AeroMobil’s First Flying Car Will Allegedly Be Running In The 2020s

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AeroMobil will be looking to release its first flying car sometime in the 2020s.

Ever since the first days of science fiction, futurists have imagined flying cars. From Flash Gordon to the Jetsons, many envisioned them to be right around the corner of history. Now, these may actually be here, as a Slovakian startup company has committed to bringing their first flying car design to the market as early as 2020.

Is The First Flying Car Finally Here?

At the international car premiere show, Top Marques Monaco, Slovakian based Aeromobil showed off the prototype of their new design. Sleek and sporty, it can convert from land mode to flight mode in less than three minutes. When on the ground, it has a top speed of one hundred miles per hour. It also has a range of over 450 miles. In the air, it can travel at over 220 miles per hour with close to the same range. This is estimated at around 465 miles. There will only be 500 of the vehicles made in the initial design. These are expected to sell for between $1.3 and $1.6 million.The vehicle is only approved to operate in Europe, and owners will be required to possess a pilot’s license. A runway will be necessary for all takeoffs and landings. Currently, the company is moving forward with getting the first flying car approved for use in the United States. Once that happens, they plan on introducing it in China.

What makes this car different from designs being pursued by companies like Uber and Zee.Aero is that it uses a runway. The others are looking at VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) designs. They would only require landing pads, or maybe no more than a driveway.

“The infrastructure and nature of today’s society simply doesn’t leave much space for flying cars, unfortunately.” This is according to Juraj Vaculik, the AeroMobil CEO.
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Facebook Is Out To Develop A New Brain To Computer System

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During the F8, Facebook revealed its plans for a new brain to computer system and interface.

In its second day of the F8 event, Facebook revealed that it is looking to develop a new brain to computer system and interface. This will allegedly allow its user to type directly with their mind.

The company is even looking to create a tech that will allow its users to “hear” with their skin. This new, ambitious tech is being developed by a team of over 60 people, all part of the R&D Division.

Details on these revolutionary plans came from Regina Dugan. She is the head of the R&D Division Building 8. The information was released during the second day of the F8. This is an annual software and developer conference hosted by Facebook in San Jose, California.

As part of the presentation, Facebook released a demo video meant to present this new tech’s abilities and applications. The company is aiming to create a software that will allow its users to type up to 100 words per minute. This is around five times faster than the average writing speed on a smartphone. Also, this new technology will be exclusively brain-powered, which would make its speed even the more impressive.

Dugan stated that: “It is these words, words that you have already decided to send to the speech center of your brain that we seek to turn into text.”

Also, she stated that Facebook will be looking to develop a non-invasive such technology. One that could also become a “speech prosthetic” for people with disabilities, disorders, or even a new AR input method.

The Brain to Computer System Is Not The Only Innovation

The secretive Building 8 is also reportedly developing a “hear through your skin” technology. According to Dugan, this will be based on the “Tacoma Method” and a special arm sleeve. This latter comes with an actuator system, which lets the user “feel the acoustic shape of a word on her arm”.

Presently, this system still has a limited “tactile vocabulary”. As it is, Dugan emphasized the fact that both these technologies are still in the making. As such, they are still some years away from being ready.

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This New Device Could Be The Latest Water Source In The Desert

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A team of researchers developed a new technique for pulling water from thin air.

Researchers at MIT or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley developed a new technique for pulling water from thin air. This new device makes use of something called an MOF (metal-organic framework). These compounds formed from metals and organic molecules are extremely porous, capable of pulling both water, methane, and carbon dioxide from the air, making future applications potentially limitless, besides providing a new water source.

This Is A New Device for Drawing Water from Thin Air

The MOF powder, made from a combination of adipic acid and zirconium metal, is placed in a device called a water collector, which then absorbs water molecules directly from the air. Even in the driest parts of Earth, water still floats in the air as evaporated particles.

Once the MOF pulls in all the water it can and becomes completely saturated, the powder can then be heated to release it. As the water frees from the substrate, it gathers at the bottom of the collector. In fact, the current prototype uses sunlight to heat the MOF and release the water. As such, it requires no external sources of energy.
Previous methods using materials like zeolites require large amounts of energy to free up the water once it is trapped. Not so with the MOF design. According to researcher’s calculations, larger amounts of powder could produce more water. Two pounds of MOF might be able to produce as much as three liters in a twelve hour period.The new device prototype was described in a paper released by the journal Science. It works in areas with as low as twenty percent humidity. On larger scales, it could be used in order to provide an emergency water source in drought situations. Or it could work for small communities that have little or no access to public drinking water supplies.

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Microsoft Has Just Stopped Offering Its Security Bulletins

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Starting with this week, Microsoft will stop releasing its security bulletins.

Starting with this week, Microsoft will stop releasing its security bulletins. These were considered a common fixture as the company has been offering them for quite some years now.

In these reports, Microsoft presented the vulnerabilities it had detected throughout the month. It also brought the accompanying patches needed by its customers. These were considered an especially useful feature for administrators in charge of IT operations.

Microsoft First Announced The Demise Of The Security Bulletins Late Last Week

Microsoft first announced its plans of eliminating the security bulletins back in November 2016. However, it was uncertain about its preferred methods. The last Tuesday bulletin was initially planned for January, and its replacement process should have become available starting on February 14th.

However, in February, the company announced that it would be getting rid of that month’s Patch Tuesday. This decision came just a few hours before releasing the update, which also rendered the timeframe null.

As such, Microsoft decided to offer one more month of security bulletins. It did so as this reportedly gave its clients more time to prepare and move to the SUG. This latter is the “Security Updates Guide” which works as a database content portal.

Users can access, sort, and filter the portal’s content according to need. For example, they can filter it according to the patch’s released date, the affected software, or the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) identifier, among others.

The market was keyed in on the lack of security bulletins earlier this week. On April 11th, Microsoft released cumulative updates for Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and several other products.

As it is, the company presented its new SUG site as a way in which admins can “view and search security and vulnerability information in a single online database.”

It remains to be seen how well users will adapt to the new format. The company believes that administrators will adapt to the new system and they hope that the will even find it easier to use.

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Google’s Fact Check Will See A News And Search Expansion

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Google announced late last week that it would be expanding its Fact Check tag to Google News and some Search results.

Google announced late last week that it would be expanding its Fact Check tag. This was first introduced last October, but only on Google News and in a small number of countries. At the time, the Internet giant company was joined in its task by Jigsaw. Now, Google stated that it would be extending this tag to include both its Google News and some Search results.

The Fact Check Tag Should Start Being Generally Available In Both News And Search

According to Google, its “Fact Check” tag should include information that has been fact checked by both organizations specialized in this area and by news publishers. Following the received feedback, the company reportedly decided to expand this service. As such, this will become globally available, across all supported languages. Also, it will start being used in Search results, as well. Initially, it was only introduced for Google News.

The company states that, from now on, as the user conducts a search, they will receive an ‘authoritative result’ which contains fact checked data. One that has been verified by one or more public claims. In its statement, Google stated that:

“The snippet will display information on the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check of that particular claim.”

However, Google also stated that this tag wouldn’t be available for quite ‘every search result’. Also, as the facts are verified by multiple publishers, these may also reach different conclusions for the same claims. The company emphasized that the ‘fact checks are not Google’s’. As it is, they are reportedly presented so that people can make ‘more informed judgments’.

Google considers that its readers and users will find it easier to make an informed decision as they note who considers what, even when the various publishers reach different conclusions on the same fact. As such, people should allegedly have ‘an easier time’ assessing and reviewing such fact checks.

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Facebook Makes 360-degree Live Stream Available For Everybody

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Facebook just made 360-degree Live Stream available for every user, with a compatible camera.

If you love social media sites and you also love taking videos, this new feature is the ideal one for you. Facebook just made the 360-degree Live Stream available for every user. This feature is not a new one. It has been available since December, but only for a few users.

The first page where the option was launched was National Geographic’s Facebook account. The company now announced that they are going to make it available for any user, worldwide. Live streaming on Facebook has been a very successful addition to the regular posts. More and more people live stream nowadays.

The 360-degree live stream is even better. This is because it combines both the love for videos and virtual reality. The 360-degree live streams can be a gateway to VR. Facebook has been trying to make people buy VR since they made Oculus in 2014. Maybe now it will succeed.

The problem is that not everybody can use this feature. In order to create a 360-degree live stream, you need to have a compatible camera. Some of those cameras include Giroptic IO, ALLie Camera, Insta360, and Samsung Gear 360. More professional cameras like Nokia OZA and Z CAM S1 are compatible too.

Facebook mentioned that they are going to talk to other manufacturers in order to add more compatible devices. Once other manufacturers add more cameras, more people will be able to do 360-degree live stream.  This type of live stream is almost the same as the normal one. People can still receive likes and comments while they are 360-degrees live streaming.

Facebook mentioned that people need to make some privacy setting before they go live. This way they can decide who can see the video. Users also need to write a description for the live video before starting to film it. People will see comments and likes from their camera interface. This feature is a really interesting one and it also is a step closer to virtual reality. The 360-degree live stream is going to get people closer to VR and maybe, more will buy VR headsets like Oculus.

What is your opinion about this feature? Are you going to post 360-degree live streams on Facebook?

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How To Stop Kids From Ordering Things On Amazon Echo And Google Home?

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If you want to stop you kids from ordering stuff with Amazon Echo, you can choose a password.

We all know that kids are little geniuses when they want to. They can find an answer to any question and a solution to every rule. This is why you should be concerned if you have Amazon Echo or Google Home. They might find a way to order things without your permission.

A recent incident involved a 6-year old girl that ordered 4 pounds of cookies and a $170 dollhouse. We are sure that the parents were not as pleased as the little girl was. If you want to avoid this type of situation you should take action.

How To Change Settings On Amazon Echo And Google Home

Both Amazon Echo and Google Home look like they just fell from heaven into your house. You can sit on the couch and let them know what you want. The problem is that your kids might do the same. If you want to be without worries you should disable the voice orders.

First of all, you have to open up Alexa app navigation panel. After selecting Settings you choose Voice Purchasing and turn it off. You have to follow these steps if you want to avoid any kid-ordering-online incidents.

If you have Google Home you can do the same thing. You have to hit the Menu icon in the app, go to More Setting and choose Payments. The final step is to select Pay with Your Assistant. Once you completed these steps, the Voice orders will be disabled.

What You Do When You Still Want to Make Voice Orders?

If you like to benefit from ordering with your voice you can still do so without worrying that your kids will do the same.  For Amazon Echo, you can choose a password.  You have to go to Voice Purchasing and Require confirmation code. After you selected your code, you can continue to order with your voice, but you will have to say the password too. Let’s hope that your kids don’t memorize it too.

Unfortunately, Google Home doesn’t have a password option. There are some roadblocks that can stop your kid from purchasing stuff. At the moment, you can only purchase stuff from some Google Express retailers. Also, the limit for any order is $100 and you can only purchase one thing at a time.

Despite the fact that these smart assistants are great they should offer kid prevent tools. Parents should be able to stop their kids from purchasing things with the help of Alexa or Google. Let’s hope that they figure out a way to restrict kids from ordering stuff.

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Twitter Flags Sensitive Accounts

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Now, there are sensitive accounts on Twitter instead of just posts.

Twitter is one of the social media platforms that cares about its users. Since it is very popular and a lot of people post there, it is expected to find some inappropriate content. In order to get rid of that content and to make users feel safe, Twitter has been trying to flag anything that is racist or violent.

Until now, the things that were flagged as sensitive were the posts. A few days ago, Twitter’s decided to make a change. Now, there are sensitive accounts instead of just posts. This means that the company is making it hard for those users that have posted inappropriate content.

For instance, once you post something that it is considered as abusive, the whole account is considered sensitive. Normally, in this case, the post would have been flagged as abusive or deleted. Due to the fact that now there are sensitive accounts instead of simple posts, people are not pleased.

Many people think that this is a bit abusive because it can be considered a violation of the freedom of speech. This might be a little over the line for those who believe this. Yes, Twitter decision to flag sensitive accounts is a bit harsh considering that some people only posted abusive content once.

The sensitive accounts are not available for everyone. Since this is only a limited rollout of the feature, only some people have been listed with sensitive accounts. This means that when somebody enters their account they are going to see a message. That warning message states that the account has sensitive content. The users are asked if they want to continue and to see that account.

After the warning message appears people have the option to view the profile or to go back. Another problem is that people who have sensitive accounts were not notified by Twitter. Many of these people mentioned that they did not receive an email or a message stating that they have posted abusive content or that they have been switched to a sensitive account.

When the company was asked about this change they did not say a lot. The only thing the social media platform spokesman said is that this is just a limited feature. They are only trying it out to see if it is better for their users. Seeing the reactions that were tweeted on the platform some may say that it is not the best decision Twitter made.

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Facebook Developing Technology That Spots Suicidal Users

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This way, suicidal users will be contacted by an advisor or counselor that can help them.

Facebook is one of the tech giants that wants to support and help its users. It helped people raise money for charity in live videos on Facebook. Now, it is going to use AI technology in order to spot suicidal users.

Due to the fact that people are becoming more and more stressed, suicide is becoming a more common problem. This is why Facebook decided to help people who are feeling down and want to end their life. Many people tend to write messages right before they are planning on ending their lives. Some people even make videos.

Facebook’s technology works with algorithms. They report any data that they think is a warning sign. In order to make sure that they verify everything, the algorithms look at posts, videos, and comments. Once this tech finds something that is considered a warning sign, human reviewers step in. They can contact the suicidal users to find out if everything is ok.

Facebook mentioned that they want to invest more in this project. They mentioned that they want to work with helplines. This way, suicidal users will be contacted by an advisor or counselor that can help them. A collaboration between Facebook and helplines can help people that suffer from depression and what to kill themselves.

Facebook has been spotting suicidal users for more than 10 years. Until now, they relied on other users to report anything unusual. Now that they have the AI technology, it can be a lot easier for the social platform to find and help suicidal users.

The tech giant stated that this is the first time they are using AI tech for reporting posts for troubling content. Facebook also mentioned that they might continue to use AI tech in order to find abusive people or even terrorists.

The social platform decided to roll out the suicide measures for Facebook Live too. This means that the AI tech is going to flag videos that contain suicidal content. This action was taken by Facebook due to the fact that many people killed themselves while broadcasting on Facebook.

What is your opinion about the measures that Facebook is taking to spot suicidal users?

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Google Launches the Meet App for Enterprise Communication

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Google launched its new Meet app for video calls.

Most major tech companies in the market of communication apps usually have two types of services. One involves an app meant to be used by normal users in their everyday life, while the other one is meant to facilitate communication between workers in an enterprise.

Google’s main communication app for video calls was Hangouts. However, it did not really meet the standards required by enterprises, nor it did it have the features required to increase their productivity. With this in mind, Google has decided to launch a new app called Meet.

The Meet app has been designed with the needs and preferences of enterprises in mind. As the name implies, the main function of the app is to easily allow users to hold HD video meetings. Meet comes in the form of either an app or mobile application and it is part of Google’s G Suite line of business products.

While the app may not be yet live to all users in the App store or the Google Play Store, the web application is up and running. However, it is only available on Google’s Chrome browser. The site may feel familiar if you previously used Hangouts, as it includes a simplistic interface without the option of starting a phone call or a text chat.

Instead, the Meet app requires users to easily enter a code in order to join a specific meeting, and even see the meetings you scheduled. Similar to Hangouts, Meet is able to perform group video calls, However, unlike Hangouts, it is not limited to just 10 people, instead, it will offer HD video group calls with up to 30 participants.

Furthermore, the app also includes several other features meant to facilitate communication between members of a team while being on the go. These features include dial-in numbers, easily accessible meeting links, and integration with other Google products like Gmail and Calendar.

The main interface of the app includes a list of your scheduled meetings alongside specific details like the time, subject, location, attendees and more. Joining a specific meeting from your phone will launch the video chat interface. The in-call interface has buttons for mute and switching-off the video.

What do you think about Google’s new Meet app?

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