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Monday, January 21, 2019

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Tel Aviv to be the World's First "Digitalized City"

Digi-Tel will provide residents of the Big Orange with everything they need to know online – and the wifi is free.

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If you're planning a beach day in Tel Aviv this coming summer, bring your laptop along – the wifi will be free for the taking. It's part of what Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai is portraying as "a digital revolution" that the Big Orange will be undergoing in the coming months.

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Tower One of the new World Trade Center in New York was completed in May 2013  and at 541m, it now stands proud over Manhattan, the highest skyscraper in the western world.  It is a beacon of hope on this classic skyline, a symbol of modernity and a glimpse of the future. But this gleaming new skyscraper actually has roots in a long lost world; Tower One, like all of the other skyscrapers in New York has its foundations in a past world.

NY_Skyline_Fish_EyeSkyscrapers seem to dominate this part of New York, but look a little closer and you can see very clearly that they are actually clustered in two distinct areas: Downtown, the financial hub of this great city, and Midtown - the home of the Empire State Building.

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Mobile phones that fold, razor thin handsets powered by flexible batteries or see-through solar panels built directly into a colourful screen. These visions of our mobile future may seem a world away from our rigid, fragile and power-hungry smart-phones today.But they could all soon become reality thanks to the "wonder material" known as graphene. Believe the hype and these single-atom-thick sheets of carbon could soon replace just about every material and component used in modern day smart-phones, making it lighter, faster and with more bells and whistles than ever before.

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Many companies such as IBM, Samsung and Nokia are exploring the possibilities of graphene for everything from batteries and cameras to screens and ear pieces.

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Last February, Astro Teller, the director of Google's (GOOG) secretive research lab, Google X, went to seek approval from Chief Executive Officer Larry Page for an unlikely acquisition. Teller was proposing that Google buy Makani Power, a startup that develops wind turbines mounted on unmanned, fixed-wing aircraft tethered to the ground like a kite. The startup, Teller told Page, was seeing promising results, and, he added proudly, its prototypes had survived all recent tests intact.

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Page approved Google X's acquisition of Makani, which was being completed for an undisclosed amount at press time. He also had a demand. "He said we could have the budget and the people to go do this," Teller says, "but that we had to make sure to crash at least five of the devices in the near future."

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This has to be one of the most surreal, psychedelic and fun forms of public transport. The Tunnel connects East Nanjin Rd on the Bund, and Pudong near the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, running under the Huangpu river in Shanghai, China. It's a psychedelic trip in a glass capsule along the 647-meter flashing, strobing tunnel.

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