Apple continues its path towards wireless and cable abandonment. Since iPhone 7, the giant has even said Goodbye to the jack to promote their Bluetooth headphones – and if possible, its AirPods. According to an article by Bloomberg, still well informed, the Cupertino firm even considered removing the Lightning port from its latest product, the iPhone X, to favor wireless charging. Fortunately, Apple has abandoned this idea in the face of too many technical and financial constraints.
Apple wanted to abandon the Lightning port.
It was a first step towards the connected whole that would be taken by Apple. According to Bloomberg, after the jack was abandoned, the Cupertino firm considered removing the Lightning port to rely solely on wireless charging. A project that did not succeed for obvious reasons: this technology does not yet allow you to recharge your phone quickly enough. However, that’s not all since the Cupertino firm should have provided an accessory for wireless charging and this cost would have increased the already salty note of the iPhone X.
It was Apple designer Jony Ive who suggested the idea of an iPhone X without a Lightning port but also… without physical buttons. Another abandoned idea since Apple’s last born has three. Of course, other firms are looking to move to all tactile, and it will probably take a little while – and many patents – to see such technology proposed one day. For the moment, many manufacturers are working on the famous fingerprint reader integrated into the screen.
The fact remains that the abandonment of the Lightning port could well be in Apple’s plans for the future. A better alternative for the firm than the one wanted by Europe. Also, for a good reason: rumors evoke the adoption of USB Type-C by Apple following the political constraints of universal standards.
Technology has highly advanced in recent times. One particular consumer product that technology has brought to us in the recent years is the drone. Quadcopters have been popularly used in different areas, especially in combating terror and other security concerns.
However, drones have also been used in the management of wildlife. The number of endangered species is fast increasing, and some have suffered extinction. However, the continued rising of poaching has led to the introduction of drones in this sector.
Why Drones Are Valuable in Wildlife Protection
Drones bring different aspects of high technology to the table. A drone may include a voice recorder, a camera for taking images and also videos. Also, some drones are fitted with guns that can shoot the targets. However, the drones used in Wildlife may lack this latter feature, since our focus is on viewing what is correctly taking place.
Through the drones, wildlife conservationists can count the number of species in a particular place. For instance, counting of the number of elephants in a game reserve ensures proper checkup on the breeding and increasing of the number. It is possible to note the number of elephants killed through poaching using drones.
Apart from recording the number, drones can also help in assessing the behavior of animals with the aim of assisting them in efficiently interacting with their habitat. It helps the conservationists to find ways of improving the environment through the planting of trees. Understanding the forest cover characteristics of a region can create the need to replenish the atmosphere with natural habitat.
Why Poaching is still a menace yet drones are available
The question that still arises is, how come poaching is still a significant challenge. Well, the technology has mainly been used for observation and not taking drastic approaches towards the poachers. Poaching is still popular in African and Asian countries simply because of not considering this technology.
However, drones can be used to shoot the poachers if they come with military features. It happens when they are fitted with guns. Maybe this would be a lasting solution towards reducing the number of those who endanger the lives of animals and birds. Nevertheless, this seems to create ethical controversies since it establishes human-animal conflicts.
Poachers have rights of life, and so do animals.
Therefore, this decision would improve the efficiency of drones operating the attack of these culprits. Therefore, this technology in wildlife conservation is not automatically welcomed by every single stakeholder. Apart from that, poaching has been highly propagated by corrupt cartels. Thus, there is the need for inter-governments’ cooperation in eradicating this concern.
Drones used for checking on wildlife should be advanced. They might use firearms that are only used in destroying the poaching cartels. Perhaps we would have saved dodo bird if drones were discovered early enough. Anyway, there is still an opportunity for stakeholders to agree on the value of drones in defending wildlife. Drones should be sophisticated to achieve these desirable results. When we come together to condemn poaching, we achieve good results. But we achieve higher success when we introduce technology in the environmental aspects.
Uber has signed a partnership with Nasa to collaborate in the development of its UAV taxi service. The company hopes to test it by 2020. The U. S. Space Agency will work on a system to regulate the traffic of these autonomous spacecraft.
Uber hopes to conquer the airways as he did on earth with his VTC service. To do this, the company is working on a project of vertical take-off and landing drones that will be able to transport passengers on short urban routes. At this week’s Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, the company announced that it has signed an agreement with NASA to move the project forward.
According to the American channel CNBC, which relayed the information, Uber signed a Space Act Agreement with the space agency for the development of a low-level autonomous aircraft traffic management system. According to the document published by Nasa, which we consulted, the agreement for an amount of $376,000 (approximately’ 323,000 at the current rate) was signed in January 2017 and will expire in January 2022.
Uber wants flying taxis for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics
No specific details are given as to the work that NASA will do and how Uber will use it for its service called UberAir (formerly Uber Elevate). But we know that the U. S. Space Agency has been working on this technology and testing it with UAVs since last year. The main idea of the concept is to create geo-recorded air corridors to distribute the different types of drones: leisure, delivery, taxis…
The stated objective is to make the UberAir service operational before the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The company is targeting an initial fare for a race that is only slightly higher than a UberX car ride. The first trials are scheduled to start in 2020 in several major cities: Los Angeles and Dallas in the United States and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Uber’s working on a drone taxi concept.
The Uber driver-assisted transport vehicle service revealed that he was working on a vertical take-off and landing UAV project that could carry passengers on short urban routes. Surprisingly, the idea is not new.
Ten years from now, when you draw your smartphone to order a Uber, it may not arrive by road, but by air! The service of transport vehicle with driver (VTC) has just revealed that he was working on the idea of an autonomous UAV with vertical take-off and landing.
To be accepted by the seller and contribute to his productivity, software must be its extension. Ergonomics, mobility, rapid handling, and always robustness and adaptability to new business applications are the conditions for an efficient man-machine duo.
No more right-clicking in some new store software! Instead, sellers have only one “swipe” to perform. Nothing more natural when you’re used to the experience of a smartphone but a cultural revolution to accomplish for software publishers.
Gone are the days when users were looking for software functionality in the menu maze. Today, we are making sure that we can offer them as we navigate.
Listen and learn
This new ergonomics responds to a new development process. It begins with the observation of client behavior. Not project managers but end users, directly on the sales floor.
The next step leads to the creation of models designed to position the large visual cues on the pages. The models are then “designed” or concretized and passed in dynamic mode. Then comes the time to pass them on to the development teams so that they can give birth to the product.
Setting up the ergonomics and construction of the navigation logic, graphics at various stages, the editor takes care to submit his solution to users “testers.”
Pushing the right information at the right time
This new way of working offers many benefits. The resulting IT solutions are faster to handle because they are more intuitive than those of previous generations.
They are therefore better accepted by users in a sector, distribution, where turnover is high. When you start a computer project if you only bring technology to the shop your tools end up in a closet. If you don’t put forward the human being, so the seller, it’s lost in advance.
Making technology work for people
Productivity is also at this price. In stores where customers come today to try and compare products, vendors expect software that supports them in their advisory role.
It is up to the application to push the right information at the right time towards the seller. When you give a salesperson a technological tool, he or she perceives it primarily as a constraint. And if the tool does not allow it to offer more products and be more relevant in its discourse, it is useless!
Almost every car manufactured from 1996 onward has an onboard diagnostic system (OBD system). This system is composed of an on-board computer that detects problems in the engine, emission, and transmission systems.
This machine then communicates the defects in the dash for example through the check engine light with the use of an on board diagnosis tool. Car manufacturers also place a connector under the dash where an OBD scanner can be connected to show what code could be causing the light to come on. If you would like to be in a position to know the particular problem with your car even before getting to a mechanic, buying an OBD scan tool is a wise decision.
OBD scanners vary significantly in design and price. Their prices range from $250 to 2500$. Some are simple handheld devices while others are complex PCs or laptops using sophisticated software for analysis. The manufacturers of these devices are also many and varied. The presence of so many choices in the market can make it difficult for you to shop for one. The following are simple things you should keep in mind when looking for an OBD scan tool to buy.
Although OBD-II scanner is a standardized diagnostic system, there are different types of hardware communications used by various OBD II compliant cars. It is, therefore, imperative for you to ensure that the particular device you are about to buy is compatible with your vehicle’s OBD system.
Motor vehicle industry is a dynamic one. Car manufacturers release new models almost every year. Every new model comes with enhanced features which at times affect even the diagnostic system. Thus, you should not ignore the upgradability of the car repair manual you intend to buy. You, should, therefore, buy an OBD scanner that can be upgraded to support changes in the future models.
Laws and Government Regulations
Federal and state governments have many different laws and regulations affecting OBD systems’ standards. For instance, The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States has a regulation on OBD standards requiring that certain emission-related readings be included in OBD systems. Thus, Low-end diagnostic tools without such features are inapplicable in the US. You should, therefore, remember to consider whether the OBD scanner you are about to buy meets the standards outlined by government regulations and the law.
From the preceding discussion, it is apparent that OBD-II scanner is a great tool when it comes to identifying and analyzing mechanical problems in motor vehicles. If you are planning to buy one, the above-discussed tips will go a long way in helping you to get value for your money.
We received many emails lately regarding the crazy surrounding cryptocurrency markets and the whole Blockchain technology.
For those of you who know nothing about these electronic currencies, it is sort of a decentralized peer to peer network where everyone can have access and read the transactions beeing made at a point in time.
The leading currency is the infamous Bitcoin that has been around since it’s creation by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008!
There are many other new coins coming to the market these days as the market is literally exploding.
Even if Microsoft has taken the plunge and has stealthily entered the cannabis market, other technology giants such as Google and Apple have also accumulated rumors that link them to the legal marijuana industry.
At a decisive moment, as legalization advances at an uncontrollable pace in the US, it seems that large technology companies do not want to be excluded from the market. We will talk about the current state of affairs and the future that awaits them.
In June 2016, Microsoft became the first technology giant to land in the cannabis market. And this is very discreet, without any controversy at Kind Financials, a company that offers a software suite for the marketing and monitoring of cannabis production.
Other technological actors
While Microsoft is the only giant that has officially entered the cannabis industry in the meantime, many other technology companies are also accumulating rumors that link them to the marijuana market.
At the end of January 2017, Apple was awarded the patent for a vaporizer that has aroused suspicions in the cannabis world. Even though the documents do not specifically mention marijuana, the patented device had a moving plate to heat, which was located on the substance and decreased as the vaporization progressed. According to the experts, this system would make much more sense for the consumption of cannabis because it would allow a constant vaporization since the element that brings the heat (this mobile plate) would always remain near what is left of this substance.
Because of this system, this kind of vaporizer could work with liquid extracts of flowers, but it seems that it would get better results with oils or solid products, such as a little cannabis prepared as it should be. However, is this patent a camouflaged “iVape”? The Company’s track record with the cannabis industry does not bode well and seems to indicate otherwise. Of course, Apple will have to up their game to match other vaporizer manufacturers already established on the market such as Firefly Vapor and their best seller the test firefly 2 vaporisateur.
The case of Google
For its part, Google either has not been spared by rumors about its possible entry into the cannabis industry. One month after Microsoft’s announcement, a company executive of LivWell Enlightened Health, one of the largest cannabis retail chains in the US, said the company’s most popular search engine owner of the whole internet had come in contact with them to find possible ways of collaboration.
In mid-May, more than 150 countries were targeted by the large-scale computer attack that used the WannaCry virus. This malware was a ransomware that blocked user files in exchange for a Bitcoin amount. North Korea was once suspected, but now experts seem to be turning to a group of people from the southern region of China.
It was the US security firm Flashpoint that analyzed the malware WannaCry. According to her, the linguistic analysis of the virus would have revealed that the software was written by a Chinese who speaks a southern dialect. For Flashpoint, it was thanks to a lack of input that she was able to reach this conclusion.
Indeed, the message displayed on infected computers was first written in Chinese and then translated into English. Then, using automatic translators, the hackers who hide behind this attack were able to get 26 texts written in different languages. The report also asserts that the English version is of better quality than a text drafted by an automatic translator.
Experts believe that random emails in foreign languages would have been translated into Google Translate by taking the text in English as a reference.
Finally, the message written in Chinese contains the word “libai,” a dialect version of the word “the week” which is often used in southern China and surrounding islands. Flashpoint, therefore, believes with high confidence that the language used for the ransom demand “is consistent with that used in the south of the country, in Hong Kong, Taiwan or Singapore,” but “familiar with English.” Except for Chinese language specialists, the presence of a dialect word such as “libai” can not be reliable evidence since it is also used in northern China.
In short, you will understand, we are still far from finding the person(s) responsible and even less the sponsors if there are any!