Monthly Archives : November 2015

My Year at ITR!

A year has now passed since I started my apprenticeship at ITR Partners and I can truly say it has been an incredible experience. Stepping into the unknown last November with a portfolio to complete in less than a year seemed like a mountain of a task; however the support of a fantastic team made this a lot easier.

The year has flown by and I cannot believe how quickly everything has gone! My apprenticeship at ITR Partners has allowed me to complete a variety of tasks each of which has allowed me to progress my skills and gain new skills in which I can transfer! Through my apprenticeship at ITR I have been  able to build my next level of career progression!

Throughout my year at ITR I have enjoyed many company celebrations as well as getting to know the amazing team here, mainly over a glass of wine on a Friday night!

Now with my apprenticeship signed off all that is left for me to do is thank the team at ITR for being a fantastic team to work with and for making me feel so welcome in the time I have been here!

A week-long ‘day’ on Pluto shows heart and craters

If you were on Pluto, you’d probably have the worst ‘ case of the Mondays,’ with a full day on Monday lasting about 6.4 Earth days long.

NASA has released a series of 10 images (shown above) that gives us a glimpse of this near-week-long day on Pluto, showing us a full rotation of the dwarf planet.

The images were taken by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and the Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera as New Horizons approached Pluto earlier this year in July, with the planet between 400,000 and 5 million miles while the photos were taken.

The image shows Pluto when New Horizons was closest to the dwarf planet, which you can see at the 6 o’clock position showing the top of the heart-shaped, informally named Tombaugh Regio.

The “far side” hemisphere, or the hemisphere furthest away from New Horizons is at the 12 o’clock position, showing us a more cratered region.

“These images and others like them reveal many details about Pluto, including the differences between the ‘encounter hemisphere’ and the so-called ‘far side’ hemisphere seen only at lower resolution,” NASA said.

NASA also released another series of images, showing the full rotation of Pluto’s moon Charon, which shares a similar rotation speed as the dwarf planet, which you can see here.

Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

New infrastructure will help your Audi to drop you off and park itself

While other car manufacturers talk about one day, maybe, possibly releasing a self-parking car, Audi is already working to make it a reality. And soon.

According to an Audi representative, its self-parking technology is ready for production, but it takes time for governments to get caught up. We’ll probably be waiting another “two or three years,” but the process is already underway.

As the biggest obstacle for such a project is the government support and infrastructure needed to get it off the ground, Audi is working in cooperation with Somerville, Massachusetts to support self-parking cars in the Boston area.

Efficiency above all else

The Somerville neighbourhood of Assembly Row is currently being outfitted with the required infrastructure, including a specially designed carpark for cars of both the self-parking and traditional variety.

Human drivers are an unruly bunch, and we take up far more room than is strictly necessary, but Audi predicts that structures built for its self-parking cars could require up to 60 per cent less space than the kind used today – we still need to be able to open our doors and move between cars after we park, while self-parking cars have no such problem.

But Audi’s ambitions go beyond helping cars park ridiculously close to one another. The German firm is looking to help Somerville with the flow of its traffic, too. Thanks to a decision to bring the area’s traffic-light information online, Audi estimates it’ll be able to improve traffic flow anywhere from 20-50 per cent.

Those Audi types are nothing if not efficient.

 

 

The new running watch that could uncover your body’s secrets

The Garmin Forerunner 630 might not sound like much. Another upgrade to a running watch line that’s already been upgraded a few times in recent years, using the same interface and still, well, just telling you how fast you’ve gone.

But what if I told you that same watch had the ability to monitor you during your runs and actually discern the fastest pace you can manage during a race without dying? That’s what Garmin has done here.

The press release for the 630 was pretty standard. The same as the Forerunner 620, but with a few added bits of physiological tracking.

The heart rate monitor can now tell you when you’re a bit stressed, can tell you whether you’re wasting energy by bounding too high, and let you know whether you’re favouring the left or right side of the body – all tested out on my run with Garmin’s running specialist.

But there was also something a little bit different in there: the ability to monitor your lactate threshold. That’s an interesting one (and I’ll explain why in a moment) as the only way to do this previously was to have your blood taken at regular intervals while doing increasingly harder exercise testing. How could a watch manage the same thing?

Sonos’ Trueplay app will turn you into an acoustic engineer

UPDATE

Sonos has announced that its speaker-tuning Trueplay technology is now available – you just need to update your Sonos app.

The software update is available for Play:1, Play:3 and Play:5 devices and as this YouTube video shows, the technology is impressive – especially given that it is completely free.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Sonos is back with new high-end, flagship speakers and an innovative way to make sure they sound perfect no matter where you put them in your home.

The original Sonos Play:5 has been the home audio hero’s flagship smart speaker since it was released some five years ago. This newly announced version has been designed to deliver a listening experience as close as possible to the original studio master you will hear from such a compact speaker.

Sonos has completely redesigned the driver layout. Where the previous Play:5 was rocking a pair of tweeters, a pair of mid-range drivers and a beefy built-in subwoofer the new Sonos Play:5 has gone for a driver array with three mid-woofers and three crystal clear tweeters.

This new setup is part of what allows the new Play:5 speakers to be aligned in three different orientations.

The standard, standalone horizontal orientation is familiar, but you can also pair them up vertically if you want to create a stereo effect with a tightly focused sweet-spot for shutting the outside world out and absorbing yourself in your favourite music.

You can also pair them up horizontally which will create a far wider stereo soundstage to really fill the room up.

The new Sonos Play:5 are available now for $499 (£429 and AUS$749).

Keep true

When you’re investing in such high-quality audio you want to make sure your speakers sound as good as possible and Sonos has created an iOS app to make you an instant audio calibration engineer. At the touch of a button.

Life gets in the way of actually being able to set your home up as an acoustically perfect environment and traditional speaker acoustic tuning is stuck in the realms of the hyper-rich having audio specialists fitting their Linn systems for them.

Sonos’ Trueplay application though simply uses the microphone on either your iPhone or iPad, a simple tone from your Sonos speaker and is then able to calibrate it specifically to your room.

The app analyses the tone sent from the speaker and measures how the sound bounces off the various walls and materials used in your home.

The downside is that it’s calibrating for what your iPhone or iPad can hear through its microphone, not what the human ear will hear, but as something you can use in your own home it’s an impressively simple bit of speaker tuning kit.

Sonos is also working on Android support for the future, but right now mic calibration is just too varied between individual Android devices for it to work properly right now.

Trueplay isn’t restricted to the new Sonos Play:5 speakers though, it’s being made available for all Sonos Play:1, Play:3 and existing Play:5 systems.