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gadgets get in gear: tech paves safer path for cars of future

The Apple iPhone was introduced in 2007; Apple has sold hundreds of millions of them. The eighth iteration was just announced. And desktop and laptop computers are pretty much obsolete after five years of use. Technology moves fast. What’s hot today will be dated soon. And today’s consumers hate to be behind the times. The automotive world is listening. And what they’re hearing is that we want communication and we want to be safe. Although some prospective buyers will complain about the growing “Nanny State” takeover — including vehicle geo-tracking and the emergence of self-driving cars — there are clear benefits to settings that will parallel park the car for you, warn if you’re going to back into an object, and let you know if you’re drifting out of your lane or approaching an…

top 10 apps

iOS FREE APPS #01 – tbh By Midnight Labs LLC Category: Lifestyle / Free Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. #02 – Messenger By Facebook, Inc. Category: Social Networking / Free Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. #03 – Instagram By Instagram, Inc. Category: Photo & Video / Free Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. #04 – Snapchat By Snap, Inc. Category: Photo & Video / Free Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. #05 – YouTube By Google, Inc. Category: Photo & Video / Free Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. #06 – Facebook By Facebook, Inc. Category: Social Networking / Free Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and…

goodbye: pioneering aol instant messenger to be discontinued

AOL announced that it is discontinuing its pioneering Instant Messenger chat platform after 20 years of service. An article on AOL’s website posted last Friday says AOL Instant Messenger will be discontinued on Dec. 15. In a blog post, a spokesman for AOL’s parent company explained the platform’s demise as the casualty of the evolving way people communicate. “AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” wrote Michael Albers, vice president of communications at Oath. The program will still function until Dec. 15 After that date, users won’t be able to sign in and all data will be deleted. AOL says people with an email address will still be able to use it. Launched in 1997, AOL…

in ‘marshall,’ a young thurgood in connecticut

Thurgood Marshall, a titan of 20th-century law and a civil rights pioneer, has until now largely eluded Hollywood’s notice. Despite its title, “Marshall,” too, is wary of taking on the Supreme Court justice in full, sticking to a minor case from Marshall’s early career as counsel for the NAACP. That makes, for better and worse, a sometimes slight, sometimes serious courtroom drama, shot through with bright certainty in the coming triumphs for Marshall and the civil rights movement. It’s a superhero-style origin story: Thurgood, pre-“Brown v. Board of Education,” pre-black robe. And there’s something bulletproof about Marshall, as played by Chadwick Boseman, in Reginald Hudlin’s film. Boseman has launched himself as a leading man with an ambitious trio of historical African-American figures: Jackie Robinson, James Brown and now Marshall. His gift…

scientists say cost of capturing co2 declining

Technology now in limited use removes about 90 percent of carbon dioxide from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants, but energy experts say cost remains the chief obstacle to bringing the “clean coal” touted by President Donald Trump into the mainstream. They cite recent advances in applying the longstanding technology, despite some earlier setbacks, but say the U.S. power sector needs bigger tax credits or other incentives to close the cost gap for using them. “What we have now is a public policy challenge, or call it a political challenge if you will, in that next phase which is to deploy this technology more widely and bring the cost down, (which) requires a whole new set of policies that go beyond R&D to actual deployment incentives,” said Brad Crabtree, vice president for…

60 years after sputnik, russian space program faces troubles

Six decades after Sputnik, a refined version of the rocket that put the first artificial satellite in orbit remains the mainstay of Russia’s space program — a stunning tribute to the country’s technological prowess, but also a sign it has failed to build upon its achievements. And unlike the Cold War era, when space was a key area of the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union, space research now appears to rank low on the Kremlin’s priorities. The Soyuz booster, currently the only vehicle that launches crews to the International Space Station, is a modification of the R-7 rocket that put Sputnik in orbit on Oct. 4, 1957. Another Soviet-designed workhorse, the heavy-lift Proton rocket that has been used to launch commercial satellites to high orbits, was developed in the…