NASA Has a Way to Cut Your Flight Time in Half

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An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg Businessweek article: For almost a half-century there’s been a clear speed limit on most commercial air travel: 660 miles per hour, the rate at which a typical-size plane traveling at 30,000 feet breaks the sound barrier and creates a 30-mile-wide, continuous sonic boom. That may be changing. In August, […]

House Panel Wants Google, Facebook, AT&T CEOs To Testify On Internet Rules

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The chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday asked the chief executives of Alphabet, Facebook, Amazon.com, AT&T, Verizon Communications and other companies to testify at a Sept. 7 hearing on the future of net neutrality rules. From a report: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering tossing out 2015 Obama administration […]

People Are Complaining That Their New DJI Drones Are Falling Out of the Sky

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An anonymous reader shares a report on Quartz: The DJI Spark, the smallest and most affordable consumer drone that the Chinese manufacturer has released, seems to be having flight problems that could have dangerous side-effects. On DJI’s support forum, multiple users — Quartz counted at least 14 separate complaints across two forum posts — have […]

Adobe Announces that in 2020, Flash Player Will Reach Its ‘End-of-Life’ in Light of Newer Technologies

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Adobe said on Tuesday it will stop distributing and updating Flash Player at the end of 2020 and is encouraging web developers to migrate any existing Flash content to open standards. Apple is working with Adobe, industry partners, and developers to complete this transition. From a blog post: Apple users have been experiencing the web […]

It Looks Like Facebook Is Also Building a Smart Speaker With Touch Screen

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From a report: Facebook may launch its own smart home gadget to get you messaging more friends and looking at more photos. DigiTimes reports from Taiwan that Facebook is building a 15-inch touch screen smart speaker. Citing sources from the “upstream supply chain”, Chinese iPhone manufacturer Pegatron is building the device for a Q1 2018 […]

Intel Exits the Maker Movement

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Reader szczys writes: Intel just killed off its last “maker movement” hardware offering without fanfare by quietly releasing a Product Change Notification PDF. The Arduino 101 is halting production on September 17th. This microcontroller board is built around the Intel Curie module around which Intel bankrolled a television series called America’s Greatest Makers. News on […]

Amazon Jacked Up Prime Day Prices, Misleading Consumers, Says Vendor

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An anonymous reader shares a report: A Charlotte-based startup says e-commerce king Amazon jacked up their suggested retail price during the company’s annual discount event — Prime Day — to deceive consumers into thinking that they were getting a deal, when in reality, they weren’t. Jason Jacobs, founder of Remodeez, a small company that specializes […]

Elon Musk Says Mark Zuckerberg’s Understanding of AI Is Limited

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An anonymous reader shares a report: Elon Musk is a man of many characteristics, one of which apparently is not shying away from calling out big names when they are not informed about a subject. A day after Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Musk’s doomsday prediction of AI is “irresponsible,” the Tesla, SpaceX, […]

German Automakers Formed a Secret Cartel In the ’90s To Collude On Diesel Emissions, Says Report

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Last week, Der Spiegel published an explosive report alleging that the major German automakers formed a secret cartel in the 1990s to collude on diesel emissions. These companies, including Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Porsche, and Daimler, met in secret working groups to discuss “the technology, costs, suppliers, […]

iOS 11 Will Prevent Your iPhone From Automatically Connecting To Unreliable Wi-Fi Networks

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A new feature spotted in iOS 11 beta 2 intelligently manages wireless networks based on their reliability, learning to ignore those that are too far away to provide a consistent experience. TrustedReviews reports: It follows the company’s Wi-Fi Assist feature which meant handsets would switch to a data connection when Wi-Fi networks became too slow. […]