ELECTRONICS 

‘Fortnite’ launches Marvel’s ‘Nexus War,’ but not on Apple devices

Fortnite creators Epic Games today announced Marvel’s Nexus War, a single-player, six-on-six online mode featuring Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. The Battle Royale arena has replaced the circular course track in previous Marvel Badlands instances. The mode will be available only for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC this week. Nexus War is the first title to be released for Epic Games’ Cloud Realms game-building tech since May’s Star Wars-inspired Battle of Jakku. Players who already own Rise of Iron, Star Wars: Galactic Assault, Infinite Warfare, COD Black Ops…

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What Wall Street Says About a Ban on Micron’s Huawei Sales

The USA bans the sale of telecom hardware made by Chinese telecom Huawei from its contractors. In April, it was reported that Micron Technology has deals with the Federal Communications Commission, which provides it with a network of resellers which sell chips for carrier’s next-generation wireless chipsets. Washington’s woes have largely focused on its relationship with China. In April, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill which severely restricts Chinese companies from government contracts. More recently, Micron has confirmed it has deals with Chinese companies, while arguing that…

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How Much is Online Grocery Shopping Really Costing You?

It is safe to say that anyone who has ever been in a grocery store has seen the square footage of the grocery store increase while the prices have not. Consider that in the 1980s stores were typically 1.5 square miles in size, a cost of $5-10 million per mile of a road. Then everything changed, and by the late 90s the costs of maintaining these properties tripled. The expanded space, a giant transport carrier, the lights and sound, and other physical attributes of a mall or grocery store continued…

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ELECTRONICS 

How Off-Grid Solar Would Change Peoples’ Lives

Back in my journalism days, we used to hear this a lot. There was a stand that our paper’s managing editor set up on our back-porch. He’d tell everyone how all of our stories would change when everything went off-grid — when his remote encampment went completely off-grid. Well, it wasn’t that easy — but it was real. I once brought him a Proporta cart and set up an off-grid vending station. It was an awesome experience. And it started me thinking about the future of renewable energy. What if…

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Lyft is providing some drivers with vehicle partitions for free, while others will have to pay

“As long as people are very careful with that technology, I don’t think we should go overboard on restrictive regulations on that,” he told CNN in January. In the same interview, Kalanick said: “I never want to see a full-blown Taxi.” But he argued that it was easy to add certain features to an app for those who want them, so instead of going down that path, Lyft will be “fundamentally a technology company.” But that doesn’t necessarily preclude local regulations. That led the city of Boston to propose restrictions…

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VELO3D Launches its Tallest Industrial Metal 3D Printer

Pierre Lalonde, the co-founder and CEO of Z3D, made the announcement in a press release announcing what the company called its “largest ever” shipment of industrial 3D printers. The launch comes just as Z3D started producing its ready-to-use, consumer-grade printer, dubbed the Cube, starting today. Consumers can use the Cube and the industrial printer at once. The new machine costs $19,900 and is made of titanium. It is larger and “twice as heavy” as the Cube, Z3D said, with more “internal and external connectivity, two-zone stability, and 4K resolution.” The…

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World’s widest graphene nanoribbon promises the next generation of miniaturized electronics

These photos tell a simple story: a carefully shaped synthetic gel in which atoms and molecules have been manufactured into simple nanostructures. Mentions of this compound get me salivating: not only can graphene be grown in this way, it can also be mounted on hydroxyapatite, a type of mineral. So much for manipulating a material through the manipulation of materials. So far, graphene has mainly been produced through the same basic process, but these new photos come with pretty eye-popping stories of how novel materials could be grown through different…

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China’s Booming Home Appliance Market Hits a Wall

The WorldPost reported last week on the collapse of Tesla. The company, which went public in 2010, had never made a profit and had trouble making the costly investment of opening its plant in Nevada. In its annual report, Tesla said that it would write down its “bad investments” on the balance sheet by $230 million. Elsewhere in China, another American success story has gone south. Lam Research, which makes microchips for smartphones and other gadgets, bought a huge network of suppliers called GlobalFoundries in a 2016 joint venture, but…

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Guy Builds E-Bike Out of Washing Machine Parts That Can Hit 68 Mph

Meet Alan Garratt, who began using old washing machine parts to build e-bikes around six years ago. He and his co-workers with EwSNAP, a company that collaborates on projects involving “swarming” of built-in parts in low-power systems, help generate power for on-demand renewable energy storage. From New Scientist: Garratt’s completed e-bike weighs a whopping 13kg — well more than a standard pushbike. It’s about 16 inches across, weighs 8.5kg with pedals and gas tank, and has a 17-inch drivetrain of six individual motors. The 14kWh battery pack is a single-cylinder…

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Boom in 5G equipment orders from Asia

If you saw the news coverage this week about a study into all the differences between China and the United States, then you’d think that their fortunes were identical. The study showed a huge difference in per-capita income, as well as low health and educational standards and other indicators. Such figures would lead some experts to conclude that America was doomed. But that’s not what the analysis shows, or what anyone would have thought, had they done the same analysis of our own economy. Since the 2010 recession, the United…

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