.

Source: GM recalling about 700,000 Chevy and GMC trucks – Aug. 5, 2017

Professor claims Obama’s eco-friendly light bulbs are causing health problems – TheBlaze

A professor in the United Kingdom claims LED light bulbs, which have grown in popularity since the federal government began to push consumers away from incandescent light bulbs in 2007, cause headaches and can create feelings of pain and dizziness.

Arnold Wilkins, a professor of psychology at the University of Essex, said LED lights dim by 100 percent, which means the turn on and off hundreds of times every second. This constant flickering is not noticeable to many people, but Arnold said the effects of the flickering can include headaches, feelings of pain, and dizziness, according to a report by the Daily Mail (U.K.).

Source: Professor claims Obama’s eco-friendly light bulbs are causing health problems – TheBlaze

iRobot’s CEO Says They Will Not Sell Your Roomba’s Mapping Data

The company basically stated that they will under no circumstances sell your data. The statement (in part) reads, “Information that is shared needs to be controlled by the customer and not as a data asset of a corporation to exploit. That is how data is handled by iRobot today. Customers have control over sharing it. I want to make very clear that this is how data will be handled in the future.”

Source: iRobot’s CEO Says They Will Not Sell Your Roomba’s Mapping Data

Company set to become first in US to microchip employees

A Wisconsin-based company says that its employees will soon become the first in the nation to have microchips implanted in their skin

Three Square Market, a vending machine business, says the microchip would be implanted in the skin between a person’s thumb and forefinger. The chips are roughly the same size as a single grain of rice.

Source: Company set to become first in US to microchip employees

Concurrent Technologies Corp. to open Center for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing – Pittsburgh Business Times

Concurrent Technologies Corp. of Johnstown announced Friday that it had created the Center for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing. The center will work on issues surrounding the manufacturing of small modular reactors and advanced reactors that will be built in the coming decade; they provide different challenges than the traditional light water reactor systems.

Source: Concurrent Technologies Corp. to open Center for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing – Pittsburgh Business Times

Here’s the easiest way to avoid malware on an Apple device

Malware targeting Apple smartphones and tablets is on the rise – here’s the simplest way to avoid it.

What’s the easiest way to sidestep malware? Avoid purchasing a jailbroken device.

Jailbreaking removes software restrictions on iOS-based devices, allowing root access to the operating system. This permits the installation of apps, themes and extensions that aren’t found in Apple’s official App Store.

Source: Here’s the easiest way to avoid malware on an Apple device

Dead Satellites Could Be Blasted Out of Orbit With Powerful Magnetic Beams

Ready, aim, fire.

One scientist is working on a novel solution for knocking dead, broken satellites out of orbit so they can’t cause any damage to other spacecraft: a magnetic grappling beam.

The same technology could also be used to keep groups of new satellites in orbit, according to experts, which might one day enable us to combine packs of satellites flying in formation to create giant telescopes.

Source: Dead Satellites Could Be Blasted Out of Orbit With Powerful Magnetic Beams

Why the Sirius Investment in Pandora Is a Win-Win Situation – Nasdaq.com

Pandora’s Friday morning announcement that it had secured a $480 million investment  from Sirius XM and agreed to sell its ticketing unit.

What’s in it for Sirius XM

Sirius XM has done well with its existing satellite radio subscription business, generating $5 billion in revenue and $746 million in net income in 2016. The company had 31.6 million subscribers at the end of Q1 of 2017, and expects to add 1.3 million paying subscribers in 2017.

Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/why-the-sirius-investment-in-pandora-is-a-win-win-situation-cm801402#ixzz4jZ3Jjewx

Source: Why the Sirius Investment in Pandora Is a Win-Win Situation – Nasdaq.com

Harley Recall List 2017: 57,000 Motorcycles By Harley-Davison After Oil Leak Leads To 2 Accidents, 1 Injury

According to USA Today, Harley-Davidson’s most recent recall affects approximately 57,000 motorcycles sold in around the world, with at least 46,000 sold in the United States. The company reportedly recalled the bikes due to an oil line that can come loose. If this happens, there is the potential for oil to leak in the path of the rear tire.

Source: Harley Recall List 2017: 57,000 Motorcycles By Harley-Davison After Oil Leak Leads To 2 Accidents, 1 Injury

Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500-year-old human flying machine design brought to life in new exhibition – Mirror Online

For the first time, 100 machines invented by the acclaimed Italian Renaissance-era mastermind have been brought to life using plans he drew himself.

A few of the 500-year-old designs, such as the bird-like human aeroplane, were created at life-size scale.

Source: Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500-year-old human flying machine design brought to life in new exhibition – Mirror Online

NASA scientists detect barrier around Earth | PerfScience

An official NASA release informed..

Humans have long been shaping Earth’s landscape, but now scientists know we can shape our near-space environment as well. A certain type of communications — very low frequency, or VLF, radio communications — have been found to interact with particles in space, affecting how and where they move. At times, these interactions can create a barrier around Earth against natural high energy particle radiation in space. These results, part of a comprehensive paper on human-induced space weather, were recently published in Space Science Reviews.

Source: NASA scientists detect barrier around Earth | PerfScience

Windows 7, not XP, was the reason last week’s WCry worm spread so widely

Chief among the revelations: more than 97 percent of infections hit computers running Windows 7, according to attacks seen by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab. By contrast, infected Windows XP machines were practically non-existent, and those XP PCs that were compromised were likely manually infected by their owners for testing purposes. That’s according to Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team, who spoke to Ars.

Source: Windows 7, not XP, was the reason last week’s WCry worm spread so widely

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