As we recover from all of last week’s panel reviews and some other presidential or election elections, tech news begins earlier this week. In fact, it started on Sunday night when Virgin Hyperloop hit its first manned test. At the company’s DevLoop facility in Nevada, two passengers were shot through a 500 meter tube.
To maintain a comfortable experience, the capsule speed in this test is limited to 107 mph. That’s less than half the maximum speed of the pod in the tube, which maxed out at 240 miles per hour during the tests in late 2017. This was mostly down the length of the tube: 500 meters wasn’t long enough. to get the kind of speeds the company promises to get. That’s the next thing, though: Higher speeds are likely when the second, longer Hyperloop facility is built in West Virginia.
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It highlights problems with Android update policy.
Certificate authority Let’s Encrypt is warning that phones running versions of Android before 7.1.1 Nougat will not trust its root certificates since 2021, locking them from many secure websites.
All that means, when everything is fine, you may have to upgrade your Android phone earlier if you want to access large parts of the web securely. An alternative is available by installing Firefox (Mozilla is a partner of Let’s Encrypt) and using its own certificate store, but that won’t help rival client applications or functionality. Browser.
It may have to shrink its moon ambitions.
Apple’s mobile accessories universe has expanded dramatically with the launch of the iPhone 12 and MagSafe series, and now it has a great way to showcase them all without ever having to set foot in the store. MacRumors discovered that Apple has rolled out an iPhone 12 Studio (currently mobile only) that lets you ‘try out’ MagSafe kits to see how good they’ll look with your favorite phone . The experience is very similar to the Apple Watch Studio, which launched last year. Continue reading.
Nasal sprays can prevent COVID-19 infection
It can make prevention more accessible.
Columbia University researchers have developed a nasal spray that successfully prevented COVID-19 infection in trials with ferrets as well as a 3D model of the human lung.
Lipopeptides (that is, the combination of lipids and peptides) prevent coronaviruses from binding to target cell membranes by preventing an important protein from acquiring the required shape. It should work immediately and last for at least 24 hours. It is also affordable, lasts a long time and does not require refrigeration.
An aerosol like this still has a number of ways to reach the public. Human clinical trials will be required, not to mention large-scale production to provide adequate accessibility. Scientists are planning to “go fast” to further testing, Columbia said.
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