The huge Jabba the Hutt barge replica Hasbro showed off at Toy Fair this year will soon become a real item making its way to backers' homes. That's because the toymaker's first HasLab project, a program that takes a leaf out of Indiegogo's and Kickst… Engadget RSS Feed
ZTE’s sub-brand nubia has unveiled a new smartphone today in China. The nubia N3 comes with a 5.99″ IPS 2,160×1,080 18:9 touchscreen, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset at the helm, and a huge 5,000 mAh battery to ensure you won’t need to charge it every night. Speaking of that, it supports 18W fast charging. The handset has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat underneath nubia’s custom UI. On the back there are two cameras, but their resolutions and specs are unknown at the moment. For selfies you get a 16 MP shooter. The…
On Saturday, NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrated a monumental anniversary all by itself on the surface of the Red Planet: surviving 5,000 Martian days. It’s an incredibly significant milestone for the little-wheeled robot, given the fact that it was only expected to last just 90 days. Opportunity is just one of two rovers currently functioning on the Red Planet, along with NASA’s Curiosity rover.
Opportunity launched on top of a Delta II on July 7th, 2003, along with a twin rover called Spirit. The pair then landed on Mars three weeks apart in January 2004, both going to opposite sides of the planet. The day of Opportunity’s landing, January 25th, was considered Sol 1 — or the first Martian day for the rover. The term “sol” is used to…
If there’s one area Chromebooks are consistently crushing the competition, it’s in the educational market. According to IDC figures from 2016, Chromebooks made up 49% of school computers. Dell’s 5000 Series is the company’s latest attempt to cash in on that lucrative market, with a rugged design perfect for use in education.
Dell has plenty of experience building durable computers (like the Latitude 12 tablet that can be sprayed with water jets), and it’s bringing some of that expertise to the 5000 Series.
Apple’s new iMac Pro is aimed squarely at the high-end professional market, and with a $ 4,999 starting price, expectations for the all-in-one desktop are high. But is it worth such a sizable investment? AppleInsider gives you everything you need to know in our full video review. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Tesla seems to be boosting Model 3 production, according to a report in Electrek. Reports from Taiwan say Tesla is ordering enough parts from the auto component supplier Hota Industrial Mfg. Co. to now produce 5,000 units per week. This is a significant boost from when the company slashed its Model 3 parts orders by 40 percent in October – an output of only 3,000 vehicles per week.
Tesla has been mired in production issues since they began producing their Model 3 electric vehicle in July 2017. CEO Elon Musk has even previously admitted that the remainder of the year would be “production hell” for the company. Musk originally set the production target for 20,000 cars per month by September 2017, but the company missed that goal by a wide margin – producing only 260 vehicles that month. This return to a 5,000 units a week production pace means Tesla could be back on track to meet Musk’s target starting in January.
Worth the Wait?
This year’s Model 3 release was met with appropriate fanfare, with automobile critics lauding the vehicle despite its slow-trickle production. Jack Stewart at Wired wrote, “The arrival of Tesla’s Model 3 signals a new chapter in automotive history…” This fall, the first Model 3s were delivered to Tesla employees, who were given shipping priority. But many non-employees are still anxiously waiting for their orders to come through.
Now, reporting from Telsarati claims that 100 to 200 Model 3s were spotted at a delivery center near the company’s Fremont, California factory where the Model 3s are being assembled. This could mean that Tesla is finally ready to start delivering the vehicles to members of the general public with vehicle reservations. The uptick in production could also signal that those deliveries will continue with increased regularity.
The relatively affordable Model 3 – with a starting price of $ 35,000 – could certainly mark a shift for the future of personal transportation. The shift from electric vehicles to gas-powered ones continues to gain momentum, and Tesla’s products are leading the way. But the company just has to make sure it can deliver on those products at a faster pace.
Plantagon is building the first of these in Linköping, Sweden. These futuristic, green skyscrapers (or “plantscrapers”) are simply large buildings that contain massive indoor farms. The project, which started in 2012, should be completed and ready to open by 2020.
This “plantscraper” will be called The World Food Building, and all of its plants will be grown hydroponically — meaning the produce grown in the skyscraper’s farms will take root in a nutrient-rich, water-based solution without any soil. To allow for optimum success, this growth will be controlled almost entirely autonomously: everything from water to nutrition, sunlight, temperature, and air quality will be measured and controlled autonomously through a complex system.
This building will cost $ 40 million to construct, but you can’t put a price on the long-term payoff: a single building that will be capable of feeding over 5,000 people every year. It’s also a sustainable and local solution, cutting out wasteful transport costs and saving energy while providing quality, healthy produce to urban areas that may not have widespread, reliable access.
We’ll have to wait and see if The World Food Building will deliver on its promises, though. If the launch is successful, then perhaps other cities will follow suit. As populations increase and resources become increasingly scarce, creative solutions like “plantscapers” could help keep our cities (and our species) flourishing.
Wells Fargo’s ATMs are getting an upgrade. The bank announced today that more than 40 percent – or over 5,000 of its ATMs – will now allow customers to perform transactions without having to pull out their bank card. Instead, users can take advantage of NFC – aka the “tap and pay” technology that powers mobile wallet systems like Apple Pay, Android Pay,… Read More Mobile – TechCrunch