Sound Advice: New vinyl sound quality appears to be trending upwards
Q. I am confused about modern vinyl records. I have seen multiple negative reviews regarding the sound of newly manufactured vinyl, at least with some albums initially released in the 1950s-1980s. Why would anyone play with the sound of a perfect-sounding LP?— G.T.A. With so much high-quality used vinyl available at low prices, I don’t buy much new vinyl myself. I did purchase two new vinyl records in the past few months. One was the soundtrack from the 1970s Gerry Anderson TV show “UFO” pressed on cool-looking purple vinyl, and the other was a reissue of Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me.” I ...
Tribune News Service
Foxconn's Wisconsin factory isn't what it initially promised. Can it still create a high-tech hub?
By the end of the year, Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn expects to start production at a brand-new liquid crystal display manufacturing plant in southeast Wisconsin.The million-square-foot building’s outline is visible from what used to be quiet two-lane roads, widened to accommodate the surge of activity Foxconn is expected to bring to an area that was once largely farmland. A handful of additional buildings and a power substation are taking shape nearby.Foxconn’s plans have changed dramatically since its initial announcement, feeding skepticism over whether it can deliver on a pledge to ...
'Right-to-repair' fight extends from iPhones to tractors
The software in Peter Ripka’s $120,000 tractor gave him an error code and cut the engine to 50% capacity, and Ripka couldn’t figure out why. He was locked out.The farmer near Ogilvie called the dealership to send someone with a computer to identify the problem. Three days and two service calls later, a simple matter of water in the diesel exhaust fluid tank was solved. None of the delay would have been necessary if Ripka had access to the diagnostic software.“You should be able to bring your own computer out there with a cable and plug it in just like they do, and pull it up,” Ripka said. “But...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Ride platform is first step toward self-driving cars
SAN DIEGO — After years of supplying Bluetooth and cellular connectivity to automakers, Qualcomm is pivoting toward safety with its new Snapdragon Ride platform, which aims to bring advanced driver assistance features such as automated parking, lane monitoring and highway auto-pilot to vehicles as soon as 2023.Eventually, the company believes its new Snapdragon Ride platform can serve as a foundation for full-fledged self-driving cars.Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Ride Monday at CES, the massive consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. Its foray into safety/autonomy systems pits it against seve...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
CES trade show to spotlight big tech trends in 5G, self-driving cars, 8K TVs and more
Some technology trends for the New Year are easy to predict, such as the continuing hype around faster, more reliable 5G cellular networks.Others, however, are harder to forecast. What new artificial intelligence service will blossom to become the next Amazon Alexa or Google Home? Can self-driving car technology take a meaningful step forward?CES, the sprawling consumer electronics trade show that opens Tuesday and runs through Friday in Las Vegas, may provide a clue when it serves up a first look at the hot technology trends for the year.Will the rise of video streaming services accelerate fo...
The San Diego Union-Tribune