15
Oct
2016

US Navy’s largest-ever destroyer joins the fleet

USS Zumwalt in full dress for its commissioning in Baltimore

Under clear skies and to the music of brass bands, the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) has formally been commissioned into the United States Navy. On Saturday at 6:20 pm EDT, Captain James A Kirk took command of the next-generation multimission Zumwalt-class destroyer at North Locust Point in Baltimore before a crowd of Navy officers, government officials and invited guests. After reading his official orders, Captain Kirk had the US flag and commissioning pennant raised on the superstructure of the Zumwalt, marking the ship's entry into active service.

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Category: Military

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15
Oct
2016

Beasts of the East: Photos from Overland Expo East 2016

The view from atop the Bravo 1's cabover deck might have been the best at the ...

We've been attending Overland Expo West for the past three years, getting a closer look at the fascinating world of on/off-road overland expeditions, and the purpose-built vehicles, gear and tech that goes into it. After a great 2016 show in May, we found ourselves hungry for more, so this year we attended the newer Overland Expo East show in Asheville, North Carolina, which was held last weekend. The show isn't simply an East Coast rerun of the West show, as it has some exhibitors that we haven't seen in Arizona. It also has the same great sense of go-anywhere adventure and "no-obstacle-too-big" innovation. Here are the highlights.

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Category: Outdoors

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15
Oct
2016

No satellites needed for next-gen navigation system that uses “signals of opportunity”

Simulation results for a unmanned drone flying over downtown Los Angeles showing the true trajectory (red ...

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a great navigation aid – unless you lose the signal while negotiating a complicated spaghetti junction. That's bad enough for conventional cars, but for autonomous vehicles it could be catastrophic, so the University of California, Riverside's Autonomous Systems Perception, Intelligence, and Navigation (ASPIN) Laboratory under Zak Kassas is developing an alternative navigation system that uses secondary radio signals, such as from cell phone systems and Wi-Fi to either complement existing GPS-based systems or as a standalone alternative that is claimed to be highly reliable, consistent, and tamper-proof.

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Category: Science

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15
Oct
2016

Satoru Iwata tribute celebrates a Nintendo icon who was a gamer first

Satoru Iwata, the late Nintendo chief executive, died in July 2015, and though many retrospectives and obituaries have been written since then, few are as comprehensive as this reflection on his career by Did You Know Gaming? now emerging as the premier archivist of console video game culture.

Iwata famously ascended to Nintendo's big chair in 2002 more as a games developer than a salesman or business administrator. He succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi, who had been president of the company since 1949, and was the first chief executive not related to that family. He presided over the 2004 debut of the DS line and the 2006 launch of the Wii, both of which somehow elevated Nintendo's name in Western mainstream culture beyond the standard it had...

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14
Oct
2016

Sony PlayStation VR review: Broken promise

New Atlas reviews Sony PlayStation VR, a promising and affordable VR setup brought down by godawful ...

On paper, Sony's PlayStation VR is the virtual reality system to buy. Its specs don't soar to the stratospheres of the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, but neither does its price. And with well over 40 million PS4s already in the wild, that's a population the size of Spain's that already owns half the setup. It sounds like the virtual reality product we've been waiting for – if only Sony had delivered a stable experience that captures the magic that made us care about VR in the first place.

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Category: VR

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