In digital age, 911 calls can't always find you
The technological and regulatory shortfall that creates the problem has worsened in recent years as a growing share of 911 calls — currently 70 percent — are made from a wireless phone. Unlike landline calls, which automatically display address ...
February 23, 2015
Hanging Out With Someone Who Walked On The Moon
David told us that the people running the simulations were trying to kill them by causing a large plurality of alarms, false alarms, systems failures, partial failures, and so on. It required an engineer's mind to solve the puzzle presented by almost ...
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Amazon's elusive 'Echo' intelligent home speaker falls short in first major review
“The big limitation right now is that beyond the weather and dictionary, Echo only seems to interface with Wikipedia and a few other data repositories (for jokes, for instance), but not Google or another search engine such as Bing,” he writes. “However ...
December 2, 2014
America's Electricity Grid: Outdated or Underrated?
The most recent major non-weather-related transmission outage was in August 2003, when a downed transmission line in Ohio caused a multistate blackout in a number of Mid-Atlantic states.. Until passage of This network of large generating ...
October 29, 2014
Hacked dog, a car that snoops on you and a fridge full of adverts: the perils ...
Your alarm clock will cross-reference traffic flow: if it's light, you get to sleep an extra 10 minutes. Illustration: Dan Woodger Back in 1999, when the term was first coined by MIT researcher Kevin Ashton, the technology did not exist to make the ...
March 11, 2015
Apple Watch sells a million in a day
An estimated 957,000 American shoppers ordered Apple Watches on Friday — a sign the tech giant's newest gadget is already seeing more initial success than its first iPhone or the iPod. That estimate comes from Slice Intelligence, which measures ...
April 13, 2015
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 deep space weather observatory
It was third time lucky for SpaceX who today launched an observatory toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away. The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 6:03pm EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in perfect weather ...
February 11, 2015
In Kentucky, calls to 911 made on wireless phones don't always provide reliable location information to emergency dispatch personnel, despite the fact technology exists to improve location accuracy. Cell phone 911 call location accuracy varies widely across the country, according to a review of hundreds of pages of local, state and federal documents obtained by USA TODAY and more than 40 newspapers and television stations across the country. The technological and regulatory shortfall that creates the problem has worsened in recent years as a growing share of 911 calls — currently 70 percent — are made from a wireless phone. Unlike landline calls, which automatically display address information, federal regulations do not hold wireless 911 call technology to the same standard. Last month, the Federal Communications Commission, with the cooperation of two national public safety associations and the four largest wireless carriers, announced stricter standards for wireless location accuracy. "The vast majority of 911 calls are from mobile phones, and we are not where we need to be on location accuracy for wireless 911 calls," wrote retired rear admiral David Simpson, chief of the FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, in a... Technology exists to improve that accuracy, the FCC noted in its order, particularly for wireless 911 calls made indoors.
Lunar dune buggy rides, piloting the most powerful machine made by humankind, stuck thrusters, landing, eating, sleeping, and working on the moon. I was recently given the opportunity to sit in on the MIT course, Engineering Apollo: the Moon Project as a Complex System where I met David Scott who landed on the moon as commander of Apollo 15. I not only sat in on a long Q and A session I also... Background David Scott flew on Gemini 8 with Neil Armstrong during the stuck thruster incident. He was the command module pilot in Apollo 9 which was a test flight of the complete Apollo spacecraft system. He landed on the moon as commander of Apollo 15 , which was the first mission to carry the lunar rover. Personality David lives up to his legendary status as an Apollo astronaut while also being very approachable. David’s deep understanding of everything about the Apollo system was impressive, not a question couldn’t be answered in detail and with additional nuance that may not even be in the history books yet. Gemini 8 and the stuck thruster You’ve probably heard of the stuck thruster incident during Gemini 8. One of the maneuvering thrusters stuck-open, causing the spacecraft to rotate faster and faster and faster again. They survived it by shutting down the one thruster system and using the reentry thrusters to stop the spin.
The result is a rare, in-depth, hands-on review of Amazon’s intelligent, talking home speaker/virtual assistant. CNet reviewer David Carnoy praises the canister-style device’s voice recognition, attractive design and natural-sounding voice of “Alexa,” the built-in virtual assistant. However, he finds problems such as a lack of iOS support (the companion app is currently only available for Android and Amazon devices), the absence of a built-in battery (the device has to be plugged in), sound distortion at higher volumes,... “The big limitation right now is that beyond the weather and dictionary, Echo only seems to interface with Wikipedia and a few other data repositories (for jokes, for instance), but not Google or another search engine such as Bing,” he writes. Perhaps in the future Amazon will work out a deal with its Seattle neighbor Microsoft to bring additional Bing capabilities to the device. Carnoy gives the product 3 stars (out of 5) but concludes that Echo is “a work in progress, a beta product if there ever was one. That helps to explain why Amazon has limited the availability of the product so severely. Amazon customers need to request an invitation for the privilege of buying an Echo , at a price of $99 for Amazon Prime members and $199 for everyone else. In my case, for example, I requested an invite within a few minutes of the announcement , as an Amazon Prime member, but have yet to get an invite.
La Crosse Technology WS-9611U-IT-CBP Weather Station
With its large numbers and forecast icons, this attractive, budget-priced weather station makes it easy to get your weather at a glance. A true enthusiast might miss extras like programmable ice alerts and barometric pressure readings. Features include ...
June 24, 2015
Honeywell TE923W Weather Station
This weather station comes with a whopping 12 features ... Ambient 7-Day Weather Forcaster Review Oregon Scientific +ECO Clima Control Weather... La Crosse Technology WS-7394U-IT-CH Weather...
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Teardown: Wireless weather sensor transmitters
Last time, I disassembled La Crosse Technology's ... company's WS-811561-W temperature station (plus atomic time/date) receiver (which had been my prior teardown victim). In both writeups, I mentioned that I had two other wireless weather sensor ...
February 13, 2015
Wake Up With iHome’s Wireless Color Changing Clock Radio Dual Alarm Clock Radio
But if we’re talking “extras,” then iHome’s Wireless Color Changing Clock Radio Dual Alarm Clock Radio is the one to get. Sure it has an FM radio geared to play by itself or in conjunction with the two alarms — one to wake up the person making ...
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Digital Wireless Weather Station with Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer
Numerous features including a forecast icon based on barometric pressure indicators and indoor/outdoor temperature controls make this two-piece digital weather station ... Time. Alarm with Snooze. Wall Hanging or Free StandingWS-9080U-IT:. Wireless Outdoor ...
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Time may be up for alarm clocks as half of us use mobiles to wake up instead
The advances in mobile technology may in the near future threaten such traditional stand alone devices such as cameras, music players and alarm clocks.' Traditional alarm clocks have been criticised for providing a less than soothing start to the day ...
August 25, 2009
Always On Time: Atomic Clocks
A La Crosse company is the first in the United States to create two products to help you stay up to date and on time ... alarm clock to analog clocks." Baechler says La Crosse Technology is the only company in the United States selling these always exact ...
January 21, 2008