Hyperloop One successfully tested its electromagnetic transport system and it looks promising.

The company, Hyperloop One, is one of a few companies developing the Hyperloop technology, conceived by Elon Musk. This new transportation technology would use pods that are propelled through a tube system using magnetic and air levitation propulsion systems. Originally worked on by engineers from Tesla and SpaceX it was released as an open source technology. Hyperloop, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, and Transpod, a Toronto-based company, are all working on a full-scale Hyperloop transportation system.

Hyperloop One tested their system on  a 200 feet test track on May 11th, 2016 in Nevada and reached 187kph, their goal is 1,080kph. Though its not completely functional nor completely safe. The company hopes to have a fully functional system by 2020. This fifth mode of transportation, as its being called, would be revolutionary. It would allow for faster travel between cities without having to take the plane and its proposed as being green, cheap, and fast. Though it’ll have to pass all sorts of safety tests and the company(s) will face massive amounts of financial costs to build a network of tubes.

Microsoft has released the latest Version of SharePoint on premise! SharePoint 2016

Microsoft has released the latest version of SharePoint on premise: SharePoint 2016 and like all new things there will new features, functionality, and other changes that you might want to know. So lets go through some changes with SharePoint 2016.

With the new UI you can see a reflection of Office 365 and it’s purposefully done that to merge both environments.

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There are User, System, and Security Improvements

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Hybrid integration is the biggest update to SharePoint. Now you can utilize cloud features such as One Drive for business and Delve (Which will be available for SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint 2013). In addition you can now create a server to server connection to create a single environment for users and take advantage of Hybrid connections such as SharePoint Hybrid Sites, which makes it easier for users to follow their SharePoint on premise and SharePoint Online sites by creating a central location for followed sites.

Microsoft has invested in HTML5 to help users better access their SharePoint sites via smartphone. There’s a lot of improvement in creating a new touch friendly interface and device specific targeting of content personalization.

There’s also an update in SharePoint configuration with the newly introduced MinRoles. Through MinRoles you choose a specific role for your servers: Front-End, Application, Distributed Cache, and Search, with the option for custom and Single-Server Farm.

Migration is only possible from SharePoint 2013, enhancements in compliance, and limitations, there is alot to discuss about SharePoint 2016. Check out this webinar: Discover SharePoint 2016 to understand the changes with SharePoint 2016.

 

Microsoft Build the future of AI

You might think an event for developers would be mostly boring. These developer events have gone from dazing to incredibly interesting futuristic spectacles and as the technology advances so do these events. Microsoft Build is one of the biggest developer events, though you might be surprised what they actually have in store for you to see and we’re actually going to do just that. Lets cover one of the most interesting developments: Artificial Intelligence.

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Hold you horses, you’re thinking first we’ll see Cortana, no Windows 10, no HoloLens, but there’s so much more that Microsoft is doing. Microsoft is really pushing software as constantly stated at the event. The first major update is bots! Microsoft is working to be at the heart of computing, through their intelligent bots. They respond through words to provide you with assistance, no lets not think of Tay, which did not have a great start or end. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said “We want to build technology so it gets the best of humanity, not the worst. We quickly realized it was not up to this mark. So we’re back to the drawing board.” But it did show that bots can learn from humans, granted some very nasty ones. Nadella laid out the bots for everyone with the human language being the UI layer, bots being new apps, which might make them more responsive, and digital assistants being labeled as the new “meta apps.” When we think of digital assistants we think of Cortana, which is a really well done assistant. But Microsoft isn’t stopping at Cortana. Cortana is more of a central, disconnected, AI but now Microsoft is looking at popular services such as Skype to integrate with Cortana and other intelligent bots so for example Cortana can order your food for you. During the demo a bot from Cups and Cakes requests an address for delivery, using Cortana as the mediator the bot was able to obtain location and arrival time which was then forwarded to the user. The most interesting and maybe a bit intrusive, up to you, was when Cortana suggested the user to talk to a friend who was nearby and even came up with an automatic message.

Having integrated intelligent bots would allow for apps to communicate with each other. They run this through the Cortana Intelligence Suite. In past where you had seamless connectivity with your apps, to sky drive, and to many of devices, you did not have a connection between your apps. This would solve this issue. They used a unique take on intelligent bots by creating a Domino’s Pizza bot that can work with various apps and supports natural language.

Cortana is getting an addition or more connectivity, with your Xbox. Cortana will integrate with your Xbox and help you with your searches and provide you with tips, making your Xbox usage more seamless and easier. She’s also getting an update with the Anniversary Edition of Windows 10, where she will be able to identify what you were working on in the past, which places you visited, and help you make calendar appointments through emails and texts. This is something that Google Now does, where it gathers data and provides you with relevant information using various sources such as search history.

These new bots and network of connectivity will change the way users use apps and improve convenience of apps.

OLO the $99 3D Printer

3D printers are one of those exciting, innovative, futuristic devices that you want but costs more than you can afford and can be over sized, until now. OLO is the compact, affordable, 3D printer that you can buy for $99.

OLO is particularly different because it connects to your smartphone to build the 3D objects. It uses materials called Daylight Resins, that harden from the light of a smartphone screen. It uses an app to load the object and the smartphone light to print upon with the phone being placed under the polarized glass located at the base of the device.

The OLO uses a photo-polymer resin which is poured into the device, a reservoir, and a mechanized lid with the build plate. The polarized glass at the base takes the light from the smartphone and redirects it upward since smartphone light shines outward. This light makes the pattern of the object you want to print and once the light hits the reservoir it causes a the resin to harden layer by layer. This is ingenious because it cuts the expense of having to buy a more expensive light projector. The downside is the time it takes to print meaning your phone wont be available for a few hours. A simple solution would be to print your object at night. 04.jpg

This new type of 3D printer might not be the best around or have the most power, but for its price and intended use its in its own class and it definitely can have the influence and affordability to allow for a broad spectrum of users to get their hands on the technology.

The device is available at their kickstarter campaign page, though you might want to hurry.

Google’s Project Skybender wants to deliver 5G internet using solar powered drones

Remember Project Loon? Its a project, part of Google Access, that aims to give internet to areas around the world that do not have internet using balloons that float near space. Now, according to a report from The Guardian, Google has a new project called Project Skybender, no not Airbender.

Project Skybender plans to use solar drones to deliver 5G internet. Currently Google is testing in New Mexico with a goal of delivering 5G incredibly fast internet connection around the world. The company is using a Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft and a solar powered Titan Drone made by Titan Aerospace for testing. They are also reportedly renting Virgin Galactic hangers and paying $300,000 to Spaceport America for its own flight control center. The company has received FCC permission to test their drones until July.

Google will also use millimeter wave technology, which delivers higher speeds than the current 4G technology that’s widely in use. Millimeter technology looks to be the future of high speed data transmission technology. While millimeter waves are believed to have 40 times faster service the only issue with 5G is that it’s not far reaching and can only travel a short distance. The company is working to solve this issue.

Google Fiber to provide free internet service for low income residents in select cities.

Google has plans to provide free internet access to low income Americans in affordable housing and its not coming in megabit, its gigabit speed.

This is a very important step in providing what should be considered a necessary 21st century utility to people who cannot afford it. Though it should be noted that Google has already been providing free 5 Mbps internet in public housing.

If you may have not known Google Fiber is is Google’s broadband internet and cable service, with a whopping 1 gigabit speed. Currently there are only a select few locations with Fiber infrastructure: Atlanta, Austin< Charlotte, Kansas City, Nashville, Provo, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, and San Antonio. They have plans to expand their services to other cities across the country. But due to the cost and sometimes the political scene, it is difficult to expand quickly.

As for the free internet the company is working with the white house and local government, residents in parts of Kansas city, Mo., Kansas City, Kan. will be the first to get a free subscription to 1,000 Mbps Google Fiber service. At that speed a user can download an HD Movie in about 7 seconds. If you want to personally check this claim head over to the Google Fiber website, where they have a “race” comparing speeds and the time it takes to download a file.

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“We’ve wired all 100 homes with Fiber, and families can sign up today to access the Internet at up to 1,000Mbps,” the Google Fiber announcement said. “Across Kansas City, we’re working with local affordable housing providers to connect up to nine properties, reaching more than 1,300 families in the metro area.”

They also said that there are plans to bring free internet to low income families to cities where the service, Google Fiber, currently operates. Residents also do not need to pay for anything, including any equipment or installation fees.

Google is known to do these kinds of things. Currently they are working with groups such as Connecting for Good to offer discounted rates for refurbishes devices such as laptops, tablets, and phones. In coordination with ConnectHome, a program headed by President Obama, Google will also provide computer labs and digital literacy programming for lower grade students.

Having internet is a must as it provides important things such as access to information and the ability to connect with others, these should not be privileges to only those that can afford it.

Hound? It sounds ominous but its competing against Google Now, Cortana, and Siri.

Hound is a smart personal assistant made by SoundHound.

It has become a huge competitor for Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. Hound delivers fast results and with questions that can sometimes be mind boggling, or query boggling.

Hound combines audio speech recognition and natural language processing to deliver faster replies by processing complex queries quickly. The company has years of experience and testing with audio processing, which makes Hound technologically more advanced.

In 2007  Keyvan Mohajer, CEO of SoundHound, released Midomi, a service that translates humming from a user looking for a specific song and identifies that song. In 2009 SoundHound was launched, which identified songs heard on the radio or another source. Hound is the final version that Keyvan Mohajer envisioned nearly a decade ago.

The beta for hound was released in June of 2015 but it required users to have invite codes and is restricted to US residents only. But that didn’t stop people from raving about Hound. As of now you have to ask questions in Hound, meaning you have to open the app and use it. SoundHound has a vision to integrate Hound into technology everywhere.

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As of now developers can use Houndify to integrate Hound into apps and hardware. The company is working on an app for iOS.

Its competitors Google, Apple, and Microsoft have their own top of the line assistants: Google Now, Siri, and Cortana, respectively. Google also showered their Now on Tap feature, released in Android M, integrates Now to every app, making it easier for the company to know what the user is searching for and why. Apple has Proactive, that learns users habits and offers suggestions to apps and functions, putting relevant information to the users without having them go searching for it. Microsoft’s Cortana is well integrated with Windows 10 and is also available on Android, windows phones, and iOS. Cortana can also sync between devices so you don’t have to re-input data such as reminders or contact’s.

 

Windows Phone Companion App, the first step to cross platform connectivity.

Microsoft is really making Windows universal, connect your PC, tablet, or smartphone using Windows 10 Phone Companion App. With the Companion App you can link several apps between devices. Check it out as we show you a step by step guide and connect Cortana between PC and Android!

First choose your platform, Windows, Android, iPhone,  iPad.

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Its good to see that Microsoft has opened up Windows Apps to work with different platforms.

There are 7 options to choose from, select all that you want, we’ll select Cortana.

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If you haven’t already installed Cortana onto your smartphone then you can enter an email address with or download it from Google Play.

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On your mobile install Cortana and agree to the terms.

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Setup an awesome name for Cortana to call you by, sorry Chiefs taken.

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Enter your Microsoft account information.

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Once your signed in on your phone click next on the Phone Companion App on Windows and click “I’m signed in to the Cortana app on my phone or tablet.”4.jpg

aAnd now your connected. Setup reminders, notes, and see it on your phone. Now you don’t have to switch between devices and constantly sync, with Windows 10 apps your instantly connected.5.jpgP5.png

The Jason-3 has been successfully delivered to orbit!

SpaceX’s first launch of 2016 maybe one of the most important launches. The Jason-3 satellite has been successfully delivered into orbit by the Falcon 9 this past Sunday and it might help scientists understand changes in the sea level.

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Source: SpaceX

The Jason-3 is on  a mission to monitor sea surface topography around the world. The first Jason-1 was launched in 2001 and replaced the TOPEX spacecraft, which ended its operation in 2006. The Jason-2 was launched in 2008 and the Jason-1 ended its operation in 2013.

The many instruments in the satellite allow it to measure its total distance between the itself and the surface of Earth and calculate the altitude above the mean sea level to map the changes in the height of the ocean surface.

The Jason-3 was constructed by Thales Alenia Space and is the third of its kind. The Jason-3, was launched between a partnership with NASA, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pan-European weather research organization, and the French space agency CNES.

It allows scientists to analyze circulation patterns in the ocean and sea level changes. With this data scientists can monitor the warming of the planet and its consequences to the climate.

SpaceX: The Falcon 9 lands, tilts, and explodes.

Its not easy trying to land a Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket onto an automated barge with weather conditions continuously promoting the death of the Falcon. On Sunday, January 17th, SpaceX used the Falcon 9 to launch the Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite into orbit and the Falcon made its way down to Earth attempting to land on a barge out in the Pacific, but failed and well exploded when it tilted and hit the landing pad, called the droneship.

Here is the drone ship posted by Elon Musk on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/688577089679708160/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

 

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted a video on Instagram, which shows the rocket landing but begins to tilt, and you can see that one of the legs gives in. That imbalance causes the rocket to fall and hit the pad, it was so close to a perfect landing even with the 12 to 15 foot ocean waves and foggy weather.

Watch the video from Elon Musk’s Instagram:

Falcon lands on droneship, but the lockout collet doesn’t latch on one the four legs, causing it to tip over post landing. Root cause may have been ice buildup due to condensation from heavy fog at liftoff.

This was the fourth attempt by SpaceX to land a rocket safely onto one of their droneships at sea. Though don’t be depressed or lose sight of the goal. Landing rockets its tough business and SpaceX is already halfway there.

Elon Musk adds humor to it and isn’t giving up.

Elon Musk Twitter:

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/688837706005131264/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Though lets not forget that last December SpaceX made history by landing the Falcon 9 on land after launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. That landing was one the most beautiful things I have seen and am anticipating more.