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The Future With Flying Car ..........

A prototype flying car that supposedly does the job of both a helicopter and a truck went up for sale on eBay a few days before Halloween. That privately-developed AT Black Knight Transformer represents a vision of the flying car future that has seemingly fallen out of favor as new startups in Silicon Valley and elsewhere pursue the idea of flying cars without wheels. But flying car enthusiasts or companies with specialized missions in mind may still find something to admire in the Black Knight Transformer’s hybrid flying car design.

The aerospace startup called Advanced Tactics had U.S. military missions in mind when it first began developing the Black Knight Transformer. U.S. military research agencies were sponsoring design competitions that evoked visions of a Humvee capable of taking flight like a flying car from “Blade Runner” or “Back to the Future.” That military flying car fantasy fit neatly with past science fiction stories about vehicles capable of transforming from driving on wheels to going airborne within a matter of seconds. It was supposed to be the best of both worlds that could give troops the flexibility to infiltrate enemy lines and evacuate wounded comrades from war zones.
In that spirit, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory awarded a contract to Advanced Tactics under a Special Ops Transport Challenge in 2012. Advanced Tactics went on to build its Black Knight Transformer with eight aircraft engines and propellers enabling vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flight tests. In addition, the Black Knight Transformer prototype has four wheels and a ground mobility powertrain for driving at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.
But recent years have seen a shift away from those original visions of a flying car future filled with vehicles transitioning seamlessly between land and air. A flying car challenge sponsored by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency yielded a finalist from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin that resembles more of an oversized flying drone capable of picking up separate wheeled vehicles.
Even Advanced Tactics seems to have shifted its sights by putting its Black Knight Transformer up for auction on eBay. The startup’s press release states that the eBay auction—scheduled to end on November 2—will help fund development of a new flying car concept, called AT Transporter, that leaves wheels behind in favor of helicopter-style drone operations. The robotic AT Transporter would carry pods slung under its belly that could hold between three or six people, cargo for disaster relief or resupply missions, or even wounded people on stretchers.
A similar shift in visions of the flying car future has taken place among startups focused on the civilian market. Granted, startups such as Terrafugia and Aeromobil have developed and even flown flying car prototypes known as “roadable aircraft” that resemble light aircraft capable of folding up their wings and driving on roads. But such vehicles seem unlikely to gain serious traction beyond licensed pilots of light aircraft. By comparison, a slew of recent Silicon Valley startups such as Aero and Kittyhawk—backed by Google cofounder Larry Page—and tech giants such as Uber have laid out a different flying car future that envisions passengers using apps to hail automated air taxis without wheels.



41 Chinese confirmed dead in Thailand boat capsizing

Thai authorities on Sunday confirmed that 41 Chinese citizens including 13 children were killed after their tourist boat capsized in bad weather near Phuket, Thailand on Friday. 
The Xinhua News Agency  also reported that 14 passengers remain missing and a Thai citizen has been confirmed dead.
The Phoenix, with 105 passengers on board had allegedly been warned not to sail due to bad weather.  Another tourist boat, the Serenata, also capsized in the same area. The 42 passengers on that boat were rescued.    
Three Thai warships and two Chinese rescue teams on Sunday participated in rescue operations searching for survivors of the Phoenix.
Most passengers on the two boats were Chinese citizens, according to media reports.
The captain of Hua Hin, one of the three Tai navy ships participating in the rescue, said on Sunday that 16 divers from the Thai Navy were checking the cabins of the Phoenix, which sank in waters 40 meters deep.
"If these divers can report there is no body inside the sh…

Latest Smartphone OPPO F9 with Waterdrop Display and 6 GB RAM launched

Latest Smartphone OPPO F9 with Waterdrop Display and 6 GB RAM launchedOppo F9 has been launched. The new smartphone is the first handset by Oppo that features a V-shaped waterdrop display notch - unlike the traditional rectangular display notch. Also, there is a thin-bezel display that offers a 90.8 percent screen-to-body ratio. 
While the OPPO F9 ProSmartphone is set to debut in India on August 21, specifications of the upcoming handset have now surfaced through a sales pitch note. The leaked note suggests that the F9 Pro could be the India variant of the OPPO F9. The handset is rumored to come with the VOOC integration for fast charging support and a 6.3 display with the V-shaped waterdrop notch design identical to the Oppo F9  smartphone.
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Android Next Version is Here The Name is Android Pie

Android Next Version is Here The Name is Android Pie

The stable version of Android 9 Pie was officially released on Tuesday for the Google Pixel/XL and the Google Pixel 2/XL. On the same date, Essential rolled out the Android Pie update for the Essential Phone. The OnePlus 6 is currently on Android Pie beta 3, while the Nokia 7 Plusjust received Android Pie beta 4. An alpha build of Android Pie has leaked for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, and we should be receiving more news soon for other smartphones eligible for the Android P beta program.
On the other hand, companies like Samsung, Huawei, LG, and HTC didn’t participate in the Android Pie beta program. HTC has now revealed which of its phones will receive the Android Pie update.
HTC has confirmed via Twitter that the company will roll out Android Pie updates for the HTC U11, HTC U11+, the Android One variant of the HTC U11 Life, and the company’s current flagship, the HTC U12+. The company states that time frames for the update roll-out will b…