Alphabet’s Loon hands the reins of its internet air balloons to self-learning AI

Alphabet’s Loon, the team responsible for beaming internet down to Earth from stratospheric helium balloons, has achieved a new milestone: its navigation system is no longer run by human-designed software.



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Instead, the company’s internet balloons are steered around the globe by an artificial intelligence — in particular, a set of algorithms both written and executed by a deep reinforcement learning-based flight control system that is more efficient and adept than the older, human-made one. The system is now managing Loon’s fleet of balloons over Kenya, where Loon launched its first commercial internet service in July after testing its fleet in a series of disaster relief initiatives and other test environments for much of the last decade.

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Loon’s internet balloons are now piloted by an AI flight control system

Similar to how researchers have achieved breakthrough AI advances in teaching computers to play sophisticated video games

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Two MacBook Pro models getting mini LED in 2021, MacBook Air in 2022 says Kuo

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that as part of Apple’s mini LED push, the company will release a pair of new MacBook Pro models in 2021 with the technology — and a “more affordable” MacBook Air in 2022.

In a note to investors, seen by AppleInsider, Ming-Chi Kuo is refining his predictions for Apple’s use of mini LED technology in the Mac. Specifically, he predicts that the long-rumored 14-inch MacBook Pro with a redesigned chassis will arrive in 2021 alongside another model. Perhaps more notably, Kuo is also expecting a new and “more affordable” MacBook Air in 2022 — but he didn’t comment on the possibility of an enclosure redesign of that model.

Mini LED is, as the name suggests, a very small LED component. While current LEDs are used for backlighting systems, they typically rely on a small number of LEDs lighting up a larger area. Mini LED

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B&H’s Cyber Monday deals are live: $100 off M1 MacBooks, $569 iPad Air 4, up to $400 off MacBook Pros, $259 Apple Watch, iPad Pro savings

There’s no need to wait until Nov. 30 to grab Cyber Monday deals at B&H Photo. The Apple Authorized Reseller is slashing prices on hardware, along with peripherals like LG monitors. Many deals have limited inventory available at the reduced prices, with multiple exclusive discounts to check out.

B&H’s Cyber Monday Apple deals

Those looking for a Mac mini with upgradeable RAM, for instance, can nab a $170 cash discount on a 3.0GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 model with 16GB of memory and a 512GB SSD.

Quad-core Intel MacBook Air models with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space are also $200 off, bringing the well-equipped notebooks down to $1,099.

Both sets of exclusive deals are link-activated using our special B&H pricing links from a laptop or desktop computer.

Cyber Monday Apple Watch deals

Apple Watch SE

  • Apple Watch SE (40mm, Gray Aluminum, Black Sport Band):
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In first, the Air Force externally mounts cruise missile on B1B bomber

  • In a late-November demonstration, a B-1B carried an inert AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, known as JASSM, on an external pylon.
  • The demonstration is seen as a step forward in plans to have the B-1B carry future ordnance — like hypersonic missiles — outside of its internal bomb bay.
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The US Air Force just proved it can externally mount an advanced stealth cruise missile on the B-1B Lancer for the first time, a step forward in plans to have the B-1 carry future ordnance — like hypersonic missiles — outside of its internal bomb bay.

In the demonstration, carried out by Air Force Materiel Command and Boeing Co., the B-1 carried an inert AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, known as JASSM, on an external pylon. Then, the aircraft demonstrated its “ability to safely release” a mounted AGM-158 separation test vehicle, according to Air

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Global COMPUTER ROOM AIR CONDITIONER Market from 2015-2026

(MENAFN – Nxtgen Reports) As the world continues to deal with COVID-19, economies are moving into recession, official counts of cases and deaths from COVID-19 have passed 4,000,000 and 280,000 at the time of this report. Many government announced a plan on reopening the national economy, but many countries are still at the stage of rising.

On a more positive note, we are already seeing signs of recovery as the COVID-19 risk is declining in China. Chinese original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers are ramping up production. And there are increased investments in digital footprints in manufacturing. OEMs in other parts of the world are offering incentives to drive sales. XYZResearch published a report for global COMPUTER ROOM AIR CONDITIONER market in this environment.

In terms of revenue, this research report indicated that the global COMPUTER ROOM AIR CONDITIONER market was valued at XXX million in 2019, and it is

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Colorado State vs. Air Force odds, predictions: Advanced computer model reveals picks for Thursday’s game

The Air Force Falcons will look to continue their home dominance over the Colorado State Rams in Mountain West Conference action on Thursday. Kickoff from Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., is set for 2 p.m. EST. The Falcons are 5.5-point favorites in the latest Colorado State vs. Air Force odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 53.5 (see the latest college football lines for all of this week’s games on our college football odds page).

Before making any Colorado State vs. Air Force picks, be sure to check out the FBS college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a

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AECOM awarded design contract to modernize U.S. Air Force Academy’s historic Sijan Hall

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AECOM (NYSE:ACM), the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm, today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Omaha District selected the firm to design the renovation of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s 700,000-square-foot Sijan Hall, which is located just north of Colorado Springs, CO. The dormitory is situated in the campus’s Cadet Area, which is a National Historic Landmark District. This will be the first modernization project at Sijan Hall since it was built in 1968, with the design encompassing residential, academic, courtyard, and recreational spaces.

“AECOM’s strong in-house multi-disciplinary capabilities and track record of technical excellence positioned us as a trusted partner to help modernize the cadet experience,” said Lara Poloni, AECOM’s president. “With more than 20 years of project experience at the U.S. Air Force Academy, we understand that it plays a vital role as both an active military installation and

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Has Joby Cracked The Power Problem To Make Electric Air Taxis Work?

As a college freshman in 1992 interested in building aircraft capable of taking off and landing vertically, JoeBen Bevirt landed in the right place: the lab of flying car pioneer Paul Moller at the University of California, Davis.

But despite deep respect for Moller, Bevirt soon concluded that it wasn’t going to work. The rotary gas-powered engines Moller was developing for his Skycar were intolerably loud and research Bevirt did on batteries led him to believe it would be decades before they would contain enough energy at a low enough weight to make a quieter electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft possible. He turned to robotics instead.

A few decades of battery

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The MacBook Air is once again the benchmark by which other laptops will be measured

Last week I wrote that Apple seemed “astonishingly confident” in its new M1-based Macs. This week we know why: they are astonishingly good. I reviewed the MacBook Air, Nilay Patel reviewed the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Chris Welch reviewed the new Mac mini.

All three are equally impressive, but it’s the Air in particular that stands out as offering incredible power at its price point. I’m also impressed with battery life. And the fact that Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation layer doesn’t cause slowdown or bugs for legacy apps.

Wins all around, then. Not very often that happens in consumer tech! The webcams are still terrible and there are lots of questions about what will happen with the truly pro Macs we will start seeing in the next couple of years. But rather than constantly look ahead to the next thing, just for a moment, enjoy: a tech company made

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Hong Kong looks to mainland China for next air travel bubble

SINGAPORE — Hong Kong is hopeful its next “air travel bubble” could be with mainland China, the executive director of the city’s tourism board has said.

Dane Cheng told CNBC such plans would hinge on the success of the forthcoming Hong Kong-Singapore travel corridor. But he noted that adding a similar arrangement for quarantine-free travel around China’s Greater Bay Area would be the logical next step for business and leisure travelers.

“The next one for Hong Kong that we would like to see (would be) with the mainland, the Greater Bay Area,” Cheng said Friday.

The Greater Bay Area links several cities in Guangdong province with the special administrative territories of Hong Kong and Macao.

“That would be a key border for us,” he added, noting both proximity and common business and family ties.

Rising Covid cases threaten deal

We would like to see more countries and more regions, more

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