The Sharp Aquos S3 isn’t what you would call “official”, but the Aquos S3 mini is. Don’t ask how that works and don’t get us started on a 5.5″ screen getting called “mini”. It’s a 17:9 screen (1,080 x 2,040px resolution), the top row of which houses houses a notch similar to the Aquos S2. The LCD is bright at 550 nits and with high color fidelity (135% of sRGB). In fact, there are more than a few similarities with the S2, including the Snapdragon 630 chipset. There’s plenty of RAM (6GB) and storage (64GB + hybrid microSD slot) for such an affordable phone. The dual camera was…
NEWSBYTE: Car hire firm Avis Budget has announced a multi-year deal that will add 10,000 Toyota cars to its expanding fleet of connected vehicles.
Avis Budget said the services provided by Toyota’s connected car platform would give customers a more personalised experience, while the company would benefit from improved informatics, fleet management, and operational efficiency.
“As connected car technology continues to evolve in the auto industry, we are rapidly adapting our fleet and rolling this technology out to our locations,” said Arthur Orduña, executive VP and chief innovation officer, Avis Budget Group.
“These advancements further improve our fleet management capabilities, which enables us to provide Fleet Management as a Service (FMaaS), while also enhancing the customer experience with time savings and mobile app integration.
“We’re a step closer to a fully connected fleet and ultimately moving towards a new future for our business.”
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Avis Budget Group is aiming to operate a fully connected global fleet by 2020 and said it will have 100,000 fully connected cars in the US alone this year. As part of this effort, earlier this month, Avis Budget Group commenced installation of 50,000 Unified Telematics Platform (UTP) devices, provided by ID Systems, more than doubling its fleet of connected vehicles.
Last week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is facing further delays and difficulties. The highly anticipated telescope will succeed the Hubble Telescope and expand our view of the universe further than ever before. Yet despite this hype and excitement, the JWST has faced a seemingly endless stream of delays.
In September 2017, the JWST launch was delayed from October 2018 to June 2019. Now, because of issues in testing and integrating the telescope’s components, this date has been pushed to an as-yet-unknown data further in the future.
It is no surprise that the JWST will be one of the costliest missions that NASA, alongside Europe and Canada’s space agencies, has ever attempted, as it’s also one of the most complex. The JWST will have a mirror more than three times wider than Hubble’s, and more than 100 times Hubble’s sensitivity. It will unfold and begin transmitting data 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, beyond the reach of repair missions if any of its advanced technologies malfunction. Altogether, the telescope is one of the most ambitious projects any space agency has ever attempted.
It is unclear how much further the James Webb launch date will be pushed back, but another delay is expected due to difficulties mating the telescope with the bus that will carry it to its launch site. If there are any delays beyond this, it’s likely that the project will exceed Congress’s budget cap. It is historically difficult for NASA, and scientific efforts in general, to find sufficient funding. If the project does reach its financial limit, it is uncertain what action Congress might take.
This month, the JWST mission’s Standing Review Board will re-assess the situation and provide a clearer confirmation of the project’s time frame and budgetary requirements. They expect to have a report completed in early April, so we will soon have a better idea of the telescope’s future.
These delays might be disheartening, but as Northrop Grumman’s JWST program manager Scott Willoughby told Science about earlier delays, “It took longer than predicted, but it’s about getting it right.” The “overabundance of caution” Willoughby describes is of the utmost importance. This telescope has been an investment of unparalleled proportions, and its success could forever change how we observe the universe. It would be a shame to rush the process and end up with a revolutionary telescope that doesn’t work.
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More rumors are circulating that Apple is planning a trio of iPhones in the fall of 2018, with one the largest ever produced by the company, and all three incorporating Face ID authentication technology.
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The Canadian government will release details of its federal budget this coming week, and local news outlets are reporting it will include a $ 1 billion cybersecurity fund. According to CBC News, federal government agencies requested for the funding to bolster Canada’s cybersecurity infrastructure, as multiple departments are facing growing cybercrime issues.
A bulk of the funding will be a much-needed supplement to Canada’s 2010 National Cyber Security Strategy — although the revised plan would not be included in the budget. The revised plan is expected to come out later this year from Public Safety Canada.
The proposed budget would finance a number of efforts to combat cybercrime in the country, which could include training the next-generation of so-called cyber-professionals and encouraging them to apply their craft in Canada. The money would also likely be used to strengthen military’s cybersecurity capabilities by outsourcing the expertise needed from local private companies. The idea is to keep the pool of cyber-security warriors trained in and working for Canada.
A Timely Decision
Many experts also see the budget translating to funding cyber “co-development” projects between the government and the private sector. Cybersecurity in Canada would be provided for by Canadian information and technology companies, which in turn would work with the federal government to develop both hardware and software solutions. Experts in the field have also noted that they’re looking forward to the revised plan outlining a national data strategy that would cover both private citizens and corporations.
At the same time, several anonymous sources told CBC News the federal government may also intend to secure separate funding to help protect the 2019 national elections from foreign interference. Such action would not be unexpected in light of what happened during the United States’ 2016 Presidential Elections.
Canada’s decision to bolster cybersecurity is timely: cyber crimes have become prolific over the past two to three years. That said, without a concrete plan in place, attempting to put a stop to every cyber attack are a waste of money and other resources. Setting aside a budget is just the first step. As United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a February 19 speech at the University of Lisbon, nations should start having clear rules — international rules, even — to protect citizens from cyber crimes.
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It’s a simple truth every startup has to face sooner or later: to grow your business, you need to maximize your sales. The thing is, improving your sales efforts can cost quite a bit of money — and this isn’t easy to do when you’re a young company operating on a tight budget. So what can you do to improve sales results when your own financial resources are limited? Here are some key strategies that will help you achieve your desired outcomes without breaking the bank. 1) Start blogging You don’t need to hire an ad agency to start producing…
The Trump administration’s latest budget proposal released on February 12, 2018 could have major consequences for the future of renewable energy in the U.S. If Congress approves the budget, it would cut the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s funding by more than half, and completely elimination of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program.
ARPA-E is a program that issues grants to energy startups from across the country. The program was nearly discontinued in 2017, but Congress awarded it an additional $ 15 million that ensured its survival for another year.
While Trump’s 2018 proposal ensures the Department of Energy (DOE)’s overall budget remains almost the same, it would cut the $ 305 million required to keep ARPA-E afloat.
The GOP’s rationale? The government shouldn’t be allocating federal funds to research that overlap with development projects that are being paid for by the private sector. But ARPA-E’s task is to support advances in technology that’s too early for private sector investment, Ars Technica notes.
Since its formation in 2009, ARPA-E has provided funding for projects that develop solar cells, wind turbines, biofuels, energy storage, and carbon capture, just to name a few examples. In a subtle — or perhaps, not so subtle — way, the GOP is making sure we divest from the future of renewable energy.
Without a funding program like ARPA-E, the U.S. runs the risk of missing out on burgeoning projects that could be alternatives to fossil fuels. An addendum to the budget proposal submitted a $ 1.5 billion increase to the DOE budget — $ 1.2 billion of which is earmarked for research into the country’s “energy future.”
But only $ 120 million of that “energy future” funding is allocated towards research into sustainable transportation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency technologies. “Research and development of clean coal technologies,” on the other hand, will receive $ 200 million in funding.
As expected, the new budget proposal pours money into forms of energy that supported by the administration, while defunding research into renewables. The United States’s energy future will have global consequences, and the Trump Administration’s enthusiasm for slashing renewable energy funding indicates that coal and other fossil fuels are here to stay, at least until 2020.
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The budget proposal would allocate $ 13 billion to combat an opioid crisis that’s sweeping the US. (It’s a serious crisis; opioids are killing so many people that life expectancy is going down in the US.) But overall, the Department of Health and Human Services is getting a 21 percent cut from 2017 levels. The budget also offers more funding for combating infectious diseases, though it cuts $ 236 billion in Medicare spending.
In many ways, it’s a stronger science budget than last year, according to Matt Hourihan, who runs the Budget and Policy…
Vice President Pence may have vowed that the US would return astronauts to the moon, but it looks like we aren't getting there anytime soon. Ars Technica appears to have received an early copy of the White House's fiscal year 2019 budget set for rele…
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