It's been eight months since Boeing's 787 Dreamliner first took to the skies. Back then, Japan's ANA was expecting to have their first 787 roll into the hanger by the close of 2010. Now, thanks to a delay in production of the plane's Rolls-Royce engines, first deliveries are now slated for first quarter 2011 at the earliest.
Nikon's been playing catch-up ever since they introduced the first DSLR capable of shooting HD video along with photos; a flurry of HD models from rival Canon have consistently bested Nikon's in terms of features in price. But with the freshly-announced D3100, Nikon may have found a new secret sauce: 1080p with auto focus.
As we watch the future of the internet drastically moving toward wireless broadband access, a joint policy proposal by Verizon and Google could spell doom for openness on anything but the traditional wired web
Google and Verizon announced a joint vision for the future of net neutrality this afternoon--a plan that may wield significant influence in the ever-intensifying debate over who controls the internet and its content. The plan calls for strictly regulated openness for today's wireline broadband--the DSL or cable internet you likely have at home. But for wireless networks (read: the future), the story is different.
The spirit of innovation. Convergence. Convenience. My hat is tipped to the Canon X MARK I calculator-cum-mouse for embodying it all. But it's not satisfied with mere mousing and calculating; it also serves as a Bluetooth number keypad for your PC or Mac.
On Sunday, sunspot number 1092 emitted a C-class solar flare--not a large one, by solar flare standards. But NASA scientists were intrigued by what accompanied it--an unusually fast corona mass ejection that sent a large cloud of charged plasma toward Earth. There will be no adverse effects here on Earth--other than increased aurora activity.
The much-hyped, rarely understood Google Wave project--essentially an email application with more intensive real-time collaboration and communication tools bolted on--will be developed no longer, Google announced in a blog post this afternoon. Can't say that it's much of a surprise.
Clever augmented reality applications are becoming the natural byproducts of our modern computers--computers that are tiny, have eyes and other location-aware sensors, and are able to place a synthetic layer of information on our view of the world around us.
The latest is this "invisible" block of solid concrete dreamed up by artists Daniel Franke and Markus Kison. So how does it work?
Our tireless This Week in the Future artist, Baarbarian, he who prognosticates so vividly with his pen here each Friday, is taking a well-deserved week off. It's a fine time to enjoy the magnificent weekly drawings he's been doing here for close to a year now.
So behold, 39 expert distillations of a week's futuristic news: