- Cars of the future may be able to communicate with each other to avoid accidents. The US government is exploring the possibility of requiring new cars to carry technology that would let them communicate with other vehicles on the road. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told USA Today that the idea is to reduce the number auto accidents and in turn, the number of injuries and accidents. http://bit.ly/1bZob50
- Apple Increased Mac Sales For the First Time Since 2012. Mac sales are chewing up sections of the market—the professionals, the disaffected Windows users—that haven’t been as ripe for the taking until just now. The overall PC market fell seven percent in 2013. http://bit.ly/1faSwzM
- Tech Startups Having Trouble Hiring. Tech Recruiting Wars Heat Up All Across the U.S. While demand for talent is still highest in New York and San Francisco, Detroit and other cities in the Midwest are now among the toughest places in the country to find tech employees. http://bit.ly/1faRW5l
- The Answer to Affordable Housing Could Lie Within a 3D Printer. Researchers from the University of Southern California created a 3D printer that can build a 2,500 square-foot house in 24 hours. http://on.mash.to/MsxK6Y
- The Feds want to regulate the power grid to help prevent a massive solar flare problem.
Whether caused by solar flares or terrorists, a major electromagnetic pulse could fry the electric grid and cause massive disruption, an increasing number of observers say. The federal Space Weather Prediction Center described the dangers of a massive solar storm that is, as the Lloyd’s report on the issue says, “almost inevitable.” Such storms take place roughly every 150 years. The last one was 155 years ago.
More than the lights would go out. All electronics could malfunction. Cars might not run. GPS systems would fail. Generators would be of no use, as gas pumps would stop working. The disruption could last a year or more. There would be looting, rioting, a general societal collapse. It could take more than a year to restore power.
- US intel chief James Clapper calls journalists reporting on leaked Snowden NSA docs “accomplices” to crime. http://boingboing.net/2014/01/29/us-intel-chief-james-clapper.html
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