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  • Terrafugia considering TF-X, a vertical-takeoff flying car (video)

    Terrafugia researching TFX, a verticaltakeoff flying car

    We’ve been hearing about Terrafugia’s Transition “flying car” for, well, far too long, considering that it has yet to even venture beyond the prototype phase. The prop plane / roadworthy vehicle combo has its fair share of fans — some of them with deep enough pockets to place an order — but it won’t be making its way from your garage to the runway anytime soon. With that in mind, the company’s TF-X vertical-takeoff model is even less likely to see the light of day, but it’s being considered nonetheless.

    The plug-in hybrid-electric aircraft would take off and land vertically, like a helicopter — if the DOT and FAA allowed it, you could literally fly over the highway whenever you run into traffic, though we can’t imagine that pilots will ever get the green light to take off from public roads, even if the TF-X becomes a reality. For now, it exists only in the minds of Terrafugia’s ambitious team, a few image renders and a minute-long animated demo, which we’ve embedded for your viewing pleasure after the break.

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    Via: CNET

    Source: Terrafugia (PR), TF-X Product Page

  • Jon Rubinstein joins Qualcomm board of directors

    Jon Rubinstein reportedly joins Qualcomm board

    When Jon Rubinstein left HP, it wasn’t certain whether he would retire (again) or once more respond to the siren’s call of technology. Clearly, he couldn’t resist — Qualcomm has confirmed that Rubinstein is joining its board of directors. It’s not hard to understand why the firm would be interested, mind you. Between NeXT, Apple, Palm and HP, Rubinstein has extensive experience with Silicon Valley technology in general, and mobile in particular. While Qualcomm is already doing blockbuster business without his help, it no doubt wants to keep the money train going. Us? We’re just happy to see a familiar name back in the limelight.

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    Source: Qualcomm

  • Dropbox to hold its first DBX developer conference on July 9th

    Dropbox to hold its first developer conference, DBX, on July 9th

    While there’s an abundance of cloud storage services, few of them have dedicated conferences to help developers exploit that online space. Dropbox could well be a vanguard on that front, then — it just announced its inaugural developer conference, DBX. The initial event takes place on July 9th at San Francisco’s very familiar-sounding Fort Mason Center. Along with providing help straight from the source for the Sync API and other coding tools, DBX will serve as the launch platform for “new products.” There aren’t any clues as to what that entails, but we suspect that’s enough of a tease to have some Dropbox diehards booking their flights.

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    Via: Dropbox

    Source: DBX

  • EDSAC, the first 'practical' civilian computer, turns 64

    EDSAC, the first 'practical' civilian computer, turns 64

    On May 6th, 1949 EDSAC (or Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator) ran its first programs, calculating a table of squares and generating a list of prime numbers. The massive vacuum-tube-powered machine was put into service at the University of Cambridge and almost immediately changed how research was done at the school. It was among the first general-purpose computers capable of storing programs in rewritable memory, which took the form of mercury delay lines. Maurice Wilkes, the designer of the EDSAC, certainly earned his place in computing history, but David Wheeler’s later contributions were equally important. Using the EDSAC he invented subroutines, an essential component of modern programming that allows developers to reuse bits of existing code to simplify the act of writing software. This milestone piece of machinery is little more than scraps at this point, but a team at the UK’s National Museum of Computing is working to build a working replica. The hope is to have the computer up and running by May of 2015. For some more insight into how the EDSAC changed the face of computing, check out the video after the break.

    [Image credit: University of Cambridge]

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    Source: Google

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