Archives for: May 2014
Google’s New Futuristic Self Driving Car

If you are a child of the 80′s and you are an extreme techie geek like we are, you undoubtedly remember the fantastically fabulous self driving T-top transam named KITT from the hit series Knight Rider – KITT could not only talk but he could drive himself and jump over other cars if they got in his way. Back in the 80′s KITT was light years ahead of his time, he was the most advanced car on the planet. Fast forward to today and we do finally have cars that can drive themselves, although we are a far cry from one car jumping over another. Yes, you might have guessed, we are talking about the Google self driving car or more specifically the NEW Google self driving car. As yet, it is unnamed, but on Tuesday night, onstage at the Code Conference in California, Sergey Brin revealed what could be a glimpse into our very near future – A self driving car with no steering wheel and no gas pedal, this bad boy consists of 2 seats, a seatbelt, a big screen in the center console and a big red start button. According to test drivers, the screen tells you the weather along with how long until you reach your destination. Of course one can see where this is going, email on the dash, maybe catch up on some candy crush, the sky’s the limit with a big screen in the car. Currently the car tops out at 25MPH and is entirely electrically driven. It even has two motors onboard so that if one should fail, the other can seamlessly take over. Watch as some luck folks get to take this new automotive wonder for a spin:


The tech inside this baby is nothing short of amazing and the software that governing the functioning of the car are even more mind boggling. If you are interested in getting some insight on how the Google car does what it does, watch this interesting walkthrough by one of Google’s test drivers:
One thing is for sure and that is that the self driving car is here to stay, it’s only a matter of time until your car drives you to work while read your email and help the kids with their homework – It’s coming, will you be ready?

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Batman is Back in Rocksteady’s New Game – Arkham Knight

Batman is back, taking on Gothams street thugs and criminal mastermind Scarecrow in Rocksteady’s new game Arkham Knight. This new and final installment into Rocksteady’s Batman trilogy promises to bring a dark, sinister, yet exciting caped crusader adventure to your PS4, Xbox or PC this fall. Batman will take on his most psychotically heinous and mentally destructive nightmare magician, as he threatens to unleash a toxic airborne hallucinogen designed to bring Gotham’s worst nightmares to life. Piece of cake for Batman right? Not quite….the nightmare does not stop there. Batman will face an entirely new unknown and formidable evil counterpart, the Arkham Knight. From the trailer, we can see that Batman can now cruise around town in the batmobile on demand. One thing we can be sure of, Arkham Knight looks to be one hell of a ride!

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FCC Moving Forward with New Net Neutrality Idea

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Thursday 3-2 to move forward with its new net neutrality idea. The federal net neutrality rules determine and will determine how all internet traffic in the United States is handled. In other words, will traffic from to and from all websites be treated equally as it is now or will bandwidth hogs like Netflix get charged more by ISPs to supply the higher traffic to its viewers? Only time will tell us the answer. As of right now, the FCC has opened the floor for public comment by anyone on this issue. Here are the details on the upcoming proposal:

The proposal includes two primary options. The first option, a scaled-back version of the FCC’s 2010 rules that were struck down by a federal appeals court, would allow companies to strike pay-for-preference deals that are scrutinized by the FCC. The second, more dramatic option would reclassify broadband service as a public utility, making it eligible for stricter regulation including a ban on pay-for-preference deals.

The FCC’s new proposal is based on the comments from the D.C. Court of Appeals that struck down the 2010 rules. The new regulation would not preclude companies from signing paid prioritization deals, but would include “a rigorous, multi-factor ‘screen’ to analyze whether any conduct hurts consumers, competition, free expression, civic engagement, and other criteria under a legal standard termed ‘commercial reasonableness,’” the FCC wrote in a press release.

That means companies would be allowed to sign deals, but the contracts would then need to be defended under the “commercial reasonableness” standard.

The proposal now goes through a comment period in which the FCC listens to everyone from industry advocates and lobbyists to think tanks and politicians. The FCC then writes a final set of rules that are voted on. That is not expected to happen until late in the year.

Whatever the outcome will be, the obvious and best outcome would be if all broadband providers were classified as common carriers – this would inevitably lead to lower monthly costs for all users and would probably lead to faster download speeds for everyone overall. Let’s hope they don’t choose the other option or we could all be left paying through the nose to watch House of Cards on Netflix.

 

Source: Mashable

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Top 17 Google Search Easter Eggs [VIDEO]

We all love Google and we all know that Google is really cool, but there are many of us out there using Google who don’t realize exactly just how cool Google really is… If you have seen the Google campus, otherwise known as the Google Plex, you know that the Google office is a really fun place. Sure they get to play games, work out, do laundry and eat all kinds of snacks, but the fun doesn’t stop there – The Googlers have secretly built in a little bit of that go have fun spirit into the Google search engine itself :-) Here are 17 of the top Google Search Easter Eggs for your viewing pleasure:

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Google’s Project Loon Gets One Step Closer to Reality by Partnering with Wireless Carriers

If you are any kind of geek at all, you will no doubt have heard of Google’s X division. Google X focuses on coming up with big futuristic ideas to tackle big real word problems and making them a reality.  Two of the most well known Google X projects are the self driving car, which is already real and in active testing and project Loon, which is mostly just a pipe dream or is it? Project Loon is the deployment of wireless network repeaters attached to balloons high in the sky in order to provide internet access to remote rural parts of the world. This is obviously a highly ambitious goal and faces many challenges, the biggest of which is staying connected to the internet at usable speeds. The hardware solution is largely complete and was successful in testing, so the last hurdle facing the team at Google X, was getting the balloon’s wireless hardware on the web so it could make the web available to all the people in range of any of the balloons. Originally the team’s plan was to buy Google’s own section of the wireless spectrum to essentially broadcast the web to it’s balloon network around the globe. To the team’s surprise, after 6 months of negotiating for spectrum space, the team presented the grand plan to Google’s CEO Larry Page and he was less than impressed:

“You’re going to hit a double. That’s not interesting,” Page told the team. “You’re going to be really frustrated. You’ll be angry at me for a week. But then you’re going to get creative. You’ll come up with a home run.”

And a home run is exactly what the team has achieved. The Google X team is bringing project Loon one step close to reality by partnering with wireless carriers to lease existing spectrum and bring the balloons online. The idea is that they can use what is already working through telcos who are already in place. Additionally, Google thinks this will be a great idea that will foster natural adoption of the new balloon tech from countries all around the globe, mainly because it will be the country’s own telco that will deploy the balloons for use – a far different scenario than Google barging into rural countries and forcing their tech on the people of that country. Sometime sooner rather than later, people stuck in the middle of the deserts of the world will be able to get online and join the information superhighway. Google we love you forever!

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