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13 apps that will make you wish you had an Android smartphone

FP: In most cases, developers prefer to make new smartphone apps for iPhone first, only moving to Android and other platforms once they get some traction.

There are a bunch of great apps that happen to be Android exclusives. Check them out.

AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezThere are a bunch of great apps that happen to be Android exclusives. Check them out.

In most cases, developers prefer to make new smartphone apps for iPhone first, only moving to Android and other platforms once they get some traction.

(Android owners who had to wait months for Twitter’s video app Vine know what we’re talking about.)

But there are some outliers. There are a bunch of great apps that happen to be Android exclusives. Check them out.

Ingress is a unique real-world scavenger hunt game.

 

Ingress is a unique real-world scavenger hunt game.

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Ingress is a sci-fi game that sends you on a scavenger hunt through the real world to find “hidden” virtual goodies.

Google developed the game. Here’s the plot:

“A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.”

So, basically, you run around your town trying to find this illusive “energy” before the bad guys do.

Price: Free

Facebook Home turns your home screen into a Facebook photo gallery

Facebook Home turns your home screen into a Facebook photo gallery

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Facebook Home adds a Facebook-powered wrapper to your Android phone. Instead of seeing your normal lock screen, you get a beautiful slide show of your friends’ Facebook photos and status updates. You can comment and like those updates directly from the lock screen without opening the regular Facebook app.

Price: Free (Only works on select Android phones.)

DeskSMS makes sure you’ll never miss a message again.

DeskSMS makes sure you'll never miss a message again.

DeskSMS is a nifty app that allows you to forward text messages (and picture messages) from your Android smartphone to your desktop via Gmail, Google Talk, and the Chrome Web browser.

Price: Free

WiFi Analyzer lets you determine how strong a wireless network is in your vicinity

WiFi Analyzer lets you determine how strong a wireless network is in your vicinity

Have you ever been stuck on a slow wireless network?

WiFi Analyzer lets you see how strong networks are around you, helping you to pick the fastest, most reliable one.

Price: Free

Weather Bomb gives a data-intensive view of the weather on your Android device

Weather Bomb gives a data-intensive view of the weather on your Android device

Weather Bomb is an extremely detailed weather app that gives users seven days of data.

There are various views, but our favourite is the graph view, which gives the week’s rain, wind, and cloud forecast at a glance.

Other data includes rain, wind, cloud, temperature, pressure humidity and wave height.

PriceFree

Google Skymap lets you know exactly which star you’re staring up at.

Google Skymap is an open sourced app that lets you point your smartphone up at the night sky to decipher constellations, planets, and stars.

Price: Free

Llama Location Profiles uses where you are to change aspects of your phone like ringer and Bluetooth

Llama Location Profiles uses where you are to change aspects of your phone like ringer and Bluetooth

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Llama is a nifty app that automatically switches specific phone settings depending on where you are. You can automatically silence your phone when you arrive at your office or turn Bluetooth on at 7 a.m. to pair with your headphones for a morning run.

Best of all, the app doesn’t use your phone’s GPS, which can drain your battery. Instead, it uses cell towers in your area to figure out where you are.

Price: Free

BetterBatteryStats helps you spend more time unplugged.

BetterBatteryStats helps you spend more time unplugged.

BetterBatteryStats lets you analyze your phone’s behavior, pinpointing exactly which applications are causing your battery to drain. Once you know what the culprit is you can specifically fix the issue.

Price: $2.89

APP Lock password protects specific apps.

APP Lock password protects specific apps.

The premise behind APP Lock is simple: password protect installed applications with a password or pattern. Now you don’t have to be nervous when someone else is playing around with your smartphone.

Price: Free

SwiftKey 3 will change how you type on your Android smartphone.

SwiftKey 3 will change how you type on your Android smartphone.

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SwiftKey improves your productivity by helping you to type better.

Swiftkey gives much more accurate corrections and predictions than other keyboards. Very sloppy typing will make sense, even if you miss spaces, and SwiftKey 3 also predicts your next words.

Price: $3.99

Tasker lets you automate everything on your smartphone from settings to SMS

Tasker lets you automate everything on your smartphone from settings to SMS

Tasker is an awesome app that lets you tweak specific phone features like turning the flash on for alerts. You can even cancel specific notification pop-ups.

Tasker features more than 200 actions, triggers, and even an app creation section for making your own app.

Price: $6.49

Friday helps you discover new things to do

Friday helps you discover new things to do

Friday’s makers say that the app brings self discovery to your life by introducing the first passive auto journal.

Friday captures your entire life through your phone and builds a timeline of the things you do. You can even filter and search your life to find the exact information you want.

Friday allows you to share and log your favourite activities that you’ve been doing all day.

Price: Free

Robin is a great alternative to Apple’s Siri

Robin is a great alternative to Apple's Siri

Before Google Now, Robin was the first true Siri challenger.

We love the expanded capabilities of the newer virtual assistant. You can ask Robin for directions, local places, real-time parking, traffic info, gas prices, weather, your Twitter news, and much more.

Robin is disrupting the personal assistant arena, and we only hope that her existence pushes developers to make personal assistant apps feel more like true personal assistants.

Price: Free

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Court: Feds Can Track Your Location Without a Warrant

By Kevin Spak

The federal government can grab GPS data indicating where you’ve been directly from your phone carrier without a warrant, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday, saying that the practice was “not per se unconstitutional.” Technically, that data is a “business record,” meaning it’s not protected by the… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Home

Spoofed! Fake GPS signals lead yacht astray

Researchers in the U.S. have managed to spoof GPS (Global Positioning System) signals to send a yacht hundreds of meters off course, while fooling the crew into thinking the yacht was remaining perfectly on course.

The test, conducted last month off the coast of Italy, is one of the most sophisticated ever reported against GPS and represents several years of work by the team at the University of Texas at Austin.

GPS works by measuring signals received from satellites that orbit about 20,000 kilometers above the Earth. By knowing the location of each satellite and very accurately timing when the signals arrive, it’s possible to determine a receiver’s location to within a few meters.

To fool the yacht’s GPS system, the researchers needed to generate fake signals that were slightly different from the legitimate ones. In theory, the navigation system would accept the signals, but the result would be a location that wasn’t completely accurate.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

Jhosman Lizarazo: Lanzamiento de Canonical por $ 32 millones para campaña de Crowdfunding de Ubuntu Phone

Canonical esperae dar un impulso a la carrera de super-teléfono con 32.000.000 dólares campaña crowdfunding audaz.

Patrocinador comercial de Ubuntu es el objetivo de recaudar fondos para el desarrollo y la producción de un nuevo Ubuntu-marca móvil llamado #UbuntuEdge durante los próximos 30 días.

Ubuntu Edge será más que “sólo” un teléfono inteligente – que va a ser un ‘super-teléfono, lo suficientemente potente como para hacer doble como un PC tradicional cuando está conectado a un monitor externo. Esto, dicen Canonical, hará que sea “el primer dispositivo verdaderamente convergente del mundo ‘.

Pero primero $ 32 millones tiene que deberán reunirse en los próximos 30 días. Si se cumple este objetivo los teléfonos Ubuntu Edge se producirán en una edición limitada de producción de 40.000 e hizo disponible en mayo de 2014.

Especificaciones de Ubuntu Edge

Ubuntu Edge no habrá ningún ol ‘run-of-the-mill móvil. Canonical están elaborando un dispositivo de comunicación que es de alta costura, quieren fuera de Apple.

Las normas provisionales para ello cuenta con componentes de gama alta, algunos casi nunca se usan en los móviles de los consumidores.

  • ‘Multi-core CPU’
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD
  • 4.5″ Sapphire Crystal screen (1280×720 HD resolution)
  • Dual cameras (8mp rear, 2mp front)
  • MHL connector (supporting HDMI)
  • Long-life silicon anode battery
  • Dual-LTE, NFC, Dual-band WiFi & Bluetooth 4
  • GPS, Barometer, Compass, Proximity Sensor, Gyro, etc

Sabio OS Ubuntu Edge, tal vez lo más sorprendente que se arranque dual Ubuntu Touch y Android. Será capaz de alimentar una experiencia de escritorio Ubuntu completa en un monitor externo.

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La mayor campaña promocional de todos los tiempos

El proyecto, en vivo por IndieGoGo, es el único mayor campaña de crowdfunding en la historia.

El Pebble smartwatch – hasta la fecha el más exitoso recaudador de fondos – tiene más de $ 10 millones de dólares en Kickstarter de 68.929 partidarios, muchos de los cuales eran promesas de más de $ 100. Canonical necesita 40.000 partidarios de “pre-compra” de un teléfono de 810 dólares para cumplir su objetivo.

Aunque la campaña no logra su objetivo aún podría ser útil al demostrar demanda. Si esto lo suficientemente alto como podría boya el interés de las compañías de telecomunicaciones más cautelosos y fabricantes de teléfonos.

Mark Shuttleworth concluye que inorder para hacer el futuro de la telefonía móvil convergente suceder que tendrán que “… romper todos los registros de crowdfunding historia.

“Pero si hay suficientes entusiastas que quieren lo último en rendimiento, almacenamiento, pantalla, batería y ancho de banda, Ubuntu Edge será el catalizador para la innovación impresionante, y una muestra del futuro del teléfono.”

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet Ubuntu

Jono Bacon: Announcing the Ubuntu Edge

Last week many of you will have seen the teasers that were shared on www.ubuntu.com. As you can imagine, our community, the press, and others picked up on this with rampant curiosity of what was to come. I am delighted to see the news is now out there, and boy, is this exciting.

In a nutshell, today we are kicking off an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign to fund a fully converged device called Ubuntu Edge.

Can’t see the video? See it here!

The Ubuntu Edge will dual boot Ubuntu and Android, and will transform into a PC when docked with a monitor, with the full Ubuntu desktop and shared access to all the phone’s files. For this it needs the power of a PC, so Ubuntu Edge will be equipped with the latest, fastest processor, at least 4GB of RAM and a massive 128GB of storage.

Every week on my weekly Q&A many of you ask when you can buy a fully converged Ubuntu device in which you can use it as a phone and boot a desktop, and here it is. Now is the opportunity to not only buy one, but to contribute to showing your support for an Ubuntu converged device by contributing to the campaign.

The Ubuntu Edge is not only functionally powerful though. This beautifully crafted device replaces the traditional glass screen with a pure Sapphire crystal, so tough it could only be scratched by diamond. It will also pioneer the use of long-life silicon anode battery technology. A special dual-LTE solution will allow high-speed roaming with access to 4G-LTE broadband in both Europe and the US.

I know many of you who are reading this will be interested in the technical specs, which are:

  • Dual-boot Ubuntu Edge into either Ubuntu or Android
  • Becomes a fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
  • Fast and powerful device with multi-core CPU and at least 4GB RAM
  • 128GB of storage for photos, music, content
  • 4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD display with pure sapphire crystal screen, the hardest natural substance after diamond
  • Cameras made for low-light, fast response and close up pictures: 8mp rear camera, 2mp front
  • Faster connection all over the world with dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC
  • Connect to HDMI TVs and monitors easily with MHL connector, 3.5mm jack
  • GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
  • Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
  • Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
  • 64 x 9 x 124mm.

(specifications are subject to change)

All in all this is a beautiful powerhouse for running a fully converged Ubuntu experience – not just a phone, but a phone and your desktop all in one package that looks and feels uniquely Ubuntu.

The Campaign

For the next 30 days our goal is to reach $32 million, an unprecedented amount raised in a crowd-sourcing campaign. Fortunately we have an incredible global community, and we are asking each of you to contribute what you can to the campaign.

The idea is simple: by committing $600 (£394) on day one, or $810 (£532) thereafter, you will receive one of these ground-breaking mobile devices in …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet Ubuntu

Is Malcolm Gladwell Right, Should College Football Be Banned?

By David DiSalvo, Contributor

Journalist and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell is an outspoken advocate of banning college football, and his appearance on CNN’s ‘GPS with Fareed Zakaria’ has turned up the volume another notch. Zakaria asked Gladwell to defend his controversial position, and nary a punch was pulled. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

How to Get a Better GPS Lock on Your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 So You Never Get Lost Again

Driving in your car can cause a pretty spasmodic GPS connection on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Making a lot of turns, speeding past large buildings, and going underneath trees and highway underpasses can all disrupt your GPS signal, making it difficult for the satellites (in the sky) to get a good lock on your location. According to them, you’re in that blue circle. Somewhere. Probably.

With the GPS unable to lock—and you being in a hurry—trying to get to your location may become two cups of difficult and one large cup of annoying as shit.

That street that you were supposed to turn left on… more

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ARM "All-In" With Mobile GPU Compute

By Patrick Moorhead, Contributor Unless you have been living under a rock the last few years, you know that smartphones and tablets have been blowing the doors off of the tech market compared to the personal computers.  Inside of every one of these devices is what’s called an “SoC”, or system on a single chip. Each SoC has distinct blocks of intellectual property and functionality that do different tasks depending on the type of software.  These are blocks like the processor, graphics, video, camera, audio, DSP, connectivity, GPS, etc.  For years, ARM has had the dominant instruction set for processors, but companies like Qualcomm and Imagination Technologies have dominated in graphics mobility.  I had the pleasure of researching a graphics white paper (you can find here) with ARM, Samsung, Aptina and Codeplay, and wanted to share a few of the highlights with you.  Let me start with some background first. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Distorted GPS signals reveal hurricane wind speeds

By pinpointing locations on Earth from space, GPS systems have long shown drivers the shortest route home and guided airline pilots across oceans. Now, by figuring out how messed up GPS satellite signals get when bouncing around in a storm, researchers have found a way to do something completely different with GPS: measure and map the wind speeds of hurricanes. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Phys.org

Delivering mail in Kabul, where streets have no name

In Kabul, many streets have no name and houses often have no number, meaning that postmen already braving the constant threat of suicide bombings must play detective to deliver mail.

Mohammad Rahim makes his rounds on the tattered, hilly streets of the Afghan capital riding an old bicycle. After 10 years on the job he is undaunted by even the vaguest addresses on letters.

“Here we have a letter for a man who lives near Doctor Hashmat’s house,” Rahim, 46, says. “I don’t know the address, so let’s see, how can we find the right place?”

His only clues are the addressee Mohammad Naeem, the doctor’s name and instructions on the back of the envelope saying “Kart-e-Sakhi hilltop, behind the agricultural ministry”.

Wearing a black fur hat, blue jeans and a violet T-shirt, he cuts a familiar figure and is often recognised by Kabul residents. He sets off from the neighbourhood post office to start asking people for help.

“Brother, can you tell me — where is Doctor Hashmat’s house?” Rahim shouts at a shopkeeper.

“Go up the hill, and turn right,” comes the reply, so Rahim sets off up the rocky road.

Further on, another man tells him: “Turn right and it is the third house on the left.”

After waiting outside the gate, a woman in her 40s comes out: Mohammad Naeem’s wife, who takes the letter for her husband.

“We have received letters from the US, Canada, Germany and Pakistan, and the postman always brings them safely and on time,” she says.

Rahim delivers dozens of letters every day across west and southwest Kabul, a city reduced almost to ruins in the brutal 1992-96 civil war.

The Kabul population has boomed to five million as people have flooded in seeking employment and an escape from the fight against the Taliban, but much of the recent expansion is illegal, with many houses and shacks built on contested land or without planning permission.

But the days of confusion over addresses could soon be over, as last month the communications ministry signed an agreement with the city authorities to create a comprehensive new address system.

All streets and houses will be coded, numbered and mapped in a two-year project that the government hopes to expand to other cities.

The scheme — which will use global positioning system (GPS) surveying — should help Rahim, and fellow postmen such as Khan Agha, 42, who works in a post office in the central Shar-e-Naw district.

For now Agha, who first started delivering mail 22 years ago, says the chaotic street mapping makes it “the most difficult job in the world”.

“We don’t care about traffic, summer or winter, smog or rain but there are many vague addresses, though a telephone number on the back of the envelope can help,” he says.

“We ring them up and they say ‘I’m standing here’ so we go and hand over the letter.

“I do my best to treat people well. We see on television that postmen are admired in foreign society, because we connect the sender and receiver.”

The job is even more challenging for …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox World News

Secure location sharing with smartphone app

Running late for a meet up with friends or an appointment? Share a location securely and for a limited time period with smartphone application Glympse. It’s a free download for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.

See the video version of the TechTip on YouTube.

First make sure GPS is enabled on the smartphone. Upon opening the app, select ‘Send Glympse.’ The app pulls from the phone’s contact list so users can select an email or phone number. After selecting the recipient, choose how long the Glympse will last — from 15 minutes to four hours. When the Glympse expires, users won’t be able to track the account any longer. The creator of the Glympse can also set it to expire upon arrival at the destination.

Once the Glympse has been set, the sender can cancel the Glympse prematurely, extend it in 15-minute increments or modify it by adding or changing a destination.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

Audi plans next-level tech for smarter driving

(Phys.org) —Audi, along with several U.S. universities, has been studying what contributes to road accidents, what can avert accidents, and the right technology systems that can keep drivers on track. According to reports, the driver team members working on next-generation technology for drivers studied accident statistics in numerous categories in working out their solution. Audi is talking about its system that combines hardware and software for better driving results. The solution is tagged Audi Urban Intelligent Assist. Key features include predictive data and a more human-based type of GPS navigation that draws on landmarks. Information on the system was made known recently at the GPU Technology Conference in March. Audi engineers are testing the system features, according to The Register.

From: http://phys.org/news285570939.html

Oklahoma teen inspired by 'Into the Wild' missing in remote Oregon terrain

An Oklahoma teenager who was inspired to live off the land by the movie “Into the Wild” is the target of a search effort in remote, rugged country in southeastern Oregon.

Dustin Self, 19, left his family home in the Oklahoma City suburb of Piedmont “to see if he could live in the wild,” and to investigate some churches that practice a South American religion that uses a hallucinogenic tea as a sacrament, his parents said. One is in Ashland, and the other in Portland.

The Harney County Sheriff’s Office and others searched for him on Tuesday on the northeast side of Steens Mountain after a rancher found his pickup truck had slid off a backcountry track and gotten stuck. Searchers on ATVs saw no tracks, but checked out remote cabins and worked their way up the mountain, with no sign of him before heavy snow and high winds curtailed their efforts, said Deputy Missy Ousley.

Authorities hoped for a break in the weather so they could send up a plane to look for him.

“We did everything we could to try to talk him out of it,” said his mother, Tammy Self. “He was leaving, no matter what.”

The teen was well-prepared with gear he bought just before leaving, but had little experience of life in the wild beyond family camping trips, his parents said.

“He is not a survivalist,” said his father, Victor Self, a manager at a box plant in Oklahoma City. “He is a very urban child.”

His parents last heard from him March 15, when he called from the parking lot of a motel in northern Nevada where he was spending the night in the cab of his pickup. The next day, Dustin called his girlfriend in Austin, Texas, to say he was lost after his GPS had sent him onto a road along the east side of Steens Mountain in the high desert of southeastern Oregon.

Ousley said a storekeeper in Fields recalled him asking for directions to Lakeview, which would have taken him a different direction than where his truck was found.

A religious young man raised in a non-denominational Protestant church, Dustin had been searching for meaning in his life, his mother said. He read books like “Human Race: Get Off Your Knees,” by David Icke, a former British sports reporter whose books about what he believes is really controlling life on earth are admired by conspiracy theorists. The last movie Dustin watched was “Into The Wild,” about a young man who gives up his worldly goods to live in the Alaskan wilderness. A clean-cut bodybuilder in high school, he had lately grown his hair long and wore a bandanna around his head.

His mother said, “I think he got a lot off the Internet.”

Tammy Self said her son is a vegetarian, with no desire to kill animals to eat.

“He thought he was going to eat berries,” she said. “We tried to tell him, berries don’t grow in wintertime.”

His father called the Harney County Sheriff’s Office on March 17, but a search

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ITT Exelis to provide anti-jam GPS antennas for KC-46 refueling aircraft

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ITT Exelis to provide anti-jam GPS antennas for KC-46 refueling aircraft

BOHEMIA, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has received a contract from Raytheon Company (NYS: RTN) to supply anti-jam GPS antennas to the KC-46 refueling tanker program. Work on this contract will be performed in Bohemia, N.Y.

The rugged N79 Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna, or CRPA, prevents deliberate jamming and unintentional interference of timing signals when integrated with anti-jam GPS systems including the Raytheon Navshield and Advanced Digital Antenna Production systems. The antenna keeps an aircraft’s GPS system connected in the presence of multiple threats.

“For the U.S. Air Force to perform its Global Power and Global Reach missions, a reliable air-to-air refueling capability is required,” said Exelis Senior Director of Programs for Antennas, Sensors and Microelectronics Paul Eyring. “The Exelis CRPA helps mitigate signals that interfere with aircraft systems and thus helps the KC-46 perform its fuel delivery mission, keeping aircraft airborne.”

Exelis has delivered hundreds of anti-jam GPS antennas to U.S. and allied militaries for use on fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, ships and unmanned platforms.

About ITT Exelis

Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and technical services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in communications, sensing and surveillance, critical networks, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems with growing positions in C4ISR, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 19,900 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Report: Lamborghini Pregunta Paris concept offered at $2.1M [w/video]

By Jonathon Ramsey

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When the Lamborghini Veneno was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, there were those who connected dots from it to the Lamborghini Pregunta concept from 1998, and also to the Pagani Zonda that arrived one year later. Near the end of the turmoil that was Lamborghini’s ownership through the mid-nineties, an order was placed with the French Carrosserie Heuliez for a one-off concept car that was “new, original and impossible to confuse with any other car’s shapes,” that would be built on a Diablo chassis. The result was the Pregunta.

It was an aerospace-influenced supercar with carbon fiber bodywork, a 530-horsepower V12 and a claimed 207-mile-per-hour top speed. It employed rear-wheel drive instead of the Diablo’s all-wheel drive, was coated in the same paint used on the French military’s Dassault Rafale fighter jet and had fiber optic lighting, rear-view cameras and a GPS system. It was shown to the world at the 1998 Paris Motor Show, and again at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show.

Thought to be the last concept built on a Lamborghini body before Audi bought the company in 1998, AutoDrome, a French specialist in vintage exotics, has the Pregunta for sale for 1.6 million euros ($2.1M US). You can watch it hit the runway with a Rafale in the video below, then give AutoDrome a call if you’re interested.

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Extreme miniaturization: Seven devices, one chip to navigate without GPS

The U.S. Military relies on the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) to aid air, land and sea navigation. Like the GPS units in many automobiles today, a simple receiver and some processing power is all that is needed for accurate navigation. But, what if the GPS satellites suddenly became unavailable due to malfunction, enemy action or simple interference, such as driving into a tunnel? Unavailability of GPS would be inconvenient for drivers on the road, but could be disastrous for military missions. DARPA is working to protect against such a scenario, and an emerging solution is much smaller than the navigation instruments in today’s defense systems.

From: http://phys.org/news284887618.html

IXYS Introduces a Portable High Efficiency Solar Charger and LED Light Bar Best in Class for Mobile

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IXYS Introduces a Portable High Efficiency Solar Charger and LED Light Bar Best in Class for Mobile Application – The Solar Pad

MILPITAS, Calif. & SUWON, South Korea & BIEL, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)– IXYS Corporation (NAS: IXYS) , a manufacturer of power semiconductors and integrated circuits (ICs) for energy efficiency, power management, and motor control applications, today announced the release of The Solar Pad – a high-efficiency Li-Polymer solar charger ideal for charging smart phones, tablets, and multi-media players via standard USB connection.

Measuring 120mm in length, 76mm in width, and 18mm in height and weighing 300g, the IXYS solar charger is highly portable – it is about the size of a smart phone. Equipped with 2 USB ports, one micro-USB port, and 4 white LED lights, it produces 5.2V of power at 1.5A, which is about 8 watts of solar power.

The Solar Pad is constructed with a 1W solar cell and is the most efficient portable in its class; it achieves a high efficiency of 22 percent. Its high capacity Li-Polymer battery, however, can also be quickly charged through a USB input at the rate of 1.2A at 5V. It is able to deliver power to other devices while it itself is being charged. Moreover a smart charging feature implemented with an MCU protects the device from being over- charged or discharged.

Additionally it is more than a mobile battery charger; its LEDs function as a highly bright flashlight (1W), which can be configured as either “blinking” or “continuous”. The flashlight is usable during both charging and discharging modes.

Due to its compact size, high capacity Li-Polymer battery, and highly portable nature, it comes in handy during camping trips, emergency situations, or power outages. The solar charger provides extra power to such portable electronic devices as all phones, smart phones, tablets, E-Books, PDAs, GPS devices, portable media players, and other portable tools and gadgets.

“We at IXYS took this initiative, initially as reference designs, to demonstrate the capabilities of our proprietary Solar Bits™, that enable our customers to add solar power charging to their products. Our reference designs were converted by our team to real products, for consumers worldwide who lack easy access to electricity, to be able to have chargeable flashlight and chargers for their mobile phones,” commented Dr. Nathan Zommer, founder and CEO of IXYS.

“These products demonstrate the contribution of the semiconductor products, from MCUs, analog ICs, power discretes

From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/11/ixys-introduces-a-portable-high-efficiency-solar-c/