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Technology Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water

Technology / Researchers continue to examine the potential of graphene, the one-atom thin sheet of bonded carbon atoms that was created more than ten years ago after researchers first peeled a few layers off a block of graphite with some Scotch Tape, before going on to refine their technique until a sheet just a single atom thick was produced.

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The nanomaterial has been posited for all sorts of potentially revolutionary uses; from faster, thinner and even transparent electronics, to biotech implants, to better battery capacity. Now researchers at the University of Manchester say they have come up with a method for controlling the permeation of graphene oxide membranes so they can act as a filter to remove salt from ocean water. By controlling the size of the pores in the membranes the team was able to prevent common salts passing through the material, turning seawater into drinking water.

While graphene has previously been demonstrated for filtering small nanoparticles, organic molecules, and even large salts, the challenge with common salts found in seawater is their small size. Graphene membranes also swell in size when immersed in water; meaning smaller sieves were required in order to block these common salts.

The team at Manchester say they used physical confinement to control the interlayer spacing within graphene laminates immersed in water, enabling them to achieve what they describe as “accurate and tunable ion sieving”, and to provide a sieve size smaller than the diameters of hydrated ions.

While they found that permeation rates for the membranes decrease exponentially with decreasing sieve size, they also report that water transport itself is only “weakly affected.” That means the filtered water flows through the membrane relatively quickly; an important factor if the aim is to develop affordable desalination technology. As well as potential uses for desalination, the team envisages wider industrial applications for “on-demand filtration capable of filtering out ions according to their sizes.” This study is detailed in a paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

Professor Rahul Nair, one of the scientists stated, “Realisation of scalable membranes with uniform pore size down to atomic scale is a significant step forward and will open new possibilities for improving the efficiency of desalination technology. This is the first clear-cut experiment in this regime. We also demonstrate that there are realistic possibilities to scale up the described approach and mass produce graphene-based membranes with required sieve sizes.”

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Smaller Satellite Company Gives Boeing A Run For Their Money

According to Wall Street Journal, Boeing is in the process of changing the way a satellite is constructed, with an eye toward automating a lot of the process. This will make it more simple to boost production while also developing overall efficiency. The efforts of the company reflect the basic transformation of the private space industry, driven by pressure put on incumbents by new entrants with a more nimble approach to getting the job done.

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The rarefied atmosphere housed by private contractors has not been very crowded, and has proven a place for the companies that do exist to make a lot of money out of lucrative government contract that have large built-in margins. However, pressure from smaller players like SpaceX, which drastically undercuts Boeing on the cost of rocket launches, has meant the legacy operators need to rethink how they conduct business. Boeing’s satellite business lead Paul Rusnock told the Wall Street Journal that his company is now taking measures like putting 3D printing to use wherever possible, and sampling the designs of the satellites so they require fewer moving parts in order to minimize error rates and speed up production.

Satellites have been especially dependent on specialized, one-off parts that cost a lot to produce. Use of more standard, cross-purpose and modular satellite components is driving new efficiencies in production. The Wall Street Journal also states that there is a lot that can be done with simulated testing, and self-check protocols run by satellite themselves that replace previous expensive efforts to achieve the same results. With upstart providers offering cost of construction for new satellites that run at roughly 1/100th the price of what Boeing has commonly charged, and production cycles that can design new ones in a small fraction of the time, it is a likely necessity more than anything else that has pushed Boeing to rethink how it approaches the industry.

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VR & AR Technology to Help Vision Impaired

You don’t need perfect vision for virtual reality technology, however it helps. Otherwise, you’re going to have issues with accommodating glasses, ocular distances maxing out, eye tracking not working, to name just a few. Researchers from Stanford want to simplify things for people with vision problems while using VR. Common conditions like farsightedness and nearsightedness affect millions of people. Combined with how VR presents depth of field and other effects, this leads to optical troubles and inconsistencies that can cause headaches and nausea.

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VR headsets often allow for adjusting things like the distance from your eye to the screen and how far apart your eyes are. However, for many, it’s not enough. Stanford’s Gordon Wetzstein said, “Every person needs a different optical mode to get the best possible experience in VR.” His team’s research describes a set of mechanisms that together comprise what they call an adaptive focus display. One idea uses a liquid lens, the shape of which can be adjusted for certain circumstances; like when the focus of the game is on an object that the viewer normally would not be able to focus on. The screen itself could also be moved in order to better fit the optical requirements of someone with a given affliction.

Wetzstein stated, “The technology we propose is perfectly compatible with existing head mounted displays. However, one also needs eye tracking for this to work properly. Eye tracking is a technology that everyone in the industry is working on and we expect eye trackers to be part of the next wave of [head-mounted displays]. Thus, our gaze-contingent focus displays would be directly compatible with those.” In the paper, both commercial and built-from-scratch headsets are used to prototype various methods of adjusting optical qualities of the displays. The team tested these with 173 participants at last year’s SIGGRAPH conference. The news release reports an “improved viewing experiences across a wide range of vision characteristics.”

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Auto Technology: New Vehicles May Be Required To Come Equipped With V2V By 2023

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a proposal recently to require all new vehicles to come equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities. It isn’t an official requirement yet however, if it goes into effect in 2019, manufacturers would be able to phase the technology into their fleets over a few years, with all new vehicles being required to communicate with each other by 2023. The guideline not only requires the technology to be on board; it also standardizes the messages that vehicles will share. Each vehicle would come with a short-range communications (DSRC) unit that receives and sends out basic safety messages (BSMs).

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BSMs are basic and include data like speed, heading, and brake status. The proposal says specifically, “NHTSA purposely does not require some elements to alleviate potential privacy concerns.” The target here is to confirm all vehicles are speaking the same language in short messages. The proposal also includes a requirement that all vehicles be able to receive over-the-air security and software updates, with “consumer consent, where appropriate.” The proposal is pretty clear that vehicles should use the data received to engage other on-board sensor and safety systems, like automatic emergency braking. NHTSA also calls out the benefits of vehicles communicating in a swarm and helping each other to see beyond the limits of their own sensors and DSRC messages.

The government does not believe V2V technology is moving fast enough. The proposed rule states, “Without government action, these challenges could prevent this promising safety technology from achieving sufficiently widespread use throughout the vehicle fleet to achieve these benefits.” NHTSA also notes that without requiring this technology, consumers may not choose to purchase it. If you the consumer only see safety benefits from V2V when other cars have it, but not enough other people are buying it, then you might not buy it either. NHTSA is just going to require all vehicles to have it.

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Amazon Building Air Cargo Hub For Air Fleet

Amazon is constructing one of the biggest internal logistics and shipping organizations in the world. The company just unveiled that it is investing $1.5 billion in a new air cargo hub. This will establish a spot that crosses the Kentucky and Cincinnati border, and according to the Wall Street Journal, it should open up around 2,000 jobs.

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The new hub is being created in order to help provide a base for its progressively large fleet of 40 or more cargo planes, a group of vehicles it previously revealed it was leasing under the name of Amazon Prime Air, and come with custom Amazon exterior paint jobs. The planes are designed to help Amazon handle its increasing transportation needs, which are growing as its share of global retail business increases, and straining the capabilities and capacities of its shipping partners, which include UPS and FedEx.

The company has long maintained that it is not looking to compete with other logistics providers, but it recently became an ocean cargo shipping company, with the ability to act as a “freight forwarder,” services that UPS and FedEx also offer. Amazon still hopes to eventually offer services both to itself and to outside companies and retailers, which would put it in direct competition with its current partners, according to the WSJ’s sources.

If and when it ever happens, however, there’s likely plenty of business to go around for everyone. Amazon typically has some trouble keeping up with demand during busy periods like the holidays, even with all the shipping partners it currently enjoys, and so owning its own piece of the pie to try to build up its maximum capacity is a worthwhile goal even without considering building a functional standalone shipping business in the future, in addition to this.

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Roku Revamps TV Technology App

After introducing new TV models at CES, Roku’s technology department is rolling out a remodeled mobile app targeted at making it easier to access its most popular features, including the remote control and search, while introducing new ways to find things to watch. Roku has long offered a companion app that works with its smart TVs and streaming media player devices. The older version of the application offered a simple interface with vertically aligned buttons for search, remote, My Feed, Play on Roku , and the Channel Store.

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Roku stated it is moving the navigation to the bottom of the app. That is a more conventional design than the large buttons it used earlier. However, the buttons themselves have changed. Now, from left to right, you can access the remote, a new section called “What’s On,” Channels, “Photos+”, and the app’s settings. When the application is launched, you’ll be presented with a list of the channels you have installed. You can then tap the channel you want so you can continue to navigate to the show or movie you want to watch. The Channel Store is still available in a separate tab.

“What’s On” is a new section that replaced the earlier “My Feed” button. The target was to make it simpler to keep up with content across services in the streaming landscape by integrating these updates. With “What’s On,” Roku turns its focus to more generalized suggestions with an organized list of the top entertainment available to stream, buy, or rent. You will find other content grouping by theme here. “My Feed” is still available at the bottom of this section.

While “My Feed” was helpful if you spent the time customizing it and keeping it current with the shows you were currently watching, it will become dated without the effort. You would have to consistently tweak the feed to keep it tuned into what shows you are interested in. “What’s On” makes more sense now, as it focuses on more interesting things for you to watch.

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New Technology Feature For Ipad Pro Artists

The iPad Pro is a new technology tool used for drawing when you are on the go. However, it is missing a lot of the pro software that artists need to complete jobs. Astropad, a company that is concentrated on making second-screen software for iPad to use with a connected Mac, is revealing Astropad Studio. It is a modern version of its new technology software that adds options that are customizable to Astropad’s screen mirroring features. This makes it a much more powerful alternative to pricey graphics hardware.

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Astropad’s modernized software offers full pressure sensitivity support for Apple Pencil and great visual fidelity. It works with a USB cable or connects to Wifi. Other apps offer comparable features. Duet Display would be the closest adversary to Astropad Studio. While that app does support Apple Pencil and pressure sensitive input, it is designed as another display to extend your desktop than Studio, which is surely concentrated on offering graphics pros tools designed to fit their specific needs.

These new technology features not only incorporate Pencil support and performance. It also offers quick customizable shortcuts and actions, combine touch input with pencil, and enabled via touch input. You can erase, for instance, just by adding taps to your workflow, and can customize these shortcuts to whatever you like.

Astropad Studio connects to your Mac and lets you select a part of your existing display to define as the interaction surface for use on your iPad Pro. A small disc icon on the iPad screen allows you to customize shortcuts and check for added commands. The commands available are awesome, like universal redo and undo combos, and an easy way to erase by easily leaving one finger on the screen and using the Pencil as you would normally. In practice, Astropad Studio is an adequate alternative to a graphics tablet.

The iPad Pro is tool used for drawing when you are on the go. However, it is missing a lot of the pro software that artists need to complete jobs. Astropad, a company that is concentrated on making second-screen software for iPad to use with a connected Mac, is revealing Astropad Studio. It is a modern version of its software that adds options that are customizable to Astropad’s screen mirroring features. This makes it a much more powerful alternative to pricey graphics hardware.

Astropad’s modernized software offers full pressure sensitivity support for Apple Pencil and great visual fidelity. It works with a USB cable or connects to Wifi. Other apps offer comparable features. Duet Display would be the closest adversary to Astropad Studio. While that app does support Apple Pencil and pressure sensitive input, it is designed as another display to extend your desktop than Studio, which is surely concentrated on offering graphics pros tools designed to fit their specific needs.

These new technology features not only incorporate Pencil support and performance. It also offers quick customizable shortcuts and actions, combine touch input with pencil, and enabled via touch input. You can erase, for instance, just by adding taps to your workflow, and can customize these shortcuts to whatever you like.

Astropad Studio connects to your Mac and lets you select a part of your existing display to define as the interaction surface for use on your iPad Pro. A small disc icon on the iPad screen allows you to customize shortcuts and check for added commands. The commands available are awesome, like universal redo and undo combos, and an easy way to erase by easily leaving one finger on the screen and using the Pencil as you would normally. In practice, Astropad Studio is an adequate alternative to a graphics tablet.

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Opera Reveals A New Browser Technology Called Neon

Internet browser technology seems to have become dull. After much modernization, things slowed down since Google Chrome was revealed. We have seen a few interesting experiments, mostly from smaller players like Vivaldi and Brave, but the larger players have pretty much been playing it safe.

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Opera was sold to an association of Chinese companies last year and is switching things up with the reveal of Opera Neon, an experimental desktop browser for both Mac and Windows. They would like to redefine what a current browser should look like. There is no task bar or bookmarks bar to be seen. Round bubbles will replace the tabs at the top. It will automatically grab your desktop’s background image and uses that as the background image of your new home page. There is also a sidebar on the left hand side that will let you control video playback and audio which allows you to watch it even while you are surfing in other tabs. There is a screenshotting tool in the same sidebar. Furthermore, Opera Neon allows you to place two browser tabs side-by-side within the same window if you have a wider or larger screen.

It would be somewhat difficult to make the change to Opera Neon because it does not support plug-ins yet. It does, however, have some cool features like the pop-out video feature. The browsing seems to work at a quick speed, too. About bookmarks, you have to open up a new tab to get each one. It is not possible to organize them, either. If you have a lot of bookmarks you will end up with a lot of tabs open. Opera’s former CEO said that Neon won’t replace Opera’s existing browser, “However, some of its new features are expected to be added to Opera this spring.”

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Finally, A Technology Update To Google Voice

Google Voice technology is getting ready to reveal a momentous update. Some Google Voice users reported seeing a technology upgrade link reading “the new Google Voice” on the web version of the service. There was also a link for them to follow to try it out. Obviously, the message was released too early because the upgrade didn’t actually come through when the link was clicked.

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A banner showed up at the top of the screen when they logged into their account. The message read, “The new Google Voice is here. Try now,” according to Droid Life blog. However, when the users clicked on it, the page refreshed and they stayed on the current user page on the site.

The updates have been few and far between, even with the usefulness of the service and its room for growth. Since Google failed to continue improving in the space it has given other voice calling apps room to excel. Other calling apps like Burner and Listen seem to be getting more of the focus now.

The Google Voice competition have prospered in part by focusing on mobile users, an area where Google Voice has fallen short, having not updated its iOS and Android apps since last year. Google confirmed that it is working on updates to Google Voice, but declined to give any details ahead of the reveal.

The company’s strategy regarding its communications apps have been sloppy. It will be interesting to see what the improved Google Voice looks like. Google has several communication products, which seem to constantly fluctuate.

For example, Hangouts has seen its API shut down, which will shutter the application ecosystem on the platform. The apps that would remain have an business focus instead, as Google related to developers in an email that it is moving away from its customer focus.

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InterCloud Systems Begins New Year with over $200K in New Contracts

NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — InterCloud Systems, Inc. (the “Company” or “InterCloud”) (ICLD), a leading provider of cloud networking orchestration and automation solutions and services, today announced that it was recently awarded over $200,000 in new contracts to start the new year. A majority of the work is expected to begin immediately.

Mark Munro, CEO of InterCloud Systems stated: “We have seen higher volume in our stock as of late, as lenders exercise their rights to convert their debt into equity. The pressure on the stock from the conversions of debt into equity is not a reflection on the operations of the Company. As we have previously disclosed, the Company is working very aggressively to secure more conventional asset based financing to help reduce these conversions. We are also working on the sale of non-core assets to eliminate some of this convertible debt as well. We continue to have a positive outlook for 2017 and anticipate that a stronger balance sheet, reduced operating expenses and continued marketing of our more profitable products and services will produce improved shareholder value in the future.”

About InterCloud Systems, Inc.

InterCloud Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud networking orchestration and automation, for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) cloud environments to the telecommunications service provider (carrier) and corporate enterprise markets through cloud solutions and professional services. InterCloud’s cloud solutions offer enterprise and service-provider customers the opportunity to adopt an operational expense model by outsourcing cloud deployment and management to InterCloud rather than the capital expense model that has dominated in recent decades in IT infrastructure management. Additional information regarding InterCloud may be found on InterCloud’s website at www.intercloudsys.com.

Forward-looking statements:

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