Report: Fry’s Electronics going out of business, shutting down all stores
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-24-2021 at 06:50 AM

Fry's Electronics, the decades-old superstore chain with locations in nine American states, appears to have gone defunct. Bay Area TV station KRON-4 was the first press outlet to confirm the news late Tuesday, saying that Fry's will shut down all 30 of its American locations. The retailer will reportedly make an announcement at some time on Wednesday via the Fry's website.

Full story here.

Tesla’s Elon Musk shares brief update on Cybertruck’s final design
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-23-2021 at 08:51 AM

Elon Musk recently provided a quick update on the highly-anticipated Cybertruck’s development, with the Tesla CEO noting that the all-electric pickup’s final design is looking good. Musk shared his thoughts on Twitter after he visited the vehicle at Tesla’s studio. 

The Cybertruck is arguably Tesla’s most radical vehicle to date, thanks in part to its unorthodox brutalist design and angular exoskeleton. Starting at less than $40,000, the Cybertruck has the potential to break into one of the most lucrative vehicle segments in the United States. But to accomplish this, the Cybertruck must have the necessary balance between all-electric performance and classic pickup characteristics. 

Full story here.

With an Upgraded Color E Ink Screen, This Could Be the Perfect E-Reader for Comic Book Fans
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-23-2021 at 06:57 AM

When we reviewed the PocketBook Color last year, we loved the device and the fact that true e-readers could finally display color, but its six-inch screen made it hard to use for reading comic books and magazines which work much better on tablets. The new PocketBook InkPad Color tries to remedy that with a larger 7.8-inch screen that uses E-Ink’s next-generation color electronic paper technology.

Full story here.

Back to the Future as Researchers Invent Real-Life Flux Capacitor
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-20-2021 at 09:05 AM

The "Back to the Future" time machine runs on an imaginary flux capacitor but could the movie invention become reality?

In the popular movie franchise Back to the Future, an eccentric scientist creates a time machine that runs on a flux capacitor.

Now a group of actual physicists from Australia (RMIT University, University of Queensland) and Switzerland (ETH Zurich) have proposed a similar device that can break time-reversal symmetry.

While their flux capacitor doesn’t enable time travel, it’s a critical step in future technologies like the quantum computer and could lead to better electronics for mobile phones and wifi.

Full story here.

Microsoft releases new all-in-one Office app for iPads
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-17-2021 at 07:30 AM

Microsoft yesterday released an all-in-one Office app for iPads, bringing a new approach to Office on mobile previously seen on iOS and Android to iPadOS. The app combines Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and a number of mobile device-specific features, including PDF management tools and a file browser.

Full article here. 

Fitbit update brings ECG, blood glucose tracking, and Health Metrics for non-paying users
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-15-2021 at 07:28 AM

Fitbit is rolling out a massive update to its range of fitness trackers and smartwatches. The latest update adds a new SpO2 watch face and skin temperature tracking to Charge 4, improvements to Health Metrics data presentation, and opens up some of the paid features to more users.

According to Wareable, on Charge 4, the update separates blood oxygen data readings from the sleeping analysis and now shows it on a dedicated watch face. That means users can now see the SpO2 readings right from the device without having to dig deep into the companion app. Moreover, the Charge 4 users can now also measure their surface skin temperature, a feature that was available only on the Fitbit Sense smartwatch up until now.

Full story here. 

Why did the flywheel hybrid system never catch on for road cars?
Posted By Ge0ph Young on 02-14-2021 at 09:56 PM

When a Speed network television crew interviewed Margo T. Oge, then-director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, during the 10-hour-long 2010 Petit Le Mans Series race at Road Atlanta, Porsche's experimental 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car held down a top-20 position in the 45-car field.

Read full article here. 

Elon Musk predicts Austin, Texas, will be 'the biggest boomtown that America has seen in 50 years'
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-11-2021 at 07:28 PM

It's no secret that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is over California. 

Last summer, Musk chose Austin, Texas, as the spot for the $1 billion factory that would build the Cybertruck, the carmaker's long-awaited electric pickup truck. And in December, he confirmed rumors that he was picking up and moving from Los Angeles to the Lone Star State. 

Full story here. 

SpaceX Starlink opens preorders, but slots are limited in each region
Posted By Ge0ph Young on 02-10-2021 at 08:18 AM

SpaceX this week began accepting preorders for Starlink broadband, asking for $99 deposits for service that would be available in the second half of this year.

To start the process, you can go to Starlink's website and enter your email and service address. The overall cost is $499 for hardware, $50 for shipping and handling, and $99 for monthly service, plus tax. These are the same prices charged in the ongoing beta, which is limited to parts of the northern United States and southern Canada.

Read full story here. 

A new lens technology is primed to jumpstart phone cameras
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-9-2021 at 07:03 AM

The camera on the first iPhone way back in 2007 was a mere 2 megapixels. And it only had a rear camera; there wasn't even a front-facing selfie shooter. Today, you'll find multiple cameras on the front and back of phones—some of them with sensors as large as 108 megapixels, like the biggest camera on Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Read full article here.

Mass Over-The-Air Update Of Tesla Cars Captured On Video
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-8-2021 at 03:31 PM

Is this a Guinness record?

Here is something that most of us probably have never seen - an over-the-air update, applied to possibly hundreds of Tesla electric cars, all at the same time. During the process, cars have emergency lights on.

It seems that the video was recorded at some logistic center where Tesla had a while to update the software of newly produced cars (probably mostly Model 3), before releasing the fleet to customer deliveries.

Read full article here.

SpaceX plans Starlink phone service, emergency backup, and low-income access
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-6-2021 at 07:13 AM

SpaceX's latest petition to the FCC details some of its Starlink plans.

A new SpaceX filing outlines plans for Starlink to offer phone service, emergency backup for voice calls, and cheaper plans for people with low incomes through the government's Lifeline program.

Read full article here. 

DTNS 3962 - Patrick is All About that Bass
Posted By Ge0ph Young on 02-5-2021 at 05:59 PM

When you shop for home theaters you’re going to see a lot of info about subwoofers. Their Size, power and placement. But why do you need a subwoofer, how do you pick one and where the heck do you put it? Patrick Norton from AVExcel is here to give us the basics on what you need to know about subwoofers?

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DTNS 3961 - How's My Driving? Take a Picture!
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-5-2021 at 06:37 AM

The incoming head of the Senate antitrust subcommittee Senator Amy Klobuchar, plans to introduce a new antitrust bill that would place limits on acquisitions by large tech platforms. If the bill became law here’s it would shift the burden of proof on to companies with more than 50 percent market share.

Watch podcast here. 

Moving a Ham Radio Station From California To Idaho
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-4-2021 at 08:55 PM

Moving isn't easy for anyone. Moving an established ham radio station isn't fun, but we'll get back to that. A lot of guys have been asking for an update on the K6UDA move to Idaho and although I don't have much put together, here's my update video.

Watch video here. 

DTNS 3960 - Amazon’s Prime Candidates for AWS
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-4-2021 at 09:03 AM

Yesterday the news broke right before the show that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will stop being CEO in Q3 (which starts in July) and become Executive Chair of Amazon’s board. AWS CEO Andy Jassy will take over as CEO. What will Bezos be doing as Executive Chair and will it matter to the day to day operations of Amazon?

Watch podcast here. 

DTNS 3958 - WeChat If It’s Allowed
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-1-2021 at 10:44 PM

Independent publishers thrive in China on platforms like WeChat and Toutiao. Chinese TV shows and movies are often made based on successful web novels. In China self-publishers are referred to as “We Media” both a reference to WeChat and being fan-driven. In 2020, 360 million users read articles published on WeChat public accounts. Self-publishers have always had to make sure they don’t attract the attention of Chinese censors. A regulation published January 22nd by the Cyberspace Administration of China requires accounts that “provide online news service to the public shall obtain the Internet News Information Permit and other relevant media accreditation.”

Watch Podcast Here.

Drone Swarms Are Getting Too Fast For Humans To Fight, U.S. General Warns
Posted By Jeff Young on 01-30-2021 at 07:09 AM

General John Murray, head of Army Futures Command, told a webinar audience at the Center for Strategic & International Studies that humans may not be able to fight swarms of enemy drones, and that the rules governing human control over artificial intelligence might need to be relaxed.

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Japanese Rocket Scientists Landed A Probe On An Asteroid, And The Images It Sent Back Are Stunning
Posted By Jeff Young on 01-30-2021 at 06:55 AM

When the Hayabusa2 probe took to the skies in December 2014, it was the start of a mission that would ultimately make history. Set on a path towards an asteroid circling the Sun, the craft finally approached the minor planet – given the name of Ryugu – in summer 2018. And, incredibly, after Hayabusa2 encountered Ryugu, it eventually got close enough to transmit some truly stunning images – including the first ever to have been taken from the exterior of an asteroid.

Read Full Article Here.

DTNS 3956
Posted By Jeff Young on 01-28-2021 at 09:28 PM

Robinhood Takes Stock

Facebook’s Oversight Board has reached decisions on a number of accounts directing the company to restore four posts in its first ruling.

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Replace TinyMCE with CKEditor
Posted By Jeff Young on 11-28-2014 at 07:15 AM

I wasn't liking the way TinyMCE was working so I have replaced the edtor with CKEditor. We'll see how that works out. :)

BetaWish Domain
Posted By Jeff Young on 11-28-2014 at 06:32 AM

Started the process of moving betawish.com form IX Web Hosting to GoDaddy. 

Web Design
Posted By Ken Vaughn on 11-18-2014 at 10:20 AM

I just though I would start a discussion about this discussion board.