Items tagged with transport

We've been hearing about the Hyperloop transport system for quite some time, and for some of us, the wait has been to just see the technology successfully tested. Well, that time has arrived, as a mere three years following the founding of Hyperloop, a test was pulled off without issue in the desert north of Las Vegas. But, while "without issue" is indeed true, the top speed reached isn't anywhere near what Hyperloop could ultimately achieve: about 750KM/h. This test instead capped at 160KM/h (100MPH), which in itself would still be quite fast (versus highway speeds) given the fixed path. Brogan BamBrogan, a former SpaceX engineer who co-founded Hyperloop One, called the test a "major milestone".... Read more...
Nokia's Lumia line has already proven to be a spearhead for Windows Phone, and it's clear that Microsoft is seriously winning from the partnership. Lumia users only have a few handsets to choose from at the moment, but Nokia is making that handful look even more attractive with three powerful (and exclusive) app updates. Available only to Lumia phones, there's an updated Nokia Maps, Drive and Transport. The refresh to Drive is perhaps the most significant, adding complete offline guidance options for a number of countries. Simply download the maps before you leave, and then you're able to navigate when you arrive without ever having to use costly roaming data. There's also a new speed limit indicator... Read more...
Amazon.com has decided to pay a $1500 a day fine in France rather than comply with a court ruling ordering them to stop offering free shipping to their French customers on book purchases. They're filing an appeal as well. France limits the allowable discount on book sales, and contends that free shipping is a form of discount that would exceed the 5% legal maximum.Cédric Manara, a law professor and e-commerce specialist at Edhec, a French business school in Nice, said he would not be surprised if the court raised the penalty, and that Amazon "had no chance" with its appeal.The law is "really clear," Manara said. "There is no way you can read the text to find a different result. And the court... Read more...
HyperTransport Consortium Maintains Interconnect Performance Leadership with New 3.0 Specification Sunnyvale, Calif., April 24, 2006 -- HyperTransportTM Technology Consortium, a standards organization dedicated to developing the industry's lowest latency, highest bandwidth interconnect technology, today released version 3.0 of the HyperTransport specification. The new standard nearly doubles the bandwidth and speed of the previous HyperTransport 2.0 specification. In addition, HyperTransport 3.0 supports a variety of new features including AC coupling mode, hot plugging, un-ganging mode and dynamic power management for the support of extended signal transmission distance, typical of backplane... Read more...