AM Prep-Cyber Corner
IN THE NEWS: UBER - PITTSBURGH
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Imagine taking an Uber in the Pittsburgh area — and instead of seeing a picture of a human driver, you saw a photo of a car, instead. That may come to pass — now that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved a request by Uber to resume testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads. The approval is in effect now in Allegheny County — and will last for a year. The resumption of testing of driverless vehicles comes about nine months after one of Uber’s autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian. After the March 18 crash in Tempe, Arizona, testing was suspended.
IN THE NEWS: GPS SATELLITE LAUNCH DELAYED
DENVER (AP) — When it comes to the new generation of GPS, the future will have to wait. For at least a day, anyway. The launch of a new GPS satellite set for yesterday was postponed. The delay was caused by an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was to lift the new satellite into orbit. Another launch attempt is set for today. The rocket will carry a GPS III satellite, the first of new generation of GPS orbiters designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile than its predecessors. But those new capabilities won’t be available to everyday users for years.
ON THE WEB: KROGER DELIVERS
CYBERSPACE (AP) — The nation’s largest grocery chain has stepped into the driverless delivery market. The first delivery was yesterday — and it brought milk, eggs and other goods from Kroger to a woman in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, Arizona. For now, Kroger deliveries are limited to about a mile of the one supermarket that handled yesterday’s first delivery. And the effort is part of the latest push for industries trying to lower delivery costs by using self-driving cars on public roads.
Kroger site: http://www.kroger.com
IN STORES: MICROSOFT SURFACE LAPTOP 2
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Looking for the power of a laptop with the touch ability of a tablet? Microsoft has you covered — and how — with its new Surface Laptop 2. Once you open it up and turn it on, you’ll see how blazing fast it is — and with an 8th Generation Intel Quad Core processor under the hood, it’s no surprise. The new model is 85 percent faster than the previous Surface Laptop. But all that power is tucked into a pretty thin package. It’s very thin — and at 2.76 pounds, it fits comfortably into a bag or backpack. You have a 13.5 inch viewing screen — plenty of room to roll out anything from a spreadsheet to a document to a movie when it’s time to play. The sound system is compact — but powerful. The screen is fully touch enabled for those who want to work with their fingers instead of a mouse. And if you’re on the go, you needn’t worry about having to stay close to an outlet. It’s capable of delivering up to 14.5 hours of battery life between charges. The Surface Laptop 2 starts at $799.
Microsoft site: http://www.microsoft.com
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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