Google Doodle celebrates Earl Scruggs banjopicking pioneer

first_img Tags When Scruggs was 21, he joined the Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys band, which helped coin the term “bluegrass” and popularize it as a distinct genre of country music. During this time, he met vocalist and guitarist Lester Flat, with whom he would form the Flatt and Scruggs group and the Foggy Mountain Boys in 1948.Hollywood’s Coen brothers paid homage to the band in the 2000 film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? by naming the movie’s rag-tag band The Soggy Bottom Boys. The duo spent more than two decades together, recording more than 50 albums before breaking up in 1969. In 1962, they recorded The Ballad of Jed Clampett, the theme song for The Beverly Hillbillies, and Scruggs’ 1949 instrumental Foggy Mountain Breakdown became a hit when it was featured on the soundtrack of the 1967 classic film Bonnie and Clyde. During his diverse career, Scruggs played with artists as varied as Bob Dylan and sitarist Ravi Shankar, and his contribution to music didn’t go unrecognized in his lifetime. He received four Grammy awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and National Medal of Arts. He was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.Google Doodles typically recognize individuals on their birthday or anniversaries of noteworthy moments in their life. But Scruggs, who died in 2012 at the age of 88, isn’t being recognized by Google for either of those things. Friday marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Earl Scruggs Center, a 10,000-square-foot facility in Shelby, North Carolina. Reflecting his influence on today’s generation of musicians, the sold-out concert opening the center featured Vince Gill, Travis Tritt and Sam Bush, among others. 49 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Google Doodle Google 1:53 Online Music Doodling our world: Check out Google’s previous celebrations of people, events and holidays that impact our lives.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.center_img Comments 4 Our favorite Google Doodles through the years Share your voice 5 tips for free-tier Spotify users Google shows off the fancy finger work of banjo legend Earl Scruggs. Google Earl Scruggs revolutionized the way we play and appreciate the banjo today.Scruggs, who was born 95 years ago this month, developed his own three-finger method of picking the five-string banjo – an approach so radical it’s now widely referred to as “Scruggs style.”  That style, which features picks attached to the thumb, index finger and middle finger, has become a defining characteristic of bluegrass music and the most popular style of playing banjo in the genre.Google dedicated an animated Doodle to Scruggs on Friday, highlighting his finger-picking method, which helped elevate the status of the banjo from a background instrument to one that now commands the spotlight. Scruggs was born in North Carolina on Jan. 6, 1924, to a family that played music when not farming. After his father died when Scruggs was four, the young boy seemed to find solace by practicing the banjo when he wasn’t in school or doing his farm chores.  His first radio performance was at the age of 11.last_img read more

Bandersnatch Bird Box Id rather scroll through Netflix till the end of

first_img Comments 37 TV and Movies Digital Media Tags The finally sits down to watch TV at 9 p.m. man. It’s the year 2019. We’re currently floating adrift in the “bad” timeline. In this world, everything is either melting or freezing. In this dimension, in this universe, even the act of “relaxing” or “sitting down to unwind” fills me with an existential, dull, aching dread. It’s an all-too-familiar process. I push the on button on my OLED TV. The TV I painstakingly calibrated according to very specific settings. The TV I eventually purchased on sale after painstakingly reading through reviews and buyers’ guides online. Everything I do is “painstaking”.I hit the little Netflix button on my remote and scroll.And I scroll.And I scrolllllllllllllllllllllllll.Research suggests the average person scrolls streaming services for 19 minutes before deciding what show to watch. That’s me on my best day. This may be the result of a neurotic personality defect. The kind that has me obsessing over black levels on an overpriced TV, but I have — on many occasions, more than I care to count — sat down to watch television on Netflix and literally scrolled for hours before going to bed having watched nothing. Or maybe I’ll start a new show or documentary or movie, watch it for 10 minutes and decide no, I chose poorly. This is not worth my constantly ebbing time…Back to the scroll.To the endless scroll. To the making of lists. “This show isn’t worthwhile now, but maybe in another timeline, in another universe, I will decide to watch this show. “But no, not right now.” 17 Photos Inside the Universal Studios Stranger Things haunted housecenter_img Amazon Netflix Share your voice Hello. It’s me, the busy man.The busy job man with the wife and two young kids man. The gets home late from work after a stressful commute man. The sometimes feeds his children cold beans for dinner man, scrolls through his social media while they’re in the shower man. The frantically gets them dressed for bed man. Puts way too much butter on his crackers man. Ignores that terrifying, evolving pile of unfolded laundry man. Just survived my 6 year old’s birthday party. Don’t tell me I don’t deserve this. pic.twitter.com/a8OaNaifU9— Mark Serrels (@Serrels) December 7, 2018 I hover. Quickly grab my phone. A Google search. What did this do on Metacritic? Hmmm… what about IMDb? Is this the show everyone was talking about on Twitter? Should I watch it? Do I need to be across this? Do I need to have an opinion on Russian Doll? To be equipped for discussions at a party or at work. Are people going to ask me about Sex Education, about the Fyre Festival documentary? About the latest season of House of Cards? Am I obliged to watch this show? Why do I feel obliged to watch this show? What is this strange, claustrophobic pressure on my chest as I hover over Bird Box? Invisible algorithms slowly wrapping round my throat. No Netflix, I don’t want to watch bloody Bird Box, so stop asking me.If I was of sounder mind, I might turn off the TV, do some yoga, meditate. Go to the gym, I don’t know. Instead, I continue scrolling endlessly until the heat death of the universe. Normal. Completely normal.Me staring vacantly into the void of never-ending TV choices. Amazon Back to the scroll. Or maybe a sneaky switch to Amazon Prime. To a whole new set of shows. To a brand new user interface. To Homecoming, to that one with Jack Ryan. To a whole new set of movies, most of which were on Netflix last month. An endless game of catch. An endless multi-brand scroll that spans oceans and services. Right, right, right, right. Down.Right, right, right, right.Hover.Pick up phone. Google.Put phone down. Right, right, right.This is my time. My precious, limited free time. A contradiction so acute it bends space, time and reason: the pressure to make the absolute best use of this precious limited free time is making me waste that time with an incredible, crushing efficiency. Is it the sheer volume? The sea of garbage? The fact that services once loaded with high-quality flagship shows are trending toward mediocrity? Is it the pressure? The endless social media vortex that swallows all matter and light? Are our attention spans so battered and bruised we can’t even convince our frazzled neurons to fire in the right direction?All I know is the laundry remains unfolded. The dishes await scrubbing. It’s now 10 p.m. and my kids wake up at 6. If I watch a movie now I might get five hours of sleep before the doom cycle begins anew. But which movie? I can only watch one and there are so many. I have to watch the best one. The good one. The one I am duty bound to watch as the universe collapses on itself.Right, right, right.Down.Right, right, right, right. “No, not that one. I’ll add it to my list.”Out of Amazon. Back to Netflix. One more quick google. More scrolling. Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling.Another quick glance at my phone. It’s 10:30 pm. I am so, so tired. I am the tired man.Maybe I should just go to bed…Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.last_img read more

NASA Boeing push back Starliner test flight to ISS

first_imgEnlarge ImageBoeing’s Starliner prepares for acoustic testing. Boeing Space achievements rarely happen on time. The launch date for SpaceX’s Demo-1 mission of its Crew Dragon got pushed back repeatedly. Boeing’s Starliner is seeing a similar pattern. NASA announced on Wednesday that Boeing will target August for the first uncrewed Orbital Flight Test of the CST-100 Starliner. Boeing had previously looked at launching in March. That date was later pushed into April. A crewed mission is unlikely to happen until late 2019.Both SpaceX and Boeing are participating in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which aims to bring astronaut launches back to US soil.  Sci-Tech Now playing: Watch this: SpaceX: Watch Crew Dragon capsule dock at ISS for the… Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Comments Boeing NASA Space SpaceX 16 Photos Tagscenter_img Share your voice NASA voiced a vote of confidence in the Starliner systems, saying the agency and Boeing have agreed to extend the duration of the eventual first crewed test flight to the ISS. “The extended duration test flight offers NASA the opportunity to complete additional microgravity research, maintenance, and other activities while the company’s Starliner is docked to station,” says NASA, though it hasn’t set the exact duration yet.The August Starliner launch date is still tentative. A number of factors influence NASA launch schedules, and the agency says the new timing is partly due to limited launch opportunities in April and May. The Starliner spacecraft is close to completion and is designed to be reusable up to 10 times.  NASA replaces Boeing Starliner astronaut before first crewed launch Humans enter SpaceX Crew Dragon in space for the first time 2 SpaceX already successfully launched its Crew Dragon capsule to the ISS in March, minus any humans on board. That spacecraft is now being prepped for an in-flight abort test. NASA hasn’t yet set a solid date for a crewed SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the station. The space agency says it will take a fresh look at target launch dates over the next couple of weeks.The test flights are serious milestones for the Commercial Crew Program. NASA has been relying on rides on Roscosmos Soyuz spacecraft to ferry astronauts to the ISS. SpaceX and Boeing expect to bring that capability back to the US for the first time since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.              1:50 NASA’s Commercial Crew Programlast_img read more

Facebook Twitter and YouTube are broken and Congress is wasting our time

first_img reading • Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are broken, and Congress is wasting our time 13:29 Now playing: Watch this: Aug 6 • Trump says he’s watching Google ‘very closely,’ slams CEO Sundar Pichai US Tech Policy Congress rarely agrees on anything. Except that it should regulate the tech industry. But a year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal upended Facebook, Capitol Hill is still unable to step up to the plate.Lawmakers this week oversaw six hours of hearings in the House and Senate judiciary committees to discuss the spread of extremism and concerns about censorship on the internet. By the end, after testimony from victims, advocates and even policy people at Facebook, Twitter and Google, there were no major revelations.And there was no agreement about how to move forward. Bupkis.That’s even after a year of screwups that exposed the intimate data of hundreds of millions of people, including what they “liked” on Facebook, their Social Security numbers, passport information and home addresses. It’s even after a year of continued harassment campaigns, punctuated by an attempted attack on a predominantly black church in Kentucky and killings at a Pittsburgh synagogue.It’s gotten so bad that many of us have resigned ourselves to the very real possibility that the disinformation spread by Russia and other bad actors who interfered in the 2016 US presidential race will be replayed to millions of people in 2020. The Senate hearing just became another bit of white noise on Capitol Hill. Jul 28 • Apple’s Q3 earnings are all about the iPhone 11 hints See All We’re still coming to terms with the ways the tech industry has changed the world. But what we do know is that years of monstrous growth with little oversight have created a powder keg. Social media has exacerbated extremism, helping white supremacists and neo-Nazis move into the mainstream political landscape while simultaneously recruiting lone-wolf attackers to kill their perceived enemies. Civil discourse has dropped. People have died.These are tough issues that lawmakers around the globe are grappling with. The European Union has passed privacy laws. The UK is moving to establish its first internet regulator with the power to punish companies that don’t tackle disinformation and terrorist posts. In the US, there are some ideas like the Honest Ads Act, to strengthen online political ad rules, and the Data Care Act, requiring companies to safeguard people’s data. But if this week’s hearings are any indication, there’s little hope for meaningful reform anytime soon.For the foreseeable future, our fates are in the hands of the very companies that led us here in the first place. Yes, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai, I’m talking about you.Representatives for Facebook, Google and Twitter, and the chairmen of both committees, didn’t respond to requests for comment.Asleep at the wheelIt began Tuesday, when the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing about the spread of extremism and white supremacy on the internet.Among the witnesses were representatives from Google and Facebook, though the company’s CEOs skipped out. There were activists chosen by conservatives and liberals in the committee. They included representatives from the Jewish anti-hate group the Anti-Defamation League, the head of the civil rights advocacy group Equal Justice Society and the president of the pro-Israeli firm Zionist Organization of America.And there was a grieving parent who said his two daughters and son-in-law were killed, execution style, in their North Carolina home in 2015 because of their religion.Conservative activist Candace Owens drew attention away from the hearing’s focus. Getty Images House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from New York, said that technology from Facebook, Google and Twitter was helping spread hate and that efforts by those companies to fix the problem were falling short. “These platforms are utilized as conduits to spread vitriolic hate messages into every home in the country,” Nadler said. But the hearing soon descended into chaos. What began as an effort to understand why hate incidents are increasing across the country was hijacked by people debating the point of the hearing in the first place. Candace Owens, of the conservative college activist group Turning Point USA, argued that the hearing’s actual goal was “fear-mongering, power and control” on the part of the committee’s Democrats. One lawmaker responded by playing a video of Owens discussing Nazi leader Adolph Hitler’s nationalism.By the end, many of the committee members had left, and all Twitter could talk about was Owens’ fiery rhetoric and the streams of racist and ugly comments left on the committee’s YouTube page. No one agreed on any real solutions, and nothing was tabled for further discussion.Wednesday’s hearing in the Senate was no better. Titled “Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse,” it became a series of circular debates. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas argued, without evidence, that social media companies were broadly silencing people they politically disagreed with. Facebook Twitter YouTube Tags Aug 6 • President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike. It’s going to be hard 20 US Tech Policy Comments Politics Tech Industry Online 7:49 What Facebook and Google say they’re doing to combat… Share your voice Aug 7 • Trump’s emissions and fuel economy rollbacks will cost Americans money, study says Now playing: Watch this: Senators grill Twitter and Facebook over alleged political… • The House Judiciary Committee called its hearing on the internet’s role in spreading hate after a white supremacist attacked two mosques in New Zealand, killing 50 people and injuring 50 more last month. He used Facebook to livestream his massacre to the world for 17 minutes, and the video was reuploaded to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube faster than the companies could react.The hearing should have been a sober discussion about how we as a country can combat this scourge, and what role Facebook, Twitter and Google should play. Instead, lawmakers and witnesses talked past each other.NPR said it “deteriorated into partisan bickering.” Quartz said it showed the end of decency in US politics. “In a congressional hearing on hate, the haters got their way,” Wired declared. Facebook, which has more than 2.3 billion monthly users, and Twitter, the social media site of choice for President Donald Trump, countered Cruz’s claims. “Suppressing content on the basis of political viewpoint, or preventing people from seeing what matters most to them, is directly contrary to Facebook’s mission,” said Neil Potts, Facebook’s public policy director. “We want Facebook to be a place where people can discover a greater diversity of news and information than they could otherwise.”Twitter said its internal data showed the company didn’t unfairly censor any one group.But it didn’t matter. The two sides couldn’t agree. So, with any serious policy discussion stalled, the hearing just became another bit of white noise on Capitol Hill.”This is politics,” said Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, during the hearing.CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House of Representatives House Energy and Commerce CommitteeLast year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by uninformed lawmakers. Getty Images At least…If lawmakers accomplished anything this week, they avoided offering up a defiant moment the tech industry could rally around. Last year, they weren’t so lucky.During a closely watched hearing broadcast across the country in April 2018, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch asked how Facebook remains a service that’s free to use. Zuckerberg paused. “Senator, we run ads,” he said and then flashed a smirk. Facebook employees watching back in the company’s Menlo Park headquarters cheered on the politician’s apparent cluelessness. Investors on Wall Street bumped up Facebook’s value. People even put the quote on T-shirts, mugs and bumper stickers.Tech scored a win. And the rest of us were left to reflect on how badly our representatives had failed the American people.How can Congress hope to regulate something it barely understands? US-INTERNET-FACEBOOK-DEMONSTRATIONFacebook’s been under intense scrutiny since initially denying, then accepting, that election interference happened on its service. Getty Images When I asked that of Virginia Democractic Sen. Mark Warner a year ago, his tone shifted from animated to resigned. “I think it will be an evolutionary process,” he said at the time. Warner is one of the few lawmakers who’s offered policy proposals to overhaul political advertising on the internet, strengthen privacy and make it easier for people to move from one social network to the other. As a member of the influential Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Warner’s used his bully pulpit to make tech a key issue.But he knows any policy aimed at Facebook, Twitter and Google will go nowhere unless his fellow lawmakers understand what’s going on.”This is a problem that’s not going to go away,” he said. “I hope there was a step forward on the education process this week and that members will maybe get their staffs or others to brief them up.”A year later, there’s little indication they have. Maybe next year they’ll do better.First published April 12 at 5 a.m. PT.last_img read more

Boeing shows off its newest planes foldable wings

first_img 2 Tags Spotted on the flightline — our #777X extending its wingtips in the Seattle sun! Our teams will continue ground tests in the weeks ahead as we develop our newest twin-aisle jet. pic.twitter.com/Mo6mUndSoD— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) June 19, 2019 The 777x under construction in Boeing’s factory with the wingtips folded up. Boeing Boeing’s new 777x wasn’t at the Paris Air Show this week, but the company still did its best to show off the airliner to the world. On Wednesday, it tweeted a video highlighting the plane’s most prominent feature, wingtips that fold upward.The moving wingtips — the first of their kind on a commercial jetliner — will cut the 777x’s enormous wingspan from 235 feet down to just under 213 feet. That will let the plane fit at airport gates where existing 777s currently operate, while still giving the wing its full lift capability in flight. The Airbus A380’s longer 261-foot wingspan forced airports to make expensive modifications to airport terminals when it debuted in 2007, something Boeing is trying to avoid. Now playing: Watch this: The aircraft is currently undergoing ground tests at Everett, though problems with its engines have delayed a first flight until later this year. Boeing has 344 777x orders from eight airlines: British Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore and ANA. The 777x could begin carrying passengers as early as next year. 1:17 Commentscenter_img Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner lands its first flight Aviation Boeing Sci-Tech As the wingtips are a new technology, Boeing had to seek approval for their design from the Federal Aviation Administration. “Boeing has determined that a catastrophic event could occur if the airplane wingtips are not properly positioned and secured for takeoff and during flight,” reported an FAA document published in May 2018. “The applicant must show that such an event is extremely improbable, must not result from a single failure, and that appropriate alerting must be provided for the crew to manage unsafe system-operating conditions.”In that document, the FAA set 10 conditions that the wingtips must meet before it will certify the aircraft. Those include having more than one method to alert the flight crew that the wingtips are not properly positioned prior to takeoff, a mechanism to prevent takeoff if the wingtips aren’t extended and another mechanism to prevent the wingtips from folding during flight. Share your voice The 777x is the latest member of 777 family, which first took to the air 25 years ago this month. Built and designed to compete with the Airbus A350, the 777x will consist of two models. The 777-8 will fit about 384 passengers and have a range of 8,690 nautical miles (about 10,000 miles) and the 777-9 will fit 426 passengers and a range of 7,285 nautical miles (at 251 feet, the 777-9 also will be the longest commercial plane). Both models will be made from composite materials and have larger windows and a redesigned passenger cabin.Boeing rolled the first 777x out of its factory in Everett, Washington, in March. Though aircraft companies normally hype rollouts as media events, Boeing opted for a lower-key, employee-only debut following the two crashes of its 737 Max, which killed 346 people.last_img read more

Charge your phone with solar power as a first step to going

first_img Tags Share your voice Krystal Persaud, 30, created the Window Solar Charger for people who are in the beginner stages of going zero waste.  Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Krystal Persaud, dressed in a casual pink T-shirt and loose gray cardigan, greets me smiling in the Brooklyn coworking space A/D/O. She leads me to her wooden desk, located in a room that’s well-equipped with everything from laser cutters to 3D printers. Placed alongside thin strips of bamboo and glue tubes is something that appears to be a picture frame.But it doesn’t display your family photos. The object is a project of Persaud’s called the Window Solar Charger.It’s a thin cluster of black solar panels suspended in a transparent plastic sheet and framed in bamboo, designed to collect energy and store it in a lipstick-size battery that’s found on the bottom edge of the device. It also houses a USB port, which can charge your phone, AirPods and other gadgets. The Window Solar Charger, which costs $149, is meant as a cost-effective alternative to rolling out roof solar panels, which can run you thousands of dollars, and more aesthetic for homes than bulkier solar panels made for camping. Its transparent design and minimal size are meant to make it less visually obtrusive in the home.window-solar-chargerIt takes between eight to 10 hours to fully charge, allowing for up to two phone charges. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET The charger is part of a broader push for sustainability. At a time when Apple says it’s powered by 100% clean energy and Amazon plans to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2030, many consumers are also looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment. Persaud sees her rig as an opportunity for people who are in the beginning stages of going zero-waste.”I care about sustainability and I’m not going to … sacrifice convenience and style, as awful as it sounds,” said Persaud, a 30-year-old native of Oakland, New Jersey. “A lot of people are like that too … so why not bring it to them instead of asking them to change too much.”Persaud, who previously worked at the DIY- and education-focused startup LittleBits, is putting her charger on Kickstarter to raise money for her new company, Grouphug. Her crowdfunding campaign has already blown past its initial fundraising goal, exceeding her target of $10,000 set earlier this month and jumping to over $55,000. Visitors to the fundraiser can purchase the panel or donate $20 and receive an enamel pin.As we talked at her office last week, every few minutes her phone buzzes, signaling someone has donated to her campaign.”While the emissions saved by charging a phone with solar power may be small, it’s exciting to see new opportunities that allow people to play an active role in reducing their carbon footprints,” said Amy Turner, executive director at the NYC Climate Action Alliance, a coalition dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A passion for art and sciencePersaud, the youngest of four sisters, was set on creating a distinct path for herself that didn’t involve studying medicine like her siblings. She wanted a career that combined her passions in art and science. During her undergraduate years at Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial Design, she tackled school projects with a sustainability aspect. When a professor assigned classwork to create a lamp, Persaud said the idea of a designer lamp was simply not challenging enough.”I made a microbial fuel cell lamp … that harvests electricity from the bacteria in the soil when stuff decomposes and electrons are released,” she said.Following school and a few freelancing gigs, Persaud was introduced to Ayah Bdeir, founder of LittleBits, which sells kits of modular electronic building blocks for kids and adults to learn how to make simple gadgets. Throughout her six-and-a-half-year term at LittleBits, she rose from intern to senior director of product design, overseeing the timeline of different products and managing a team of designers.And she remained true to her roots in sustainability. While she was working a full-time job, she participated in Maker Faire, an event that celebrates hands-on learning. At the event, she and a colleague created a phone charger that was powered by shaking it when you walked around. It wasn’t a practical design, but it let her test out another idea in renewable energy.She knew she wanted to return to sustainability and tech. So, last June, she left LittleBits. reading • Charge your phone with solar power as a first step to going green Apple Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 1:23 Apple 12 10 Photos A solar farm grows in Appalachian coal country A solar and heat-powered fitness watch? Yes, please • See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Mobile Mobile Accessories Comments Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Persaud started working on an indoor composter but quickly abandoned that project because of its high costs. So she sent out an online survey to 100 friends and family, in which she asked what type of sustainable technology would attract them. Many of the results pointed to solar energy. From August to October last year, Persaud started sketching out her vision of a semi-transparent solar-powered product.She created several prototypes until she arrived at her final design. By December, she had sold several early renditions at a local holiday fair but continued to work on the product.This spring, prior to the Kickstarter launch, Persaud was able to see her vision of a transparent solar device at the New York Hall of Science with an immense cat-shaped solar panel. The installation served to teach young children how energy was extracted after rays of sunshine hit the device’s circuit board. It also resembled the inner workings of her soon-to-be Window Solar Charger.A product with layers of sustainabilityThe charger’s design has several components that fit the theme of sustainability.The slender frame is made of bamboo from Thailand and is polished with an organic mineral oil instead of a synthetic varnish. The clear plastic on which the panels are placed also contributes to the durability of the product. Dropping the charger shouldn’t result in the panels cracking. It also takes between eight and 10 hours to fully charge, allowing for up to two phone charges.assembleThe Window Solar Charger is a bridge between sustainability and technology.  Ben Fox Rubin/CNET “The panel is technically rated to last at least 25 years … is at the 100% efficiency,” Persaud said. “Even if you stepped on yours and accidentally cracked it, it would electrically still work.”She also hopes to work with a recycling company to allow customers to have an eco-friendly route to dispose of the product and potentially take advantage of carbon credits, offsetting the cost of production and shipping.”I want the Kickstarter run to be as carbon-neutral as possible,” she added.Persaud’s Kickstarter campaign ends in early July, but the chargers won’t ship out until April of next year, and only in the US and Canada. But as she eyes the April shipment date, she hints at the possibility of a team expansion if all goes well.For now Persaud’s saving her energy to make sure her current product fares well among early adopters. “As you increase the quantity, the quality and finesse of [the product] should increase,” she said. “Hopefully, next year I’ll have all these pillars and start to scale in a more normal way.”last_img read more

Genesis planning G70based compact SUV for 2021

first_img Review • 2019 Genesis G70: A familiar formula, but a little bit sweeter 2019 Genesis G70: A subtly sharper sport sedan Enlarge ImageFun fact: The 2019 Genesis G70 won the 2019 Roadshow Shift award for Car of the Year. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Right now, the Genesis lineup consists of three sedans — the G70, G80 and G90. While the automaker has teased future crossovers in concept form, the automaker has yet to reveal any major details or teasers for that segment, which is absolutely on fire with American buyers. We already had confirmation that one was on the way, but now, we know there will be at least two.Genesis will created a G70-based crossover, said Erwin Raphael, COO for Genesis, on a sales call with members of the media. “We’re very excited to introduce the GV80 about 11 months from now,” Raphael said, “Then maybe 10 or 11 months after that, a compact crossover SUV built in the G70 platform.” That would peg its debut in late 2021.While details are scant at the moment, it’s likely that the G70-based SUV will borrow a number of bits from its sedan sibling. In the powertrain department, that would give it access to a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 and a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6. Whether it will follow in the G70’s footsteps and aim for a blend of both sport and comfort is unclear.In January, Reuters reported that the G80-based Genesis crossover would make its first appearance by year’s end, which isn’t too far off from Raphael’s comments. It should carry the name GV80, and it will likely make use of the G80’s powertrain options, including the aforementioned twin-turbo V6 and a 5.0-liter V8. The concept that previewed it debuted at the 2017 New York Auto Show with a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain and a wild 22-inch curved OLED display inside. 2 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 2019 Genesis G90 review: Luxury’s most screaming deal? Genesis Genesis 2019 Genesis G70: A familiar formula, but a little bit sweeter More From Roadshowcenter_img GV80 concept previews Genesis’ hydrogen future Tags Preview • 2019 Genesis G70: Korea’s answer to the BMW 3 Series 28 Photos Comments More about 2019 Genesis G70 5:15 2019 Infiniti Q50 review: Aged, but with youthful charm Future Cars Luxury cars Sports Cars Crossoverslast_img read more

Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild hid a glorious Wind Waker

first_imgBreath of the Wild’s Hyrule keeps yielding secrets. Nintendo It might have two years since The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild basically ruined all other video games through its sheer magnificence, but Hyrule has yet to reveal all its secrets. YouTuber GameXplain outlined a delightful reference to a 2002 classic The Wind Waker. It turns out sleepy Lurelin Village, which lies in the southeast of Breath of the Wild’s Hyrule, is a whole lot like Wind Waker’s super chill starting area, Outset Island. The layout of the trees, buildings, a ladder leading up to a lookout point and the mountain in the background are all uncannily similar. 0 Now playing: Watch this: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild goes epic on Nintendo… 2:14 29 Photos Tags Video Games Gamingcenter_img Post a comment Share your voice “It’s just crazy that this one village is hiding such a big secret, and it’s just been staring us in the face the entire time,” GameXplain says in his video.If you take the series’ confusing timeline into account — Wind Waker’s flooded Hyrule eventually becomes Breath of the Wild’s wide-open world — it’s entirely possible that Outset Island eventually became Lurelin Village as the waters receded and the topography shifted.Let’s hope Breath of the Wild 2 proves to be just as rich, whenever we get our hands on it. You can’t play Wind Waker on Nintendo Switch at the moment. The game originally came out on GameCube and got re-released on Wii U in 2013. But Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa gave us hope last week by saying the company is “thinking about” extending its Switch Online subscription service to include N64 and GameCube games — so Wind Waker might come to the hybrid console in future.Nintendo didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the Easter egg. The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch Nintendolast_img read more