Automobile systems manufacturer Visteon has unveiled its Nissan Leaf-based e-Bee concept car, designed to showcase some of the company’s visions for mobility technology in the year 2020. Car-sharing will apparently be much more prevalent by then, as many of the car’s features are centered around allowing multiple users to adapt it to their liking. Probably the most prominent of these features is the e-Bee’s ability to store numerous user profiles in the cloud. In this…"The Nissan Leaf-based e-Bee concept car"
I chose the quietest table in the shadows at the back of the Shires Rest Cafe and beckoned my companion to take a seat. Checking that we were alone, with no other covetous eyes watching, I held out my hand to reveal the precious items nestling in my palm…four green and glossy oak leaves from a Hobbit’s tree. ‘I didn’t steal them,’ I promised. ‘They were just lying on the ground, honestly. Do you think…"Wendy takes a quick break at Bilbo Baggins’s underground house in Hobbiton"
This image, released by Nasa, was created by a supercomputer designed to model aerosols in the Earth’s atmosphere. It shows how dust, sea salt, smoke and sulphates travel – and could dramatically improve weather forecasts. The high-resolution global atmospheric modeling was done using the Discover supercomputer at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Nasa said the facility ‘provides a unique tool to study the role of weather in…"An astonishing view of the Earth that reveals just what is in the atmosphere."
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has sniffed the Martian air and now its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument has taken its first taste of soil. The microwave-size internal laboratory of the nuclear-powered rover received its first sample on November 9 and spent the next two days analyzing it. Taken at the Rocknest area of Gale Crater, the purpose of the sampling is to study soil composition with a special emphasis on seeking organic molecules. The…"NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has sniffed the Martian air and now its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM)"
In a world where “phone” means a pocket computer, it isn’t surprising that credit cards are turning into interactive security devices. This coming January, MasterCard Worldwide will makes its largest deployment of its Display Card, in Singapore. The card looks and acts like a conventional credit, debit or ATM card, but it also has an LCD display and keypad that allows users to access account information and make more secure financial transactions. The digital age…"MasterCard Worldwide will makes its largest deployment of its Display Card, in Singapore"
We can thank Amazon and Barnes & Noble for making tablets more affordable. B&N created the cheap seven-inch tablet with 2010’s Nook Color. Amazon took the concept to new levels with last year’s Kindle Fire. Now the two companies are back with improved models. How does the Nook HD compare to the Kindle Fire HD? Let’s take a look. Things are more confusing this year, as both tablets have siblings. A slightly upgraded Kindle Fire…"How does Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD compare to the Nook HD"
The core design of ceiling fans hasn’t altered in the 150 years or so since they first made an appearance. Most ceiling fans cool by blowing air straight down, which is fine if you’re standing directly underneath the blades, but of less use for regulating and homogenizing the overall air temperature in the room. Nik Hiner, via his company Exhale Fans, is trying to disrupt the industry with an innovative new design. The Exhale fan,…"The Exhale fan, developed by Hiner with help from Richard Halsall"
The last of the power trio of microphones unveiled at this year’s CES by Blue Microphones has finally been released. Laying claim to being the first true studio condenser microphone capable of delivering professional-quality audio to a 30-pin-packing iDevice or any computer, laptop or tablet with a spare USB port, the Spark Digital bridges the gap between supreme analog quality and convenient digital portability. Essentially a digital version of Blue’s analog Spark microphone, the Spark…"The last of the power trio of microphones unveiled at this year’s CES"
She’s one of the most privacy-conscious stars, but she’s clearly happy to bare all in the name of art. Sienna Miller might have kept most of the details of her first pregnancy under wraps but now her pregnant body is out there for the world to see. The 30-year-old star decided to take the plunge a la Demi Moore and show off her baby bump in a portrait by acclaimed artist Jonathan Yeo In July,…"Sienna Miller might have kept most of the details of her first pregnancy under wraps"
It’s normally the children and teenagers asking for the latest mobile phone in their Christmas stocking. But given the release of a new credit card-sized ‘My Phone’ aimed at the elderly, this year there will be many grandparents doing the same. The ‘no-frills’ £55 phone, launched by Age UK in time for Christmas, has been designed to make phone calls easy for people unfamiliar with modern technology or with bad eyesight. Rather than press numbers…"Age UK launch ‘no frills’ £55 mobile phone to make calls on the go easier for elderly just in time for Christmas"