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  • Chase goes all in on Isis, announces plans to support nationwide rollout

    We’d hardly call Isis a juggernaut, but the would-be Google Wallet-slayer is certainly building steam. After convincing American Express to back it in a nationwide rollout, Chase has decided to hop on the expansion train as well. The mobile payment launch partner is clearly quite happy with how pilot programs in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah went. Soon enough holders of Chase Freedom, Sapphire and Slate cards, along with those special people in possession of a JPMorgan Palladium card will be able to load their accounts into the Isis Mobile Wallet app and tap to pay at retail locations across the nation. Of course, if you’re part of the one percent, walking around with your Palladium card, chances are you probably don’t wander into to Walgreens to pick up your own Gold Bond Medicated Foot Powder very often anyway.

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  • Elon Musk details Hyperloop: public transit via aluminum pods and electric motors

    Elon Musk details Hyperloop: public transit via aluminum pods and electric motors

    Elon Musk is into transportation, whether it’s an electric car or a spaceship. Today, he detailed a plan to revolutionize a portion of public transit. It’s called the Hyperloop, and it’s meant to get folks from San Francisco to LA (or any two cities less than 900 miles apart) in 30 minutes using aluminum pods that are hurtled to and fro in a pair of steel tubes at 800 miles an hour. To keep things safe, the pods will be spaced five miles apart so that they can stop without running into each other, which means a total of 70 pods could operate simultaneously.

    Of course, the real question is how to get the pods moving at those speeds. One main issue with such transport is wind resistance (and associated friction) that increases as the speed of the pods inside the tube escalate. Naturally, one could operate the tubes in a complete vacuum, but keeping such a system free of air would be difficult to maintain over such long distances. Instead, the Hyperloop will work as a low-air-pressure environment that’s easily maintained with standard compressors. Additionally, “an electric compressor fan on the nose of the pod that actively transfers high pressure air from the front to the rear of the vessel” is there to relieve what air does build up at the front. This compressor fan would also provide an air bearing around the pod to keep it suspended in the middle of the tube, much as an air hockey table suspends a plastic puck. As for power? Well, that would come from external linear electric motors positioned every 70 miles to keep the pods humming along at subsonic speeds.

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    Source: SpaceX

  • City of London says no to public recycling bins that track smartphones in pedestrian pockets

    City of London says no to public recycling bins that track smartphones in pedestrian pockets

    Many have grown comfortable with the targeted ads that populate the modern web and we expect companies to keep track of our online activity. However, Renew, a firm in the UK has been tracking real world traffic on the streets of London this summer by recording the MAC addresses of the phones that passed by some of the many public recycling bins it operates in the city. But today, the City of London Corporation demanded that the tracking stop while a determination is made by the Information Commissioner’s Office whether the technology complies with the UK’s Data Protection Act.

    The bins themselves are equipped with WiFi and screens that display a rotating series of ads, and this summer, a dozen of those bins began to record the MAC address of any nearby phones with WiFi turned on. Doing so allows Renew to determine repeat passers-by, how quickly pedestrians are moving so that ads displayed on the bins can be better targeted to the surrounds foot traffic. However, owners of those phones were not notified that their handset’s MAC addresses were recorded. For its part, Renew explained in a blog post that the tracking was done on a trial basis and MAC addresses were anonymized and aggregated so that personal information was not recorded. Quartz reports that during the first month of tracking, over one million unique devices were recorded, however, and that over 100,000 phones were identified during the trial’s busiest day. What say you, dear readers: want trash cans tracking the surrounding foot traffic in the name of serving you ads targeted to your tastes?

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    Via: The Telegraph

    Source: Quartz

  • Microsoft gushes for seven straight minutes over Xbox One controller changes (video)

    Microsoft gushes for seven straight minutes over Xbox One controller changes video

    It’s better — in fact, we’ve told you as much on a couple of occasions. But for those who seriously can’t manage another day without listening to Microsoft’s own blood wax poetic about the Xbox One controller, there’s a seven-minute infomercial video waiting for you just after the break. Oh, and be sure to take notes; there might be a quiz at the end!

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    Source: Microsoft (YouTube)

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