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Alphabet's Loon Balloon Internet

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  Loon Subsidiary Being Shut Down                                                  Source: Loon Not Commercially Viable Google's parent company Alphabet has decided to shut down its internet balloon services company after concluding that the business of using high altitude, large balloons to deliver the internet is not commercially viable.  In a way, the decision is a surprising one because the technology works.  Alphabet founded Loon in 2011.  And it has successfully delivered internet services to disaster areas and to Kenya.  But the company says it could not find a way to get the costs low enough to "build a sustainable, long term business". Great Intentions The goal and purpose of Loon was to bring connectivity by high flying balloons the size of tennis courts to global, underserved areas that are too remote or difficult to connect with broadband.  That proved to be too expensive. Loon certainly made every effort to make it work. It conducted years of  testing with ba

Joby Flying Taxi Readies Takeoff

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  Joby Considers Going Public                                                                      Source:  Joby Air Taxi Flying Taxis Fleets by 2023 The dawn of flying taxis is getting closer.  California based startup Joby is exploring the possibility of going public.  Joby is a very hot aircraft technology company developing an all electric, zero emissions, vertical air taxi which it hopes to put into service by 2023.  Also it recently took over Uber's flying taxi unit Elevate.  As part of the deal, Uber took a stake in Joby. Potential of Significant New Money There is no guarantee that Joby will go public.  But it has hired investment bankers and it reportedly is exploring a merger with what is called a "blank check" or special purposes company at a valuation of $5 billion.  It's an alternative way of going public rather than the traditional IPO route.  Joby is currently valued at $2.6 billion.  Going public would potentially bring in significant new money for Job

New Inventions For The 2020's by Edward Kane

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A    # 1 New Release on Amazon New Releases in  Curiosities & Wonders #1 NEW INVENTIONS FOR THE 2020's: Part 1:… EDWARD KANE Kindle Edition $5.99 Ed's Latest Book on Top New Inventions that Enhance Our Lives I'm pleased to announce that journalist Edward Kane's latest book "NEW INVENTIONS FOR THE 2020's" Part 1 is a #1 New Release on Amazon and Kindle in Curiosities and Wonders.  For a free preview, click on https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B08THWN8JD&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_5oZcGbYK8N4AB   I co-authored the book with Ed.

New Earbuds with Ambient Sound Safety

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Bose Sports Open Wireless Earbuds                                                  Source:  Bose Connected But Keep You Aware of Your Surroundings  Bose has invented a new earbud product that's cited by Newsweek as one of the hottest new gadgets of 2021 and of CES 2021.  It's the Bose Sports Open Earbuds.  They wirelessly keep the wearer connected to their choice of music, telephone calls, podcasts or audiobooks while on the go.  But the new earbud's key advantage is that they do not block out the world around the user.  Designed for runners, bikers and people moving in busy environments, they allow the ambient noise of traffic and pedestrians around the user to be heard alongside of the music or calls being transmitted through the earbuds. New Headphone Technology Bose is a global leader in sound equipment.  These headphones are very different. They direct the ambient sound of the user's environment directly into the ear.  They do not rely on bone conduction as many ne

Lenovo's Smart New ThinkPad Titanium Yoga

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  Lenovo's Smart New Gadget                                             Source:  Lenovo Unveiled at CES 2021 The Lenovo X1 Titanium Yoga ThinkPad has been cited as one of "The Best Gadgets of 2021" and among the best new laptops by technology experts.  The device is Lenovo's slimmest ThinkPad.  The design is sleek and the body is composed of titanium. The device weighs 2,5 pounds and is less than 1/2 inch thick.  It's being called a "Revolutionary ThinkPad". New Tech The device features a 360 degree chassis and a stylus for notetaking and drawing. The convertible two-in-one has a 13.5 inch 2 K 450-nit display with a 3:2 aspect ratio.  It has an IR camera for touchless sign-in, a fingerprint reader and it is 5G ready.  In terms of specs, the 3:2 display is tall and adaptable to all sorts of productivity.  It includes 11th generation Intel chips.  It is Intel Evo certified for performance, features and battery life and has 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports,  It is a p

Butterflies Have Jet Propulsion Abilities

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   New Science From Sweden                          Source:  Stock Image of a Monarch Butterfly Aerodynamics of Butterflies - Wing Claps This is fascinating new science about butterflies and their aerodynamic capabilities.  Swedish scientists have determined that butterflies have the ability to create jet propulsion with their fragile, but powerful, wings.  The beautiful and delicate creatures of summer clap their wings and hit the air with such force, that it thrusts the air forward, creating jet propulsion.  The scientists at Lund University in Sweden have discovered and analyzed the unique clap function of butterfly wings as being capable of generating jets of air propulsion. Very Advanced Aerodynamics From Butterflies Globally, scientists and engineers have learned a great deal from nature to create new forms of technology. The potential impact of these new findings on the aerodynamics of butterflies include unique modes of space travel, aviation and other forms of travel.  In thei

New Inventions For The 2020's by Edward Kane

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  Consumer Electronics, Internet, Robots & Medicine                                             Source:  Amazon & Kindle New Book by Edward Kane If you're interested in top new inventions in consumer electronics, the internet, robots & medicine, you might want to take a look at journalist Edward Kane's just published book "New Inventions For The 2020's". It showcases the latest innovations that will enhance your life. It is available in paperback and as an e-book on Amazon and Kindle.  For a free preview,  https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B08THWN8JD&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_rwhcGbRF0XQAQ   I co-authored the book with Ed.