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Star Wars Resistance characters leap from screen to Hasbro action figures – CNET

Exclusive: Kaz, Poe Dameron and others from Disney’s new Star Wars series are getting toys in the animated show’s style.
Source: CNET

Zunum Aero bets on hybrid electric engines for its small commuter jet

The traditional aviation industry typically moves rather slowly, but over the last few years, we’ve seen a number of upstarts that are challenging the status quo both in the general and commercial aviation business. One of those is Zunum Aero, which is looking to produce a small hybrid electric-powered commuter plane for six to 12 passengers, with plans to launch its first plane, the ZA10, in the early 2020s.

As Zunum today announced, it has chosen Safran’s twin-spool Ardiden 3Z light helicopter engine as the powerplant for its first planes. While you have probably never heard of Safran, the company is one of the biggest suppliers of engines for turbine helicopters, and chances are that if you see one in the air, it’s probably powered by a Safran engine.

“The Ardiden 3Z represents a very powerful complement to the ZA10 because of its exceptional performance, along with low operating and maintenance costs,” said Safran’s head of OEM sales Florent Chauvancy. “This announcement marks a new step forward in demonstrating Safran’s ability to offer hybrid propulsive solutions for tomorrow’s mobility solutions.”

As Zunum chief engineer Matt Knapp told me, the company always believes that hybrid engines were the way to go — at least for the foreseeable future. The planes, however, can be converted to a pure electric powertrain if and when batteries reach enough energy density to make this an option. Right now, the only way to offer a plane that can cover the kind of distance between say San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, is to opt for this hybrid solution. Planes that solely rely on battery power simply aren’t a viable option for this kind of mission. Knapp believes that battery power alone would get the plane to about 500 miles, which isn’t bad, but less than most airlines would require.

The promise is that the hybrid powertrain will still reduce emissions by 80 percent and that airlines can save 40 to 80 percent per short-haul flight. Indeed, the company promises costs of 8 cents per passenger mile. Currently, the average for most of the major U.S. airlines is significantly more than that, even with their long-haul operations in the mix. For regional carriers, it’s even higher than that.

The new propulsion system will offer a peak performance of the equivalent of 1,300 horsepower, which should get the plane to a cruise speed of 340 miles per hour. During cruise, which uses far less power than the initial climb, the plane can go all-electric.

As for the airframe itself, Knapp notes there really isn’t anything all that special about it. “It’s more or less designed for high utilization in a commercial setting,” he said.

Knapp also noted that the plane can be flown by a single pilot, though the FAA would limit those operations to flights with nine seats or fewer. In the long run, though, Knapp actually expects that many new planes will be flying autonomously.

Until then, though, Zunum still has to prove it can build an airplane. For now, the company plans to use the hybrid powertrain on a test aircraft that it recently purchased (an old Aero Commander, for you avgeeks) while it starts working on its airframe.


Source: TechCrunch

Denon AVR-S740H review: Best-in-class sound and features in a sub-$500 package – CNET

The Denon AVR-S740H receiver offers excellent sound, a generous feature set and a great price, making it one of our favorite midpriced models.
Source: CNET

When Tech Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

Historian Yuval Noah Harari and ethicist Tristan Harris discuss the future of artificial intelligence with WIRED Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson.
Source: Wired

Zunum Aero’s Hybrid Plane Uses a Helicopter Engine Cut Fuel Use in Half

The Washington-based startup is using a modified helicopter engine to generate power, supplementing the batteries packed in its fuselage.
Source: Wired

Swarms of Super-Sized Mosquitoes Besiege North Carolina

These mosquitoes are monstrous in size, hyper-aggressive, and hatching by the millions in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
Source: Wired

Five things you need to know about the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover HSE video – Roadshow

Land Rover’s flagship SUV gets new infotainment tech and light visual alterations.
Source: CNET

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Td6 Diesel HSE SWB review: Better tech with a delicious diesel – Roadshow

Land Rover brings fresh technology and small styling updates to its big luxury SUV.
Source: CNET

Fortnite season 6, week 2 challenges and how to complete them – CNET

The second week of challenges appear to be especially easy.
Source: CNET

Apply for discount student, nonprofit and government tickets to Disrupt Berlin 2018

In less than two months, thousands of the best and brightest minds from the European and international tech startup scene will attend Disrupt Berlin 2018. The conference, which takes place November 29-30, draws participants from more than 50 countries across Europe, Asia and beyond. It’s two full days of connection, collaboration and — most of all — opportunity.

We want to make that opportunity available, affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. In that spirit, we’re excited to offer special discounts to students and nonprofit and government employees. Click here for details and to apply for discounted Innovator passes.

Here’s what you can access with an Innovator pass:

  • All three content stages (Main Stage, The Next Stage, Q&A Stage)
  • Videos of all stage content at the event (Q&A Stage programming is not recorded)
  • All Workshops
  • Startup Alley Expo with more than 500 startups and exhibitors
  • Full attendee list and the ability to connect with attendees via CrunchMatch
  • TC After Party (if you’re at least 21 years old)

Let’s talk discount eligibility, shall we?

First up: students. You must be currently enrolled in a grade school, high school, college or university program — or have graduated from a college or university program within the last six months. Note that coding schools do not qualify, and you can’t combine the student discount with any other discount offers. Your reduced Innovator pass to Disrupt Berlin will cost €130 plus VAT.

When you check in at Disrupt Berlin registration, you’ll need to show your valid student ID, proof of current enrollment or a copy of your official transcripts to receive your badge. If you don’t have your student credentials, you’ll have to pay the full on-site price of an Innovator pass.

Next up: nonprofits and government employees. The discount applies to current full-time employees of nonprofit organizations, federal, state or local government agencies, international government agencies and active military employees. The discounted Innovator pass will cost €495 plus VAT.

Nonprofit employees will need to provide their email address from their organization during the registration process. Government employees must provide their valid .gov email address during the registration process.

When you check in at Disrupt Berlin registration, you’ll need to show proof of current employment at your nonprofit (copy of 501c3 documentation) or government organization. Government contractors, including contractors working on government “Cost Reimbursable Contracts,” are not eligible for the government discount.

We accept the following forms of valid government ID:

  • Government-issued Visa, MasterCard or American Express
  • Government picture ID
  • Military picture ID
  • Federally Funded Research Development Corp (FFRDC) ID

If you don’t have your valid nonprofit or government credentials, you’ll have to pay the full on-site price of an Innovator pass. Note that you can’t combine the nonprofit or government discount with any other discount offers.

Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place November 29-30, and this is a great way for students, nonprofits and government employees to take in everything the show has to offer for a discounted price. Don’t miss out. Apply to get your discounted Innovator passes today.


Source: TechCrunch

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