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Posts from February, 2016

Aston Martin DB11 stuns in leaked official images

Feb 29

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Gaydon’s latest GT, the new DB11 coupe, has leaked out ahead of its big debut at this week’s Geneva Motor Show. No surprise, but it’s a real beauty.

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Aston Martin DB11 stuns in leaked official images originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 28 Feb 2016 23:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2018 Chevy Sonic caught testing in The Motor City

Feb 29

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Engineers have been spotted testing the 2018 Chevy Sonic, built atop the latest version of GM’s Gamma platform.

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2018 Chevy Sonic caught testing in The Motor City originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 28 Feb 2016 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider is a beauty in blue

Feb 29

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The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider is the latest work from Italian design house Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. It’s beautiful, and will debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

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Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider is a beauty in blue originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Volvo shows off a prototype of its self-emptying trash can

Feb 29

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Volvo’s ROAR (RObot based Autonomous Refuse handling) project has entered into the prototype testing phase. It’s designed to autonomously empty trash cans from the back of a garbage truck, saving the driver from having to manually load bins into the hopper.

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Volvo shows off a prototype of its self-emptying trash can originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 28 Feb 2016 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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F1 forced to delay new qualifying format until Spanish Grand Prix

Feb 29

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Bernie Ecclestone says that Formula 1’s new elimination qualifying format will not be introduced until the Spanish Grand Prix because of issues with readying the new timing software.

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F1 forced to delay new qualifying format until Spanish Grand Prix originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 28 Feb 2016 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rhode Island using dirty money to pay for clean cars

Feb 29

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Rhode Island is funding its DRIVE program with pollution settlements, turning things like “Stripper Well Oil Overcharges” into EV rebates.

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Rhode Island using dirty money to pay for clean cars originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 28 Feb 2016 08:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Researchers Discover Major Jurassic Fossil Site In Argentina

Feb 29

Paleontologists in Argentina have announced the discovery of a major Jurassic-era fossil site four years after it was first discovered. The site, which spans 23,000 square miles (60,000 square kilometers) in Patagonia, southern Argentina, came to light this week with the publication of a report in the journal Ameghiniana. “No other place in the world contains the same amount and diversity of Jurassic fossils,” said geologist Juan Garcia Massini of the Regional Center for Scientific Research and Technology Transfer (CRILAR). The fossils are so well preserved, that researchers say each rock extracted from the site could possibly open the door to a new discovery.


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Biological Supercomputers Powered By ATP Could Be A Reality Some Day

Feb 29

hypnosec writes: Our cells are powered by Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and according to a new study, they could be a power source for the next generation of biological supercomputers capable of processing information very quickly and accurately using parallel networks in the same way that massive electronic super computers do. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the paper describes a model of biological computer that is effectively a very complex network in a very small area, and is based on a combination of geometrical modeling and engineering know-how (on the nano scale). Researchers involved with the study claim that it is the first step in showing that this kind of biological supercomputer can actually work.


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Microsoft Unhappy With Beta Testers, Demands Answers

Feb 29

Freshly Exhumed writes: Microsoft has mandated that the feedback functionality built into Windows Insider Preview beta be switched on — a change from earlier when testers could block questions from the company about what users thought of specific features. Starting with Build 14271 and newer, the frequency in which Windows 10 will ask for your feedback will be locked to ‘Automatically (Recommended)’ in the Settings app. This would seem to disrupt what has traditionally been seen as a tacit understanding between corporations and their beta testers/sandboxers in that the latter would volunteer their time, effort, CPU cycles, possible hardware failures/breakage, and more as part of a bargain to receive feedback or to test fly the beta OS with internal software environments in private. Microsoft would now seem to be altering that relationship.


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IoT Devices Are Secretly Phoning Home

Feb 29

An anonymous reader writes: A popular internet-enabled security camera “secretly and constantly connects into a vast peer-to-peer network run by the Chinese manufacturer of the hardware,” according to security blogger Brian Krebs. While the device is not necessarily sharing video from your camera, it is punching through firewalls to connect with other devices. Even if the user discovers it, it’s still extremely hard to turn off. Krebs notes that the same behavior has been detected in DVRs and smart plugs — they’re secretly connecting to the same IP address in China, apparently without any mention of this in the product’s packaging. One security researcher told Krebs the behavior is an “insanely bad idea,” and that it opens an attack vector into home networks.


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