WaBenzi, in the Bantu language of Swahili, denotes politicians; it literally means “the people who drive in a Benz.” When was the last time a car made you feel upper-crusty? We’ve just had that sensation while riding in the rear seat of the most over-the-top vehicle imaginable, brought to you by the fine people at Mercedes-Benz, who took their iconic G-class and converted it into the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet.
Angelina Jolie has remained relatively mum on her high-profile divorce from Brad Pitt, until now. In an interview with BBC World News’ Yalda Hakim, the actress and director finally addressed the stunning split, calling it a “very difficult time” in her life.
DAVID MARKS—NOT HIS real name—is an international arms dealer. He acquires military technology, including weapons, aircraft, tanks, missiles, and computers, on behalf of governmental clients around the globe. He operates legally, working only works with countries that are allied with the West. He has modest homes in two locations around the globe–his primary residence is in Europe–as well as offices that anchor his presence in the countries within which he does business.
Here’s a new one. Space particles from the sun and even distant black holesare affecting microelectronic devices more than ever, according to a recent study from Vanderbilt University. Chip manufacturers are packing in more transistors, increasing the chances a high-energy particle will strike one. While rare, such “bit-flips” may have caused a Qantas aircraft plunge and voting machine failure. With electronics devices all over the place, it’s forcing designers to take the phenomenon into account.
Free-roaming wireless power has been a dream of engineers since the days of Tesla and Edison waging their war of innovation but a number of technical hurdles have prevented it from becoming a reality. The folks at Disney Research have revealed that they’ve successfully built a method to provide full coverage of an average room and power all the devices one might need.
Upgrading your computer can be a great way to save a little cash. It can also be a great way to fulfill that need most gadget geeks have for getting cool new stuff on a regular basis. But upgrading can also be shockingly expensive if you’re not careful (steer clear of Apple’s overpriced RAM), and it can seem especially daunting to upgrade if you’re not familiar with the insides of your computer.