It’s up up and away for Glenn Martin as he showed off
his experimental jetpack at the annual EAA AirVenture festival in
Oshkosh Wisconsin. The “Martin Jetpack” can fly for several minutes
and can cruise at up to 60 miles-per-hour. For the truly adventurous,
the soon to be commercialized contraption can soar to 8000 feet,
however Martin hasn’t actually tested it more than a few feet off the
ground. Martin hopes to sell the jetpack for $100,000 a pop.
Whether you like it or not, cloud computing is shaping up more and more to become one of the key IT trends of the next decade. Today, cloud computing
consists of too many unknown variables and most cloud services
available could be considered transitional services at best. HP, Intel
and Yahoo are now taking a lead role in this trend and are building a
huge cloud computing playground for researchers in the hope that
convincing applications will be developed and open questions will be
Think all 100-year-olds know nothing of current technology trends and
how to use them? Think again – an annual survey of 100 centenarians
shows quite a few of them could probably give you a run for the money
if you were to match your texting speed against theirs.
Smart cars have been criticized for not quite being as fuel efficient
as their shopping cart size might suggest, but that could change with
the Smart ed, an all-electric car that is scheduled to become available
Once in a while we come across a company whose idea and
products just make sense. Ncomputing is such a company and it may take
some time until you will hear more about its products, but we do
believe that the firm has what it takes to popularize cloud computing
for the masses and become Intel’s biggest threat yet. We are talking
about the ability to split one PC into possibly dozens of sub 5-watt
computers with a cost of less than $100 each. To us, it is the first
convincing cloud computing idea that has the potential to reach more
users than any other computing product before.
First Look - Product announcements are always tricky in a the way how
you describe a products features in a flashy enough way to attract
attention, but remain sufficiently careful to not overstate its
features and benefits. Even a fantastic new product can easily be
trashed in today’s Internet world if you go overboard: That may be the
case with Cuil, an interesting new try to come up with a new type of
search engine, which, according to its developers, carries the world’s
largest search index. We have 12 hours of Cuil usage behind us to see
what the engine offers. The result (surprise, surprise): Bigger isn’t
Virgin Galactic’s founder and
billionaire playboy Sir Richard Branson has unveiled its White Knight
Two ship that will help power people into space. The four-engine, all
carbon-composite plane, has a wingspan of 140-feet and is the
brainchild of legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan. Branson hopes
the nearly finished craft will convince people to pony up $200,000 for
a once in a lifetime trip into sub-orbital space some 62 miles above
44-year-old Ian Usher tried to sell his life on eBay, but things
didn’t exactly turn out like he hoped. The Perth resident wanted to
sell his belongings, job and even friends to the highest bidder. He
hoped to use the money earned to embark on a “100 Goals in 100 Days”
journey, but now the auction winner, along with five of the other
highest bidders, have refused to pay the amount.
With the Olympics only 11 days away from the August 8th start date,
Beijing is still in the grips of choking, visibility-obscuring smog.
In fact, just one week after curtailing traffic and factory output, the
smog in the city is the worst in more than a month. Now, officials are
thinking about ordering 90% of all private automobiles off the road and
even more factory closures.
A Qantas jumbo jet made an emergency landing
after a faulty door exploded open during flight. Qantas Flight 30 from
Hong Kong to Melbourne had to quickly descend 20000 feet and eventually
landed in Manila. All 346 passengers and 19 crew on the Boeing 747
aircraft were not hurt.
TGDaily founder, and editor in chief, Wolfgang Gruener, didn't exactly deliver his third son in the early hours of this morning, but he was very supportive, and was hoping for a Digg with the headline. Mother, and child are doing well. The staff at TGDaily would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Gruener family and appreciate that the boss won't be around much today so, they'll probably slip out the back door early today. To celebrate the birth, of course, in their own unique way, eating chocolate, or sleeping, or drinking something greenish blue with their friends.
With the new 3G iPhone out, many owners of the
first generation models are looking to trade in their clunkers for a
shiny new model and Miami-based Freeiphoneswap.com is helping people do
just that. The company is offering 150 to 350 dollars for old iPhones
and owners can either send them in or drop them off at several
locations nationwide. Often the money paid out can fully pay for a new
iPhone (except for the service plan) with some extra cash to spare for
all the accessories you’ll undoubtedly have to buy.