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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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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Delete Unwanted URL From History

URL typoWe’ve all been there. You accidentally transposed two letters of a website and found yourself in sketchy corner of the internet. Now, every time you type your desired site you’re reminded of that unfortunate wrong turn.

Don’t let that one mistake forever haunt your web-browsing: delete unwanted URLs from the suggested sites.

To Delete a URL Address From the Suggested Sites List

chrome_logo_png13Chrome

  1. Begin typing address in the address or search bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list.
  2. Using your DOWN cursor key, select the the unwanted URL.
  3. Press SHIFT + DELETE.

firefox_png44Firefox

  1. Begin typing address in the address bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list.
  2. Using your DOWN cursor key, select the the unwanted URL.
  3. Press DELETE

ie_logo_png26Internet Explorer

  1. Begin typing address in the address or search bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list. An ‘x’ appears at the far right of each URL.
  2. Click the ‘x’ to remove that site.

ie_logo_png24Microsoft Edge

  1. Begin typing address in the address or search bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list.
  2. Using your DOWN cursor key, select the the unwanted URL.
  3. Press SHIFT + DELETE.

safari_png39Safari

  1. From the “History” menu, choose “Show All History” (keyboard shortcut: ⌘ Y)
  2. Use the Search field in the top right corner, to locate the unwanted website.
  3. Select (CLICK) the web site you want to remove ( + CLICK to select multiples).
  4. Press the DELETE.

Cheers!

quincy

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NTSB finds Operator at fault in Self-driving car fatality

excerpted from: engadget

The Tempe Police Department released a 318-page report on the self-driving accident in which an Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian.

The report shows that [the operator] was streaming The Voice the evening of the crash.  “The inward-facing video shows the vehicle operator glancing down toward the center of the vehicle several times before the crash.

Uber’s self-driving tests mandate that a driver must pay attention to the road at all times and drivers are prohibited from using mobile devices when the vehicles are on public roads.

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Hi-Tech Car Theft Prevention

This home cam in video, shared with the Police, shows how clever car theft has become. One crook waves a repeater around the front door, where he presumes the keys are hung safely within. The repeater sends the keyless entry signal to the a paired device, held near the car door. The car interprets the signal as the arriving owner and unlocks the car.

One solution: An RFID blocking sleeve.

Better still, keep your keys by the nightstand:  the panic/alarm button can serve as a  deterrent to break-in / home invasion.

 

Cheers (and be safe)

quincy

 

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