Five miles of Hyperloop test track will be built in California

If you were worried that Hyperloop was nothing more than a fantasy, you might be happy to learn that some companies are taking the idea very seriously. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of the companies inspired by Elon Musk’s idea of making people travel in tubes, has signed a deal to build a five mile test facility in California. The facility will be built by a local developer along Interstate 5, and is expected to begin construction next year. According to CNBC, the scheme will cost an eye-watering $100 million to build and should be up and running by 2019.

Although Elon Musk himself is credited with the Hyperloop idea, he had originally stated that he was too busy with SpaceX and Tesla to develop the project. Since then, however, the entrepreneur has changed his tune, pledging to build a test facility of his very own down in Texas. Unlike HTT’s, the Musk loop will be used by companies and students to test pod designs, and could even host a student race competition in the vein of Formula SAE. All we can say is that we hope it won’t be long after that before we start seeing Hyperloop tunnels popping up across the country.

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States can no longer restrict city-run broadband internet

Today is one of the more momentous days in the FCC’s recent history. Its net neutrality vote will get most of the press attention, but its moves to protect municipal broadband from state legislators are also quite important. The proposal adopted today is narrowly focused, but it could have huge implications. What the regulator has decided to do is preempt state laws that seek to restrict the spread of city-built broadband networks in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina. But the agency also reserved the right to intercede on behalf of municipalities on a case-by-case basis if it thought that local or state governments were getting in the way of improving competition and spreading access to broadband internet. Continue reading

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Here Are NASA’s Plans to Send a Submarine to Titan

If we’re ever going to explore the only celestial body in our solar system with surface bodies of liquid, we’re going to need a sea-worthy vehicle. Luckily, NASA is all over the niche space submarine market.

Titan, a moon on Saturn, has lakes and seas of liquid methane, which NASA is thinking of exploring by 2040. So, instead of rover like the Mars missions use, they will need a submarine. NASA explains the reason for the mission this way:

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Apple makes iTunes more kid-friendly with ‘Pay Once and Play’ games

No one likes having to buy carrots/coins/crystals just to progress in a mobile game. Thankfully, a new “Pay Once and Play” section has appeared in iTunes that lets you discover/buy games you can be sure won’t hold you hostage with such in-app purchases. Kids racking up a huge bill on their parents’ credit cards is a storied theme (something that has already caused Apple and others headaches), a problem that this new section should go some way to alleviate. As the name suggests, none of these games are actually free — but at least you know the costs upfront. It appears Apple might be making other changes to the games section of iTunes, too. Developers are reporting that artwork and icons for their app that was previously passed as ok, is now being rejected for containing images deemed unsuitable for the very young (guns and gore etc.). Important to note, game content isn’t affected, just the materials that promote it. It seems like Cook and co are making iTunes games a bit more family friendly.

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Apple made it harder for hackers to breach FaceTime and iMessage

As a means to further secure your digital life, Apple said today that it’s adding two-step verification to FaceTime and iMessage. That still leaves the likes of iTunes and the Apple website vulnerable to ne’er-do-wells who want to remotely access your sensitive info (and have your password), of course, but now Cupertino’s universal messaging and video chat programs are locked down a bit further. Given the progress that’s been made toward adding the second authorization step to the rest of its ecosystem in recent months, it likely won’t be too long before those spots are buttoned up too. Any questions? The Apple two-step verification FAQ is only a click away.

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