Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Goodyear to test self-inflating tires with truck fleets

Goodyear to test self-inflating tires with truck fleets

Goodyear has announced plans to start testing its self-inflating tire technology on trucking fleets in the US and Canada, something that is set to take place "in the next few months". The testing is being done under an ongoing research project that has, among other things, support from the Department of Energy's Office of Vehicle Technology. The tire tech itself has been in development and testing since 2011, and this latest arm of the process will last for 18 months.

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TV viewership dropped last quarter, online streaming skyrocketed

TV viewership dropped last quarter, online streaming skyrocketed

The latest report from Nielsen shows the growing change in how consumers are watching their favorite shows. Last quarter, the number of people watching traditional television dipped by 4-percent, but those watching shows through online streaming services skyrocketed by 60-percent. This is in comparison to the same quarter (Q3) last year, and it is anticipated the increase in streaming video adoption will impact traditional TV. This news comes shortly after Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings predicted that traditional TV will be effectively dead by 2030.

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Researchers create 100 billion fps 2D camera

Researchers create 100 billion fps 2D camera

Researchers have created a camera capable of imaging pulses of light. Using a technology called Compressed Ultrafast Photography, Washington University in St. Louis researchers have created a 2D receive-only camera capable of taking images at up to 100 billion frames-per-second -- something that far eclipses the 10 million or so frames-per-second presently available receive-only cameras are capable of. The researchers hope the camera will lead to new scientific discoveries, with the study's leader Lihong Wang saying, "For the first time, humans can see light pulses on the fly."

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Microsoft CEO promises improved company diversity

Microsoft CEO promises improved company diversity

Several tech companies have revealed their workplace diversity numbers this year, and all of them largely show the same picture: a relative lack of diversity. The various companies have made their own various promises to work toward a solution to this, not the least of which is Microsoft. The company's CEO Satya Nadella recently commented on the reality, promising that his company will continue to improve the diversity of its workplace. The topic came up at Microsoft's annual shareholder's meeting.

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Nintendo sued by actor who wore Donkey Kong costume

Nintendo sued by actor who wore Donkey Kong costume

Nintendo held an event at the Los Angeles Zoo last year, and as part of it the company hired an actor to swaddle himself in a Donkey Kong costume and do whatever Donkey Kong does at a zoo. That actor has now filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that he suffered a serious medical issue as a result of stressful work conditions that included, among other things, not being allowed to take breaks.

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Sinclair ZX Spectrum redux brings 1,000 retro games

Sinclair ZX Spectrum redux brings 1,000 retro games

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is being reborn as a retro gaming console, bringing with it 1,000 games and a tweaked design that facilitates playing them. The new console has been announced by Retro Computers and Sir Clive Sinclair, and it is able to run all the games developed for the original Sinclair Spectrum. The development is finished and a final prototype is ready to head into production, and so the folks behind it have taken to Indiegogo for the funding.

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Dish Network to lose CBS stations tomorrow if deal isn’t made

Dish Network to lose CBS stations tomorrow if deal isn’t made

Dish Network recently worked out a temporary deal with Turner Broadcasting, something that took place after several stations went dark due to contract disputes. While that was going down, Dish was also in a squabble with CBS, something that itself has now come down to the wire. After about half a year of negotiations, the two companies have failed to find mutual terms, and if something doesn't happen very soon, subscribers will see CBS stations go dark late tomorrow.

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Starbucks rolls out mobile ordering in Portland

Starbucks rolls out mobile ordering in Portland

Starbucks has introduced mobile ordering through its app today, launching it in Portland where it'll be available for several months before expanding to other regions. This is a beta offering for now, giving coffee lovers the ability to both order and pay for their items before arriving at the store. According to Starbucks' chief digital officer Adam Brotman in an interview with The Oregonian, Portland was selected as the launch destination due to having "the perfect mix of customers that have great taste".

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Luxottica and Intel partner to make smartglasses stylish

Luxottica and Intel partner to make smartglasses stylish

Smartglasses are picking up speed, with Google rumored to be adding Intel's presence to its Glass wearable and Vuzix putting its own M100 model up on Amazon for pre-order. Though smart eyewear is a lot of things, stylish isn't really one of them, and Intel aims to change that. The company has announced a new collaboration with Luxottica to mix its smart technology with the latter company's fashionable eyewear knowledge to usher in a future of stylish wearables.

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Sony Pictures tipped to name North Korea as cyberattack source

Sony Pictures tipped to name North Korea as cyberattack source

The cyberattack against Sony Pictures has been ongoing since it first appeared last week, effectively bringing the studio to a halt by taking over its corporate network and, later on, leaking data following threats of such. Though Sony has been relatively quiet on the matter, the FBI recently released a warning about a malicious software attack in the United States, something believed to be a reference to the Sony breach. In that FBI report -- obtained by Reuters -- it was said some of the software used by the hackers had been compiled in Korean.

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