Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Technology

High-performance Corvette can go 0-60 in 2.95 seconds; fastest car GM has ever made

DETROIT — General Motors says a new high-performance version of the Chevrolet Corvette can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds.
The 2015 Corvette ZO6 is the fastest car GM has ever made. The company says it can hit 60 mph in 2.95 seconds and can finish a quarter-mile in just under 11 seconds. It can reach 127 mph in one-quarter mile.

BlackBerry aims to rework reputation with new phone

TORONTO—Whether you love BlackBerry or hate it, the Canadian smartphone-maker is banking on its new Passport device to help reshape perception of the company in a highly-competitive market.
“We are determined to win back the Canadian home crowd,” chief executive John Chen told the audience at the Toronto launch yesterday that included an appearance by Wayne Gretzky.

‘Pick-and-pay’ coming anyway

OTTAWA—Forcing TV service providers to offer their customers television channels on a pick-and-pay basis would be a waste of time, says a new study.
The C.D. Howe Institute report to be released today says ever-changing technology soon will put viewers squarely in the driver’s seat, allowing them to choose everything they watch one program at a time.

Report says Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus only costs $15.50 more to make than regular iPhone 6

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s largest iPhone is selling for $100 more than its other new model, but an outside research firm estimated Tuesday that it costs Apple only $15.50 more to make the more expensive version.

India declares Mars mission a success, with satellite now circling red planet for science data

NEW DELHI — India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers.
Scientists broke into wild cheers as the orbiter’s engines completed 24 minutes of burn time to manoeuvr the spacecraft into its designated place around the red planet.

Maven settles into orbit around Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—NASA’s Maven spacecraft arrived at Mars late yesterday after a 711-million-km journey that began nearly a year ago.
The robotic explorer fired its brakes and successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet, officials confirmed.
“This is such an incredible night,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA’s chief for science missions.

Telus swamped with requests for customer info

TORONTO—Telus Corp.’s first “transparency” report reveals the Vancouver-based telecom company received about 103,500 official requests for information about its customers last year.

NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to carry astronauts to space station by 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.
On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years.

Technology available today for cars to find space, park themselves, but hurdles remain

DETROIT — With a thumb swipe on a smartphone, your car one day will be able to drive into a parking deck, find an open spot and back into a space — all by itself.

Google warns against new TV regulations

GATINEAU, Que.—Online delivery services such as Netflix and YouTube would be harmed if regulations for Canada’s broadcast industry are extended to the digital world, says Google Canada.
The content driver issued the warning today at the start of two weeks of Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission hearings looking at how consumers view and pay for TV programming.

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