Mechanic “Invents” Water Fuelled Car

I don’t think this gentleman will be on the Christmas lists of Shell or BP anytime soon, anyway, a car mechanic from India has claimed to have designed a new and rather a cheap way of fuelling a car and it arrives apparently in the form of water.

The gentleman in question goes by the name of Mohammad Raees Markani who has been modifying an “800 cc engine” for the last five years. He believes to have found a new alternative form of eco-transportation by using a mix of water and carbides (a compound composed of carbon)

Below is a video of this apparent achievement, amazingly, a one-litre mix of this potion costs around 2p. Mr Markani explained that his car “runs on acetylene gas” which is formed from a chemical reaction between calcium carbide and water. He also stated that he needed to make various changes to the engine with the aim of helping the performance of the car.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIWpLTVIFSo

If true, it’s astonishing considering Mr Markani has never been to school and also cannot read or write, it has also been noted that he began to experiment with various techniques around 5 years ago and has since made an efficient engine that runs on water.

Various high-profile companies are said to be interested and Mr Markani is open to offers, if they meet his one condition, this is, any plant or factory that is established in order to manufacture vehicles that utilize this technique will need to be built in his hometown of Madhya Pradesh. Mr Markani explained that he wants “things to change in my hometown

It will be very noteworthy to follow the development of this project and if true, could be a turning point for both eco-friendly vehicles and also the environment, well, until we run out of the water that is.

Google Glass Division on Hiring Spree

Google has been heavily hiring hardware engineers lately. The search giant has posted about 20 job listings between January and May for the Google Glass division. They have posted more than 16 job listing of different positions in Glass division from last month. The job listing ranges from an audio hardware manager, Hardware Automation Engineer, Human Factors Designer, UX director, kernel developers, to an RF systems engineer.

It seems that they are undergoing a big change. Google Glass may not be just a techy eyeglasses anymore. Google tags Glass division as a team working on “smart eyewear and other related products.” After Google stopped selling Google Glass back in January when it was priced at $1500 for explorer edition, they have made it clear that they are working on a new version of Glass for consumers.

“It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” Schmidt said. “We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.”

In my opinion, as Glass division is undergoing such a noticeable change, we are not going to see same Google Glass whenever it is made available. It has a more challenges than it had back in 2013 when it was unveiled. What are your thoughts on this change?

Thank you Business Insider for providing us with this information.

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Car Manufacturers Plan to Prohibit Home Mechanics from Tinkering

Car manufacturers are supporting new changes in copyright law that could stop home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles.

A federal agency has had several comments filed with it that may determine if tinkering with a car could become a copyright violation. Every three years the US copyright office holds a meeting on whether certain activities should be exempt from the law that governs technological measures that protect copyrighted work. To prevent all changes to cars being blocked the Electronic Frontier Foundation have asked the government to allow changes to the necessary car components such as headlights, wiper blades etc.

Many auto makers have expressed concern that allowing 3rd parties to access the Electrical Control Units in their cars could be potentially fatal. The ECU controls vital functions such as throttle input, braking and steering, however incorrect changes may affect these functions or worse, stop them completely. The industries have also expressed concern that modifying the computers could lead to security vulnerabilities and issues with cyber security.

After-market suppliers and home enthusiasts have been changing ECU’s for several years without serious consequences. This was done in a process commonly known as chipping. Changes to the code have been able to increase horsepower, increase fuel efficiency and enhance countless other features.

For the main part, manufacturers say they’re more concerned about potential money loss rather than new money streams. Tinkering with the computer can void the cars warranty but the auto makers remain concerned if the changes could result in physical or financial harm. They noted that some mechanics manipulate odometers and make cars appear that they have less miles on them, a serious problem for used car buyers.

What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.

Thank you to AutoBlog for this information

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iOS 7.1 Beta Rolls Out To Registered Developers

Apple has released the first iOS 7.1 beta on Monday, which is currently available for registered Apple Developers. The release comes just four days after Apple updated the public version of its mobile software to iOS 7.0.4. The iOS 7.1 beta is available for all compatible iOS devices including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad Air, third- and fourth-generation iPads, iPad 2, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini and the fifth-generation iPod touch.

Below are Apple’s iOS 7.1 beta release notes (courtesy of BGR):

  • Notes and Known Issues
  • The following issues relate to using iOS SDK 7.1 to develop code.
  • Bluetooth Known Issue
  • 32-bit apps running on a 64-bit device cannot attach to BTServer.
  • CFNetwork Fixed in iOS 7.1 beta
  • Previously, if the server-side closed an HTTP request with TCP FIN without sending any bytes of HTTP header or HTTP body, NSURLConnection would synthesize an empty HTTP/1.1 200 OK response. This is now fixed, and the request will result in an error instead of a successful load with a synthesized response.
     
    Notes
    Previously, text drawn with CTFrameDraw did not correctly place lines to account for the paragraphSpacing attribute of NSParagraphStyle. This has been addressed in iOS 7.1 beta.
  • Crash Logs Known Issue
  • Crash logs will not appear in Diagnostics & Usage Data in Settings. The logs will still be available when synced off the device.
  • GLKit Fixed in iOS 7.1 beta
  • If loaded with GLKTextureLoader, pngcrush images that have alpha were not unpremultiplied.
  • High Precision Timers Fixed in iOS 7.1 beta
  • When sleeping or waiting for extremely precise time intervals, timers were delayed by up to 1 millisecond.
  • iTunes Known Issue
  • Loading an iTunes Match library (or your purchased music history) may take much longer than expected, especially on larger libraries. If your library does not sync right away, please wait 30 minutes and try to access it again.
  • Multipeer Connectivity Fixed in iOS 7.1 beta
  • The MCSessioninitWithPeer: method has now been implemented properly. For more information on MCSession APIs, watch WWDC 2013: Nearby Networking with Multipeer Connectivity.

Thank you BGR for providing us with this information
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