Another batch of documents has purportedly been leaked from the Democratic National Committee’s servers by the hacker who goes by the name ‘Guccifer 2.0’. The files describe some democrats as “wobbly” on the controversial Iran nuclear deal and provide details of major celebrity donors such as director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks.
It’s awful that we have to live in a time where a nation has a terror alert app. What’s worse is that the app barely seems to work.
According to The Verge, the app, called SAIP (Système d’alerte et d’information des populations) was released earlier this summer, before the Euro 2016 tournament. It promised to raise the alert within 15 minutes of a terror attack, but took far longer to get the word out during last night’s attack.
The hoverboard industry just can’t seem to catch. Following a tumultuous 2015 where hoverboards from various manufacturers were temporarily banned due to fire concerns, it appeared as if the industry had finally worked out all of the design kinks that plagued some of the earlier models.
Or so we thought.
With so much talk about a future filled with self-driving cars, it’s easy to forget that general advances in autonomous software technologies can also be applied to boats. That being the case, Rolls Royce recently announced that it’s been working on technology that might someday make it possible for gargantuan cargo ships to sail themselves across oceans.
In a white paper published a few days ago, Rolls Royce explained how their vision of “remote and autonomous shipping” may become a reality as early as 2020. The initiative is part of Rolls Royce’s Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA) program.
When I took Drivers Ed way back when, I remember being shown unusually graphic videos from the 1960s which depicted horrific scenes recorded in the aftermath of particularly gruesome accidents. The message was clear, if not a bit overdone: driving can be exceedingly dangerous and you better obey the rules of the road lest you wind up in a video like this.
Perhaps looking to these videos for inspiration, Metro Los Angeles this week released five animated videos that illustrate all of the horrific things that can happen if you don’t respect the safety guidelines that govern train transit.
Once an activity that only serious hobbyists engaged in, flying drones today has become something of a mainstream activity for the dads (and major companies) of the world. One major hurdle for would-be droners, however, was outdated FAA legislation saying that to fly a drone for commercial activity of any sorts, you needed a pilot’s license and a metric ton of paperwork.
Earlier today, the FAA introduced new regulations designed to govern the appropriate use of drones that weigh less than 55 pounds. Specifically, using drones for certain types of commercial purposes will be allowed without a requisite FAA waiver, provided that certain requirements are met.
Set to be completed in late 2016 or early 2017, Apple’s new Spaceship campus will be a marvel to behold once construction winds down and Apple employees begin making the transition over from 1 Infinite Loop.
An ambitious project to say the least, it’s been estimated that Apple will have spent upwards of $5 billion on construction costs by the time the dust settles. Featuring a completely circular design — hence the unofficial title of Spaceship Campus — Apple’s new headquarters will feature more than 3,000 curved panels of glass on the perimeter. Additionally, the new building will include a mammoth theater capable of accommodating as many as 1,000 people. All told, the new building will house more than 13,000 employees once construction wraps up.
It’s no secret that the Cheetah is the fastest land animal on the planet, but it’s sometimes hard to put their tremendous speed into perspective. Consider this: you could be cruising along the highway doing 65 and it would be entirely possible to look out your window and see a cheetah actually pass you.
When it comes to actual metrics, the cheetah can run as fast as 70 mph during short bursts. On the acceleration front, the cheetah isn’t a slouch either as it can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds, about as quick as a tricked out Tesla Model S.
In a world where most everything that comes out of the mouths of politicians, celebrities and athletes is either rehearsed or generic boilerplate, it’s always refreshing and downright entertaining when a hot mic catches someone famous joking around or talking off the cuff, completely oblivious to the fact that they’re still being recorded. In a world of prepared soundbites, it’s always preferable to learn what people really think about a given person or issue.
Just this week, for instance, we’ve seen an unusual number of hot mic stories make the news. Specifically, we heard Fox News reporter Geraldo Rivera call Bernie Sanders “so annoying” and British Prime Minister David Cameron tell the Queen of England (on video!) that Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt” and “possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.”
Earth may only be a tiny blip on the map relative to the entire universe, but for our purposes, it’s pretty darn big. Of course, the vast majority of earth – about 70% – is comprised of water. Taking that into account, the actual area of land on earth is estimated to be around 150 million square kilometers.
That being the case, Life Noggin recently set out to examine how many human beings the earth is capable of holding; not in a physical sense, but more in the sense of how many people can be sustained by the Earth’s finite resources. Today, the earth’s population checks in at about 7 billion, but that figure will only increase in the years ahead thanks to improvements in medicine and other health-positive factors. In fact, it’s estimated that the human population by the end of the century will be 10 billion strong.
We’ve seen drones capture all sorts of interesting footage over the past 12 months, including a peculiar and mildly disturbing video of a man sunbathing on top of a wind turbine, more than 200 feet up in the air.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, we recently stumbled across drone footage of the Santo Angel waterfall in Venezuela, otherwise known as Angel Falls. Though Angel Falls may not be as widely known as Niagra Falls, at least in the United States, Angel Falls has the distinction of being the world’s highest waterfall on the planet. From top to bottom, water tumbles down more than 2,600 feet.
Some companies are more than happy to announce their product roadmaps months, if not years, in advance. Apple is not one of those companies. On the contrary, Apple takes elaborate and arguably excessive measures to ensure that its upcoming products remain completely hidden from the public up until the moment Tim Cook trots out on stage and officially introduces it.
Apple’s penchant for and obsession with product secrecy is well-known at this point; which is why the company’s recent decision to grant Bloomberg access to a top-secret factory where iPhones are assembled caught many off-guard.
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