gadget simplifies multiple screen use on the go

turn your travel laptop into your all-in-one portable workstation.

by rick richardson
technology this week

a device from rollingsquare named the edge kit could be that standout stocking stuffer for that special someone who works from home or for a deserving college student.

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billed by its makers as “the first modular work-from-home kit,” the edge kit consists of a phone and tablet mount for your laptop that allows the convenient use of dual screens and efficient study and work.

here’s how it works:

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the cheapest clean energy might be lunar

here’s how the next wave in the energy revolution should work.

by rick richardson
technology this week

in the decarbonization era, solar power is, by far, the leading technology both in scale and cost. lunar energy is taking a lot longer.

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we only need to walk into the surf on the north shore of oahu, hawaii, to understand the enormous power of the ocean. one of the biggest differences in wave technology is the harsh and punishing environment in which this new energy generation will have to operate.

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u.s. combat medics look to a.i. goggles

augmented reality goggles could someday be the difference between life and death on the battlefield. could the technology move to the mainstream with civilian paramedics?

by rick richardson
technology this week

the combat medic is the most important factor in surviving a battlefield injury. the medic is first on the scene and can administer help within the golden hour or even golden ten minutes. quick, effective medical procedures can be the difference between life and death.

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the defense advanced research projects agency (darpa) has selected raytheon bbn to lead a team to develop an augmented reality device that will provide the combat medic with a virtual assistant. the system will use a set of a.r. goggles to provide visual information on 50 different medical procedures.

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your cd and dvd backups are rotting away

here are two suggestions for rescuing your old data.

by rick richardson
technology this week

attention, readers, this is your annual wake-up call!

all those cds and dvds you have burned over the last decade to back up your precious pictures, music and movies may have bit rot.

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that’s right. they may be harmed by scratches or temperature and humidity variations. most commercial cds and dvds will survive better than custom discs, but they all are prone to damage after sitting for an extended period.

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ukraine points the way for the next step in satellite connections

vitali klitschko, mayor of kyiv, and his brother wladimir klitschko with starlink terminals shipped to kyiv during the 2022 russian invasion of ukraine. (photo kyivcity.gov.ua)
kyiv mayor vitali klitschko and his brother, world boxing champion wladimir klitschko, with starlink terminals for work in the capital of ukraine. (vitalii klitschko facebook page)

new tech offers portability, not just mobility.

by rick richardson

in a decision that opens new worlds of connectivity worldwide, the federal communications commission is authorizing elon musk’s spacex and a second commercial satellite company, kepler communications, to employ their satellite internet systems on vehicles in motion, including cars, trucks, boats and aircraft.

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musk made news recently when he repositioned satellites to give coverage to ukraine in its war with russia at no charge.
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the end of power outages?

data centers may become backup for the grid.

by rick richardson
technology this week

large data centers need power backup to operate without interruption. they rely on enormous banks of lithium-ion batteries to provide instantaneous power when the standard power supplied by the local grid fails. those lithium-ion batteries could soon help local power grids manage energy demand.

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any city or region that gets its power from renewables is subject to the whim of the weather. unlike fossil-based energy, renewable energy sources ebb and flow. these grids’ battery systems provide power when the renewable sources ebb and recharge when they flow.

microsoft realized it could partner with local power grids where its data centers are located worldwide and offer to store that renewable power in their battery backup systems. today, sophisticated data centers operate with what are known as “uninterruptible power supply systems.” these systems include a bank of batteries that kick in the instant the power goes out and may operate for only a few minutes until the backup generators are up and running.

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new hope for privacy legislation?

apple ceo urges legislators to draft comprehensive privacy legislation, but how much can the heavy tech hitter influence congress?

by rick richardson

early in june, apple’s tim cook wrote to legislators involved in the drafting of the american data privacy and protection act (adppa). in the letter, cook said apple realizes there are several outstanding issues but that areas of agreement outweigh the differences.

protecting user privacy

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cook argued privacy is a “fundamental human right” for apple and that the company believes in protecting users and, by default, their information. cook stated apple minimizes data collected, offers user transparency on what data is collected and how it is used, and builds systems to protect user information.

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drone wars: walmart plans to expand to 4 million homes

walmart is expanding its air war against amazon, planning to reach 4 million households by the end of the year.

by rick richardson

walmart, the brick-and-mortar retail giant plans to offer the service from 34 locations in six states. when the service started, only a single store in arkansas offered it. however, the retail giant hopes to reach up to 4 million households by the end of 2022.

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droneup, a company in which walmart has invested, will operate the service between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., delivering packages weighing less than 10 pounds. there will be a charge of $3.99 for the delivery. once received, the order is boxed and a droneup pilot flies the drone to the customer’s location, easing the box gently down on the front lawn with a claw-like device at the end of a sturdy cable.

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two tiny chargers to revive your dead phone fast

recommended: spigen(left) and anker(right)

four simple rules and a couple of great gadgets to solve your all-day charging problems.

by rick richardson
technology this week

we do everything to keep our phones charged all day, hoping we won’t need to plug in until the evening.

alas, at the worst possible moment, the phone just dies. it needs to get recharged. now! and fast!

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what to do? of course, everyone knows you can’t go from zero to full charge in 10 or 15 minutes.

but here are four simple rules (including a couple of mini-sized gadgets) that will help you recharge your phone quicker.read more →

hurling satellites into space without rockets

yes, nasa has a plan for that.


watch how spinlaunch flings payloads into space.

by rick richardson
technology this week

every satellite put into orbit in the history of spaceflight has relied on rockets. now a company called spinlaunch is celebrating the first successful test launch for its kinetic launch system, a method that instead uses a massive accelerator, larger than the statue of liberty and powered by an electric centrifuge, that flings a payload into space like a discus.

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nasa has noticed, and is climbing on board with a testing program,

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deloitte develops audit technology for smaller firms

man at laptopthe mindset that led to it? competition from a couple of guys in a garage.

by rick richardson

deloitte just announced the availability of audit technology for smaller accounting firms through a new venture it recently formed.

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deloitte created auvenir as an in-house startup and tasked it with developing its own auditing technology that could be offered to small firms. deloitte is starting with a north american launch of the technology, known as the auvenir audit smarter platform, which leverages artificial intelligence to help auditors with their work.
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