New York To Get WiFi From Their Buses This Year

We all love the internet, from the ability to check up on your friends the other side of the world to the ability to read your favourite news sites while on the go. The problem though is that you often find yourself looking for a connection, be it from your mobile service provider or a nearby router. New Yorkers won’t have that problem later this year as they look to give you access to WiFi from their buses.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is looking to deploy the first 70 buses which will be equipped with WiFi in the second or third quarter of this year. Currently, the MTA expect the new buses to expand, with 18 buses’ coming to Manhattan, 70 in Brooklyn and 209 in the Bronx area alone.

Alongside the WiFi feature, the new buses will include LCD screens to bring you the latest information and 55 USB charging ports, for those times when your phone is about to die before a busy meeting.

While the new buses are a new feature and will replace up to 40% of the buses currently running under MTA, their old buses will also be updated with WiFi and USB ports, meaning that no matter which bus you get, eventually you’ll be able to charge your phone and finish your episode on Netflix without having to be late to your friends party.

London Trialling E-Paper Real-Time Bus Timetables

Waiting for a bus can be an infuriating experience due to the tiny text and confusing route guides. Additionally, it’s fairly common for buses to be delayed and cause commuters a great deal of distress. On another note, the plastic covers are usually cracked, and doesn’t encourage people to use public transport on a regular basis. However, the BBC has displayed what could be the future of bus timetables! What this might not seem the most exciting announcement, it’s interesting from a technological point-of-view. Instead of relying on paper, the new system will use E-paper to display ETAs in real-time and other essential sources of travel information. 

It’s also extremely useful for individuals with poor eyesight, as the information is displayed via large, readable text and there’s even a button to illuminate the screen. This display type has been used on the Amazon Kindle and designed to be readable in bright sunlight as well as dimly lit areas. Obviously, this is only a trial and any sort widespread roll-out is bound to cost a huge amount of money. As a result, don’t expect to see e-paper timetables any time soon.

Electric Bus Hopes To Power Your Normal Routes Envioromentally

We’ve all heard about electric cars. They’ve gone from the thing of dreams to powering sports cars and family friendly SUV’s. It’s hard to deny that electric vehicles are clearly something for the future, with companies and countries looking at new and innovative ways to use the environmentally friendly vehicles. The British government is even looking at building roads which will help charge your car while you drive down the motorway, how can that not show that electric cars are here to stay? But what about other modes of transportation?

Think about how many times you see that buses pass you, is it once a day or do you see it every hour like clockwork? Proterra, a new start-up, looks to help cities run a cleaner service by replacing those old petrol based buses with a new electric bus.

With the bus allowing automated docking with a charger, and with the charger looking to take at most five minutes, it could see that bus running the same schedule with almost none of the pollution. Currently, they have recorded a single charge lasting as much as 258 miles, a little longer than just popping down to the shops.

With towns and cities replacing their old petrol buses for new hybrid vehicles with a mixture of electric and petrol, we could maybe see cities push out petrol all together in their public transport.

Could you see your daily bus route running green and silent? Would you be willing to wait a few minutes at the start of your journey knowing it’s going to be cheaper and nicer on the environment?

Thank you Fast Co Exist for the information and images.

 

Official Titan X Specifications Leaked, Launch Set in 24 Hours

VideoCards has just leaked the official specifications of NVIDIA’s GTX Titan X, having them match everything that has been leaked before.

As we all know, the Titan X houses the GM200 core, which is the successor of the GM204. One of the problems found in the GM204 was the lack of FP64 performance and if the GM200 is able to address that, we are looking at a worthy successor to the GK110-based original Titan chip.

There are two inconsistencies however, one linked to the other. The memory clock was thought to be 2000 MHz (8000 in total), however the table shows the memory is 1753 MHz. This in turn affects the memory bandwidth due to the fact that a 2000 MHz memory clock would have given the card a 384 GB/s output, but instead only 336 GB/s are outputted if the memory frequency turns out to be the one displayed in the table.

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AMD Radeon R9 390X Will Reportedly Come in 4GB and 8GB Variants

AMD’s latest Fiji-based Radeon R9 390X cards have been reported to come in both 4GB and 8GB variants in order to compete with its NVIDIA rival, the GeForce Titan X with 12GB VRAM.

It has been revealed a while back that the company will be using High Bandwidth Memory on these cards. This means that the 8GB variant will not have the numbers to go mainstream compared to the 4GB variant, requiring 8Gbit chips, 1GB per chip, which will provide it with an outstanding 1024 MB/s bandwidth.

The Radeon R9 390X will be a true competitor against the GeForce Titan X and considering that the GeForce GTX 980 already handles 4K extremely well with its 256-bit memory interface, the 1024-bit interface and its next-gen HBM RAM should reveal some 4K numbers never seen before. AMD is planning to reveal the R9 390X at Computex in June.

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First ‘Poo Bus’ Gets to Work in Bristol

A bus entirely powered by human and food waste has gone into service.

The waste is converted into bio-methane gas through a process called anaerobic digestion, with gas being able to propel the ‘Bio Bus’ for up to 186 miles. The Bath Bus Company, the people behind the new bus, estimate that their new bus will ferry 10,000 people between Bristol Airport and Bath city centre.

Mohammed Saddiq, General manager of GENeco, the organisation the creates the gas, told the BBC:

“Gas-powered vehicles have an important role to play in improving air quality in UK cities but the Bio-Bus goes further than that and is actually powered by people living in the local area, including quite possibly those on the bus itself.”

Now I’m sure we’ve all travelled on some smelly buses, but let’s hope there’s never a fuel leak on this one, because I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t be able to get a bus smellier than a leaking ‘poo bus’.

Source: BBC News

 

Galaxy Launches 6 GB Variant of its GeForce GTX 780 Hall Of Fame Edition Graphics Card

Galaxy has just launched another NVIDIA variant of GeForce GTX 780 Hall of Fame graphics card, bearing the GF-GTX780-E6GHD/SOC model name, featuring the company’s white PCB signature and performance-oriented cooling solution.

In terms of specifications, the card comes with 6 GB if memory, having the rest be similar to the original Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 HOF Edition released in July last year. The 6 GB variant also comes with a big factory overclock, having the core GPU clocked at 1019 MHz compared to the original variant clocked at 863 MHz and its boost speed capped at 1071 MHz compared to 928 MHz from its predecessor.

The GDDR5 memory apparent has been left untouched, having it clocked at 6008 MHz as the original Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 HOF. Other aspects of the 6 GB GTX 780 HOF variant include the 28 nm GK110 silicon architecture, offering 2,304 CUDA cores, 192 TMUs, 48 ROPs and a 384-bit memory interface. The graphics card also features a 10-phase VRM, drawing power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

The graphics card is said to feature a dual-BIOS configuration as well, having the toggle switch located near the I/O bracket. The card offers four display outputs, having two dual-link DVI, one HDMI and one Display Port configuration, while its cooling solution features a Hybrid Vapor Chamber which directs heat to a large aluminium fin-stack heatsink with the help of four nickel-palter copper heat pipes. The heatsink is then ventilated by a pair of 90mm fans, having the base-plate with heatsink fins cooling the VRM and memory.

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