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Why VMware VVols are Simpler, Smarter and Faster then traditional storage

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Recently at VMworld in Vegas, Pete Flecha from VMware did a presentation on VVols at the HPE booth which highlights the benefits of VVols being simpler, smarter and faster than traditional storage with vSphere. The link to the presentation is below but I thought I would also summarize why VVols are simpler, smarter and faster. … Continue reading »

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Amazon's gamepad no longer works with newer Fire TVs

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If you were hoping to use your recent Fire TV as a game console, you might need to shop carefully. According to AFTVnews, Amazon has used an update to pull support for its official Game Controller from the third-generation Fire TV, and has listed the pendant Fire TV, Fire TV Edition smart TVs and the Fi re TV Cube as incompatible with the peripheral despite working properly as of this writing. You'll need a second-generation or earlier Fire TV box or Stick if you want to keep playing with first-party hardware.We've asked Amazon if it can comment on the decision.AFTVnews speculated that it may have to do with the unconventional connection. Amazon switched to a WiFi Direct connection for the second-generation controller in order to reduce lag (all-important for game sessions), but it was both unconventional and complex. Your Fire TV would show up as a WiFi hotspot, for example, even though it was just waiting for a Game Controller. This may be an attempt to simply things …

Astronomy Picture of the Day: A Solar Filament Erupts

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A Solar Filament Erupts
What's happened to our Sun? Nothing very unusual -- it just threw a filament. Toward the middle of 2012, a long standing solar filament suddenly erupted into space producing an energetic Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The filament had been held up for days by the Sun's ever changing magnetic field and the timing of the eruption was unexpected. Watched closely by the Sun-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, the resulting explosionshot electrons and ions into the Solar System, some of which arrived at Earth three days later and impacted Earth's magnetosphere, causing visible aurorae. Loops of plasma surrounding an active region can be seen above the erupting filament in the featuredultraviolet image. Although the Sun is now in a relatively inactive state of its 11-year cycle, unexpected holes have opened in the Sun's corona allowing an excess of charged particles to stream into spa ce. As before, these charged particles are creating auroras.

Virgin to use eco-friendly jet fuel on commercial flight this October

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Virgin Atlantic is about conduct a real-world test of its greener jet fuel. The airline plans to use LanzaTech's sustainable fuel for the first time in a commercial flight this October, with a Boeing 747 relying on the low-carbon liquid for a trip from Orlando to London's Gatwick airport. The journey will both "raise awareness" for the more environmentally friendly technology and show that it's viable for more than just experimental flights.As before, LanzaTech's particular approach to jet fuel helps the planet both through its composition and how it's obtained. The company captures waste gas from steel mills and converts it into an ethanol that puts up to 65 percent less carbon into the atmosphere. It's not only reducing the immediate impact of the fuel, it's cutting pollution at the mills.You'll have to be patient if you want to see airlines adopting this on a wide basis. While the fuel should be "competitive" with conventional …

ChargePoint hopes to operate 2.5 million EV chargers by 2025

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ChargePoint currently operates around 54,000 EV charging points -- sure, it's but a fraction of the number of gas pumps in the world, but it's relatively plenty. Even Tesla's growing Supercharger network only has 11,013 chargers at this point in time. Someday, however, those 54,000 chargers won't be enough, so the company has decided to install a lot more EV chargers in North America and Europe over the next few years. ChargeP oint chief Pasquale Romano has announced at the Global Climate Action Summit that the company plans to deploy 2.5 million charging spots by 2025.Romano said the plan was devised as a response to experts' assumption that Europe and North America will serve as home to as many as 20 million electric vehicles on their roads by mid-2020s. Automakers are bound to release more EV models in the coming years, and it's no secret that they're trying to make them as affordable as possible. "Our commitment to deploy 2.5 million charging spo…

Google brings its AI song recognition to Sound Search

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Google's Now Playing song recognition was clever when it premiered late in 2017, but it had its limits. When it premiered on the Pixel 2, for instance, its on-device database could only recognize a relatively small number of songs. Now, however, that same technology is available in the cloud through Sound Search -- and it's considerably more useful if you're tracking down an obscure title. The system still uses a neural network to develop "fingerprints" identifying each song, and uses a combination of algorithms to both whittle down the list of candidates and study those results for a match. However, the scale and quality of that song matching is now much stronger.As everything is taking place on servers rather than your phone, Google isn't facing constraints on processing power or storage with Sound Search. It's combing through roughly 1,000 times as many songs, and is using a neural network four times larger. It also increased the number of dimension…

BMW unveils its vision for the 'iFuture' of luxury vehicles

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Our Demolition Man future is going to arrive just a bit sooner than we figured. Your next car may not be able to drive you to a local Taco Bell (since they all are in the Demolition universe), but BMW's iNEXT concept vehicle certainly hints at a smart, semi-autonomous, hands-off driving experience within the next decade.The iNEXT is the latest iteration of BMW's "project i" which was started back in 2013 and has since spawned models like the i3 and i5, hence the naming scheme. This new model is an SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle), that takes the idea of "state of the art" and runs with it. Or, at least it will in 2021 when BMW expects "the car we know today as BMW iNEXT will come onto the market."The demo vehicle that BMW showed off, as it made its San Francisco stop during a 4-city teaser tour, looked like it had driven straight out of San Angeles. The exterior was all angles and planes with a matte finish that melded from copper, on the hood, to ro…

'Fortnite' on Switch won't require an online subscription

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When Nintendo set a launch date for its Switch Online service, there was an overriding question for many gamers: would you have to pay to play every game online, especially free-to-play hits like Fortnite? The answer is a resounding "yes." The company has posted a Switch Online FAQ that mentions "some games," including Fortnite, won't require the subscription plan when it goes live on September 18th. There's no mention of the criteria that will decide exceptions to the rule, although it wouldn't be surprising if other free-to-play games, like Warframe, make the cut.The policy parallels Sony's approach to PlayStation Plus, which also exempts free-to-play games, and would give Nintendo an edge over Microsoft's strict Xbox Live Gold requirement for all online titles. It's not a completely surprising strategy. Nintendo likely doesn't want to alienate millions of players by requiring a subscription for the hottest free-to-play game in recen…

Facebook is hiring a human rights policy director

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Facebook has faced criticism for its slow response to the Myanmar government's use of its social network to fuel atrocities, and it's determined to prevent that from happening again. The company is hiring a Director of Human Rights Policy who will develop approaches that foster human rights and peace while simultaneously cracking down on those who "enable harm, stifle expression, and undermine human rights." This leader would steer investigations into human rights abusers and work with both government and corporate partners.The future director would be particularly well-experienced. They'd need at least 12 years of experience with public policy and human rights (including in developing countries), and would require some background in technology.Facebook's recruiting effort isn't surprising. Six organizations blasted the social site for taking over a year to respond to misinformation that helped fuel the genocide of Rohingya in Myanmar -- the company d…

Official VMware Visio Stencils & Icons for 2018

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I have been writing documentation for some time but it has always bothered me that there has been no official Visio Stencils or Icons for the documentation of VMware solutions. There are some unofficial icon set sources out there and there are a few official product diagrams available but I've never found a complete set. As […]

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