Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Technology

Demand for low-end smartphones is on the rise as some customers favour price over brand

NEW YORK — It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens — and their top-end price tags — and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost.

Snoop alert: Regulators warn that Russian website posts video from home cams, baby monitors

LONDON — A child playing in Bucheon, South Korea. An empty crib in Absecon, New Jersey. Cattle feeding in Behamberg, Austria. Footage from more than 100 countries is being streamed from bedrooms, office buildings, shops, laundromats, stables and barns.

What (or who) does the self-driving car of the future choose to hit when crash is unavoidable?

LOS ANGELES — A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane.
Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist?
Swerve right toward a family on foot?
Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact?

Scientists ‘confident’ comet lander will wake up again when it nears the sun

BERLIN — A burst of sunshine in the spring could be just the wakeup call for Europe’s comet lander.
Scientists raised hopes Monday that as the Philae lander nears the sun its solar panel-powered battery will recharge, and the first spacecraft to touch down on a comet will send a second round of scientific data back to Earth.

Saskatoon project uses X-rays, not nuclear reactors, to create medical isotopes

SASKATOON — Scientists using the Canadian Light Source synchrotron in Saskatoon have successfully used X-rays to produce medical isotopes.
Director Mark de Jong says it’s a breakthrough that could eventually help to prevent a shortage of the material used in some diagnostic tests.
Medical isotopes are generally created in nuclear reactors.

Under persistent cyberattack, Tibetan monks taught to ‘detach from attachments’

DHARAMSALA, India — Buffeted by persistent cyberattacks, Tibetan monks are giving new meaning to their ancient creed: Detach from attachments.

Honda to invest in plant upgrade

ALLISTON, Ont.—Honda is investing $857 million in its car plant in Alliston, Ont. over the next three years, with provincial taxpayers kicking in 10 percent of the total cost.
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced yesterday that the province will give Honda a conditional grant of up to $85.7 million for “leading-edge technologies” to upgrade vehicle assembly and engine manufacturing.

Company focusing on 2nd craft

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert last week could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft, its CEO said yesterday.

Virgin Galactic CEO: Company focusing on 2nd spacecraft, aiming to resume test flights in 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft, its CEO said Wednesday.

Investigators say system designed to slow Virgin spaceships descent deployed too soon

LOS ANGELES — Federal investigators say they have determined that a space tourism rocket broke apart in flight over California’s Mojave Desert after a device to slow the experimental spaceship’s descent deployed too soon.

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