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Automotive Industry Going to Autonomous

Automotive Industry Going to Autonomous

Since the turn of the 21st century, automotive industries have increasingly been working towards making vehicles safer for drivers with innovative technology. A recent example of this is autonomous vehicles. Most cars now have cruise and traction control, which are early advancements to the coming years of fully autonomous vehicles that will allow drivers to not even have to well…. drive. Car companies have been in a fierce race for such an achievement.

In 2015, the auto industry saw a spike in AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking), which has since then brought down the amount of unwanted collisions because of unaware drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012 they had researched that at the very least one-third of auto crashes are from rear-end collisions. Therefore, NHTSA has set a requirement that by 2022, almost all new cars will be sold with the AEB systems installed. This will increase the quantity of vehicles sold because of the new technology and prospect of safer driving. However, this is not where the advancements end.

Even though self-driving cars are still in earlier testing stages, how far away are companies from releasing the first autonomous car? Well, with the help of government funding new driving regulations/laws, we may not be far off. Experiments are already in the works to get even more new technology implemented. Testing has been done with a sensor on the top of the vehicle that has 32-64 lasers and operates in 360 degrees. Much like the AEB system, these sensors will allow reverse camera assist and collision avoidance. The lasers are there to detect surrounding objects and their distance from the vehicle. This will allow the driver to sit back without having to steer or control the vehicle. Seemingly, the final thing to think about when developing this technology is how speed will be controlled.

Automotive Industry Going to Autonomous

The advanced technology with GPS systems in vehicles has increasingly improved over the past decade. GPS systems can now detect the speed limit of any road you may be on, and if you’re exceeding that speed limit. This exact technology in the GPS system is what will help observe and control the speed of autonomous vehicles. Development will be done so that it will have the ability to correctly measure how fast you are going (miles per hour on the gauge) by sensing the motion of the car’s wheels and the tachometer.

With autonomous vehicles, people could potentially be completely dependent on technology when driving. The concern with technology is knowing that it could fail. With the vehicle virtually replacing the human eye with sensors and cameras, we are creating a vulnerability. The sunlight and weather, such as freezing temperatures and excessive heat creates wear on them. Putting weather conditions and UV rays aside, how will self driving vehicles detect a defective traffic light, road work, or construction zones making the roads differ from their original state?, considering GPS systems are not always be up to date. The next step will be finding a solution to these problems. Can we one day safely rely on technology to drive?

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Samsung Galaxy S2 Keeps Breaking Records: Over Three Million Units Sold

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Samsung Galaxy S2 Keeps Breaking Records: Over Three Million Units Sold – It’s not a surprise to anyone that the Samsung Galaxy S2 has being a commercial success, it has all the features to be.

But it is very interesting to know exact numbers, and according to Samsung, the phone has exceeded 3 million units sold. What is really impressive it’s that it has achieved it in just 55 days since it appeared on the market.

Thus it becomes the fastest phone that has ever been sold in the history of the Korean company. A Samsung Galaxy S2 has a new owner every 1.5 seconds.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Keeps Breaking Records: Over Three Million Units Sold

The Original Samsung Galaxy S2

The original Samsung Galaxy S took 85 days to get to the same amount of items sold, a figure that should also be taken into account, considering that it was the first major Android bet by Samsung. We’ll see how long it takes the new phone to reach 10 million phones sold.

Samsung reports that in the UK it has been the best selling phone, and it has being the main selling phones in the country for 17 consecutive weeks. Another major market, the United States, is still waiting for his appearance with major cell phone carriers. In other countries the stock has sold out on several occasions.

Secret of the Samsung Galaxy S2

In addition to creating a good product, the secret of getting such important figures in no time at all it’s due to Samsung’s ability to release their phones globally with the largest possible number of operators. This time the Samsung Galaxy S2 appeared in 120 countries with 140 associated operators.

Comparisons of the Samsung Galaxy S2

Comparisons are sometimes odious, but we think it is interesting to know the data from its main competitor outside from Android: iPhone 4 sold more than 1.7 million in just three days, keeping in mind that the Apple phone had a better name made in the market, in addition to appearing in the U.S. since the beginning.

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Apache is Now in Charge of OpenOffice.org

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After a period of uncertainty when it seemed that OpenOffice.org had died from the fall of its server for more than 15 days, Oracle has taken a final step. In a press release they announced the donation of OpenOffice.org to the Apache Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on the development of free software projects.

OppenOffice is one of of the most popular office suite by users because of the fact that it’s open source and free to distribute, which is direct competition with Microsoft Office, since it includes tools such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, vector drawing tools and database. It’s available on multiple platforms: Windows, Linux, BSD, Solaris and Mac OS X. Supports many file formats as the default format, including ISO / IEC standard OpenDocument (ODF), among other common formats, and more than 110 languages​​.

Apache OpenOffice Oracle
It was expected that Oracle would do something to OpenOffice.org after most developers and companies supporting this project went to LibreOffice, and certainly now no longer left them a profit. However it was not expected for Oracle to donate OpenOffice.org to the Apache Foundation, since they recently had major differences with the new Java licensing.

The Apache Foundation have shown their satisfaction with the decision of Oracle and have confirmed that they “welcome the individual projects and developer community” that will work with OpenOffice.

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Best Buy Plans to Sell Electric Cars

Bestbuy Electric Cars/Vehicles Sell Plan

With the early development of electric vehicles and hybrids within the different automotive brands and the growing demand for diversification of comprehensive services related to such units, the retailer company selling electronics, Best Buy, wants to participate in the business of selling electric vehicles in the U.S..

Chad Bell, a manager at Best Buy who supervises the efforts of mobility and transportation, said that the company is holding talks with automotive brands to sell electric vehicles with its more than 1,100 stores in the U.S. “We probably have more traffic on a weekend week than in any car dealership in a month.” The benefits for a small automaker would be huge as the retail division would combine a broad network of services.

Bestbuy Electric Cars/Vehicles Sell Plan
On the other side in regard to major automotive brands, Bell notes that Best Buy is holding talks with Ford and Mitsubishi. With these brands the company could teach consumers how to synchronize your Smartphone with the infotainment system of the vehicle or show how to load their units.

Currently, the company is selling Brammo electric motorcycles and has obtained contracts to install power chargers for electric vehicles from Ford and Mitsubishi.

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PlayStation Network is Back: Sony

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At their different blogs, Sony announced the new downloadable update to prepare for the total restoration of the PlayStation Network that failed on April 20. Hours later they announced that the PSN Restoration had started.

This is the announcement issued at the PlayStation Blog for the U.S.:

“Thank you for your patience and encouragement over the last few weeks. As covered in the post from earlier today, you can now update the firmware on your PS3 and change your password. Kazuo Hirai just announced that we have begun the phased restoration by region of some of the services, starting with online multiplayer functionality.

PlayStation Network Back Online Restoration Update
Please note that these services will take a bit of time to be turned on and rolled out to the whole country. The process has begun and some states are being turned on now, so please be patient as we reach your city and state. We’ll be updating the map below as service comes online in individual states. It will take several hours to restore PSN throughout the entire country, so please keep checking back for the latest updates. In the meantime, now’s a great time to get your PS3’s firmware updated, which is required to get online.”

It is not clear if everyone is able to play online as we write this, but they have a map that shows which states have the service restored. You can check the official Playstation Blog to check if the service is back for your state.

Announcement Link: Click Here

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Microsoft Came to an Agreement to Buy Skype for $8.5 Billion

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Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday that it came to agreement to buy the popular Internet phone service Skype for $8.5 Billion, the largest transaction in the 36 year history of the software maker.

The acquisition of Skype would give Microsoft a valuable communication tool in its bid to become a contender of greater weight in the internet and the growing market for multipurpose cell phones.

Skype Microsoft Purchase
Microsoft said it will join the Skype features to its Xbox game console, Outlook email and mobile Windows operating system. The company said Skype will continue in other computing platforms.

The main sellers are eBay Inc., and Silver Lake Financial Horowitz and Andreessen.

Some 170 million people use Skype services each month, although not all use it to make calls. Skype users accumulated 207,000 million minutes of voice and video last year.

Most people use Skype’s free phone service, making it difficult to make money by the company created in 2003 by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis. About 8.8 million users per month, only 1% of the clientele base, use paid services.

Skype lost $7 million, with revenues of $860 million last year, according to documents filed by the company since it announced its intention to conduct an initial public offering of shares last year. Subsequently, the IPO was put on hold. The long-term net debt of Skype was $543,883 at the end of 2010.

The previous record for a Microsoft purchase was the aQuantive online service advertising, $6 Billion in 2007.

Microsoft said that Skype will be a new business headed by the CEO of Skype, Tony Bates, who will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Microsoft earns billions with its software, but usually lose money on the internet, especially with its often vain attempt to catch Google Inc. in the search engines market.

eBay bought Skype for $2.6 Billion in 2005, but their attempt to attach the phone service with its online auction service was not successful. They eventually ended selling 70% of Skype to a group of investors led by Silver Lake Andreessen and Horowitz for $2 Billion 18 months ago.

The other major Skype shareholders are Joltid and the Board of Investment pension plans in Canada.

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PlayStation Network and Qriocity Return This Week

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There’s good news for all those who were already on the verge of exploding by the absence of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity service: this week all services will be back and users will be able to enjoy from this Internet service once again.

After the long wait that started April 20, 2011 and reached the month of May, the PlayStation Network and Qriocity users will be able to enjoy those services again, according to an official announcement that was made yesterday at the official PlayStation blog. This statement was a summary of the words of Kaz Hirai, Sony’s VP, who met with a group of reporters in Tokyo, Japan yesterday morning to explain the new changes in the system from Sony.

At the press conference that was held yesterday, Kaz Hirai only referred to part of the history that led to the closure of Sony’s online service. He stated that the PlayStation Network and Qriocity service was suspended immediately once it was detected the intrusion of an unauthorized element. He also said that after the shutdown of the network to all users in the world, Sony’s management contacted several security companies with the intention of finding out what really happened and to what extent did the attacker access the data stored in their databases.

Kaz informed the media that the issue is now in the hands of the FBI, because to them, this attack on their network is considered a criminal act and that it’s unknown from which part of the world the attack was made.

Technically speaking, the announcement made at the PlayStation Blog, which echoes the words of Kaz, the online service will be restored gradually this week. For its implementation, it will be done is the form of phases. The first services that are going to be available will be for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PSP (PlayStation Portable); this includes those titles that require verification in the network and those games that can be downloaded online. More services will become available subsequently in the following days after, until bringing all the services back up like Sony had them set before the day of the attack.

Sony PlayStation Network Qriocity Hacked
Lastly, in the statement Sony emphasized all the measures taken to avoid the re-occurrence of such incidents. Some of those measures include; updating of user data, including changing password and reconfiguration of the accounts. Sony has also announced other measures such as changing its physical data center location to a new facility, as well as the update of security software and changes of the mechanism of setting up theri new anti hackers protocol.

So now you know, Sony’s system will be gradually restored this week. Exactly when? We’re still not sure, it can be today, tomorrow, or by the end of the week. Just stay alert, it will be done by geographical areas.

Sony Playstation 3 160GB System


Manufacturer: Sony
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Platform: PlayStation 3
Genre: Action Video Games

New From: $520.00 USD In Stock

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Sony Ericsson will Allow Users to Unlock their New Phones

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Sony Ericsson, one of the largest cell phone brands in the world, has announced that it will allow users to unlock their phones safely and legally. This move is not revolutionary in the smartphones market (Nexus models of Google can do it), but it is within the company.

The unlocking functionality feature will be available in some phones that will go on sale this year. The only requirement to unlock the smartphone is to not be connected to any company by blocking the SIM card.

According to the company, this decision has been made ​​possible because solutions have been developed though the use of safe techniques: sharing the bootloader will violate agreements between Sony Ericsson and other companies, due to that it also unblocks their applications and games. Users will be able to know if they can unlock their phone by connecting to the tool Fastbook.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Unlocked Smarthphone
Another Sony Ericsson policy is to warn users that they may void their warranty if they unlock the boot loader. In addition, the company also recommends inexperienced users not to unlock their phones. The company will launch a web service that will provide the user with a key to unlock the boot after entering the IMEI, which identifies the phone.

Sounds like a brilliant move by Sony Ericsson. They know they’re a little behind compared to other companies in the smartphones market, and this gives them a better position when buyers are choosing a phone that is fully customizable to suit their needs.

I personally hope the Xperia Play comes with this option, it will allow users to make a lot of impressive changes. We will keep an eye on this move of the giant Sony Ericsson. So stay tuned for future news.

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