My Life is iLife

apple-ilifeApple press release that crossed my desktop lately says that iLife 09 is now available in market. Focused on convergence of different application, this useful package offers some cool features that are worth having a closer look and find out how seamlessly the intuitive and user-friendly technologies are getting into our lives and changing the way we work, live and enjoy life.

As the name suggest, iLife is a pack of applications put together into every new Macintosh and is also available for purchase from Apple. The most recent version is iLife 09 and it includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand and iWeb.   » . . . . . Continue reading → My Life is iLife

Computing Driven By GDrive

gdriveGuardian reports that “Google is to launch a service that would enable users to access their personal computer from any computer with Internet connection.” This news is being viewed with a bit skepticism. Whereas this will facilitate so much online, it will also give a total control to Google. Nothing will remain personal. What started as a rumor seems to be materializing soon.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Computing Driven By GDrive

Barack Obama’s Moving Command Post

presidential-state-carUS President Barack Obama – first black and 44th President of the United States of America – arrived to take the oath of his office in a new brand car, a Cadillac Presidential Limousine. As per one of the many traditions associated with presidential inauguration in United States, the president’s car is shown for the first time on the day of inauguration – Jan 20. The safest (may be costliest) car has already been officially names as Cadillac One and nicknamed as the Beast and a rolling bunker. I call it a command post on the move.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Barack Obama’s Moving Command Post

Auto Industry in 2009

Auto IndustryOngoing economic recession – unprecedented in our lifetimes – has hit every industry hard. Even the newspaper industry is shrinking. But Auto industry was the hardest hit among all. Analysts are alive to the situation and are continuously giving opinions and points of view; some encouraging and some not very encouraging.

Auto industry has seen exponential growth since 1769. Fuel gas-powered internal combustion engines first appeared in 1806, while 1885 marked the introduction of gasoline-fuelled internal combustion engines. Automotive history is generally divided into a number of eras based on the major design and technology shifts. All along the industry has seen matching demand. That was one of the basic factors for the growth in the industry. But the near future seems grim.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Auto Industry in 2009

Letting Air Out of Their Tires

Nitrogen This is not yet a trend, but Atlas Copco Compressors would like it to become one. The company is encouraging employees at its Hemel Hempstead headquarters in the UK to replace the air in their tires with nitrogen — using, of course, Atlas Copco nitrogen generators. If this sounds like a gimmick, consider: unlike oxygen which gradually seeps through tire walls leading to under inflation, poor vehicle performance, and increased fuel consumption, nitrogen is slower to permeate rubber. It is also inert, halting oxidation and premature tire aging.

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The new Zeppelin is the Prius of the air.

zeppelinWith continuously-overcrowded freeways, a Silicon Valley firm is hoping to revive travel in lighter-than-air dirigibles. They’ve leased an airship from the German firm Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik, and are taking as many as 12 passengers at a time on flights 1000 ft over Northern California. Unlike the ill-fated Hindenburg, this Zeppelin has a rigid frame and uses non-flammable helium (rather than hydrogen) for lift.

The right zeppelin could still be faster than an automobile, especially since it can travel point-to-point. Faster than an ocean liner but slower (and a LOT more comfortable) than a passenger jet – I can see a slot for these in the overall transport setup. How about Zeps that pick you up in midtown SF or LA and then stop so you can get off at the top of a Utah ski resort a couple of hours later…

BMW of 2010 in Making

bmw_logoBMW – a dream car – is changing its performance and branding. Reports are that BMW will indeed release a special edition 1 Series towards the end of the model run in mid-2010. Expected to replace the 335i as the link between the M3 and the 135i, and is rumored to come replete with carbon fiber inserts and some sort of BMW Performance Body Kit. Sources conflict as to what sort of engine the M1 will receive, but the options have been whittled down to either a turbocharged 4-cylinder or, in keeping with BMW’s Motorsports Division tradition, a naturally aspirated straight-6. Still other Bimmer fanboys anticipate (albeit slightly unrealistically) a revised version of the twin-turbo I6 currently powering the F01 7 Series to find its way under the 2010 M1’s hood, in which case output would be rated somewhere above 330-hp.   » . . . . . Continue reading → BMW of 2010 in Making

Ford is Bringing Active Park Assist System

ford-active-park-assist-systemPress Release that crossed geeks at Techno Stations says, “the often stressful and frustrating task of parallel parking soon will be as easy as pressing a button for owners of the Lincoln MKS flagship sedan and all-new Lincoln MKT seven-passenger luxury crossover, thanks to an exclusive new technology from Ford Motor Company called Active Park Assist. Available in mid-2009 as an option on the 2010 Lincoln MKS sedan and new Lincoln MKT crossover, Active Park Assist uses an ultrasonic-based sensing system and Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) to position the vehicle for parallel parking, calculate the optimal steering angle and quickly steer the vehicle into a parking spot.”   » . . . . . Continue reading → Ford is Bringing Active Park Assist System

Run by the Sun, Toyota Solar Power Car

sev_solar_prius_panelTechno Station is yet not on rumors but word is out and it says that Toyota Motor Corp. is developing a Prius that will be powered solely by solar energy in an effort to turn around its struggling business with a futuristic ecological car.

Toyota, the manufacturer of the Lexus luxury car and Camry sedan, has already begun using solar panels at its Tsutsumi plant in central Japan to produce some of its own electricity. The solar panels on the roofs add up in size to the equivalent of 60 tennis courts and produce enough electricity to power 500 homes, according to Toyota. That reduces 740 tons a year of carbon dioxide emissions and is equal to using 1,500 barrels of crude oil.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Run by the Sun, Toyota Solar Power Car

Green Car of the Year 2009

volkswagen-jetta-tdi.jpgThe Los Angeles Auto Show is one of the major auto shows around the world. I addition to more than 1,000 cars, trucks and SUVs on display, the Green Car of the Year award was presented in the Show this year.

The 2009 Green Car of the Year award went to the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, for the first time a diesel-powered car has won this award since its inception in 2005.

The diesel-powered Jetta TDI is now compliant with emission regulations in all 50 states. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged direct injection (TDI) engine produces 140 horsepower and an impressive 236 lb-ft of torque. For added utility, the Jetta TDI is also available as a SportWagen.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Green Car of the Year 2009

‘Pain Beam’ weapons for US Police

pain-beamThe research arm of the US Department of Justice is working on two portable non-lethal weapons that inflict pain from a distance using beams of laser light or microwaves, with the intention of putting them into the hands of police to subdue suspects.

The two devices under development by the civilian National Institute of Justice both build on knowledge gained from the Pentagon’s controversial Active Denial System (ADS) – first demonstrated in public last year, which uses a 2-metre beam of short microwaves to heat up the outer layer of a person’s skin and cause pain.   » . . . . . Continue reading → ‘Pain Beam’ weapons for US Police

Apple Upgrades its Mac Mini

mac-miniOne of the benefits at the Techno Station is that we and the readers here are the first to know about new developments (and rumors).

News is out and it says that Apple will launch an upgrade to its the Mac Mini, at January’s Macworld Expo (beginning Jan 5, 2009) in San Francisco, according to one of the Apple insider.

Analysts say that an upgrade to the Mac Mini was long overdue. The product hasn’t seen anything new since August 2007, and Apple computers normally have a life cycle of roughly six months. Mac Mini has been selling quite well – the Mac Mini has been among the top 5 of Amazon’s best selling desktops.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Apple Upgrades its Mac Mini