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With its interactive speaker HomePod, Apple is entering the IoT and big data market

  • By: Wolf
  • But to companies, there is one more big advantage, and that’s big data. An example; Nike has track sensors in their shoes so the users can view their running results in an app, see their progress and upload it to Facebook should they want it. But that’s not the reason Nike is interested in that tracking device. Nike sees where its users start and finish their runs. And that information is analyzed and sold to, for instance, Starbucks, who will build a shop at the perfect spot where runners finish their run.
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    Watch the Olympics from space with ESA Satellites over Pyeongchang, sort of

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • In preparation for the start on 9 February of the 2018 Winter Olympics, ESA took it’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission over the host city Pyeongchang, South Korea. About 180 km South-East of Seoul, Pyeongchang is nestled in the Taebaek Mountains. Taken on 30 January, the images shown in the animation show the sites of several events, as well as the Olympic Stadium itself.
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    More American muscle cars on European roads in near future? A little ode to the Dodge Challenger

  • By: Wolf
  • In the US, a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat with a Supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 Engine with 707 bhp. Costs approximately  $70.000 (€55.000). In comparison, that same car is on the Dutch occasion market on sale for a whopping €119.000 (!). If Trump gets his way, this number will go way down, and we might just be seeing Hellcats on our European roads.
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    Boston Dynamics’ humanoid Atlas now does flawless backflips

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    Watch! European Space Agency’s slick time lapse of Sentinel-5P’s lift-off

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    In run-up to Halloween, ESA jokes about “spooky sight” in space. Sense of humour aside, the view is spectacular

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The star that pierces through the ‘fog’ is V380 Orionis, a bright, young star, JUST LIKE YOU. It is 3.5 times the mass, and with its surface temperature of about 10 000ºC, two times as hot as our Sun. Literally white hot. So young it is still surrounded by a cloud of material left over from its formation.
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    ESA’s Photographs of August’s total solar eclipse, both from the Earth’s surface and space, are rather spectacular

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • As ESA explains, total eclipses are made possible by a quirk of our cosmos: the Moon’s average distance is just right for it to appear as the same size in the sky as the Sun. Though the Sun’s diameter is 400 times that of the Moon’s, it is also 400 times further away from the Earth.
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    Sweet. Aston Martin just showcased its new DB11 Volante

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    Live! Watch ESA launch its Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite into orbit

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