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Flying Car Prototype Ready By End of 2017, Says Airbus CEO

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Airbus plans to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group's chief executive said on Monday. From a report: Airbus last year formed a division called Urban Air Mobility that is exploring concepts such as a vehicle to transport individuals or a helicopter-style vehicle that can carry multiple riders. The aim would be for people to book the vehicle using an app, similar to car-sharing schemes. "One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground," Airbus CEO Tom Enders told the DLD digital tech conference in Munich, adding he hoped the Airbus could fly a demonstration vehicle for single-person transport by the end of the year. "We are in an experimentation phase, we take this development very seriously," he said, adding that Airbus recognized such technologies would have to be clean to avoid further polluting congested cities.

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Raspberry Pi releases Compute Module 3

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Compute Module line of devices are basically tiny computers that look like sticks of laptop memory. But they feature a processor, memory, and storage, all stuffed into a tiny package.

What they lack are USB and HDMI ports. You’re not supposed to use a Compute Module as a desktop PC. Instead, it’s designed to allow professional and amateur device makers to create their own products powered by the same hardware used in a Raspberry Pi computer.

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Court Documents Reveal How Feds Spied On Connected Cars For 15 Years

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It's not always necessary to break into your computer or smartphone to spy on you. Today all are day-to-day devices are becoming more connected to networks than ever to add convenience and ease to daily activities. But here's what we forget: These connected devices can be turned against us because we are giving companies, hackers, and law enforcement a large number of entry points to break into

China Orders App Stores To Join Register

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China's internet regulator has ordered mobile app stores to register themselves with it immediately. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said the move would help "promote the healthy and orderly development of the mobile internet." From a report on BBC: Most smartphones in the country run Android, but Google does not operate its Play Store locally, meaning users go elsewhere to add software. A report last year linked this to the spread of malware. Cheetah Mobile Security -- a Beijing-based firm -- reported that more than 1.4 million Chinese users' mobile devices had been struck by infections as of January 2016, making it the worst afflicted nation. India and Indonesia were in second and third place. This follows previous efforts to censor what appears online, including a recent demand that Apple remove the New York Times from the Chinese version of its iOS App Store. The US newspaper was the first to report the watchdog's move outside of China itself. Because of the Play store's absence, Android users in China typically go to stores operated by local tech giants including Tencent, Xiaomi, Baidu and Huawei.

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Getting started with shell scripting

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The world's best conceptual introduction to shell scripting comes from an old AT&T training video. In the video, Brian W. Kernighan (the "K" in awk) and Lorinda L. Cherry (co-author of bc) demonstrate how one of the founding principles of UNIX was to empower users to leverage existing utilities to create complex and customized tools.read more

NVIDIA’s new Shield TV now available for $200, software update brings same features to original

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NVIDIA introduced an updated version of its Shield TV box at CES earlier this month, and now it’s available for purchase for $200 and up.

The new model has the same processor, storage, and memory as the original, but it comes in a case that’s about 40 percent smaller. The new Shield TV will also gain access to the Google Assistant voice service in  a future update.

But most of the new features are also available for owners of the original Shield TV through a software update that’s also rolling out today.

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