Ubisoft is bringing Star Trek to VR this Fall

Star Trek VR Well, this just rocketed to the top our list of most eagerly anticipated VR games in warp speed. At its big pre-E3 press conference, Ubisoft unveiled Star Trek: Bridge Crew, a new title set to arrive on the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR this fall. The title was unveiled courtesy of a trailer featuring Trek vets Levar Burton, Jeri Ryan, and Karl Urban playing the game together as… Read More

Star Trek VR Well, this just rocketed to the top our list of most eagerly anticipated VR games in warp speed. At its big pre-E3 press conference, Ubisoft unveiled Star Trek: Bridge Crew, a new title set to arrive on the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR this fall. The title was unveiled courtesy of a trailer featuring Trek vets Levar Burton, Jeri Ryan, and Karl Urban playing the game together as… Read More

Why Apple wants to be the smart home’s nerve center

wwdc On Monday, Apple announced that it would make an app called Home available to users soon, allowing them to connect and control all of their HomeKit-enabled smart home devices from their iPads, iPhones or even watches. Per an earlier TechCrunch report live from the event, the Home app will let users control a Fantasia-like orchestra of smart gadgets from one place, including… Read More

wwdc On Monday, Apple announced that it would make an app called Home available to users soon, allowing them to connect and control all of their HomeKit-enabled smart home devices from their iPads, iPhones or even watches. Per an earlier TechCrunch report live from the event, the Home app will let users control a Fantasia-like orchestra of smart gadgets from one place, including… Read More

How Cyclists Are Making the Most of D.C. Metro’s Service Cuts

Record-breaking bike ridership is cause for optimism among D.C.’s cycling supporters. 

For all the talk of Metro-pocalypse, last week’s first surge of service cuts for a year-long Metrorail maintenance plan in Washington, D.C., did not result in transportation catastrophe. 

WMATA reported a 25 percent drop in boardings along many reduced-service sections of the Orange and Silver Lines in Fairfax and Arlington counties in Virginia. Car counts showed fewer automobiles than average on many corridors and highways. Perhaps most promising, the number of bike commuters went way up throughout the metro area. 

Make that way, way up: Monday through Wednesday, automated counters stationed throughout Arlington County showed increases of two-wheeled traffic upwards of 70 percent compared to June 2015 (see the chart below, provided by Bike Arlington, a county-supported cycling support initiative).

And though the first surge of service cuts (which will last through June 16) only directly affects service in the Virginia suburbs, bike commuters within D.C. city limits also turned out in higher numbers. According to Kim Lucas, a bicycle and pedestrian program specialist for the D.C. Department of Transportation, the 15th Street cycle track saw its highest-ever recorded ridership last Thursday, with a 29 percent increase in cyclists compared to June 2015. The Metropolitan Branch Trail in Northeast D.C. also saw a significant uptick. Lucas, who helps manage Capital Bikeshare, says that program also saw a spike in rentals, helped by a special $2 single-trip fare announced just before SafeTrack began.


Bike counter numbers in Arlington County, Virginia. (Provided by Bike Arlington)

It’s still too early to tell if Metro’s service cuts are the sole driver of these leaps in bike ridership. This is only a week’s worth of data, and a week that happened to have gorgeous weather. 

Still, these numbers suggest that there’s region-wide interest in cycling in the face of major changes to rail service. And that’s cause for optimism among local cycling officials and advocates, who have been furiously building support for commuters as Metro’s services decline. Alongside enhanced purchase offerings, Capital Bikeshare is increasing the number of bikes and corrals available. Bike Arlington and the Washington Area Bicycling Association are offering rush-hour group rides, “bike buddy” pairing programs, and educational seminars as an effort to push fed-up Metro commuters toward bikes instead of cars.

“We’re not interested in making Metro riders into diehard cyclists,” says Daniel Hoagland, the programs director at WABA. “We just want them to see biking as a tool in their toolkit that they can use without being afraid.”

In that sense, SafeTrack is a golden opportunity for D.C.’s bike community. Research shows that major shifts in context, such as moving homes, can drive people to make lasting changes to their transportation patterns. SafeTracks could have the potential to do the same over the next year, and hopefully beyond, says Lucas.

“This is going to shake people out of their habits,” she says. “For people who are interested in biking, but didn’t have that last push to try it as their everyday commute, I think this will encourage that change.”

Of course, switching from train to bike is easier for some commuters than others. Riding from northern Virginia into Northwest D.C. isn’t too hard, with plenty of separated lanes on surface streets and bridges crossing over the Potomac. By contrast, for large swaths of further-out Northeast D.C. and much of Prince George’s County—which will both be affected by the next “surge” of service cuts beginning, June 18—bike infrastructure is scant and disconnected. When trains stop running for 16 days along eastern portions of the Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines, “there probably aren’t going to be many folks taking on cycling in New Carrolton and Largo,” Hoagland says.

But plenty of folks will have their commutes disrupted by that surge—some of the most economically vulnerable residents in the D.C. metro area, in fact. If ever there’s been a time to push for more bike facilities east of the Anacostia River, it’s now. According to Hoagland, WABA has been working with DDOT to install some temporary bike facilities in those neighborhoods. Longer-term, he hopes SafeTrack’s inconveniences will force jurisdictions that haven’t seriously invested in bike infrastructure—namely, Prince George’s County—to start moving faster. 

Until then, bike advocates are crossing their fingers that turnout among cyclists remains high as SafeTrack stretches on and the summer turns muggy. “If we have a lot more people out there riding and seeing the need for more and better-planned infrastructure, people can start contacting their representatives to say that this is a benefit,” says Henry Dunbar, the program director of Bike Arlington. For all the inconveniences, “there are many silver linings about this period.” 

Music Video: ‘Strict Machine,’ Goldfrapp (2003)

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Music video: Goldfrapp performing ‘Strict Machine.’

Trips me out to realize this song is 13 years old. It never aged, for me, and I’m enjoying it again today. Here’s a Vimeo link if you prefer.

I’m dressed in white noise
U know just what I want so please
Wonderful electric, wonderful electric
Wonderful electric, cover me in u

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Music video: Goldfrapp performing ‘Strict Machine.’

Trips me out to realize this song is 13 years old. It never aged, for me, and I’m enjoying it again today. Here’s a Vimeo link if you prefer.

I’m dressed in white noise
U know just what I want so please
Wonderful electric, wonderful electric
Wonderful electric, cover me in u

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Geraldo scolds Orlando victims: “For God’s sakes, fight back!”

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Geraldo Rivera thinks the victims of the Orlando massacre made the wrong choice yesterday morning when they were attacked with an AR-15 assault rifle: “When you’re in that situation and you have no weapons, you have two choices. If you can’t hide and you can’t run, there are two choices. You stay and die, or you fight. For God’s sakes, fight back. Fight back.”

“There’s a hundred people that he murdered with one weapon that he reloaded,” Rivera continued, inflating the death toll from a reported 49. “When he reloaded, they must—people must—America must understand, we are at war with Islamic terror, with these terrorists. We’ve got to stop them in Raqqa, we’ve got to stop them in Mosul, and we’ve got to stop them in the Pulse in Orlando.”

Read more from The Daily Beast.

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Geraldo Rivera thinks the victims of the Orlando massacre made the wrong choice yesterday morning when they were attacked with an AR-15 assault rifle: “When you’re in that situation and you have no weapons, you have two choices. If you can’t hide and you can’t run, there are two choices. You stay and die, or you fight. For God’s sakes, fight back. Fight back.”

“There’s a hundred people that he murdered with one weapon that he reloaded,” Rivera continued, inflating the death toll from a reported 49. “When he reloaded, they must—people must—America must understand, we are at war with Islamic terror, with these terrorists. We’ve got to stop them in Raqqa, we’ve got to stop them in Mosul, and we’ve got to stop them in the Pulse in Orlando.”

Read more from The Daily Beast.

JFE Steel rolls out industrial IoT to harmonize plants

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JFE Steel, the fifth largest steel maker in the world, will standardize its core platform across all factories, using the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect factories together for better management. JFE Holdings, the parent company of JFE Steel, plans to spend $652 million to bring IoT to its factories by 2022. It says that… Read more »

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JFE Steel, the fifth largest steel maker in the world, will standardize its core platform across all factories, using the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect factories together for better management.

JFE Holdings, the parent company of JFE Steel, plans to spend $652 million to bring IoT to its factories by 2022. It says that the single database will shorten production times, reduce order delivery times, and detect signs of equipment failure earlier.

It is going to be tough for JFE Steel to create this single database, since its steel mills in Chiba, Kanagawa, Okayama, and Hiroshima all use differing systems.

On top of the benefits already mentioned, JFE Steel will also be able to send improvements from one factory to the rest. If one steel mill shows a higher production rate or better steel quality, JFE can instantaneously implement the advantages at other mills.

Bringing the factories online could also bring benefits that are unforeseen, like enhancing regional production if the local economy is doing better than other cities.

JFE Steel to start with Japan

JFE has not said if it will bring the same operating system to its other steel ventures, like California Steel, Fujian Sino-Japan in China, or Minas de Serra Geral in Brazil. If it does standardize systems worldwide, the effects of local economy may have an even greater impact on the production of steel.

Smart factories are starting to look like the next major step in the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. Germany has already named it ‘Industry 4.0’, claiming the advances IoT will bring are equal to the implementation of steam power or computers in the industry.

While others countries are not as excited about the possibilities of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), we are starting to see more manufacturing companies like Foxconn and Toyota invest into connected platforms.

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Wattpad partners with Turner, M. Night Shyamalan for ‘Tales from the Crypt’

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LOS ANGELES — Wattpad, an online community of readers and writers, announced Monday that it is kicking off a development partnership with broadcast giant Turner.

The first project, scheduled to debut next year, will be TNT’s Tales from the Crypt horror blockThe 1950s comic will be adapted into a “weekly dose of terror and suspense curated by M. Night Shyamalan,” Wattpad and Turner said.

As part of this collaboration, Wattpad community members can submit stories to Turner, and selected writers may have their stories adapted.

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LOS ANGELES — Wattpad, an online community of readers and writers, announced Monday that it is kicking off a development partnership with broadcast giant Turner.

The first project, scheduled to debut next year, will be TNT’s Tales from the Crypt horror blockThe 1950s comic will be adapted into a “weekly dose of terror and suspense curated by M. Night Shyamalan,” Wattpad and Turner said.

As part of this collaboration, Wattpad community members can submit stories to Turner, and selected writers may have their stories adapted.

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Kickstarting beltbuckle multitools

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Tony Zentil, a mechanical engineer, has a fully funded Kickstarter for a variety of multitool belt-buckles aimed at skateboarders, snowboarders, and motorcyclists — they’re a significant advance on my old, beloved 686 belt-buckle stolen by the security staff of London Gatwick airport in 2011. (more…)

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Tony Zentil, a mechanical engineer, has a fully funded Kickstarter for a variety of multitool belt-buckles aimed at skateboarders, snowboarders, and motorcyclists — they’re a significant advance on my old, beloved 686 belt-buckle stolen by the security staff of London Gatwick airport in 2011. (more…)

Igor Volsky shames politicians who send ‘prayers’ but take NRA money

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Every time a massacre happens, politicians of every political stripe get on Twitter to express their grief or send their prayers.

Igor Volksy, deputy director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, isn’t interested in hearing from politicians who’ve accepted money from the NRAIn December, Volsky started to tally the organization’s donations after the San Bernardino mass shooting. Volsky has now started to calculate contributions after Sunday’s massacre in Orlando, Florida.

Though Volsky tweeted these messages independently, The Center for American Progress Action Fund, where he works, is a policy institute and advocacy organization known for their work on behalf of progressive causes.  Read more…

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Every time a massacre happens, politicians of every political stripe get on Twitter to express their grief or send their prayers.

Igor Volksy, deputy director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, isn’t interested in hearing from politicians who’ve accepted money from the NRAIn December, Volsky started to tally the organization’s donations after the San Bernardino mass shooting. Volsky has now started to calculate contributions after Sunday’s massacre in Orlando, Florida.

Though Volsky tweeted these messages independently, The Center for American Progress Action Fund, where he works, is a policy institute and advocacy organization known for their work on behalf of progressive causes.  Read more…

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The many names of Apple’s operating systems, from System 1 to macOS

aIII It’s been 40 years since the Apple Computer Inc got its start, and to celebrate this momentous occasion, it has renamed (or reverted, as we will see) its flagship personal computer operating system: OS X is now macOS. It’s only the latest change in a rather confusing few decades that saw the OS changing its look and name fairly regularly. Shall we start at the beginning? Read More

aIII It’s been 40 years since the Apple Computer Inc got its start, and to celebrate this momentous occasion, it has renamed (or reverted, as we will see) its flagship personal computer operating system: OS X is now macOS. It’s only the latest change in a rather confusing few decades that saw the OS changing its look and name fairly regularly. Shall we start at the beginning? Read More