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Designed by Apple in California


Designed by Apple in California chronicles 20 years of Apple design through 450 photographs of products and the processes used to make them. A visual history spanning iMac to Apple Pencil, this hardcover volume is both a testament and a tribute to the meticulous processes of design, engineering, and manufacturing that are singularly Apple

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State of Surveillance


The full episode of VICE on HBO’s ‘State of Surveillance’

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Hacking the Sega Saturn


A detailed look into Dr Abrasive’s lab and what it took to engineer a plug-in-flash-card for the Sega Saturn

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Project Loon: The story through videos


You know Google’s Project Loon? If not then this post will solve a lot of your questions that you may have. Basically it’s a concept/research project that aims to put WiFi signal into areas that are not accessible from the available infrastructure. And all of those using balloons! Yes, balloons! So, how did Project Loon begin? Google set up an Ask Away series that answers some of the most common questions, with the first one to answer exactly on that. Flight systems engineer Cliff describes building Project Loon from the ground up and says that “sometimes the best way to go about proving that something is possible is by disproving that it’s impossible”


But how exactly this project will actually work? Google engineers answer on that as well: “We believe it’s possible to create a ring of balloons that fly around the globe on the stratospheric winds and provide Internet access to the earth below. Balloons present some really hard science problems, but we’re excited about the progress so far”.


In order for the project to work you have to navigate the balloons around. Otherwise you will end up having a lot of flying WiFi antennas in on place and non on the other. The easiest way to do that is by moving the flying antennas up and down. Do to the balloons operation level, the winds are sort of predictable and moving in specific directions depending on the altitude. In this video two engineers, Keegan and Dan, discuss the ins and outs of ups and downs of this operation


Of course, the most critical part of the system is the antenna system. This piece of equipment will transmit and receive all the client signals. It has to be powerful enough and simultaneously make use of as low energy as possible. On top of that the transmission graph must be wide enough to cover a wide area of user on the ground. Cyrus, Loon’s Network Engineering Lead, takes us inside the Loon antenna and describes some of the unique design considerations of balloon-based antenna systems


And in case you wondering how the cases are made there is a video for that as well. Almost every other week Project Loon YouTube channel uploads a new video answering a new question. Have a look here if you don’t want to miss anything

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Google’s Quantum Lab


Google’s Quantum Lab it is a big collaboration project! The hardware is from the Canadian quantum computing company (D-Wave), the technical and engineering expertise is from NASA and all of those are under the labs and financial help of Google. It’s an open research project, highly ambitious, aimed at exploring both the capabilities of quantum computer architectures plus all shorts of mysteries that the scientific community is dealing currently and on the future. Still the work in those labs and the answers trying to unveil are something like “top secret”. On the other hand a scientist working on this project set it a little bit differently: “We don’t know what the best questions are to ask that computer”

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