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Monday, May 23, 2022

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An American inventor has built a flying motorcycle: How much it will cost?

 David Mayman, founder of JetPack Aviation, says he's in love with flying because, with three uncles and a cousin working as pilots, it's in his blood, reports Futurism.com. He doesn't, however, want to fly planes.

His decade-old company, based in California, makes jetpacks and trains both civilians and military personnel to use them, though at $4,950 for a two-day program it's not exactly for every enthusiast. There is one problem with his unusual career, however: Mayman has a fear of heights.


Speeder, commissioned for disaster response

In an interview with Futurism.com, he says his flying motorcycle, called the Speeder, is ordered by customers for rapid disaster response. The Speeder is an aerial utility vehicle and in some ways it departs from the flying motorcycle concept because when people think of motorcycles, the concept of recreation comes to mind. The Speeder's primary use, however, is for emergency disaster response, not recreation. 

The company's founder gives an example: a hurricane destroys an area, roads are damaged, and trucks can't get there. Ten such vehicles cost less than a helicopter and can fly in all kinds of weather, even when it's raining or you can't see the horizon, Mayman says.

Recreational use, however, would follow in the second and third phases of the project.

How it flies 

American inventor has built a flying motorcycle

Mayman says the Speeder can fly at over 4,000 metres when it has to cross mountains, but normally the vehicle is designed to fly 300 metres above the ground.

Can be operated autonomously, possibly to make medical deliveries. In the Himalayas it would fly at an altitude of over 6,000 metres above sea level, but only 30 metres above the ground. But the pilot would have to use oxygen. The flying motorcycle would be extremely fast.

But these speeds won't be reached anyway, only if the pilot is inside the aircraft, as is the case with fighter jets. But this will only be possible in phase three of the project, according to Mayman.


Zero net emissions 

When asked about fuel, Mayman says he will use several types of fuel, such as kerosene or diesel. He says he has negotiated a contract with Prometheus Fuels, which extracts carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produces conventional fuels.

It will cost as much as a supersport car

The price hasn't been announced yet, but JetPack Aviation's founder says the idea is to one day bring it down to the level of a luxury sports car.

The company had 50 pre-orders for the flying motorcycle within hours of opening, and Mayman says he had to shut down the process until certification was complete. Two working prototypes The official says he has two working prototypes. 

Initially, the aerial vehicle will not be self-piloted, but will be autonomous or remotely piloted. The company expects to obtain certification towards the end of next year, after which the model will go into production. 
According to the company, the certification process takes between six months and a year.

When will flying cars appear

Mayman says the shift to urban air mobility will happen, but not soon. He says that just as we now have SUVs that can carry a few people, so too will we have aerial vehicles that can carry more people on routes within cities. 

These will be electric if they are small, but we will have to wait for the invention of batteries with a high energy density of 1,500 W per kilogram, he says. At the moment, current batteries are around 250 W per kilogram.



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Saturday, May 21, 2022

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Lawyers Give Their Verdicts On Johnny Depp's Attorney's Cross-Examination Of Amber Heard

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Updated Kia Sportage Blends Sporty and Stylish

(NewsUSA) - Today's car shoppers want it all -- style, luxury, efficiency, and reliability. The subcompact SUV segment continues to be popular, but there is a new option on the market -- the 2023 Kia Sportage. The Sportage, Kia's longest running nameplate, debuted the redesigned model at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The updated Sportage offers eco-appeal with an 8 percent improvement in fuel economy over previous models, despite its larger size.

"While Kia moves purposefully toward electrification, we are further strengthening the Sportage lineup by adding a variety of options suited for all different kinds of customers," says Sean Yoon, president and CEO, Kia America, Kia North America.

"The tremendous success formula of our current stable of SUVs has been infused into every ounce of the new Sportage, transforming it into a leader of the pack with its cutting-edge design, adventurous capability and desirable in-car technology," Yoon emphasizes.

The company's design philosophy for the new Sportage is an "Opposites United" theme that combines futuristic and rugged elements for a look that's sleek, but sporty. Click here to view video.

Distinctive features of the Sportage include:

- Looks. The Sportage design is available in adventure trims (the X-Line, Sportage X-Pro, and X-Pro Prestige) that showcase the Sportage AWD's 1.5-inch increased ground clearance, all-terrain tires, and multi-terrain mode AWD system.

- Luxury. The new Sportage offers upgrades in comfort as well as power and style. Key features include dual panoramic curved 12.3-inch display screens, angular air vents and smart story solutions.

- Size. The Sportage is larger than its predecessors, with enhanced rear-seat legroom and the largest rear-cargo capacity in its segment.

- Safety. Key safety features on the updated Sportage include eight standard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), including newly available features such as 360 degree Surround View Monitor with 3D View and live-feed Blind-Spot View Monitor within instrument cluster.

Visit kia.com for more details about the 2023 Sportage and other Kia vehicles.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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Seek Sound Investment Advice for Financial Success

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(NewsUSA) - After years in the shadows of trendy tech stocks, solid value stocks are having their moment. Opportunistic value investors who are willing to go against the trends can acquire stocks cheaply, and benefit from generous dividends over time.

If you are a value investor or looking to get into more value stocks or seeking other financial guidance, having the right investment advice is essential, as the options can be confusing and overwhelming.

Regular investment newsletters from competent authorities can help investors sort through the mountain of stock information and make smart decisions that work for them.

When choosing an investment newsletter, keep these factors in mind to separate the experts from the fly-by-nighters.

- Broad base. A quality investment newsletter offers information about a diversified portfolio and a broad base of investment themes. The best investment newsletters provide details of what individual stock and other assets the experts are into; look for newsletters with information about capital gains over the medium- to long-term, and generating dividends.

- Access to material. At the end of the day, your investment decisions are your own, but it is important to be informed, and the right investment newsletter offers current and complete access to research material.

- Expert knowledge. Learn what the experts recommend, and what sectors they are investing in and why. The best investment newsletters offer new ideas and updates via trade alerts.

- Share with others. Investment newsletters that offer members' forums as well as expert Q&A sections are especially helpful for making sound decisions. Member forums are a rare and valuable feature, so look for them when choosing an investment newsletter. You can take advantage of the knowledge and experience of fellow newsletter subscribers and learn tips from them, as well as from the expert newsletter authors, on long-term wealth building across a range of sectors or investment classes.

- Resources. The best investment newsletters provide the background that their experts use in making their own investment decisions; you get a window into their thought process that will add to your understanding and appreciation of their recommendations.

- Reputation. For more proof that you are choosing a quality investment newsletter, you can check out what others are saying on a reputable review site such as trustpilot.com.

Find an example of an investment newsletter with the power to improve your financial picture at invest4deepvalue.com.

 

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Artificial Intelligence Comes Home With Smarter Robots

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(TVA) - If your mental image of a robot in the home is limited to Rosie from the Jetsons, it's time to change your perspective.

Small, efficient robots from the innovative home robot company Trifo offer a new take on home help, with an artificial intelligence twist.

"Our vision is to create a family of home robots that takes care of the home so people can live better and focus on what's important," according to the company. The Trifo robots are designed to focus on the indoor home environment. Each is equipped with an artificial intelligence system that has sensing, perception and decision-making capabilities. Trifo robots are able to continuously adapt to their environments using advanced AI technology.

Lucy Ultra Edition, the flagship product of the Trifo line, is a compact, round robot that comes packed with features to make your life easier. Some of Lucy's standout features include:

- Dual vision. Not quite x-ray vision, but Lucy's 1080P HDR color camera combines with a Time-of-Flight depth camera that creates a colorful 3-D map of your home in Lucy's brain; this helps navigate even in low-light conditions.

- Obstacle avoidance. Lucy easily avoids the annoyance of getting stuck or trapped by household objects; unique visual and depth perception keep her clear of objects as short as one inch.

- Home protection day and night. Lucy provides full-time home protection with day and night vision. Privacy concerns? Data from your home is stored and processed in the robot herself, not in the cloud or on servers.

- Smart work. Lucy's adaptive technology allows her to learn her surroundings, following routes that adapt to the environment while avoiding off-limits zones, and alert you to unusual motions in the house when you aren't at home. Lucy is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can integrate her with other smart home features. Lucy's intelligence evolves over time, so she makes your life even easier the more you use her.

- Deluxe cleaning. Lucy vacuums, but she mops, too, with a dustbin/water tank combination that sends an alert when the water level gets low.

- Pet sitting. If you have a furry friend at home, Lucy takes the angst out of cleaning up pet hair and larger dirt from muddy paws. A built-in air freshener is a bonus that helps keep pet odors at bay. Also, check out the interactive laser toy to keep your pet entertained.

Visit trifolucy.com for more information about the potential of advanced AI robots for home use.

 

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Four Tech Tools That Can Help Your Small Business Grow

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(NewsUSA) - Fifty-four years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed into effect a proclamation that established a week to celebrate the contributions of small U.S. businesses. Every president since then has continued the tradition.

Next month kicks off National Small Business Week, which recognizes America's entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year it runs from April 30 to May 6. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

To help celebrate the week, Marc Saltzman, business technology expert, has partnered with KillerApps.tv (Click here to view video.) and four brands that have the tech tools and services to help small businesses grow by boosting productivity in the office or on the go.

First up, mobility. BlackBerry is back with the BlackBerry KEYone, an award-winning smartphone that fuses the functionality and security you'd expect from a BlackBerry with the familiarity and versatility of Android 7.1 Nougat. This BlackBerry KEYone is made for the modern smartphone user, offering a reimagined Smart Keyboard with built-in fingerprint sensor, up to 26 hours of mixed-use battery life, and unique convenience and privacy features in what is being billed as the world's most secure Android smartphone.

It also has 4.5-inch touch display to tap and swipe through more than a million apps at the Google Play store.

It goes on sale in May.

To help keep your data secure on the go, Kingston has a pair of encrypted USB flash-drive solutions. With the DataTraveler 2000, no one can see what's stored on the drive without knowing the PIN that you type on the alphanumeric keypad. The hardware-based encryption resides on the USB 3.0 drive itself -- not on the host computer. It's water- and dust-proof and available in 16, 32 and 64 gigabytes. And then there's the DataTraveler Vault Privacy drive, which you access via password instead of keypad. Get the password wrong ten times and it'll reformat and wipe it clean, just in case you lose it. It's available from 4GB and up.

Next up, regardless of the industry you're in, you need a reliable multifunction printer to work faster, smarter, and more cost effectively. The Canon MAXIFY MB5420 Wireless All-In-One Printer empowers small businesses with a high-speed, high-quality, and cost-effective printer, scanner and copier. You'll see crisp prints, such as client invoices and legal- size documents, along with features such as duplex scanning, built-in WiFi, support for a Canon app, and more. And the Canon MAXIFY MB5420 is backed by a U.S.-based customer service and support center.

Finally, in celebration of National Small Business Week, The UPS Store is saluting small business owners with its first national "Pitch Off" contest. Small business owners and startups can compete for a chance to win $10,000 by submitting a business pitch to theupsstore.com/pitchoff.

Capture a 90-second video describing your business or idea. Be sure to submit soon, as people will be able to view and vote for their favorite videos throughout the month of May. The grand prize winner will be announced June 6. Throughout the year, visit one of more than 4,500 locally owned and operated UPS Store locations, to find tools and resources to support your growing business.

For more information, visit www.KillerApps.tv.

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Next Wave of Electric Cars Have Better Batteries

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(NewsUSA) - The auto industry continues to market electric cars as the "next best thing," and the newest generation of electric vehicles (EVs) are more than up to speed.

Although widespread adoption of EVs took some time to find its footing in the United States and was slow to get off the ground, more car shoppers are seeing the benefits of EVs and hybrids. Several improvements in the latest models have helped overcome some hurdles that might have made buyers hesitant to embrace EVs.

Some of the key features consumers want include:

  • More power. Consumers want increased range and fast charging. The battery life of newer electric cars allows for several hundred miles on a single charge.
  • More style. Car buyers don't want to sacrifice comfort and style, and manufacturers are rising to this challenge with roomy designs equal to those of conventional cars.

"Consumers are ready to switch to electric vehicles," according to Brian Moody, Executive Editor for Autotrader.

"Things they consider when thinking about buying an electric vehicle include reduced environmental guilt, less time refueling, and never having to change your oil again," he says.

One example of the latest in EV technology is the EV6, auto maker Kia's first entry into the battery-powered vehicle market.

The EV6 features an ultra-fast 350-kilowatt charger that enables the car to go from a 10 percent to 80 percent charge in less than 18 minutes, ready for up to 210 miles of range.

It's also designed with a distinctive Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) feature that enables use of the battery as a mobile power source for multiple applications, according to the company website. Other advances include both rear wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive, as well as two battery sizes, 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh.

The latest battery technology meets consumers' need for speed with the 576 HP power to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds. The style factor is there, too. The EV6 channels the design of current crossover vehicles with a four-door sedan body and seating for five passengers. The EV6 is scheduled to debut in early 2022.

Visit kia.com for more information about the latest in electric vehicle technology.

 

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