Next 100 days: Ford, GE Healthcare will team up to produce 50,000 ventilators in Michigan
Ford Motor Co. and GE Healthcare announced on Monday plans to produce 50,000 ventilators in the next 100 days with the support of 500 UAW members in Michigan to help in the battle against the novel coronavirus.A new simple ventilator design, licensed by GE Healthcare from Florida-based Airon Corp., operates on air pressure without the need for electricity, the parties explained during a conference call.“The reduction in complexity allows us to move more swiftly,” said Jim Baumbick, vice president of Enterprise Product Line Management at Ford.The two companies will “leverage” the design of Airo...
Detroit Free Press
Honda CR-V Hybrid makes geek great
Honda hybrids used to be soooo nerdy.The Japanese automaker’s first hybrid debuted 20 years ago. Costing $28,932 in today’s dollars ($18,800 in 2000), the wee front-wheel drive, three-door hatchback looked like a college science project.Shaped like a doorstop, it was optimized for 647-mile range — assuming a semi-truck didn’t run over it first as its 72 horses struggled to get up to interstate speeds. It came standard with a manual transmission. Its bicycle-thin rear tires were covered by fender slats to increase aerodynamics. It sold like granola in a candy shop. Not well.How far hybrids have...
The Detroit News
Now streaming: New movies available to watch at home during coronavirus
Jane Austen — meet Elisabeth Moss in a fight for her life against something she can’t even see.The quarantined citizen’s home streaming life just got a little more interesting, and crowded, with the unprecedented early online viewing availability of some major 2020 titles. The films, to varying degrees, were laid low by COVID-19 and the cumulative global shutdown of movie theaters, along with virtually everything else.Here you go, and there you have them.‘ONWARD’A manic, moderately diverting babysitter of a Pixar movie, “Onward” does gets there by the end — “there” being the place where the fr...
NASA's moon rocket launch is delayed another year after billions in cost overruns, audit finds
ORLANDO, Fla. — This won’t be SLS’ year.NASA’s heavy-lift rocket, designed to be the most powerful of all time to return astronauts to the moon, was supposed to fly on its first mission in November after years of delays and cost overruns under a program known as Artemis.But a NASA Office of the Inspector General audit released Tuesday found the program is still struggling to stay on track, even after cash infusions and increased pressure to get boots on the moon by 2024 — a major goal of President Donald Trump. The report is the latest in a string of audits by the inspector general that has co...
AT&T launching new live TV streaming service that feels just like cable. It even has a box.
The streaming TV revolution has come to this: Even the cable companies are cutting the cord.AT&T, the second largest pay-TV provider behind Comcast, is launching a nationwide live TV streaming service Monday that offers a cable-like experience — from a set-top box and on-screen program guide to a remote control with actual numbers — delivered entirely over the internet.The service, dubbed AT&T TV, could be the all-in-one platform that entices reluctant cord cutters to take the plunge into live TV streaming, uncluttering a jumbled world of media devices, smart TVs and program services with name...
Qualcomm introduces third-generation 5G chips to boost speeds and performance of mobile devices
Continuing its efforts to drive 5G technology, Qualcomm on Tuesday introduced its third generation 5G mobile chip aimed at improving performance for smartphones and other gadgets.The San Diego company’s new processor and radio frequency antenna platform give mobile operators the ability to combine fragmented airwave spectrum to expand coverage, boost capacity and deliver faster speeds.The technique is called carrier aggregation. The Snapdragon X60 5G modem and antenna work across a wide range of airwave frequencies earmarked for 5G.They include high-frequency millimeter-wave bands, mid-frequen...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Would you live in a van? Two San Diego women launch startup for boho traveler movement
Two San Diego women have created an app for travelers that’s gaining a sizable following of nomadic young people living out of vans.Inspired by a social media phenomenon, Breanne Acio, a former San Diego State University lecturer, and public relations worker Jessica Shisler teamed up in 2018 to pave the way for the drifter movement known online as “vanlife.” They created a mobile application, aptly called The Vanlife App, that’s just secured the two women spots in a competitive Techstars accelerator program for promising startups.The app currently connects long-term travelers with one another ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
'He acts like a caudillo.' New anti-Trump ads compare him to authoritarian leaders
MIAMI — The largest Democratic super PAC in the U.S. is launching a new series of attack ads starring a group of Florida Latinos who’ve fled oppressive governments in their home countries, featuring footage of President Donald Trump alongside images of Fidel Castro, Nicolás Maduro and Augusto Pinochet.Priorities USA, which teased this recent slate of ads last November, is using anti-Trump testimonials from one Cuban and three Venezuelan immigrants to compare Trump’s rhetoric to that of a Latin American “caudillo,” or an authoritarian dictator. The digital commercials will begin to publish on s...
Janet Jackson announces new tour, including New York date
Bring out the rhythm nation: Janet’s back.Janet Jackson is going out on tour this summer in support of her upcoming album, “Black Diamond,” set to be released later this year.Along with new hits, the singer, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, will also be celebrating the 30th anniversary of her “Rhythm Nation 1814” album, which was released in 1989.The Black Diamond tour launches in Miami on June 24 and will make stops including Tampa, Nashville, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles before closing in Tacoma, Wash., on Aug. 23.Jackson, 53, will also touch down at...
New York Daily News
A spacecraft launching Sunday will take the first-ever images of the Sun's poles
ORLANDO, Fla. — On Sunday night, a $1.5 billion spacecraft is scheduled take off from the Space Coast on a years-long journey that, if successful, will take the first-ever images of the Sun’s poles.It’s data that scientists have been yearning to obtain for years, and it may answer crucial questions about the nature of our Sun and, chiefly, the charged solar particles it spews and their impact across the solar system. The mission will send the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter on a seven-year journey and help heliophysicists gain a better understanding of the dark spots believed to be on th...