Going (Way) Up! Company Granted Patent for a ‘Space Elevator’



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A Canadian company has clinched a patent for a 12.4 mile-high “space elevator” that could launch astronauts and tourists into orbit.

The free-standing tower would essentially be inflated, supported by a series of gas-pressurized cells, and serve as a docking platform for space planes that could launch cargo, tourists and satellites directly into lower orbit.

Thoth Technology, the Ontario-based company behind the invention, told CNBC the elevator could transport 10 tons of cargo at approximately seven miles per hour, with passengers able to reach the top of the tower in about 60 minutes. Passengers could then board a space plane that could reach lower orbit without the need for a costly rocket launch.



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Power Your Entire Home Without Wires!

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Devices like charging pads are popping up in stores. These pads can charge your phone wirelessly. Would it be possible to power everything in your house that way? Trace explains how a technology similar to WiFi could soon become normal.


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Microsoft owes Windows RT an obituary

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One thing that’s been a near certainty in the history of mobile devices: The operating system you’re using today won’t be around ten years from now.

Taken in the context of today’s duopoly of platforms, Android and iOS, that might seem like an antiquated notion; the latter was introduced almost eight years ago, and unless some drastic shift in consumer preference happens (which it has in the past), it seems unlikely that iOS won’t make it to the decade mark.

History has not been kind to the former market leaders in mobile computing. Remember Palm, pioneer of the personal digital assistant as well as the smartphone? It burned through not one but two platforms before finally getting absorbed by HP, with its cult-followed webOS eventually spun out to LG for use as a smart TV and smartwatch platform.



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Here Are The 52 Most Successful Airbnbs In The U.S.

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Imagine a sprawling villa in the heart of California wine country, a Hawaii home overlooking a 19-foot waterfall and swimming grotto, or a rustic Alaska cabin with nighttime views of the northern lights. These aren’t fantasies; they’re actual rental properties on Airbnb and they’re among the site’s most successful listings in the United States.

What makes an Airbnb rental successful? According to Scott Shatford, founder of AirDnA, a site that helps Airbnb renters optimize their listings to get higher returns, people renting out their properties need to meet the expectations that guests have in particular locations.

“People can make 30 to 40 percent more if they are in touch with the demand in their area — special events, seasonality, whether you’re accommodating tourists or business people, for example,” he told The Huffington Post.



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The Apps You Need Now to Keep Your Privacy Intact

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There are the basic things you can do to protect your data and your phone, like avoiding public Wi-Fi networks, enabling built-in tools like “Find My iPhone,” and using a good password. Both iOS and Android phones offer options for turning off “location services,” so apps can’t track your coordinates. But in an age of cyberattacks from renegade hackers, non-state actors, and government spies, it’s not a terrible idea to arm your phone with apps that provide encrypted communication, anonymous browsing, and theft protection.


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Is the age of the flying car upon us?

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It might seem like the stuff of fantasy, but two pioneering brands are making claims about turning flying cars into reality. Jeremy White looks at whether it’s blue sky thinking.

Ah, the future. Meals will be pills (delivered by personal robots, no doubt), living on the moon will be a reality and, of course, flying cars will be de rigueur. Yes, ever since the Curtiss Autoplane was unveiled at the Pan-American Aeronautic Exposition in New York in February 1917 we seem to be obsessed with the dream of making automobiles fly, with The Jetsons and Back to the Future keeping that excitement fuelled.

The Curtiss Autoplane was a triplane, using the wings from a Curtiss Model L trainer on an aluminum body that resembled a Model T Ford. It had three seats, with the pilot/chauffeur sitting in the front and two passengers side-by side in the rear.


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Obsolete technologies that will baffle modern children: in pictures

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Many of today’s teenagers have never seen or used a video tape or a floppy disc. Take a look at some gadgets which will puzzle younger people.

Composed of a thin, magnetic disc and a plastic casing, the floppy disc originally came in sizes as large as 8 inches, but soon shrunk to the more widely-known 3 1/2 inch design. Capable of holding 1.44MB of data, the floppy disc soon lost out to formats such as the 650MB compact disc, which could hold around 450 times more data.


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