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2012 Set Record For Most Expensive Gas In US

January 1st, 2013 01:50 admin View Comments

Transportation

An anonymous reader writes “According to data from the American Automobile Association, the average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. was higher in 2012 than in any year before it. Nationwide, gas averaged $3.60/gallon, up from $3.51/gallon in 2011. ‘The states with the most expensive annual averages for 2012 included Hawaii ($4.31), Alaska ($4.09), California ($4.03), New York ($3.90) and Connecticut ($3.90). The states with the least-expensive annual averages included South Carolina ($3.35), Missouri ($3.38), Mississippi ($3.39), Tennessee ($3.40) and Oklahoma ($3.41). The highest daily statewide average of the year was $4.67 in Calif. on Oct. 9, while the lowest daily statewide average was $2.91 a gallon in South Carolina on July 3.’ Bloomberg reports that fuel consumption is down 3.6% compared to last year, while U.S. oil production reached almost 7 million barrels a day recently, a level that hasn’t been reached since 1993. AAA predicts gas prices will be cheaper in 2013.”

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Foxconn Invests $200 Million In GoPro

December 23rd, 2012 12:43 admin View Comments

Businesses

MojoKid writes “The initial wearable cameras [GoPro founder Nick] Woodman created to capture action shots as they happened used 35mm film, but his company’s cameras have evolved into highly durable, HD vid-cams that are sought after by amateurs and extreme sports stars alike. It turns out Foxconn digs what GoPro has designed as well. The giant Taiwanese manufacturer just bought a significant stake in Woodman Labs, making Nick Woodman a billionaire in the processes. Taiwan-headquartered electronics manufacturer Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.), purchased an 8.88% stake in Woodman Labs for $200 million, valuing the San Mateo, Calif. company at $2.25 billion.”

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Army Tests Autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter

December 5th, 2012 12:10 admin View Comments

The Military

An anonymous reader writes “A specially equipped Black Hawk was recently used to demonstrate the helicopter’s ability to operate on its own. In the first such test of its type, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research’s Development and Engineering Center, based at Redstone Arsenal, flew the Black Hawk over Diablo Mountain Range in San Jose, Calif. Pilots were aboard the aircraft for the tests, but all flight maneuvers were conducted autonomously: obstacle field navigation, safe landing area determination, terrain sensing, statistical processing, risk assessment, threat avoidance, trajectory generation and autonomous flight control were performed in real-time. ‘This was the first time terrain-aware autonomy has been achieved on a Black Hawk,’ said Lt. Col. Carl Ott, chief of the Flight Projects Office at AMRDEC’s Aeroflightdynamics Directorate and one of the tests pilots.”

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Google Doubts Apple Will Approve Its New Maps Application

November 5th, 2012 11:10 admin View Comments

IOS

redletterdave writes “Even though Apple’s App Store has also been friendly enough to offer alternative mapping applications to ameliorate customers upset with Apple’s new default Maps app, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company may not be so friendly as to approve a Maps app submission from Google, which used to be responsible for the Maps experience in iOS until the iPhone 5. On Monday, sources at Google familiar with its mapping plans said the chances of Apple approving a dedicated Google Maps app on iOS 6 are ‘not optimistic.’ Specifically, they pointed to the lack of any mapping app in the ‘Find maps for your iPhone’ section of the App Store — accessible only via iPhones or iPads — that use the Google Maps APIs to call wirelessly for location, routing or point-of-interest (POI) data.”

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Calif. Man Arrested For ESPN Post On Killing Kids

September 20th, 2012 09:49 admin View Comments

Crime

SternisheFan writes with an AP story as carried by Yahoo that illustrates one of the boundaries of free speech online: “A California man accused of posting comments on ESPN’s website saying he was watching kids and wouldn’t mind killing them was in jail Tuesday on $1 million bail after he was arrested for investigation of making terrorist threats, authorities said. Several guns were found Monday at the home of former Yale University student Eric Yee, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Low. Yee was arrested after the sports network ESPN reported threatening posts were made in a reader response section to an online ESPN story on Thursday about new Nike sneakers named after LeBron James that cost $270 a pair. Some of the nearly 3,000 reader comments on the story talked about children possibly getting killed over the sneakers because of how expensive they are, said ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys. ‘What he was posting had nothing to do with sports,” Soltys said Tuesday. “We closely monitor the message boards and anytime we get a threat, we’re alerting law enforcement officials.’ An employee at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., notified local police the same day and they linked the posting to Yee’s home in Santa Clarita in northern Los Angeles County.”

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NASA Craft To Leave Vesta Heads For Dwarf Planet Ceres

September 2nd, 2012 09:58 admin View Comments

NASA

DevotedSkeptic writes “NASA’s Dawn probe is gearing up to depart the giant asteroid Vesta next week and begin the long trek to the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt. The Dawn spacecraft is slated to leave Vesta on the night of Sept. 4 (early morning Sept. 5 EDT), ending a 14-month stay at the 330-mile-wide (530 kilometers) body. The journey to Ceres should take roughly 2.5 years, with Dawn reaching the dwarf planet in early 2015, researchers said. ‘Thrust is engaged, and we are now climbing away from Vesta atop a blue-green pillar of xenon ions,’ Dawn chief engineer and mission director Marc Rayman, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement. ‘We are feeling somewhat wistful about concluding a fantastically productive and exciting exploration of Vesta, but now have our sights set on dwarf planet Ceres.’”

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Steve Jobs Reincarnated As a Warrior-Philosopher, Thai Group Says

August 31st, 2012 08:02 admin View Comments

Apple

Velcroman1 writes “When Apple founder Steve Jobs died after a long fight with cancer last year, software engineer Tony Tseung sent an email to a Buddhist group in Thailand to find out what happened to his old boss now that he’s no longer of this world. This month, Tseung received his answer. Jobs has been reincarnated as a celestial warrior-philosopher, the Dhammakaya group said in a special television broadcast, and he’s living in a mystical glass palace hovering above his old office at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters.”

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Gelsinger Shoots Down EMC On ARM

August 30th, 2012 08:31 admin View Comments

Intel

Nerval’s Lobster writes “EMC president and incoming VMware chief executive Pat Gelsinger most likely shot down any hope that the company’s storage arrays would be built around the ARM architecture. Gelsinger, who also helped orchestrate the VMworld show in San Francisco this week, presented an Aug. 29 keynote at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, Calif. Afterward, an audience member told Gelsinger that as many as 25 percent of all servers could be shipped around the low-power ARM architecture, then asked if Gelsinger agreed with that estimate. EMC previously shifted its product lines to Intel processors. Gelsinger told the audience member that the situation is unlikely to change, even if ARM could deliver workloads at a fraction of the power of an X86 chip.”

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NASA’s Kepler Discovers Multiple Planets Orbiting a Pair of Stars

August 29th, 2012 08:55 admin View Comments

NASA

DevotedSkeptic writes “Kepler has continued its stellar (pun intended) discovery spree, this time locating a multiple planets orbiting a Binary Stars. This is especially interesting because this proves that more than a single planet can form under the stresses of a binary star system. The system is known as a circumbinary planetary system, a mechanism where a planet orbits two stars. Prior to this discovery multiple planets in a circumbinary system was unproven. … Named Kepler-47, the system consists of a pair of orbiting stars that eclipse each other every 7.5 days. One star is similar in size to our Sol however it only provides approximately 84% of the light, the other is smaller measuring one third of the size of our Sol and emits less than 1% the light. … Kepler-47b is closer to its two suns orbiting in 50 Earth days. Kepler-47c orbits every 303 days which would place it within the Goldilocks zone. ‘Unlike our sun, many stars are part of multiple-star systems where two or more stars orbit one another. The question always has been — do they have planets and planetary systems? This Kepler discovery proves that they do,’ said William Borucki, Kepler mission principal investigator at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. ‘In our search for habitable planets, we have found more opportunities for life to exist.’”

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Amazon, Apple Expected to Strut Their Small-Tablet Stuff Soon

August 25th, 2012 08:37 admin View Comments

Cloud

After a few years of rumors and hints, All Things Digital says that a smaller iPad will debut in October. And Amazon may be trying to steal their thunder with a revamped Kindle tablet: Nerval’s Lobster writes with a report at SlashCloud that “Amazon could be readying a new set of Kindle tablets for unveiling in early September. That’s the widespread speculation following the online retailer’s invitations to media for a Sept. 6 event in Santa Monica, Calif. Even by the coy standards of most tech companies’ event invitations, Amazon’s is notably bereft of detail. It will take place at 10:30 AM PST at Barker Hangar, a noted (and quite large) event space. But the timing of the event is auspicious: with Apple rumored to be unveiling a smaller iPad in the near future, and the holiday shopping season a few months away, early September could prove the ideal time for Amazon to whip back the curtain from a new tablet and dominate the media conversation, at least for a few days.”

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