HOW THE GROWTH AND EVOLUTION OF THE OVER-THE-AIR TV HOME FITS INTO TODAY’S VIEWING LANDSCAPE

Over-the-air (OTA) TV—the programming that we all have access to even if we don’t have a cable or satellite programming subscription—is becoming a big thing again. In fact, it’s one of the best things to happen to cord cutters and cord shavers, as it offers them free TV through a digital antenna. Even better, with the shift to digital broadcasting a decade ago, they’re getting even more channels for free—and…

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Tesla’s Latest Competitor Is a $15,500 Electric Three-Wheeler

It’s all-electric like a Tesla. It’s priced like a Ford Fiesta. It’s one of the oddest-looking vehicles you’ve ever seen — and it may just redefine the commuter car. As General Motors Co. prepares to shut the plant near Toronto that got car-making started in Canada more than a century ago, a new model is taking shape in a tiny production facility in Vancouver’s outskirts. Meet the Solo — a…

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Cold Weather Wreaks Havoc with Batteries in Electric Vehicles, Says AAA

The recent brutal cold snap in many parts of the U.S. undoubtedly put a lot of strain on vehicle batteries, which lose a lot of their cold cranking capacity under such conditions. But what happens when the s battery charging system is the focal point of virtually all vehicles functions —as is the case with electric vehicles? According to recent tests conducted by the AAA, the results were not good.…

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Elevator to the Stars

It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel or big budget movie: an elevator system that could bring goods and people into space. Instead of using rockets, a space elevator could move items up and down a strong cable line, with one end anchored to Earth and the other attached by a counterweight in space. The only hiccup in this plan is the material needed to create the…

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Deeper Dive—How Sling TV is using hybrid cloud to build a better vMVPD

It’s relatively early days in the virtual MVPD market, but Sling TV has established itself as frontrunner in the space. In terms of subscribers, it’s the biggest and it hopes to continue growing. Brad Linder, director of cloud native engineering at Sling TV, is tasked with ensuring the platform can stand up to increasing demand. His responsibility at Sling TV is to build a next-generation web-scale platform. He’s been working…

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Research Team Creates Bacterial Sensor Modeled After the Immune System

The human innate immune system is capable of detecting all pathogens quickly, sensitively and effectively. It does this by selectively recognizing and binding to pathogen-specific biomarkers—or bacterial calling cards—via a suite of immune receptors. However, it isn’t always capable of fighting off every bacterial infection on its own. Modern medicine can come to the rescue, but only if doctors know what to treat for. Current point-of-care detection technologies are largely…

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Apple’s Angela Ahrendts Passes Retail Baton To HR Head Deirdre O’Brien

Angela Ahrendts, who left her CEO spot at Burberry five years ago to stabilize Apple’s rudderless retail business, has handed the retail reins to the company’s human resources chief Deirdre O’Brien. Ahrendts will leave the company in April “for new personal and professional pursuits,” Apple said. The fashion industry veteran came on board in 2013 to help fill a vacuum left by Ron Johnson, the former Target merchant who is credited with creating…

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Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered

A Washington State University research team has uncovered significant and previously unknown vulnerabilities in high-performance computer chips that could lead to failures in modern electronics. The researchers found they could damage the on chip communications system and shorten the lifetime of the whole computer chip significantly by deliberately adding malicious workload. They have been working to understand the vulnerabilities of computer chips as a way to prevent malicious attacks on…

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SSL Pulls the Plug on DARPA’s Robotic Servicing Program

Maxar Technologies SSL has exercised their right to terminate participation in the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), citing a need to focus its resources on ensuring optimal returns when weighed against other capital priorities, such as WorldView Legion. SSL has notified DARPA that it has decided to discontinue its participation in RSGS, an option available at this time under the terms of the Other Transaction Agreement between…

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Graphene, Silicon Combo Could be Key to Next-Gen Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers have long been investigating the use of silicon in lithium-ion batteries, as it has the potential to greatly increase storage capacity compared to graphite, the material used in most conventional lithium-ion batteries. By some estimates, silicon could boast a lithium storage capacity of 4,200 mAh/g—11 times that of graphite. However, despite its benefits, silicon comes with its own challenges. “When you store a lot of lithium ion into your…

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