Saturday, March 28, 2015

Technology

Solar plane resumes trip

NEW DELHI—A solar-powered airplane on a historic around-the-world journey took off today from the northern Indian town of Varanasi and was headed for its next stop in Myanmar.
Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are taking turns flying the aircraft as they attempt to circumnavigate the globe on the journey that is expected to take five months.

New rules for basic channels

GATINEAU, Que.—The country’s broadcast regulator is coming out with new rules today that will require cable and satellite companies to offer customers a trimmed-down, basic channels package, sources have told The Canadian Press.
The cost of the so-called “skinny basic” package is to be capped at $25, said one source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Solar-powered plane takes off from Indian town to Myanmar on next leg of global trip

NEW DELHI — A solar-powered airplane on a historic round-the-world journey took off Thursday from the northern Indian town of Varanasi and was headed for its next stop in Myanmar.
Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are taking turns flying the aircraft as they attempt to circumnavigate the globe on the journey that was expected to take five months.

No longer the star web browser, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer seems headed for supporting role

SAN FRANCISCO — Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program.

In battle for booming US coffee pod market, it’s giant Keurig vs. the recyclables

LINCOLN, Calif. — One measure of how heated the environmental battle has become over coffee giant Keurig Green Mountain’s $5 billion-a-year, single-serve plastic pods is how often the company’s opponents resort to galactic comparisons.

Google’s safe browsing artillery adds more ammunition in battle to detect devious schemes

SAN FRANCISCO — Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites.

Apple Watch finally unveiled

SAN FRANCISCO—Apple wants to move the Internet from your pocket to your wrist.
Time will tell if millions of consumers are willing to spend $449 and up—there’s an 18-karat gold version that sells for $22,000—for a wearable device that still requires a wirelessly-connected smartphone to deliver its most powerful features.

5 things to know about the Apple Watch, including the price tag: $449 to $22K

TORONTO — Apple’s long-awaited Watch was officially unveiled Monday in another carefully choreographed presentation by CEO Tim Cook. Here are five things to know about the high-tech timepiece:
WHAT DOES IT DO?

Solar-powered plane takes off from Oman, heading for India

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft took off just after dawn on Tuesday from Muscat, Oman, bound for India for the second leg — and its first sea crossing — in a historic round-the-world trip.

Solar-power plane takes off from Abu Dhabi, airborne on historic, 5-month round-the-world trip

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — With its wings stretched wide to catch the sun’s energy, a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi just after daybreak Monday in a historic first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fossil fuel.

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