Posts Tagged ‘Five’
The Ice Bucket Challenge is well on its way to raising plenty of money for ALS research — and it’s leaving no tech exec dry. Tesla CEO and billionaire inventor Elon Musk took his turn taking a cool, refreshing ice-water bath today. Musk’s five boys, Griffin, Xavier, Damian, Saxon, and Kai got a good laugh out of dousing their father, though the contraption isn’t quite as impressive as Bill Gates’ over-engineered rig. Musk is apparently under the weather, though, so maybe he wasn’t quite up to the task of one-upping the Microsoft co-founder. Gates challenged Musk yesterday, and now Musk is passing the torch on to Johnny Depp, Tony Hawk, and Minecraft creator Notch.
A family that flaps together, stays together. As promised, the creator of Flappy Birds — you know, the insanely viral and addictive game that enjoyed massive success before quickly being removed from the iOS and Android app stores — is bringing a…
Lyft is finally launching in New York City, but it’s making some concessions to do so. After a back-and-forth battle between Lyft and the city, the two have finally struck a deal that will allow Lyft to begin offering service throughout the city’s five boroughs, but only so long as Lyft drivers register with the city’s Taxi & Limousine Commission. That makes Lyft’s operation in New York distinctly different from its modus operandi: Lyft’s fleet is usually composed of anyone who has a car and some free time, but in the city they’ll all have to be properly registered. Recode reports that Uber’s UberX service, which usually operates like Lyft, follows these same rules in New York.
Note: Okay, so all 5 do not in fact crawl out– one dude is currently hanging on when the motorist puts the automobile up on its side. Because the hiring procedure at Jiffy Lube is fiercely competitive in Saudi Arabia, this is a video of 5 individuals getting rid of and changing two wheels of an SUV while its being driven stabilized on the other 2. Not exactly how I spent my weekend, but I was likewise too hectic to sit around designing brand-new means to die or get disabled. That’s even more of a three-day weekend thing. Ooh ooh– a zipline from my balcony to the nearby bus stop! Keep going with the insanity.
A pulsar moving at speeds of up to five million miles per hour has produced the longest particle jet ever seen by humans. The jet, ten times as long as the distance between our sun and its nearest star, was spotted by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, a telescope in orbit around the earth.
The jet from the pulsar — known as IGR J11014-6103 — is peculiar for its distinctive corkscrew pattern, one that NASA says suggests the object is “wobbling like a spinning top.” Pulsars are types of neutron stars, incredibly dense objects that form when massive stars reach supernova. When they’re ejected from their dying parent star, pulsars usually produce jets along the same alignment as their spin axis. IGR J11014-6103’s jet and spin axis…
Apple has gained an entire percentage point of market share and cracked the top five smartphone manufacturers, according to the latest figures from research firm IDC. Apple’s share rose from 6 to 7 percent during the fourth quarter of last year, according to a new report (via WSJ) and though that isn’t a huge bump, it makes Apple the fifth-largest smartphone maker in China.
There’s also reason to believe that Apple could climb higher still: These numbers don’t include any sales made through Apple’s partnership with China Mobile, which only began selling the iPhone on January 17, and is currently in the process of building out its new network to support the device across a wider swath of the population.
Apple’s rise late last year might have something to do with the fact that the company opted to launch its latest iPhone models in the Greater China market simultaneously with its North American and major European market launches – this marks the first time it has done that, and likely helped boost overall iPhone sales by a considerable margin in the company’s fiscal holiday quarter. Apple also won a bigger chunk of a Chinese smartphone market that isn’t growing with nearly the speed it has in the past, so the China Mobile deal is even more significant, as it represents a way for Apple to grow its share in the key market without having to seek out new smartphone buyers.
For Apple, the China Mobile deal represents a huge potential new buyer pool, and signs are good if the iPhone 5s and 5c are already helping drive up their share. But China’s own Xiaomi is nipping at its heels, coming in sixth overall among smartphone makers in the country per IDC, so that could make for a tight race between the two as the Android-based startup OEM continues to chart impressive growth at home.
The winter doldrums may be leaving you in a funk, but the team at EVGA have offered to heat things up with this slam dunk of a giveaway. EVGA’s given us a stack of its Tegra Note 7 tablets to help five lucky Engadget readers coast all the way into…