Self-driving Racecars

 

 

Last week, Roborace ran their self-driving racecar during England’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. This marks the robo-car’s second public performance, having appeared previously in Paris, where it completed an unassisted lap.

The car boasts a look that is reminiscent of the Batmobile, and a Tron Lightcycle, (with a little bit Roomba, added in). It’s lack of driver cockpit gives the car an exceptionally low profile, that suggest an ability for sharp, high-speed turns. This, however, has yet to been seen; the Roborace’s top speed at Goodwind was only 125 kph (or ~78 mph).

Equally anticipated is date when the vehicles truly race. When asked how soon until two driverless vehicles share the same racetrack, Roborace’s chief strategy officer, Bryn Balcombe, replied, “I think.. we are not far away.”

Cheers!

quincy

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The Google Assistant

Although I really do wish it had a better name, (like Jarvis or Jeeves) I am becoming a fan of the way Google Assistant aggregates my agenda, relevant emails, and upcoming bills all in one spot.

It’s pretty cool…if you can get past the spookiness of seeing how much Google knows about you.

This feature, previously avail to beta testers, is rolling out to Andriod users today (with iOS platforms expected to follow soon).

For more, follow this link to TechCrunch post.

Cheers

quincy

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Measure Distances with Google Maps

Want to know how far that hike is?

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To Measure Distances in Google Maps 

  1. In Google Maps search for or navigate to the desired area.
  2. RT + CLICK on the starting point and select Measure distance.
  3. CLICK on the the endpoint (repeat this step for multiple turns/points).

Cheers!

quincy

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Samsung phones randomly sent photos to contacts

A Samsung phone user says his Galaxy S9 plus sent his entire photo library to a contact in the middle of the night while he was asleep. Apparently, the only evidence of the mass photo sharing was in his T-Mobile logs.

For more, read post in TechCrunch

Related post: Shhh, Alexa is Listening

Intel’s July 4th Drone Show

If you’re anywhere near Travis Air Force Base this July 4th and want a quieter spectacle than the traditional firework show, catch the Intel Shooting Star drones. These aerial acrobats are the same troupe that wowed us at the 2018 Winter Olympics. To mark the 75th anniversary of the base, and to comemorate the holiday, they’ll once again take to the sky.

for more read TC post

Cheers,

quincy

Google Calendar Improvements include Out-of-Office

An update to Google Calendar is rolling out soon that will allow you to add Out-of-Office time to your calendar. Invites received during this time will be automatically declined with the message of your choice (or no message at all, but isn’t that rude?)

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Also included with this enhancement is a more flexible ‘working hours’ settings. Currently you can only set one repeating block of working time. The enhanced calendar will allow for different set hours on different days, which works well for those with flex-time schedules.

This update will first appear for the paying (G-Suite) customers in the next few days, and roll out to the rest of us shortly after.

Cheers!

quincy

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