The Waterfront – Panasonics 4K Seat For Airplanes

Going to take a long flight in the near future? You may want to hope that Panasonic is the ones providing you with the in-flight entertainment though after they revealed the Waterfront, a 4k experience to keep you happy on the plane.

Concealed within a private seating area, not only are you welcomed to your own private refuge but the technologies there to make your flight as enjoyable as being at home. The lighting around your area is controlled by an app you can place on your phone, giving you control over the lighting in the front pocket and water bottle independently.

If that wasn’t enough from the app then you can take full control of the 24-inch 4K TV that sits in front of you for the duration of the flight. With video and music playback, with all the sound provided through a set of headphones placed neatly beside your head, the app can only be used to control your adjustable seats and a “do not disturb” function (complete with wake up time alert for the cabin crew) , the app continues to give you options when you’re enjoying your flight.

With a wireless charging area for your phone, power ports, and an HDMI input to let you play your own movies, you can even video chat with the built-in camera. Once you’ve got everything to your liking, you can save the settings and keep them for your next flight, the app even gives you a notification about where to pick up your bags. While it’s not set for release till 2019, you could soon enjoy the freedom and comfort of a 4K screen on your long distance flights.

Europe Might Take the Lead in Adopting Electric Vehicles

It’s really surprising to hear something like this, but the fact is that Europeans are more interested in electric vehicles. I know the EV hype has been going on in the US for quite some time, but according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, Europe has seen a 78% rise year over year in Q1 2015. So if you were eyeing these futuristic vehicles, it’s time to get informed because you never know when they might rule the EU roads!

Of course, the majority of people interested in acquiring EVs are found in countries such as France, Germany, UK, but the interesting thing is that developing countries are interested in them as well. It might not be a big number of them, but selling a dozen or more EVs instead of a couple of them is still big progress for a developing country. The report states that there are already a little over 53,000 EVs sold in the EU, with more to come in the near future.

The huge gap between the US and Europe EV sales seems to come from two problems. Fuel prices are about the same amount you get for a full EV recharge in Europe and the distance that a regular individual travels is in the range of what an EV can offer. These two factors are really a game-chager for EV adoption. I myself live in the EU and to be honest, I would definitely choose an EV over a fuel-powered vehicle anytime, should I be given the option to choose between the two.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Komu

Turn Your Smartphone’s Camera Flash Into a Lamp

What makes the tech sphere stand out from other industries is the vast array of concepts and nifty innovations which solve problems that are not always apparent. This new gadget may not be the greatest problem solver, but it sure is nifty and also has real world potential.

Below is an image of a soft yet durable silicone strap by the name of Travelamp, the concept is to turn your phone’s flashlight into a lamp. If you are not a fan of a lamp but prefer a lantern, then this product has you covered as both designs are available. As this device is only a fraction in size, this would make it easy for it to be fitted into a pocket or suitcase. We just need an App to turn your flashlight green and you can be the Green lantern… sort of.

The device will sell for $8 (£5.12) and is likely to be sold online with the estimated in stock date of 10th October 2015. According to the makers, it is easily installed on most small to mid-sized Smartphone’s.

A product like this stands a chance of shifting a fair few units because it is both practical and can also be used as a stocking filler, considering the release date is around two months before Christmas. Blimey, glorious summer days and yet the Zeitgeist of the festive period looms.

Thank you Fred & Friends for providing us with this information

Image Courtesy of Gizmodo

LightSail Says Final Goodbye With Selfie

After it was theorized by Carl Sagan, the LightSail was finally brought to life earlier this year with Bill Nye heading up the Solar Sail Project. After a successful launch and a communications blackout, the solar sail has finished its mission.

After 25 days in low-orbit, the Solar Sail has completed its initial set of tests and is preparing for re-entry into the atmosphere. After its primary objective was complete, the deployment of its solar sails, the craft took a selfie and transmitted it down to the control center. The image is shown above, clearly displays the solar sails fully deployed.

The team hoped to get a second picture from the camera located on the other side of the craft, however before this could happen though the craft began transmitting a continuous  stream with no reason behind the actual content of the transmission. At this point, the craft also stopped responding to commands issued to it from the ground.

With the successful deployment of its sails, and the first tests showing a complete success, the SolarSail project is yet another step towards its goal of being a sustainable and realistic mode of transport within the solar system. A mode of transport that’s not only renewable but requires no fuel, making the craft lighter from the very start of its journey.

Space Travel By Sailing? Ahoy!

Space travel has long since been a thing of dreams, science fiction fans have long enjoyed the notion that one day our race would spread out into the stars and claim other planets as homes. First though we will need to reach the planets in question, but that may be one step closer today.

In recent weeks, NASA has been posting their findings on an EM drive, a concept that has long been considered impossible. By bouncing microwaves around a chamber, an EM drive would be able to create thrust from just electrical energy, removing the need for any fuel. This, however, is considered impossible by many because it violates the conservation of momentum, what is considered a fundamental law of the universe. With positive results seen so far we could be one step closer to a future among the stars.

Bill Nye is known for his famous insight into the world of physics, today he is taking a step towards another form of interstellar travel. Almost 40 years ago Carl sagan began to explain a new form of space travel, the concept using radiation from a star to help propel a vessel in a fashion comparable to using a sailboat on the sea.

The Solar sail project, founded by Carl Sagan, is currently headed by Bill Nye, and aims to explore the potential of using this method of transport instead of modern day rockets with fuel and chemicals powering their engines. The result of this is two small craft, built by Stellar Exploration Inc, the first of which is set to launch on the 20th of May. A full timeline of which can be seen here, on the planetary.org website. The first test flight aims to test the craft’s ability to deploy the four sails from a central cube, that will hold the arms and initially contain the sheets used for the sails. With the craft only capable of space travel, it requires an initial boost to leave the atmosphere, traditionally attached to a rocket before being detached and released into space when it has left Earth’s gravitational pull.

With space flight becoming a larger part of research and development, and with more of these showing promise such as the EM drive, only time is what separates us from space travel and the stars.

Thank you to CNet, Planetary.org and The Verge for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of ISSS.

Mad Catz Announced L.Y.N.X.3 Mobile Wireless Controller

Mad Catz announced the L.Y.N.X. 3 Mobile Wireless Controller, a highly-compact mobile game controller. It is designed for those who value performance combined with lightweight portability and it retains the transformative design of the L.Y.N.X. 9 that allows you to fold it up during travels.

“We’re thrilled with the attention the L.Y.N.X.9 has garnered and proud of the multiple ‘Best of CES’ awards received when we unveiled the new controller in January 2015. We’re excited to now introduce the L.Y.N.X. 3 as the newest member in the L.Y.N.X. range – a new mobile gaming controller designed to convey the same striking looks and Bluetooth® technology, at a price point which we believe will resonate strongly with passionate mobile gamers,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “We expect that mobile gaming will see strong growth in 2015, and we believe our strategy of offering console-quality controllers for every budget will allow our GameSmart range to contribute positively to our sales in fiscal 2016.”

The L.Y.N.X. 3 features a removable mobile clip for docking a smartphone when on the move and a full complement of analog thumbsticks, action buttons and trigger controls, as well as the companion L.Y.N.X. app which will unlock additional functionality.

The entry-level L.Y.N.X. 3 mobile game controller will debut on March 1st at the MobileFocus Global 2015 in Barcelona and is expected to begin shipping in Spring 2015.

Thanks to Mad Catz for providing us with this information

HoloBridge – London’s 1st Virtual Reality Arcade

Whether you are an Assassin’s Creed fan who wanted to experience something similar to the Animus or just want a truly unique adventure like you have never seen or experienced before, HoloBridge apparently is willing to help you out. The company is said to take full advantage of VR-glasses similar to the Oculus or Samsung Gear VR, and gadgets, like Cyberith or Virtuix Omni.

In the heart of vibrating Shoreditch you will find a cool place to meet up with your friends and try the latest technological developments in VR. We will offer the most exciting content to make your visit a breathtaking journey. Just book your ticket online, come to us and enjoy.

HoloBridge is the idea of German entrepreneur, Andreas Lohaus, who is said to be passionate about the emerging virtual revolution. His first encounter with VR devices was back in 2012, being one of the first backers of VR-devices, including Oculus Rift. After receiving and testing his first VR dev kit, he knew “this will be huge!” and has actively been connected to the VR scene in his hometown, Cologne, Germany.

While the HoloBridge team is said to start off with 10 VR Glasses and 2 Treadmills, they are also awaiting more feedback on which content and technologies would people like to see and toy around with.

More details about the project can be found on Indiegogo, where people can contribute a minimum of £5 towards the project’s budget (having the HoloBridge team send a special personalised Tweet to people who decide to contribute). Should you feel like spending more, the £199 perk will get your name and signature perpetuated on one of the VR Glasses showcased at HoloBridge. On top of that, the perk will also let you use the same device for free for the first 20 slots booked.

Source: Indiegogo

Ride the Electric Scooter That’s Also a Briefcase

Ever wanted a suitcase/breifcase that you could ride? Me neither. But in case you ever do want one, the Coolpeds Briefcase Electric Scooter is your answer.

This handy ride comes with a convenient and relatively large suit/briefcase attached to the handlebars of an electric scooter. The scooter can travel 6 miles at 12.4 mph – plenty of speed to avoid missing a flight. It folds up neatly and easily, making it great to carry when you’re not riding it. It’s within the carry-on size limits for flights and weighs about 17.4 pounds. It’s also good for those ‘last mile’ journeys too, providing you with your case and transport when you’re on the way to work.

It’s available now for $599. However, that price concerns only the base model. You can pay an extra $100 for solar panels. Yes, if you didn’t already look ridiculous enough riding a briefcase, you can look even more ridiculous riding a solar panel briefcase.

Source: Engadget 

Meet the Drone-Based Hoverbike That Could Revolutionise Travel

We all know how easy to use drones are. Many of us have taken to the skies with a drone, performing tricky stunts and captured amazing video footage, but what if we could ride one of those drones?

Well, this project, the ‘Hoverbike’, is said to be exactly that. It utilises drone-like technology to make manned-flying easy and even cheap. Its creators say that pretty much anyone can get the experience of flying a helicopter at a significantly lower price and with significantly less training using the Hoverbike. The most exciting thing however, is that all of this is apparently just around the corner.

The developers of the bike have had a successful Kickstarter campaign, drawing more than double the money they requested. They did this through selling scaled drone prototypes that backers could receive to see the Hoverbike technology in action.

You can see those prototypes and more in the video below.

Source: Speed Society

Portable Smartphone Battery Pack Roundup Review

Introduction


Today we’ll take a look in to a few different portable battery pack offerings from companies from around the globe. You’re quite possibly just like me – in the beginning you weren’t exactly certain why people would want or need to invest in a portable battery and maybe even thought of them to be quite useless. Then came along my Galaxy S4. As great as the phone performs, even when I’m out and about at tech expos’ or traveling around, my phone will be flat in a few hours – even with all precautions possible taken.

Screen brightness down, check. GPS off, check. Wireless disabled, check. Background applications closed, yep. Then, as your 6th hour away from a USB port rolls around, you hear that all-too-noteable “bloop bloop” – your phone is warning you that only 15% of your battery remains. In comes our hero, in the form of a 5,000 mAh – 11,000 mAh power bank. If you’re going to take most large-brand consumer phones into account, they’ll be providing you with an average battery sizing of around 2,600 mAh – as seen in Samsung’s Galaxy S4. If you’re running a 5,000 mAh battery pack and take into account some small power losses along the way, you’re looking at about 1.8 full charges of your device.

We’re not here to tell you if you do or don’t need a power bank in your life, but here are some packs that we think are worth a look at. The full list of products in this roundup and their pricing is as follows:

Portable USB Wall Charger Roundup

Introduction


Quite often you’ll find yourself traveling to another city, state or country and be met with the all-too-common sinking feeling when presented with your hotel room power point options – only one or two annoyingly placed ports. If you’re like me, not only have you forgotten a power board, but you’ve got multiple devices to charge via USB ports. Furthermore, if you’re heading on a holiday or business trip – it’s likely that you’re carrying a myriad of battery-powered devices: a smartphone, tablet, smartwatch and GoPro being just the beginning of a very long list.

Being left with your standard issue 1-port USB smartphone charger won’t do you much justice, pulling out your bulky laptop isn’t always the best solution due to them being heavy and slow to charge – this is where USB power hubs come into their element. They’re also suitable for a home environment, offering between two and five handy USB ports to charge your devices overnight or while you’re sitting on the couch.

Thankfully for us, we’ve had a couple of wall USB chargers provided to us for testing. Read on for a quick round-up on these life-saving devices and what conditions we think they suit best.

The full list of products in this roundup and their pricing is as follows:

First Video of a Laser Beam Travelling Through The Air

Light travels fast. Very fast. So much so, that it just seems instant to us. But, for the first time ever, we can see for ourselves that it isn’t and that it does indeed travel.

Researchers at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have managed to capture a laser beam travelling through the air for the first time. In the video bellow, which was recorded at 20 billion frames per second and lasts 6 nanoseconds, we see the laser beam coasting through the air, with the protons of the beam reflecting off particles in the atmosphere.

Source: The Verge

Essential Road Trip Gadgets: CES 2015

CES 2015 is always an incredible show, bringing many, if not all, of the world’s major technology companies into one place, ready to show off their latest and greatest products. This year was a little different for us here at eTeknix. After the show, we took to the roads to visit San Francisco and Los Angeles. On our trip, we stopped by the offices of Thermaltake, Patriot, Corsair, NZXT and more! A trip like CES is a big undertaking, for me personally it requires a four-hour train journey, a ten-hour flight and we clocked up over 20 hours driving over 1500 miles. All that is before the return journey of another ten-hour flight and another four-hour train journey home. All this traveling is enough to make you tired. Fortunately, there were a few luxuries that helped make the journey just that little bit easier for us; without which, we would have struggled.

LUXA2 Phone Dock

First up we have one of the simplest gadgets of them all, but by far the one that helped us out the most on our journey from Las Vegas to San Francisco, then again on our journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the LUXA2 Mobile Phone Mount.

The car we used, a Ford Mustang, has a cigarette lighter high up on the dashboard, perfect for keeping your Sat Nav or mobile phone charged when mounted in a cradle or dock of some format. Even better is how the LUXA2 mount works, as the mount fits directly into the cigarette lighter, giving you a powered USB port directly from the mount to connect your phone, while also providing a sturdy mount that doesn’t have to stick onto your windscreen, or hang from the air conditioning vents. The mount was universal and proved more than capable of housing our iPhone 6 Plus.

Ultra Short Patriot iPhone Lightning Cable

The only downside with this kind of mount is that the normal iPhone cable trails all over the place. Given the phone mount we had, we found the standard cable got caught on the dashboard controls, wrapped around the gear stick and more; not what I would call ideal. Patriot, perhaps better known for their high-end memory products, also make mobile products and quickly came to our rescue. Their new Lightning USB cable is just 6 inches long, perfect for going from dock to phone. This is the perfect cable to keep in the car and it saves you having to bring your full cable with you.

Nvidia Shield Tablet

Sitting on a plane for hours on end is a tedious and often boring affair. Sure you’ve got some in-flight entertainment (on some flights), but the easiest solution is to bring your own entertainment with you. Bringing your smartphone is one solution, but the small screens aren’t really ideal for watching movies and TV shows, and battery life isn’t always enough for a long haul flight; especially so if you’re gaming on it. The Shield Tablet solves a lot of these problems, not only did the battery life hold up for the full ten-hour flight, it also provided us with a unique experience that made us the envy of other passengers; Playing Mario Kart 64 on an emulator with two controllers was by far the most fun I’ve ever had on a flight! As an added bonus, the Nvidia Shield Cover provided the perfect viewing angle for gaming, watching movies and reading articles during the flight.

MEElectronics Wireless Headphones

No journey would be survivable without my music with me, but when I’m carrying around a heavy backpack full of camera and a laptop equipment, as well as pulling along a 25KG suitcase, the last thing I need is a cable getting wrapped around my neck. I love my wired headphones, but the strap from my backpack pulls them out of my ears and it’s simply impractical unless I’m sitting still. A set of high-quality Bluetooth headphones was the perfect fix and while they were excellent to wear while walking around, leaving my tablet in my backpack to stream my music, I found them to be even better on the long flight. Being able to fall asleep on a plane is no easy task, but a light set of headphones and some music certainly helped block out the engine noise; plus I didn’t have a headphone wire getting tangled up in my arms, so that’s always a bonus. MEElectronics promised a 14-hour battery life, so our 10-hour flight proved to be easy work for them on a single charge.

TRENDnet Announced AC750 Wireless Travel Router

The days where one only used a single device while on the go are long gone, even though every device keeps getting smarter and more functions. Bringing along a normal router to connect all these devices with each other isn’t always an option either, especially due to the different plug layout and voltages used around the world. That is until now.

TRENDnet has announced their AC750 (TEW-817DTR) Wireless Travel Router, the first portable AC router with interchangeable power plugs for use all around the world. The device uses the same method as known from some phone chargers and power bricks, where you just slide out the power connector and add the one suited for your current location.

“With more and more professionals traveling with a mixture of both WiFi N and newer WiFi AC devices, the TEW-817DTR does a great job of keeping them all connected,” said Sonny Su, technology director of TRENDnet.

It can deliver concurrent 433 Mbps WiFi AC and 300 Mbps WiFi N bands that in return allows to quickly convert a single wired or wireless internet connection into a shared WiFi network for all Wireless AC and N devices. It supports VPN pass-through (IPSec, PPTP, and L2TP) as well as IPv6, comes with pre-encrypted WiFi and supports Wireless ISP, Access Point, and Repeater modes.

Availability is set for May 2015 and the MSRP is set to $89.99, and the unit is backed by a 3-year warranty.

Thanks to TRENDnet for providing us with this information

TripAdvisor Fined in Italy Due to Misleading Reviews

TripAdvisor has received a hefty fine from the Italian government for misleading reviews. The popular website must pay $611,842 to the The Italian Competition Authority. The authority said that the website failed to implement sufficient measures to prevent fake reviews while advertising the site as a source of “authentic and genuine” assessments from people who have actually visited the places in question.

“Our systems and procedures are extremely efficient in protecting consumers from a small minority of people who try to con our system.” – TripAdvisor.

Even though the ruling was the result of a lengthy investigation, TripAdvisor has declared that it will appeal the ruling. They currently have 3 months to implement changes to their website in accordance with the Italian regulators.

Source: BBC News Via: The Next Web

Driverless Cars to Be Tested in Four UK Cities

Driverless cars will be tested in 4 UK cities starting 1st January. Coventry, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Greenwich in south-east London will be the first to see the vehicles hit public roads.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne announced the plans during today’s Autumn Statement in Parliament. The initiative was launched back in July, but plans are now starting to take shape. Mr Osbourne also announced an extra £9 million of government funding for the project, adding to the earlier £10 million.

The project is formed of a number of schemes backed by different companies and organisations. In London there will be the Gateway scheme which is being organised by the Transport Research Laboratory consultancy, in Bristol there will be the Venturer consortium, which is backed by insurance company Axa, while Coventry and Milton Keynes will see the UK Autodrive programme, which is being backed by Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Arup.

The individual schemes will test and experiment with different issues facing the introduction of driverless vehicles, such as insurance implications and the effect of the vehicles on reducing traffic congestion.

Source: BBC News

Disneyland and Walt Disney World Become No-Fly Zones

Ever wondered why there aren’t many aerial photos of Disney’s theme parks around? Gizmodo has just complied information that they’ve become highly protected no-fly zones quite some time ago. These prohibited air spaces are said to come around for other reasons than general terror threat.

Flash back to 2003, Disney had successfully talked Congress into declaring the airspace around its theme parks as a no-fly zone. This reportedly came at a good time due to Congress passing big spending bills all centered around the war in Iraq, meaning Disney were able to sneak in their bill which had been on the table for a long time. The space in question actually includes a three mile radius around Disneyland and Walt Disney World, not just the buildings themselves.

According to reports, the main reason they wanted this passed wasn’t due to threat of bombing, photography or bird poop – it’s due to aerial advertisements. We further learned that other theme parks don’t get no-fly zone privileges, even if a terror thread is possible. A Disney spokeswoman, Leslie Goodman, announced at the time of the bill passing:

 “The sole and exclusive motivation for seeking these restrictions is for the safety and enjoyment of our guests”

She went on to explain that this restriction was targeted at things such as “banner ads from trial lawyers” and pilots “buzzing the parks.”

Due to this ruling, there was over 100 aerial advertising companies that were effectively shut down from operations, seeing them lose business until breaking point. However, you’re not plastered with advertisements while you’re trying to enjoy your triple priced hot dog and find your lost third son in the crowd.

Image courtesy of Travel Channel

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

 

Amazon to Enter Travel Business

Amazon is to arrive in the travel business. They’re reportedly launching ‘Amazon Travel’, allowing you to book hotel rooms from their website.

The new service, which is rumoured to launch in January, would allow hotels to list rooms available, with Amazon taking a 15% cut on any earnings made from the site.

At the moment they’ve been selecting a limited number of hotels in Seattle, New York and Los Angeles to take part in the new service from launch. It is believed that in the future any hotel will be able to list on Amazon, much in the same way any other product is currently listed on the site, with photos, a description and customer reviews.

Source: The Next Web

Leave a Bad Review, Get Fined £100

A British couple have been ‘fined’ £100 after leaving a bad review on TripAdvisor about a hotel they visited.

Tony and Jan Jenkinson visited the hotel in Blackpool for one night and were unimpressed with their stay. Like many of us, they vented their frustration on TripAdvisor, only to find that £100 had later been taken from their credit card. It turned out that the hotel had been using the line “for every bad review left on any website, the group organiser will be charged a maximum £100 per review” in their small print, something the Jenkinson’s didn’t read.

It’s not yet clear if the hotel in question, the Broadway Hotel, has done this to any guests previously, but that still does not take away from this shocking tactic to prevent bad reviews. Trading Standards are investigating and have suggested that it may be illegal. Councillor John McCreesh, cabinet member for trading standards told the BBC, “Hotel owners should focus on getting their service right rather than shutting down aggrieved customers with threats and fines.”

Source: BBC News

TP-LINK Introduces the World’s Smallest Travel Router

TP-LINK has introduced us to the smallest travel router in the world, the 150Mbps Wireless N Nano router (TL-WR702N).  Geared for mobile users and hotel travellers, the new nano router would be ideally suited for travellers wanting to share their hotel room’s internet with devices such as laptops, phones, tablets and portable gaming consoles.

The tiny router only measures 57 x 57 x 18 mm, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks functionality compared to the bigger brothers. The IEEE 802.11b/g/n 150Mbps router is compatible with most 2.4GHz Wi-Fi devices and has a built-in firewall and support for all of the usual encryptions from WEP to WPA2. Other features include Virtual Server, Port Triggering, QoS, UPnP, DMZ, DHPC server and client, DoS protection, Mac filters and much more.

It isn’t just highly portable, it is also highly functional with five operating modes. It can work as an access point, router, client, repeater and bridge. The TL-WR702N travel router consumes just as little power as it’s tiny and only needs the power of a USB port; you can power it through any USB port or use the included power supply.

The LAN port is a 10/100Mbps WAN/LAN port and besides a reset button and the USB power port there aren’t any external features. The antenna is built into the nano router and can transmit with 20dBm.

The new TP-LINK 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router is available now for an MSRP of $24.99.

Thanks to TP-LINK for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of TP-LINK

Uber Launches Business Feature, Lets Companies Pay for Your Business Travels

Uber, the app that lets you hail a cab from your smartphone, has announced the addition of a new Business feature aimed at employees who are travelling on business trips a lot.

The app is said to now allow companies pay for their employees’ travel expenses by adding the option to pay with a company card, instead of having them pay for the trip and expense it on their own.

Employees whose company uses Uber are said to already have noticed a second payment option inside the app, allowing them to quickly switch between the personal and business payments on the fly. Uber is also said to be teaming up with Concur, the expensing service, to automatically file receipts for those who use the service.

The Uber for Business feature is said to work best for small companies, since the app requires each employee to be added to an account manually. However, Uber has stated that it will add a feature this summer which will help activate business expensing company-wide.

It is said that various analytic features are included in the app in order to help companies see how many trips are being taken and how much they are spending, as well as allowing companies view the information for each employee’s individual trip.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information

Scientists Have Simulated a Time Travel Scenario… But Only with Photons

Time travel is a thing for science fiction, a theory that has been debated for a long time, but without any physical proof of it being possible. Scientific advancements and human curiosity however tends to take imagination to the next level. This is the case of a few scientists from University of Queensland, where they managed to successfully simulate quantum particles travelling through time, helping them understand some inexplicable aspects of modern physics.

The scientist state that time travel stands between two of the most successful yet inexplicable physical theories, which are Einstein’s general relativity and quantum mechanics. While the first is described as viewing the world at a very large-scale full of stars and galaxies, the other describes it as very small, at a scale of atoms and molecules.

“The properties of quantum particles are ‘fuzzy’ or uncertain to start with, so this gives them enough wiggle room to avoid inconsistent time travel situations,” UQ’s Tim Ralph explains. “Our study provides insights into where and how nature might behave differently from what our theories predict.” These include the violation of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, cracking of quantum cryptography, and perfect cloning of quantum states.

What is known so far is the fact that time speeds up and slows down depending on how fast an object is moving relative to another object, having Einstein’s theory suggest that traveling back in time would require following a space-time path that returns to the same point in space, however at an earlier time.

The theory described above is said to be called a closed timelike curve, having the author state that the paradox of time travel can be solved in a quantum regime. The principle works by having a quantum particle travelling through a wormhole back in time and returning to the same location at an a previous time.

Thank you IFLScience for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of IFLScience

What’s Going on Around the World? View it Via Drone!

Drones are becoming somewhat of a phenomenon worldwide. Whether it be Amazon’s delivery drone for late night purchases or even a champagne and chocolate distributor drone, there’s no denying drones are going to be something we see much more in the future.

Based out of Switzerland, TravelByDrone is designed by local developer Jan Hiersemenzel. Following it’s launch in April this website is designed to help give us a panoramic birds eye view of our planet through the eyes of various drones. Unfortunately this isn’t a live feed of ‘Big Brother’ style footage but a compilation of numerous YouTube video’s showing off local beauty, nature, attractions and surroundings. Jan Hiersemenzel has been involved in many various drone projects through his development career and seems to hold this website with the purest intentions, stating:

“The video needs to be taken by a drone (not of a drone), be of good quality and clearly show the area in which the drone flies,” reads the site’s guidelines. “A video will not be accepted if it is taken indoors, is from a military drone or is of promotional nature (promoting a product or has a political, religious or other personal message).” TechCrunch

Drone footage in each region is clearly marked out by blue pins with current footage (shot in the recent months) is marked as a vibrant orange. What drives Hiersemenzel’s inspiration for such a project? When asked he replied:

“I remember when Street View came out. I was obsessed and so were my friends. I would look all over the world and travel to new places. I thought, okay, we can do that, but now with drones”

Drone footage can be submitted simply by clicking the ‘add video’ button (contained at top right), bearing in mind that Hiersemenzel and his team of four have to check over the 100-200 submissions daily to verify their integrity, accuracy, quality and intent given the above guidelines. There are some awe-inspiring and beautiful submissions already included on TravelByDrone. We’ll leave you with a screenshot and link to a drone almost flying into an active, and erupting volcano. Images courtesy of TravelByDrone and YouTube.

Scientists Predict Top Speed of 1,800 mph From Prototype Maglev Train

Modern public transport as we know it is pretty fast if you chose the right service, but if you’re in quite a rush to get to that important board meeting on the other side of the States, simply put – you’re screwed. Over at the Southwest Jiaotong University in China, scientists have been working away to overcome the problem surrounding air resistance on a moving object at super fast speeds.

The test platform that the team has come up with could theoretically see speeds of 1,800 mph or 2,900 km/h being reached by a high-speed maglev train running through a near vacuum, removing the friction that air would otherwise create. Now if you think that sounds fast, to be honest you’re not far from wrong. The fastest commercial train service that is available has a top speed of only 431 km/h and even the world record sits at only 581 km/h, making the near 3,000 km/h speeds sound absolutely ridiculous and considering the fact that you need to remove almost all the air that we breath out of the trains way, it’s not going to be a service that will be coming a town near us any time soon.

Lead scientist Dr. Deng Zigang spoke out saying, “If the running speed exceeds 400 kilometers (250 miles) per hour, more than 83 percent of traction energy will wastefully dissipate in air resistance”.

To put this into context, what Dr Zigang is saying is that as you move faster and faster through the air, the friction build up would be similar to trying to swim through treacle – no matter how hard you try, the resistance that is put upon you is too great and the only way to resolve the problem is to remove the treacle. In the case of the Maglev project, the air pressure within the prototype system is dropped around 10% that of normal atmospheric pressure at sea level, giving the scientists the thin air that they need in order to run the train at close to two times the speed of sound.

Want a little more context? A typical twenty-one and a half hour flight from the UK to Australia would take little under 5 1/2 hours, presuming the train could maintain close to top speed all the way. You could hop to see you’re mates down under, have a BBQ and be back home all in the same day.

Source: Rocketnews24

LUXA2 Groovy Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review

Introduction


LUXA2 is a name that not many have been introduced to. The current market for mobile accessories has been flooded with brands that are trying to make a name for themselves, but for the last several years LUXA2 has been in a constant pursuit of feature-rich products with modern aesthetic appeal at affordable prices for everyone to set themselves apart. Apple centric accessories has been the company’s forte, but at CES this past month LUXA2 has shown that they have narrowed down their wide array of products that had included iPhone/iPad cases and misc device accessories to a more focused product stack that is nothing short of impressive.

LUXA2 has split their products into three categories: Portable Battery Packs, Audio Solutions, and Mobile Device Holders. Today we are going to look at the first of their entries into the audio solutions market; the Groovy Wireless Bluetooth Speaker.

Out of the box you are provided with a very easy to read user guide, 3.5mm analog cable, micro USB charge cable, two interchangeable leather straps (in both black and tan), and an attractive black leather carrying pouch.

New Satellite Technology To Brings Faster Internet To Trains, Boats & Planes

Ofcom have just approved the use of a new satellite technology, the use of the so-called Earth Stations will provide moving vehicles with much faster internet connections than is currently available by current methods. This is of course a great thing in the modern world as we demand better connection speeds to meet our internet hungry devices needs.

The new devices will connect to a geostationary satellite that orbits above the equator, while newer antennas capable of maintaining a stable pointing accuracy will allow the satellite to be tracked closely, even by a fast-moving vehicle, which will allow reliable internet connections on the move.

The speeds could easily clock 50Mbps to each Earth station, something they expect will translate to over 10Mbps for individual passengers. Trains will be exempt from needed a spectrum licence for the new transmissions, although it’s said that planes or ships will need to be licensed by Ofcom due to their ability to cross countries.

The service could be in place in the UK on Trains by this summer, but it may take a little longer for certification on other modes of transport.

Are you looking forward to a faster internet service while travelling, or do you think that current 3G and 4G offerings are enough?

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Freefoto.